Art on the River: Resiliency Flows

Eleven new sculptures have been selected for the City of Dubuque’s 15th edition of its annual temporary public art exhibit, Art on the River. The theme for the 2021-22 exhibit is Resiliency Flows and encouraging artworks that speak to the resiliency and fortitude needed to rebuild better as communities worldwide continue to rebound from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and grow in the ongoing fight for social justice. 

Sculptures span the length of the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. The new exhibit will be displayed through late July 2022. All the sculptures are available for purchase with a portion of artwork sales retained to sustain the Art on the River program; Art on the River is currently funded through the City of Dubuque’s general operating budget.

A community jury panel selected the sculptures above from a pool of 56 applications from 34 artists representing 11 states in the US as well as Canada. The panel chose 11 sculptures along with 3 alternates and provided placement recommendations to the City of Dubuque’s Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission, which concurred with the panel’s selections, followed by review and approval by the Dubuque City Council.

A reception celebrating the selected works and their creators will be held on Friday, August 6, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Grand River Center, 500 Bell Street. Spoken word artists, local officials, and City staff will welcome the public at 5:30 p.m. from the Grand River Center’s north patio. The evening will also feature live music from faculty and students of the Northeast Iowa School of Music and educational activities by Heritage Works and the Dubuque Museum of Art. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. For full reception details, download a copy of the reception flyer.

Coral by Tim Adams


Scalar by Luke Achterberg


The Single Twist by Mary Angers

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Mother Earth by Christine Murphy

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Three Liner by Evan Lewis

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Resilient Generations by Gail Chavenellle

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Seda by Tim Adams


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Pluma Sculptura by Kirk Seese

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We Are All Downstream by Mike Klein


Downstream by Brian Petrone