DubuqueFest Artist Application Open

Art Fair Application

Join us this spring in beautiful downtown Dubuque for the 40th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival!40th dfest cakeYou asked, we listened!  DubuqueFest applications will now be accepted through Zapp!

Click here to apply!

We know many of you already have Zapp accounts for other shows, but do not worry if you don’t.  The sign-up process for artists is easy, quick, and always free to create your account.

Set below Dubuque’s picturesque bluff is historic Washington Park, home to the DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival. Join the eclectic mix of artists who gather each May to exhibit and sell their work.  As Dubuque’s reputation grows as a tourist destination for art and culture, the popularity of the DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival grows with it, drawing lovers of art and history to the oldest festival in Iowa’s first city.

Artist Amenities:
Spacious 12 x 12 booths
Curbside loading and unloading
Free Parking (including overnight RV)
Complimentary Breakfast
Artists’ reception at Dubuque Museum of Art
Helpful On-site Art Fair committee members
2 Emerging Artist Scholarships
Overnight security
Boothsitters
$1,000 in cash awards

Get more festival information at www.dubuquefest.org.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild to Publish Annual Anthology

February 3rd, 2017writing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Heidi Zull & Gwen Werner, Project Editors
dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com

Dubuque Area Writers Guild to Publish Annual Anthology 

DUBUQUE, IA. – In conjunction with the 40th annual DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival (May 19-21, 2017), the Dubuque Area Writers Guild is excited to announce that it will be publishing the 39th edition of its Gallery book project. This year’s publication, “Movement” will be an open-genre anthology showcasing the art and writing of Dubuquers and those with ties to the Dubuque area. The concept “movement”, can focus on a variety of components, such as change or having changed, either physical or emotional. Or the movement of location, trends or ideas. Movement can be the bustle of people or the passage of time. Movement can also be the progressive development of a poem or story. Submissions about “movement” as a concept are encouraged, but works of any theme will be considered.

Writers of all ages may submit fiction, non-fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and memoir pieces. Prose entries should not exceed 1200 words. Poems should not exceed 30 lines. The project also invites submissions of black and white artwork (drawings, photography, digital art, etc.). Manuscripts should be double-spaced and the author’s name, address, e-mail address and telephone number must appear on each submitted page. Writers should also include a short biographical paragraph about themselves along with their submission (not to exceed 50 words maximum).

Electronic submissions are strongly preferred, and should be sent to dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com as attached .jpg or Word files. Please include the words “2017 Gallery submission” in the subject line of the email. If necessary, materials may also be mailed to Dubuque Area Writers Guild, PO Box 1166, Dubuque, IA 52004. The deadline for submissions to the anthology is April 1st, 2017.

Writers selected for publication may be invited to read at a reception to celebrate the launch of the anthology, which will be held Friday, May 19th during DubuqueFest at the Dubuque Museum of Art. The public is invited to attend the reception/reading and encouraged to purchase copies of The Gallery.

For more information, contact Heidi Zull or Gwen Werner at dubuqueareawritersguild@gmail.com.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Anthology

DAWG ShapesAnnual Release Party will be held as part of DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival on Friday May 20, 2016.  More information of the release party will be added when available.

Dubuque Area Writers Guild Gallery 2016, “Shapes,” will be an open-genre anthology showcasing art and writing by area creators of all ages. Submitters are asked to consider all senses and definitions of the theme: some examples include physical shape, emotional shape, the shape of a life or journey, or how one is shaped by one’s environment or experiences.

Dubuque One Acts

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Produces Premieres of Winning One-Act Plays –
From Its 38th Annual National Contest
August 20, 21 and 22, 2015 – 7:30pm

Nation’s oldest one-act play writing contest premieres three prize-winning dramas on Mindframe’s stage.

World premiere live performances of three outstanding new theater works will be presented by Dubuque Fine Arts Players in its 38th Annual National One-Act Play Festival on August 20-22.

The performances are winners in Dubuque’s contest, the longest established one-act playwriting contests in the nation. Since 1977, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players (a theater wing of the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society) have sponsored a national one-act playwriting contest and have offered productions of the winning scripts.

The contest is a unique theater tradition. Every year playwrights from around the US and several foreign countries submit unproduced original one-act plays to the contest. Each script goes through a rigorous screening process in which scripts are read by a panel of volunteer script readers. What makes the contest unique is that the readers represent people from all walks of life in the community. After multiple readings, the top ten scripts from this process are then evaluated by a panel of directors and final judges who select the three prize winners and determine which plays will be produced and staged by local volunteer actors, directors, and technicians.

For a third year, the productions will be at Mindframe Theaters in Dubuque, through a partnership with Mindframe.  Special lighting and stage embellishments and the availability of refreshments have made this a popular and memorable evening of live theatre for Festival patrons.  This year’s plays are provocative, humorous and thoughtful:

  • First Prize: The Other Half by Garry Michael Kluger (LaCrescenta, CA), directed by Lynda Mackie and featuring Lisa Anderson, Stephanie Bussan, Melissa McGuire, and Pearl Olson. A drama with some wonderful comedic moments, in which three women come to grips with a woman they thought they knew.
  • Second Prize: No Koch, Pepski by Ed Gross (Westwood, NJ), directed by Carrie Pozdol, with performances by James Brown, Aaron Pozdol, and Art Roche. A clever satirical commentary on the current state of political campaign finance.
  • Third Prize: Love in a Minor Key by David Finney (Chicago, IL), directed by Dan Fairchild. Actors include Robert Armstrong, Ryan Michael Decker, Jan Haverland,  Lynsay Haverland, and Lisa Pence.  A comedy about a widower trying to move on emotionally and physically.

Performances of this year’s one act plays will be August 20, 21 and 22 (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday) at 7:30 pm at Mindframe Theaters, behind Kennedy Mall in Dubuque. All three plays are shown each evening.  An opportunity to meet the directors, actors and possibly some playwrights for discussion will follow the performances each night. Tickets are $15.00 at the door, $10 for college students with ID and younger.   More at www.dbqoneacts.org.

Contact information for the winning playwrights and the three directors is available on request.  One Act Festival Doug Art