A Walking Art Tour
Take a 1 mile walk around downtown Dubuque to view art #WhereIowaStarted.
Begin your stroll at the Dubuque Museum of Art.
#WhereIowaStarted is filled with arts & culture, including the Smithsonian-affiliated Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA). Start a day of art exploration at DuMA with a casual, wandering walking tour of Dubuque.
Dubuque Museum of Art
DuMA is Iowa’s oldest cultural institution, founded over 140 years ago as the Dubuque Art Association. It has relocated and evolved over the years but the rich history of celebrating the arts is as strong today as it was in 1874 when the first meeting (on record) was held.
Home to 2,200 works.
Did you know that the museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Grant Wood art? Or that it houses works by Edward S. Curtis and Arthur Geisert? Whether you visit for a leisurely stroll through the museum’s permanent collections, or make a special trip for their 2nd Annual Invitational Exhibition (through October 11), start your Dubuque art experience at this iconic Dubuque museum.
The DUMA 2nd Annual Craft Invitational
DuMA presents a new exhibition highlighting fine craft, with an emphasis on traditional materials handled in unexpected and innovative ways. Over 70 handcrafted works by a select group of regionally-based craftspeople working in ceramic, glass, wood, paper, and metal will be featured.
Historic Federal Building
The Historic Federal Building is home to works by Bertram Adams, including ‘Early Settlers of Dubuque.’ This painting depicts several symbols of Dubuque’s pioneering days including the Julien Dubuque Monument and Meskwaki village.This and other works can be found in the building’s lobby.
Just about anywhere you turn downtown Dubuque, you can see vibrant street art adorning the buildings of #WhereIowaStarted.
Art on the River
End your walking tour in the Port of Dubuque where you can see the Mississippi River, another Smithsonian affiliated museum, and the annual Art on the River exhibit. This installation is an annual temporary attraction that features 10 sculptures situated along the river. 📷 @mtography9
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This article is a paid partnership between Travel Dubuque and the Dubuque Museum of Art.