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2021 DUMA Biennial



Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12:00AM through Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:59PM.


June 26 – October 31, 2021


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.


At the discretion of the Museum, any entries that do not meet the artist eligibility or artwork specifications criteria may not be judged or admitted to the exhibition. Submission to this competitive exhibition constitutes agreement on the part of the artist to all the conditions set forth in this prospectus.


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, Curator, Des Moines Art Center.


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.


The Dubuque Museum of Art (DuMA), founded in 1874 and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2004, is among Iowa’s oldest cultural institutions. Named a national affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in 2016, DuMA’s mission is to excite, engage, and serve diverse communities within the Tri-State area of Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. We connect generations of people to their cultural heritage and exceptional art.


Accepted work must be delivered to the Museum between the hours of 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, June 16-18, 2021. Shipped work must be timed to arrive during this stated delivery schedule. Artists are responsible for transporting their work to and from the Museum. The Museum is not responsible for artwork in transit.


While on premises, the Museum will insure work for the value given by the artist. The Museum reserves the right to photograph and/or reproduce digital images of work for any related or educational purpose. The Museum is not a sales venue. Parties interested in purchasing work will be directed to the artist involved.


March 29, Entry deadline
May 6, Notification of juror decision
June 16-18, Artwork delivered
June 26, Exhibition opens
June 26, Exhibition reception and awards presentation at DuMA
July 23, Juror virtual gallery talk
October 31, Exhibition closes
November 1-2, Pick-up artwork

In preparation for submitting your work to the DUMA Biennial, please note that the following information will be on the application:

  1. Dropdown menu where you can select a category and sub-category for the work.
  2. Title of the work.
  3. First dimension field, for the dimensions of the work itself. For no dimensions, enter 0's.
  4. Weight of the work. For no weight, enter 0.
  5. Optional: a link to a web resource for the work.
  6. Medium of the work.
  7. Second dimension field, for the overall dimension of the work when installed. For example, this could be the framed dimension or include an exhibition base that comes with the work. Repeat the first dimension here if there is no difference.
  8. Year the work was created.
  9. Optional, statement. Do not include any personal identifying information in your statement.

You can submit up to 3 works for the entry fee. Each work can have up to 3 images, so that you can include 2 images for details or alternate views as needed. If you want to submit more than 3 works (up to 15), there is an additional fee of $10 per work.

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