Art on the River

Art on the River: The Mississippi Magnified

New Art on the River Exhibit Opening Event on August 2nd!

Ten new sculptures have been selected for the City of Dubuque's 14th annual public art exhibit, Art on the River. The theme for the 2019-2020 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. 

The new pieces will be installed late July around the Grand River Center and along the Mississippi Riverwalk at the Port of Dubuque. The opening reception will be held on Friday, August 2, from 5:00-7:30 p.m. at the Grand River Center Terrace. The event is free, family friendly, and open to the public. 

The event will also include an audio/visual presentation of an excerpt from the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra's March 2019 "On Water" performance featuring water-themed photos taken by over 30 local photographers. Also new to this year's event will be a "Mississippi Magnified Fashion Show," presented by PS Styling in partnership with Inclusive Dubuque. The show will model fashions and accessories reflective of the river's color, pattern, and ecosystem. This multicultural show will follow the opening ceremony at the Grand River Center and the Mississippi River will serve as its runway. 

Art on the River is...

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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 2019. The exhibit is free, can be viewed sunrise to sunset year-round, and is accessible.

Community support for the arts

Each year we consult with industry experts and our local 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 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.

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.The annual exhibit is now a permanent part of the arts operating budget. 

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 Economic Development Director by calling 563-589-4393. 
Best of Show
Peoples Choice Award

Downloadable Brochure and Maps

Click here to download a map of the sculpture locations. 
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