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Dubuque's 9th annual Art on the River sculptures chosen

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Dubuque's Art on the River will feature 11 outdoor sculptures for its ninth consecutive season.

Every year, the works line the Port of Dubuque's Mississippi River Walk and Grand River Center and are free and open to the public.

This year's sculptures are being installed this month. A free and public opening ceremony is set for Thursday, June 19, at 5 p.m. at the Grand River Center.

A three-person jury chose the 11 works from a total of 83 entries that came from 53 artists across 20 states.

The following sculptures were chosen for this competitive exhibit through a blind judging process:

• "Break Away," by Beth Nybeck of Kansas City, Missouri. A release from the city describes the work as, "a stainless steel sculpture that explores the rush and confusion that comes when one dares to run."

• "At the Water’s Edge," by Zachary Bowman of Ankeny, is described as "a combination stainless and mild steel sculpture that explores the relationship between land and water."

• "Fly Away Home," by Andrew Arvanetes of DeKalb, Illinois, "is the third stainless steel sculpture Arvanetes has exhibited as part of Art on the River."

• "Whirlette," by Bounnak Thammavong of Swisher, "combines steel and automotive paint to suggest the seed of a maple tree in the wind."

• "In Between Sometimes," by Jason Scott of Prairie DuSac, Wisconsin, "explores the intersection of mechanical and organic systems."

• "Portal for the Agrarian," by Greg Muelle of Spartanburg, S.C., "pays homage to the Corn Belt work ethic of agriculture and industry."

• "Currently Bronze Anvil," by Peter Flanary of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, "is a cast bronze sculpture that sits on a concrete base."

• "Zodiac Totem I," by Pokey Park of Tucson, Arizona, "depicts four of the 12 animals associated with zodiac years."

The jury also recommended that artist Jeff Boshart’s work, "Interstellar Naught," which won Best in Show in the 2013 Art on the River Exhibition, be included once again in the 2014 exhibition.

The following panel of three credentialed jurors reviewed the artists' applications and made a recommendation to the commission and the city council on the selection of artwork.

• Darrell Taylor is an intermedia artist and director of the University of Northern Iowa Gallery Of Art in Cedar Falls

• Rebecca Ekstrand is a site-specific public sculpture artist based in Des Moines

• Mark Wahlert is executive director of the Dubuque Museum of Art

All of the sculptures are for sale and can be installed in both indoor and outdoor areas. The Art on the River exhibit is free.

Dubuque's Art on the River Website is HERE: http://www.cityofdubuque.org/index.aspx?NID=311
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