Grain lives online and in print with the purpose of connecting the world to the creative people and works of Dubuque, IA and its surrounding areas. The semi-annual magazine particularly serves as a companion to our gallery shows, featuring artist interviews and illumination of gallery themes. Our online presence, a community-partner project, features exclusive perspectives from the ground-level of our creative culture.

Mentoring Youth: Live Performance and Songwriting

August 20, 2016

In late 2015, members of the Dubuque Area Arts Collective developed a new program building on the organization’s mission statement to mentor and empower young artists. Project 1 was devised to encourage young musicians to…

Behind InHarmony: Dean Wellman

August 20, 2016

It’s tough being an artist. One must master a wide range of technical skills, hone creative thinking and position oneself effectively to create new work. This requires self-discipline, imagination and, often, a friendly demeanor –…

Art: The New Meditation

August 15, 2016

Creating art is about reaching a state of awareness and breaking free from the constant negative chatter in our minds. “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind,…

Tangible Space: Moonsick Magazine

May 11, 2016

Gwen (Beatty) Werner is a local writer, as well as an actor, musician, barista, and legal clerk. 1. What was the impetus to start Moonsick Magazine? How long has it been online? It began as…

Hate Male

May 9, 2016

  After a horrific rape and murder happened in the downtown neighborhood last summer much of Dubuque was upset. A particular news outlet reported a portion of the horrific event as “had sex with” instead…

Show Quality: Interview with Local Breeder Brian Wilhelm

May 9, 2016

Brian Wilhelm specializes in breeding “bullies” (such as the American Pitbull Terrier). Wilhelm and other members of their group, 8TRE Bullies, can regularly be seen walking their show-quality dogs throughout downtown Dubuque, as well as…

Body Slam: A New Canvas Experience

April 27, 2016

The Body Slam art contest was a space for artists to create art in a time sensitive, circumstantial setting. The artists were challenged to form a lasting impression on viewers using a medium that is…

Art Careers: Putting Art Degrees to Work

April 18, 2016

Do you remember the last time you saw a listing for artist needed in an on-line jobs board or the Sunday newspaper classified ads? What can I do with a major in Art or Design?Louise…

Call for Submissions: Feature Articles on the arts

February 4, 2016

Grain Magazine is soliciting contributing writers to educate and inform the local and regional community about its dynamic and wide-ranging art scene. Grain would like to hear about your personal experiences as an artist or…

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