ART MATTERS

Efforts ongoing to support public art in Marquette

Ex-Voto, the title of this exhibit by ceramic artist Scott Leipski, will be on display at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center until Saturday, Jan. 19. The artist is selling each of the 100 tiles that make up the exhibit as part of a fundraising effort to support public art in Marquette. The title of the exhibit stems from the word “offering.” In his exhibit, Leipski offers viewers nostalgic glimpses of his childhood memories in brightly colored, candy-like objects cast in clay.

Story and photo by Joseph Zyble
If new initiatives are successful, the public art scene in Marquette is going to bloom and grow for years to come. Last July, the City of Marquette rededicated its historic statue of the city’s namesake, and dedicated new features at Father Marquette Park, including the city’s second official work of public art: a steel sculpture representing the bow of a canoe located at the northeast entrance of the park.
More public art will follow. In 2014 the city included a public art policy in its masterplan. Under the plan, the city will contribute $30,000 annually to fund public art. The policy required the creation of a commission to oversee the city’s public art initiatives. Hence, Marquette Public Art Commission was formed last year.

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