Application Details

Art on the River: The Mississippi Magnified
The City of Dubuque, Iowa is soliciting entries from qualified artists for the 2019 Art on the River Program. This is the 14th year for Art on the River, a temporary public art program consisting of sculptures to be displayed at the Port of Dubuque. Each year up to 10 sculptures are chosen for exhibit at highly visible locations along the picturesque Mississippi Riverwalk. 

A consultant will review the applications submitted and make a recommendation to Dubuque, Iowa's Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission that advises the Dubuque City Council on the final selection. Chosen artists will be notified in early June and will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the terms of the program. 


Work must be of the highest-quality design incorporated into its construction and be able to withstand adverse weather conditions (high winds, rain, heat, snow and freezing temperatures) and an unsupervised general audience. Unstable, fragile, dangerous, inappropriate or small, lightweight works will not be accepted.

​​To Apply:
  • Complete an application form for each sculpture
  • Provide all attachments as required by the online application
The artist is responsible for delivery, installation, and removal of the artwork. The City will provide installation assistance as needed. Work will be bolted to a concrete base. A $1,500 stipend will be paid to the selected artists and may be used to pay for expenses associated with the delivery and removal of the artwork as outlined in the Example Artist Agreement Form

The City shall maintain insurance coverage on the work for vandalism, theft, or damage. 

All artwork must be for sale and will remain on display for the time frame noted in the Artist Agreement Form. The City of Dubuque will coordinate all financial transactions relating to the sales of artwork. 

During the course of the year, special events will be held to promote the idea of public art and to encourage the public to purchase the sculptures. The City will receive 25% of the sale price of all sculptures that are sold during or as a result of the show and use the proceeds to expand and provide long-term funding for the Art on the River program. Any unsold artwork must be removed by the artist at the end of the exhibition period.  

The City is interested in large-scale pieces of considerable mass that can be mounted at ground level.

For further information, please contact: Jill Connors 
(563)589-4393 or


May 28, 2019
Application due by 5 p.m. CST

Week of June 17, 2019
Notification of selected artists

Week of July 22, 2019
Delivery and installation of sculptures 

August 2, 2019
Opening Reception

July 2020
Removal of work