Art on the River

AoTR

Call to Artists Now Open!


The City of Dubuque is preparing for the 12th edition of Art on the River! Over the years we have had many established and upcoming artists exhibit their work on the Mississippi Riverwalk and this year we would one again like to invite sculptors locally, regionally and nationally to submit work for consideration by our experienced panel of jurors. Click here to apply!

The Art on the River Light show has been indefinitely postponed.

Read the Art on the River Guidelines Here

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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 2017. 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 click 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.

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 email or by calling 563-690-6059. 
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Peoples Choice Award

Downloadable Brochure and Maps


Click here to download a map of the sculpture locations. 
Find out more about sales information click here.
Download driving directions to the Port of Dubuque.