Art on the River
The current installment of Art on the River exhibit is open now through July 2020!
Ten new sculptures have been selected for the 14th Annual Art on the River, the City of Dubuque’s premier public art program. The theme for this year’s temporary exhibit is "The Mississippi Magnified" and focuses on artists and artwork that draw inspiration from the people, culture, beauty, and magnitude of the mighty Mississippi River.
What is Art on the River?
It is access to art
The Art on the River public art exhibit is located along the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. Anyone can stroll the picturesque walkway that stretches from the Star City Brewery to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium behind the Grand River Center on the shores of the mighty Mississippi to view a juried collection of sculptures which are changed out every year in late July.
The works by talented artists from near and far are best viewed sunrise to sunset and can be accessed on foot or with mobility aids such as wheelchairs, walkers, and the like. The exhibit is free to experience and informational brochures are available at informational kiosks located at near the middle and the south end of the Riverwalk.
It is an investment in our community
The City Council approved the creation of the Art on the River program In November
It is an opportunity for artists
Each year we consult with industry experts and the City's Arts and Culture Affairs Advisory Commission to select ten finalists from a highly competitive field of local and national artists. The final selections are unveiled at a Grand Opening in early August and are displayed for the entire year. The artists selected receive $1,500 for displaying their artwork for 1-year in one of Dubuque's most visited locations, the Port of Dubuque. Two cash awards are also available; a $1,000 Best of Show selected by the year's juror and a $200 People's Choice Award voted on by the public.
In addition to being on display, sculptures can be for sale, allowing the Port of Dubuque to function as an open-air, year-round sales gallery. Each piece that is for sale must remain on display for the entire year while the City actively works with local businesses and developers to find permanent homes for the works. The City keeps a percentage of the proceeds of each sale to fund future Art on the River exhibitions and outreach programming. Click the image below to view and download the Sales Sheet for the current exhibit or contact the Arts and Cultural Affairs Coordinator for sale information at 563-690-6059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our 2020-21 Call for Artists for the 15th Anniversary of Art on the River will be available in February 2020. Please check back or sign up here to receive regular news from the City of Dubuque's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.