The City of Dubuque will be celebrating its 11th annual Art on the River exhibition this year! Our opening reception will be held at the Grand River Center on
June 22nd, 2016
from 5:00 pm to 7:00
pm where we will unveil the new selections for our exhibit. Celebrate the majesty of the Mississippi river and the beauty that the talented sculptors are sharing with our community. This event is free, family friendly and open to the public.
Art on the River is...
Public access to art
Art on the River public temporary art exhibit is located along the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. You can stroll the picturesque walkway near the Mississippi and view ten pieces of public art that will have you and your family talking, smiling and taking pictures. The exhibit will be on display through June 2016. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible.
Community support for the arts
Each year we assemble three expert jurors to select ten finalists from a highly competitive field of local and national artists. The final selections are unveiled at the opening reception each summer and are displayed for the entire year. The artists selected as finalists are awarded $1,500 for displaying their artwork here in Dubuque for a year. To find out more about the submission process and timeline clickhere.
The City Council approved the creation of the Art on the River outdoor sculpture project In November 2005, and approved a budget of $300,000 over the next 10 years for this innovative initiative.
Opportunity for artists
Each piece is for sale but must remain part of the Art on the River display for the entire year. The City functions as a gallery and will take a commission on each sale to fund future exhibitions. For sales information, contact the Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator by emailor by calling 563-690-6059.
Downloadable Brochure and Maps
Click here to download a map of the sculpture locations.