Special Events

Upcoming Events:

2020 Snow Sculpting Competition

Saturday, February 8th
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Washington Park (Across from the Museum)

The Dubuque Museum of Art and the City of Dubuque Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs are pleased to partner to present the 2020 Winter Arts Snow Sculpting Festival, a free community event.

The snow sculpting festival/competition will feature three professional teams: the Slacktastic 4 of Rockford, Illinois; “Perfect Strangers” of Dubuque, Iowa; and the “Driftless Snow Sculptors” of Dubuque, Iowa. All three teams have previously participated in the competition, with the Slacktastic 4 returning to Winter Arts for the first time since 2018.

Three student teams representing two local colleges – Clarke University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville – will also participate in the competition.

Teams will begin carving on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and will have until noon on Saturday, Feb. 8, to complete their sculptures, each carved from a six-feet square by eight-feet high block of manufactured snow.

The public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite sculpture for a People’s Choice Award. A State of Iowa award winner will be selected by a local jury and will advance to the US National Snow Sculpting Competition in Lake Geneva, Wis. Both winners will be announced at the event at 3:45 p.m.

The community snow sculpting portion of the event offers the public an opportunity to sculpt as well, either as a team or individually. Community teams or individuals of any age interested in creating snow sculptures of their own will have access to a number of designated blocks. Tools will be provided. Those interested in carving snow should wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

The Dubuque Museum of Art will offer free admission and tours of the current exhibits during the event. The Glab Family Art Studio will be open with lots of hands-on activities for all ages.

Hot beverages and food will be available for purchase on site, courtesy of Frosted N' Filled and Happi Hibachi

The event is supported through in-kind contributions from Sundown Mountain Resort, Jamar Pattern., and Truck Country and is a sanctioned Winterfun, Inc. contest.

For additional information, or questions on event schedule changes, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/winterarts or contact the Dubuque Museum of Art at 563.557.1851.



JUNE 5-7, 2020

Moving? Downsizing? Cleaning out? Let someone else enjoy your beautiful things.

The Dubuque Museum of Art is organizing a tag sale of gently used home décor, artworks, accessories and fine home furnishings. All proceeds from the event will benefit Museum programs.

To offer a donated item, complete the form below or call 563-557-1851.

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Past Events:

2019 Art Auction and Gala

The 2019 Art Auction and Gala was held November 8th.

With your help, we raised more than $57,000 (after expenses) this year through the Raffle to support the Museum’s educational programs, the majority of which are offered free of charge.

This year’s lucky Raffle ticket winners were:

• Julie Steffen
• Barbara O’Hea
• Gilbertson Family Trust
• Judy Wolf