Public Art Pieces


The projects below were previously funded through our Public Art Program.  This program due to funding cuts no longer exists.  Groups can still apply for public art projects through our Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants programs.  So enjoy the show and be inspired to have an artist create a special piece for your building, landscape, or interior.  

  • East Grand Forks:  Brick relief by Kathryn McCleery on the new Campbell Library building in downtown East Grand Forks (right next to the locomotive).  To see the piece you must go into the parking lot by the main entrance to the building.  The unveiling occurred in April 2001 during the Grand Opening celebration of the Library.  
  • Crookston:  Eagle Sculpture by Richard Arfsten in a garden by the main entrance to the University of Minnesota Crookston’s Sports Complex.  Installed in the fall of 2001.  Pictured are Mara Wittman, Arts Council Director and Curt Almlie, project coordinator at the dedication of the sculpture in the Spring of 2002.

  • Old Mill State Park, rural Argyle: Artist Jeff Kreitz completed this sculpture of a large wheel shaped entry sign. The opening reception for the sculpture happened during Grinding Days at Old Mill State Park on August 29, 1999.
  • Roseau: The mural painting in Roseau by local artist Julie Elick covers the entire building.  The painting depicts some of the features and history of the Roseau community.  The building is located downtown on Main Avenue across the street from the library. 

    • Red Lake Falls: Artist Susan Warner created a ceramic compass sculpture and benches depicting the life of Pierre Bottineau, RLF’s founder. The opening occurred in August 2000 during the Chautauqua and Arts Festival celebration.  The sculpture is located in St. Joseph’s Cemetery on County Road 1, one mile outside Red Lake Falls.
  • Fosston: Millennium mural project, completed by artist Andy Nelson (pictured) in the fall of 2000.  Mural can be seen from Highway 2 in downtown Fosston.

  • Crookston: Local artists Gary Stegman and Mike Geffre completed this stainless steel pirate sculpture for the side of the new high school building in the summer of 2000.
  • Fosston: As you drive through Fosston, on Highway 2, look for the memorial platform on the North side of the highway and you will see the cast bronze eternal flame torch created by local artist Carmen Goldsmith in 2000.

  • Thief River Falls: Four etched granite benches by Karen Custard in Elks Park which is located by the 3rd Street (Highway 59) bridge crossing the Thief River.  The benches surround a fountain and depicts the four seasons (shown in first picture, second picture is the Summer bench). 

Other Projects that have just been completed but we do not have good photographs so they are not yet pictured include: 

  • Crookston: Veterans memorial granite etchings by Karen Custard.  Two large etchings of a male and female soldiers will be installed for an opening on Veteran’s Day 2001. 
  • Crookston: Friends of the Library, approval of the model by artist Gary Stegman. The project will be a carved wood Giving Tree relief inside the library.  
  • Roseau: Mural by Marv Espe at the Pioneer Farm.
  • Warren: Wood relief to be in the new Community Center sponsored by the Warren Chamber of Commerce showing agricultural changes through time.
  • Thief River Falls:  Environmental art by Jim Breiland to include a waterfall and pond as well as plantings in the interactive garden at the Occupational Development Center.
  • Warroad: Mural by Robert Kakaygeesick, Jr. in the Middle School.

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