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2021 DuMA Biennial

Sponsored By:

Premier Bank
Premier Bank
Humanities Iowa
Humanities Iowa

Submission Period:

Monday, January 4, 2021 through Monday, March 29, 2021

All entries must be submitted online.


The exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age or older residing within a 200 mile radius of Dubuque, Iowa, 52001.


Original works of art only, reproductions including gicleé prints of original works will not be judged. All submitted works must have been completed since 2019. All works must be installation-ready with all hanging hardware securely attached, as applicable. Works cannot be larger than 84 inches in any one direction. Wall mounted works are limited to 100 pounds. All submitted artwork must be available for the full exhibition period.


Best in show: $1000. Second place: $500. Third place: $250.
The juror also has the option of awarding Honorable Mention recognitions. Purchase awards and exhibition opportunities are some of the additional benefits possible for artists whose work is selected.


The non-refundable submission fee is $40 for submitting up to three (3) works. Additional works, up to 15 total, may be added to an application for a fee of $10 per work.
Entry fee is payable online by credit card. If you prefer to pay by check or cash please contact the Dubuque Museum of Art at


Laura Burkhalter
Des Moines Art Center

About the DuMA Biennial

Exhibition Dates:

June 26 – October 31, 2021

Founded in 2003, the DUMA Biennial is a highly-competitive, juried exhibition highlighting leading contemporary, regional artists who are actively producing and presenting new work. The 2019 DUMA Biennial juror was Sarah Humphreville, senior curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Previous jurors have included Amanda Burdan, Curator, Brandywine River Museum of Art; Jane Milosch, Director of the Smithsonian Provenance Research Initiative, Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture; Jim Welu, Director Emeritus of the Worcester Art Museum; Frank Paluch of Perimeter Gallery; Michael Gerber of Gruen Galleries; Alan Z. Aiches of Aiches Design; and Olukemi Ilesanmi, curatorial assistant at the Walker Art Center.