Dubuque Racing Association funds DCFAS

For Immediate Release
June 29, 2012

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society announces the support of Dubuque Racing Association.  May 2012, Dubuque Racing Association granted Dubuque County Fine Arts Society $9,698 for technology upgrades.

The Dubuque County Fine Arts Society (DCFAS) is a volunteer-driven 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit arts organization serving the Dubuque, Iowa community. DCFAS serves as an “umbrella” organization for a range of affiliate groups and programs and is governed by an active volunteer board and committees. The group’s mission is “to encourage, promote, and present local and regional arts including music, writing, theater, and fine art.”

With a team of like-minded individuals, Ruth and Russ Nash founded Fine Arts Society in 1976 to enrich the cultural landscape of Dubuque. With Russ and Ruth’s passing in 2000 and 2002, respectively, board members and volunteers committed themselves to maintaining the core programs of the organization and guiding DCFAS toward a more sustainable future. The challenge of reinventing Fine Arts Society has resulted in a number of new volunteers, committee and board members, bringing new ideas, energy, and vitality to the group while remaining true to its mission to provide free or low-cost access to arts experiences through a variety of cultural programming.

DCFAS affiliates and programming continue to keep the arts alive in the Dubuque community.

  • The city’s longest running festival each May, DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival brings three days of free concerts, dance, performance, two days of a juried fine art fair, and the annual Dubuque Old House Enthusiast’s Old Home Tour.
  • Dubuque Area Writer’s Guild, meets to share their written work with others and publishes an annual anthology of creative writing and art by local writers.
  • Dubuque Fine Arts Players put on the oldest one-act play contest in the United States. The contest receives entries from around the country and around the world; the top three plays are produced and performed by the group each year in the Fall. Productions feature the talents of local actors and directors in the world premiere performances of winning plays.
  • Voices from the Warehouse Art Exhibit, is a month-long art exhibit and cultural event located in a re-purposed 15,000 square foot gallery space within Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District.  V8 Innov8 Break the Paradigm with contemporary artists and cultural programming events this September.
  • The new Nash Gallery, located at 489 4th street in Cable Car Square, downtown Dubuque gives the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society a meaningful presence in downtown Dubuque’s cultural district and serves as a creative hub for the organization and its affiliates.


Announcements Voices

Voices Artists Announced!

Voices from the Warehouse District V8 INNOV8: Break the Paradigm artists have been announced!  Check Voices Artists page for list of artists, more information will be added! 

Announcements DubuqueFest

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Fundraiser & Exhibit

DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Fundraiser & Exhibit
Friday, April 27
New Nash Gallery

Art lovers, mark your calendars for Friday, April 27. Join the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society for the grand opening of Nash Gallery, Dubuque’s new home for emerging artists, on Friday, April 27, 6-9 p.m. at 489 Bluff Street in Cable Car Square.  The opening exhibit is an openthemed group show featuring the work of several local and regional artists including collaborative installation work. The opening reception serves as a fundraiser for DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival, Dubuque’s premiere all arts festival scheduled for May18-20. The cost is $10 and includes appetizers, art, drinks, and music.  All proceeds support the festival.  The exhibit serves as the inaugural show of the new Nash Gallery, Dubuque County Fine Arts Society’s non-profit exhibition space for emerging artists. Fine Arts Society hopes to host more shows and events in the space in the coming year. More details to come!

Announcements Dubuque Area Writers Guild

Next Writers Guild Meeting: Join us!

The next Guild meeting will be held on March 9th, 2012 at 6pm the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque meeting room on the 2nd Floor of the Roshek Building. Bring your journal or laptop to work on, and an excerpt of your favorite piece of writing to share!

Questions? email us at


Announcements Voices

V8 Call to Artists!

Voices from the Warehouse District: V8 Issues Call to Artists to Submit Artwork

DUBUQUE, IA – (February 17, 2012) Celebrating its 8th year, Voices from the Warehouse District is issuing a call for artists 18 years and over to submit images for jury selection to be included in this year’s exhibition which will run Saturday, September 8, 2012 through Friday, October 5, 2012. This year’s theme is INNOV8: Break the Paradigm. The entry deadline for artists’ submissions is April 1, 2012 with notification of selected works for the exhibition on April 15, 2012. The deadline for delivery of accepted work is August 1, 2012.

Located at 10th & Jackson Streets in the heart of Dubuque’s Historic Millwork District with 15,000 square feet of warehouse space, Voices offers artists an opportunity to explore content and exhibit in scale and mediums uninhibited by the conventions of traditional gallery or museum space.  Fields of interest include: large and small scale installation, painting, photograph, works on paper, sculpture, and video.

For an artist’s application and exhibition details, please visit

Voices from the Warehouse District is an affiliate of The Dubuque County Fine Arts Society (DCFAS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1976. Its mission is to offer arts and cultural programming to the entire Tri-State region.

For More Information Contact:
Holly Flood
Voices from the Warehouse District Exhibition Coordinator

Announcements Events

Elisha Darlin after dinner Rock

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society will be awarding Connie Twining & Stormy Mochal with the Elisha Darlin Art Award this Friday, February 24, 2012 The Hotel Julien.  After the award dinner, we will be enjoying the Rockabilly Styling of The Fast Clydes from 9-11PM.  Not an awards dinner kind of person?  What to rock the The Fast Clydes?  Come Rock after dinner, $10 donation suggested.  Donations will go to High School Visual Arts Scholarship Fund Connie and Stormy have created.


RSVP to Elisha Darlin Awards

This wonderful event will begin with a cocktail reception from 6:30 to 7:30, followed by a dinner of salmon and beef tenderloin and the awards program honoring Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal. The evening will include live music from The Fast Clydes and slides from Outside the Lines and The Great Draw.  Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at the event, but please RSVP to by February 17 in order to guarantee a seat and meal; you may include any diet restrictions in the email.


2012 Elisha Darlin Award Announced

Arts supporters save the date!  The Dubuque County Fine Arts Society will present the Elisha Darlin Arts Award to Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal Friday, February 24, 2012 6:30 p.m. at The Hotel Julien.

Each year, the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society (DCFAS) presents the Elisha Darlin Arts Award in recognition of the contributions of an individual or group to the arts and cultural landscape of the community.  Past recipients include artists in a variety of media, arts organizers, advocates, patrons, and those involved in the promotion of arts and culture.  This year, Fine Arts Society presents the Elisha Darlin Arts Award to Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal, co-owners of Outside the Lines Art Gallery at 409 Bluff Street in Dubuque.  Connie and Stormy have been an integral part of the Dubuque arts community since first working together at the Rocco Buda Gallery.  2011 saw the pair celebrate the inaugural year of their Great Draw sidewalk art competition and Scholarship fund.  An Award Celebration to honor Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal is scheduled for Friday, February 24 from 6:30 p.m. at The Hotel Julien.

Both Connie and Stormy have a long history with the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society.  They met in 2002 while Connie was chair of the DCFAS’ Rocco Buda Gallery where Stormy, a recent Loras graduate, was given one of her first commercial art shows.  After a great experience working together on a second gallery show and DCFAS’ annual Dubuquefest fine arts fair weekend, Stormy approached Connie in summer of 2003 about forming a new commercial gallery together to replace the recently closed Rocco Buda Gallery.  The two wasted no time and by November of that year they were holding their first opening in the Bluff Street space now occupied by Monk’s Kaffee Pub.

Outside the Lines Art Gallery has grown from representing about 35 artists at its inception to over 85 local and regional artists.  This growth demanded more gallery space, and in 2005 the move was made to the current location at 409 Bluff Street.  OTLAG currently stands as the sole commercial art gallery in Dubuque and provides local artists the invaluable opportunity to profit from their art.  In an era where grants and institutional support for artists have become more and more scarce, Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal have dedicated themselves to the idea of helping support the working artist.

In addition to their labors at OTLAG, Connie and Stormy had both long imagined creating a scholarship for visual art students.  An online encounter with renowned street artist Julie Kirk-Purcell began to take shape as an opportunity to incorporate a street art demonstration with a competition and fundraiser for the scholarship fund.  The Great Draw was born out of this idea in 2011 and was a huge success, hosting 60 competitors in four categories, Under 12, Teen, Adult, and Artist.  $850 was raised for the scholarship fund, which will be presented to a deserving art student from Dubuque Senior High School pursuing a secondary arts education.  Additionally, $950 in prize money was awarded and funding help was received in the forms of an Art Gumbo Grant, and Iowa Arts Council grant, and a grant from Alliant Energy.  The 3rd weekend of September 2012 will see the second annual Great Draw and is already a highly anticipated event.

An annual award presented by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society, the Elisha Darlin Arts Award honors an individual or group that has made an outstanding contribution to the arts.  Named for the late Elisha Darlin, an educator and founding board member of Fine Arts Society, past recipients of the award include Ruth and Russ Nash, Sue Riedel, Lenore Howard and Doug Donald, Sue Flogel, Bob Woodward, Gail Chavenelle, Sandye Voight, Gene Tully, Fran and Ellen Henkels, former Dubuque City Councilwoman Ann Michalski, and the Dubuque Cultural Preservation Committee among many others.

Last year’s award recipient was Margi Burr, educational director at the Dubuque Museum of Art.

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society will present the Elisha Darlin Arts Award on Friday, February 24 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hotel Julien.  Admission (to be determined) will be available at the door.  The evening will begin with a cocktail reception from 6:30 to 7:30, followed by dinner and the awards program honoring Connie Twining and Stormy Mochal.  The evening will include a live band and slides from Outside the Lines and The Great Draw.

Admission Price and RSVP information is on the way, keep an eye here.


2011 Elisha Darlin Art Award Nominees Discussed

Dubuque County Fine Arts Society board members met October 10 to
discuss Elisha Darlin Award nominees.

The Annual Elisha Darlin Arts Award honors a person or persons who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in Dubuque. The award was named in honor of Elisha Darlin (1924-1993), a founder and early board member of Fine Arts Society. We will announce the winner of the 2011 award here with information on the award ceremony.