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News & Articles | February 16, 2024

2024 Color and Contour of Music Contest Winners Announced

Hosted by the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Dubuque Museum of Art, the Color and Contour of Music Art Contest is an annual event celebrating the strong ties within Dubuque’s rich arts community. Entrants were asked to create an original work of art using the theme of LOVE as inspiration.

Winners of the 2-dimensional category are as follows:

Elementary school (K-5th grade)
Winner/Tied: The Love Garden by Amelia Boxleiter, grade 3 at St. Columbkille School
Winner/Tied: Romeo & Juliet’s Love Story in Animation by Jon Marc McGovern, grade 3 at Resurrection School

Middle and High school (6-12th grade)
Winner: Where the Love for Art and Music Collide by Kylie Shireman, grade 7 at Roosevelt Middle School

College and Adult
Winner: True Love by Susan Newman

Winners received tickets to the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Star-Crossed Lovers” on February 10-11, 2024 and a Family Membership to the Dubuque Museum of Art. Winners’ art also served as cover art for the DSO’s concert program book.

“A warm thank you to all of the participants!” shares Margaret Buhr, Dubuque Museum of Art’s Director of Creative Learning. “We were very pleased by the participation of the schools. Music and art are a natural pairing and it was inspiring to see how the artists interpreted the theme. Their imaginative approach was notable.”

About the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra

Under the direction of Maestro William Intriligator, the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra creates exceptional live musical experiences that challenge and inspire audiences. Our mission is to engage the tri-state community and enrich its quality of life through musical performances and educational programs. We strive for artistic achievement, innovation and commitment to our community. For more information, visit

About the Dubuque Museum of Art

The mission of the Dubuque Museum of Art is to create engaging art experiences that excite, inspire, and connect our community. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 2005, the Museum strives to be responsive to artists within the region as well as to the general community through a variety of temporary exhibitions, gallery tours, outreach programs, and educational classes and parent/child initiatives. For more information, visit