The Story of Dubuque’s Iconic Street Art
Historic brick buildings matched with vibrant storytelling makes up nearly 40 murals throughout Dubuque.
How Dubuque became a community transformed by street art.
The painted walls of Dubuque
Nearly 40 murals have popped up in Dubuque since 2016 - all the work of a volunteer, non-profit organization, Voices Productions - working within the local art community to reach out to world renowned artists to make Dubuque cultural landscape shine.
The catalyst to this effort was at the 2015 Voices Gallery Show held in the Historic Millwork District. The theme for that event was all about murals and the movement for public street art in Dubuque was born. 📸 @englandandiowa
The landscape of Downtown Dubuque.
In 2016 & 2017, following the excitement of the last annual Voices Gallery Show, the work to start taking art to the streets began. Murals were popping up throughout the downtown district adding colorful backdrops throughout the area. 📸@bradnoonanphoto
A mural boom.
Today, murals are a part of the fabric of Dubuque. The heart of historic downtown is dotted with beautiful works of art from artists known across the world for their mural work. 📸@el_chan_guri
One of the most recognizable murals in downtown Dubuque, titled ‘Ada Hayden’ was created by artist Gaia. The floral mural honors the life of Iowan botanist, educator, and preservationist, Ada Hayden. (Located at 233 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa)
Greetings from Dubuque
Among some of the newest murals to adorn the historic walls of Dubuque is this vintage postcard depiction of the Mississippi River. (Located between 10th Street and Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa)
United in Solidarity
This mural was is the result of a community effort to come together and put concept into reality. Located on the Five Flags Center, the symbolism found throughout this mural represents communities of color, abilities, and identities.
These larger than life murals are truly a site to see. From playful compositions to harrowing storytelling, the story of Dubuque’s walls are something to behold. 📸@milestunerartist
Learn more about the artists, murals, and process for Dubuque’s street art.