Byways of Iowa Public Art Initiative

About This Project

The Byways of Iowa Foundation and the Northeast Iowa RC&D are working with partners across the state to develop the first 15 large public art pieces in Iowa Scenic Byway communities. 

Design concepts will be imagined and developed by local community leaders, residents, and youth. These beautiful, one of a kind art pieces will enhance our communities, encourage travelers to slow down and spend time in our historic downtowns, improve the social and economic vitality of Iowa communities, and foster economic development. They will also encourage visitors from around the world to travel throughout Iowa to enjoy unique art and spend time and money along Iowa’s Scenic Byways.

We invite you to join us in this effort.

Each of the commissioned art pieces will cost $10,000-$20,000. Local artists will be selected to create these original works of art to enhance Iowa communities and encourage visitors to spend more time throughout the state.

$10,000 will secure your name or the name of your business on a permanent name plate near the art piece in any of the aforementioned communities. If you are interested in funding an art piece in a community not mentioned above, you can contact Mallory Marlatt at 563-864-7112 or

Any donation amount of $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, etc. will be recognized and promoted through other communication avenues, including the Byways of Iowa Foundation website.

Communities that are currently participating include:

CommunityLocal Project Contact
AmanaJessica Rilling
AnamosaMallory Marlatt
Belle PlaineJessica Riltdng
BellevueMallory Marlatt
DelhiMallory Marlatt
DubuqueDavid Schmitz
ElkaderJared Nielsen
Guthrie CenterBrenda Windmtrler
GuttenbergJared Nielsen
KeosauquaDiana Hughell
ManchesterMallory Marlatt
MaquoketaMallory Marlatt
PostvilleJared Nielsen
WaukonJared Nielsen
WintersetHeather Riley
Project Sponsors

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