Art4Trails is a public art initiative to promote local artists and enhance our public parks by installing original art along Rochester’s bike trails.

Since its inception in 2016, their juried art competitions have commissioned 13 permanent and 16 temporary sculptures and unveiled the work of 24 local and regional artists.

 

Please consider volunteering and/or donating to “C4” noting “Art4Trails” in the memo, and send checks to C4/Art4Trails, 609 4th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

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Art4Trails announces selection of artists for 2022 Art4Trails installations

April 5 – Rochester, Minn.  Art4Trails is pleased to announce the selection of four artists for the fifth year of Art4Trails public art installations along the bike trails near downtown Rochester, MN.   

Jerry Carlson | Slatterly Park

Victor Yepez | River landing below 3rd St SE 

Bobby Marines | Mayo Park East

Sunghee Min | Silver Lake Fire station (7th St and Silver Lake Dr NE)

Art4Trails is a public art initiative to promote local artists and enhance our public parks by installing original art along the walking and bike trail system near downtown Rochester MN.  

It was developed in 2016 by the Rochester Arts and Culture Collaborative and has expanded its partnerships over its now six years of installations.

Artists selected for installations this summer all live in Minnesota.  Bobby Marines is a Rochester resident and familiar on the local art scene. He has been a part of several exhibits in Rochester and other galleries in southern Minnesota. His interactive piece, The Alchemist, will be placed in Mayo Park on the east side of the river.  Selected artist for the second year Sunghee Min, now of Roseville, was born in South Korea and emigrated to the United States in 1995. Her Greeting Tower is in place at the river landing site until the end of May and her Spark of Magic will be installed at the corner of 7th St and Silver Lake Dr NE in June. Besides showings at Art4Trails, she has had public art installations in Bemidji, MN, Chicago IL, and Clive IA. Victor Yepez, born in Ecuador and now living in Minneapolis,  will be installing Cyclist at the river landing site below 3rd St SE and across the river from the Government Center. An art teacher and frequent artist in residence, Victor was an artist in residence at John Marshall HS in 2020; his Golden Spirit metal horse sculpture was sited at Slatterly Park in 2020.  Also engaged in a career as an EMT, Jerry Carlson is bringing his whimsical Scandinavian Huldufolk (elf) House structure to Slatterly Park. It was most recently seen at the Art Shanties Festival on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis.  

The artists each receive a $3,750 stipend for these temporary installations, all of which will be available to purchase from the artists after a year of placement on the Art4Trails sites. The artworks will be installed in the early summer and unveiled at a public event in June 18. There will be a tour of these new pieces where the artists will each speak about their work. 

More information about Art4Trails, including a map of current art installations, is available on the Rochester Art Center website here.       (http://rochesterartcenter.org/art4trails)

2021 Artists Chosen

Four artist proposals were accepted to install public art for the bike trails near
downtown Rochester, MN. Congratulations to these artists!

Kristopher Tiffany | Slatterly Park
Sunghee Min | River Landing
Jamie Weinfurter | Recreational trail south of 7th Street NW at Silver Lake
Greg Mueller | Mayo Park East 

Artists selected for installations summer of 2021 all live in Minnesota, from Lutsen to Rochester. Kristopher Tiffany, originally from Arizona, is a Rochester resident and a stained glass artist at Willet Hauser Architectural Glass in Winona. Sunghee Min, now of Roseville, was born in South Korea and emigrated to the United States in 1995. In the past year, she has had public art installations in Bemidji, MN, Chicago IL, and Clive, IA. Selected artist for the second year, Jamie Weinfurter lives in Minneapolis and is the creator of Loom, currently sited at Mayo Park east. Although hailing from the North Shore, Greg Mueller is familiar to Rochester, having been a part of the 2020 Arts Elevated Regional Juried Exhibition at the Rochester International Airport.

The artists each received $3,000 stipend for these temporary installations, all of which will be available to purchase from the artists after a year of placement on the Art4Trails sites. The artworks were installed and unveiled at a public event in June 2021.

Greeting Tower
Sunghee Min, Roseville MN, Red painted stainless steel, Downtown river landing

Nautilus
Kristopher Tiffany, Rochester MN, Steel and faceted glass, Slatterly Park

Portal Paraboloid
Greg Mueller, Lutsen MN, Salvage metal and pipe, Mayo Park

Mound
Jamie Weinfurter, Minneapolis MN Concrete tile, rebar, dirt
Bike Trail south of 7th St NW

WALKING TOURS NOW HAPPENING

VOLUNTEER & DONATE

Volunteer work is in progress and committees are working for 2018 and beyond. Look for upcoming notices regarding 2018 Art4Trails events in October, date yet to be determined.

2019 Artists Chosen

Four artist proposals were accepted to install public art for the bike trails near
downtown Rochester, MN. Congratulations to these artists!

Mary Beth Magyar | Slatterly Park

Judd Nelson | River Landing

Isaac Kidder | Mayo Park East

Ryan and James Pedersen | Silver Lake Fire Station

Save the date for an unveiling event and bike tour alongside Rochesterfest Sunday, June 23.

2019 Public Art Announcement

Art4Trails is facilitating two separate calls for public art:

1. A third year of Art4Trails public art installations for the bike trails near
downtown Rochester, MN. Art4Trails was developed in 2016 by the
Rochester Arts and Culture Collaborative and has expanded its partnerships
over its three years of installations.

2. The Rochester Park and Recreation Department is seeking artists to
develop art installations in the Cascade Lake Park. The City will work with
Art4Trails organization to review artist proposals and provide guidance to
the City on selection.

Both calls open November 1, 2019 and close January 14th, 2019. Applications are
submitted via this link and each call includes more information about additional
materials to be emailed to art4trailsrochmn@gmail.com. An art selection
committee of artists, curators and community members will review each
application and recommend artists for each project. Notifications will be made
February 4, 2019.

ABOUT ART4TRAILS

Art4Trails was developed in 2016 by the Rochester Arts and Culture Collaborative. Expansion of partnerships now includes Rochester Art CenterRochester Parks and RecreationOlmsted County Public HealthRNeighborsWeBikeRochesterMinnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, C4 (Concerned Citizens for a Creative Community) and Rochester Downtown Alliance.

This fall, Art4Trails will hold its third juried competition for temporary and permanent sculptures.  Winners will be selected by a committee and announced in early 2019.

Art4Trails is a public art initiative to promote local artists and enhance our public parks by installing original art along the bike trails near downtown Rochester. Thirteen artists submitted proposals, and five of these were selected as winners by a panel of neighbors, artists, park department representatives, and arts organization administrators. The winners received $2,500 for supplies and materials. Once installed, any member of the public can purchase the sculptures directly from the artists.

 

2018 WINNING SCULPTURES:

Unbroken, by Katya Roberts: The sculpture is a single sheet of aluminum, painted white, using only bends and cuts to form its visual and inner life.  This replaced the Giant Fish sculpture in Slatterly Park.

Tractor Cat, by Richard Brubaker: This work shows a cat featuring five individual pieces of interlocking steel, playfully painted in five bright colors. This sculpture will be installed in Roy Sutherland Park. It is the only permanent sculpture in this collection. It was donated by the artist to the City of Rochester.

Fantastical Fruit, by Amarama: The work features four large fruits made of hand-dyed cement in various shapes and sizes, and includes colored mosaic on inner slices of fruit. The sculpture is in Mayo Park East, near the playground.

Drinking Sunshine, by Craig Snyder: The sculpture stands 14 feet tall and shows eight colorful cubes, each precariously balanced one on top of the other, all seemingly ready to topple over. It is installed on the concrete peninsula in the river behind the Government Center.

Perfect Canoe, by Sebastien Richer: The canoe is fabricated in steel, about 10 feet long and shaped like an s-curve. Installed at the confluence of the Zumbro River and Bear Creek in Mayo Memorial Park.

2018 SCULPTURE:

Phoenix Rising, by  Richard Brubaker:  is an abstract figure of a bird that has achieved new life after surviving a deadly fire.  It is a metaphor for the history of Rochester, a city that rose from the ashes of a devastating tornado to become a world-class medical center.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a gran from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.