Call Detail
2019 DUMA Biennial
Dubuque Museum of Art
Attn: Stacy Peterson
701 Locust St
Dubuque, IA 52001

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Iowa
Entry Deadline: 3/14/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 9
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 9
Entry Fee (2019 DUMA Biennial Entry Fee): $40.00

Applications must be submitted online through CaFE.


Thursday, March 14, 2019

May 18 – September 8, 2019

The exhibition is open to artists 18 years of age or older residing within a 200 mile radius of Dubuque, Iowa, 52001. Artists are responsible for the preparation and submission of their application.

Founded in 2003, the DUMA Biennial is a highly-competitive, juried exhibition highlighting leading contemporary artists from across the Midwest who are actively producing and presenting new work.

The 2017 DUMA Biennial was the most competitive edition yet, with juror Amanda Burdan, curator at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, selecting 70 works by 57 artists from among more than 200 submissions. Previous jurors have included 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, then curatorial assistant at the Walker Art Center.

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.

Sarah Humphreville, senior curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

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 through our collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. We connect generations of people to their cultural heritage and exceptional art.




The non-refundable application fee is $40. A minimum of one (1) and a maximum of nine (9) images* may be submitted per application. *(This is a change from our initial call rules with a three (3) image limit.)

For video and audio works, a minimum of one (1) and a maximum of three (3) files may be submitted per application.

Special instructions for DETAIL shots: All supplemental images of the same work should include the word “DETAIL” in the title and/or description. This is very important to prevent confusion during judging. For example, if you are a sculptor, and you submit an image of one sculpture, you could also include DETAIL images or alternate views of the sculpture. Or, if your work is two-dimensional but there is an area of detail on a work that you want to highlight for the juror, then you could submit DETAIL images of the highlighted section in addition to the overall image of the work.

Entry fee is payable online by credit card or by check payable to DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART and mailed to DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, C/O BIENNIAL, 701 LOCUST ST, DUBUQUE, IA 52001. Be sure to include a copy of your CaFE reciept with your check so that we may confirm your entry. Payments must be received on or before 5:00 PM, Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Original works of art only, reproductions will not be judged. All submitted works must have been completed between 2017 and 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.



Accepted works must be delivered to the Museum between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM, May 8-9, 2019. All accepted works must remain at the museum for the duration of the exhibition.

Shipped works must be timed to arrive during the stated delivery schedule. Artists are responsible for paying all shipping and insurance charges to and from the Museum. Please purchase a pre-paid return shipping label when you ship your artwork and include it with the artwork. Please ship all works to DUBUQUE MUSEUM OF ART, ATTN: STACY PETERSON, 701 LOCUST ST, DUBUQUE, IA 52001 (563)557-1851.

Containers should be sturdy and reusable with appropriate return shipping instructions. It is recommended that artist’s double box their works for shipping. The Museum is not responsible for artworks in transit.

Works must be picked up September 10-11, 2019 between the same hours listed. Shipped works will be returned in the same shipping materials. Shipped entries will be returned as soon as possible after the exhibition closes.

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

At the discretion of the organizer, any entries that do not meet the artwork specifications or artist eligibility 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.

March 14 Entry deadline
April 15 Notification of juror decision
May 2-3 Artwork delivered
May 18 Exhibition opens
June 7 Exhibition reception and awards presentation
June 8 Juror gallery talk
September 8 Exhibition closes
September 10-11 Pick-up artwork

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