Art on the River Selections Announced, Reception Planned for Aug. 6

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” encouraging proposals that spoke to the resiliency and fortitude needed to rebuild better as communities worldwide rebound from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue ongoing efforts for social justice. 


Sculptures will be installed later this month and span the length of the Mississippi Riverwalk in the Port of Dubuque. The new exhibit will be displayed through late July 2022. All 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.


The following sculptures, listed in alphabetical order by artwork title, will be featured in this year’s exhibit:

  • Coral by Tim Adams of Webster City, IA;
  • Downstream by Brian Petrone of Evanston, IL;
  • Mother Earth by Christine Murphy of Chicago, IL;
  • Pluma Sculpture, aka “The Feather” by Kirk Seese of Lutherville, MD;
  • Resilient Generations by Gail Chavenelle of Dubuque, IA;
  • Scalar by Luke Achterberg of Onalaska, WI;
  • Seda by Tim Adams of Webster City, IA;
  • Stalk 10052REH-400-2 (Covid Corn to Go) by Matt Moyer of Columbia, MO;
  • The Single Twist by Mary Angers of Long Branch, NJ;
  • Three Liner by Evan Lewis of Mineral Point, WI;
  • We Are All Downstream by Mike Klein of St. Paul, MN

A community jury panel selected the sculptures above from a pool of 56 applications submitted by 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. The Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission's concurrence with the recommendation was 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 live music from faculty and students of the Northeast Iowa School of Music and educational activities by Heritage Works Inc. Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available.

The reception is free to attend, family-friendly, and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, reception activities may be scaled back and held indoors at the Grand River Center.

Since its inception, Art on the River has featured 132 sculptures representing the work of 82 artists.

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