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Art on the River
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2014 - 2015 Call for Artists Now CLOSED
Applications due February 10, 2014
New Exhibit Opens June 19, 2014
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 Art on the River The 2013-2014 Art on the River Exhibit is Now Open!
Click here to view the pieces in the 2013-2014 display, learn more about the artists, and find out about sales information.

The City of Dubuque's Art on the River public temporary art exhibit is located along the Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. 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. In its eighth year, the 2013-2014 temporary public art exhibit drew a record 118 entries from 66 artists in 20 different states and one foreign country. The exhibit will be on display through June 2014. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible.
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Click here to download a map of the sculpture locations.

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Art on the River Overview
Art on the River is a temporary public art program of outdoor sculpture displayed at the Port of Dubuque along the picturesque Mississippi Riverwalk.

Each summer, ten pieces are chosen by a jury of experts from a highly competitive field of local and national artists to be displayed for a year. Selected artists receive a $1,500 stipend for displaying their artwork for a year.

During the course of the year, special events are held to promote the enjoyment and understanding of public art. 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 Economic Development Coordinator by email or by calling 563.589.4393. Download a sales information sheet here.

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.

Art on the River is coordinated by a sub-committee of the City's Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission and includes representatives from the Dubuque Museum of Art, local artists, educators, and City staff. For more information, please contact the Economic Development Coordinator by calling 563.589.4393.

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