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CityArt Kick Offs Its 2022 Walking Sculpture Tour this Saturday
MANKATO, MN (May 17, 2022) — Saturday morning, May 21, the 2022 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour will be installed as thirty-one new pieces—representing nearly $400,000 of art from renowned sculptors throughout the country—are placed throughout the City Center. The recently established Marian Anderson Fund of the Mankato Area Foundation is the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s exhibition, which will showcase new and original works of art in a wide variety of styles, scales and mediums. See Full Release

2021 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Awards Announced
MANKATO, MN (November 10, 2021) — CityArt, a joint initiative of Twin Rivers Council for the Arts and the City Center Partnership, announced the 2021 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Awards this evening at Greater Mankato Growth’s Business Awards and Hall of Fame event. See Full Release

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Celebrates 10th Anniversary
MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) – Downtown Mankato’s CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour is entering its tenth year with the debut of 31 new sculptures this weekend. Over the last decade, the tour has been highly regarded by locals and visitors. See Full Story.

Sculpture Tour Winners Announced The Mankato Free Press (November 24, 2020) – The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Awards have been announced, including the selection that will stay permanently in the City Center. See Full Story.

Arts in Mankato – “It’s Our Time, It’s What We’re Trying to Say” Mankato Life (August 12, 2020) – City Center has pretty much become that Arts and Cultural District, though not formally named or designated as such. But an emphasis was placed on enhancing downtown Mankato and North Mankato, and from that has sprung new ideas and collaborations. See Full Story.

The Silo Art Project is Completed after 2-Years of Work by Guido van Helten KEYC (July 2, 2020) – The 135-ft tall mural featured on three sides of the Ardent Mills grain silos is now complete for residents, the region and tourists to absorb. See Full Story.

Mankato’s Massive Silo Mural is Finished Star Tribune (June 29, 2020) – Mankato’s Massive Silo Mural is Finished and ‘Really Inspiring People to think Big”  See Full Story.

Our View: Sculpture Tour Welcome More Than Ever The Mankato Free Press (June 22, 2020) – We are so relieved that not even a pandemic could stop this outdoor feast for the eyes from returning to the community. See Full Story.

Photos: Artist Guido van Helten’s Mural Filling East Side of SilosThe Mankato Free Press (June 16, 2020) – Photos of the Silo Art Mural progression See Full Story.

New Sculptures Installed but Some Tour Events CanceledThe Mankato Free Press (June 13, 2020) – Two dozen pieces have been installed for the ninth annual CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, but big public events canceled due to pandemic. See Full Story.

Art Hounds: Mankato Silos Come Alive in Public Art ProjectMPR News (May 14, 2020) – Artist Guido Van Helten has been creating a mural on the exterior of the Ardent Mills silos in Mankato, Minn. The silos are located adjacent to the site of the mass hanging of 38 Dakota men in 1862. See Full Story.

Silo Art Poject Resumes in MankatoKEYC (April 1, 2020) – Painting of the anticipated silo art project in Old Town Mankato resumed Monday. See Full Story.

Australian artist resumes work on Ardent Mills silo muralMankato Free Press (April 1, 2020) – Australian artist Guido van Helten is back up in a boom lift and adding to his massive mural on Ardent Mills’ 122-foot silos. See Full Story.

Australian Artist Using Concrete as His Canvas Across the World 7NEWS Sydney (February 15, 2020) – It’s dangerously high and, in this case, freezing work, but an Australian artist is changing the face of cities around the world using concrete as his canvas. See Full Story.

Artist Paints Giant Mural on Grain SilosKSNW-TV (December 4, 2019) – There’s a beautiful work of art taking shape in Mankato, Minnesota. See Full Story.

Master muralist will transform Mankato silos with realistic, giant imagesStar Tribune (October, 26, 2019) – Australian artist says his work will suggest diversity, reconciliation. See Full Story.

Silo Mural Beginning with Artist citing Inspiration from Mahkato Pow Wow (October 16, 2019) – Mankato Free Press – Van Helten is in Mankato to begin work this week on the 122-foot silos located along the Minnesota River next to the Veterans Memorial Bridge. See Full Release.

2019 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour to be installed Saturday, May 11 (April 22, 2019) – Press Release – Public Invited to Meet Artists at Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast. See Full Release.

City Center Mankato Announces Phase II of INFUSE: Artists on Main Street (April 12, 2019) – Press Release – The City Center Partnership is excited to commence phase II of INFUSE: Artists on Main Street Mankato, a partnership between the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and Springboard for the Arts with support from the Bush Foundation. See Full Release.

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour Prepares for New Sculptures (April 10, 2019) – Press Release – Early in the morning on Saturday, April 20, volunteers will remove the current sculptures to prepare the bass for the ninth installation of the public art tour. See Full Release.

Mankato Silos Could Be Canvas for Striking MuralsStar Tribune (March 31, 2019) – The giant, concrete towers overlook the Minnesota River. See Full Story.

Mankato grain silos could soon feature giant artwork of famed Australian muralistPaul Pioneer Press (March 9, 2019)Funding could soon be secured for the larger-than-life mural project planned for a grain elevator on the Minnesota River in downtown Mankato. See Full Story

Going Public Mankato Magazine (July 24, 2018)Whether it’s sculptures or murals, Mankato is a bastion of public art. See Full Story.

Silo art project meets funding goal Rochester Post Bulletin (June 6, 2019)The $250,000 needed to paint massive murals on the Ardent Mills silos in the Old Town section of Mankato is in hand and the Australian artist doing the work will be back this summer to get more information to finalize his design. See Full Story.

New CityArt Installation Begins – KEYC (May 7, 2018) – The time for observing beautiful art in the city has returned! See Full Story.

Students’ Iron Representation of Rebirth Chosen for Sculpture WalkMankato Free Press (March 18, 2018) – After together creating art that has been featured in sculpture tours across the state, two teachers collaborated to create a new class at Janesville-Waldorf-Pendleton High School. See Full Story. 

Mankato City Center Receives Art Grant – KEYC (March 1, 2018) – Megan Flanagan with the City Center Partnership joined KEYC News 12 This Morning to talk about Mankato being selected as an Artist on Main Street community, what it means for the City Center, and upcoming events in Mankato’s City Center. See Full Story.

Mankato Snags $15k Grant for Old Town Art Mankato Free Press (February 27, 2018) – The Old Town neighborhood will be getting a little more vibrant, thanks to an arts-centered pilot project as part of Mankato’s Minnesota Main Street Community designation. See Full Story.

Cultural Strategic Plan Unveiled Mankato Free Press (January 23, 2018) – Curious fans of Mankato’s creative community filled the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts gallery to check out the city’s latest strategic plan to support and promote the arts. See Full Story.

The Deeper Meaning of Art Mankato Free Press (December 12, 2017) Students dig deeper into why we like the art we like, and how it applies to the sculpture tour. See Full Story

“Maestro” Wins People’s Choice Award Mankato Free Press (November 14, 2017) Musical notes have been heard along the streets of downtown Mankato since May when the interactive “Maestro” sculpture was installed as part of the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. See Full Story

Home” Sweet Home Mankato Free Press (August 24, 2017) As part of the latest CityArt On the Go Traffic Signal Box mural installation, young artists with The 410 Project painted images of what “home” means to them. See Full Story

New Sculpture Celebrates Fireworks – Mankato Free Press (July 4, 2017) A new sculpture at Riverfront Park, set to be dedicated just before the Independence Day fireworks Tuesday night, is designed to do some serious multi-tasking. See Full Story

Newly Dedicated Statue a Symbol of Veterans’ Sacrifices – Mankato Free Press (May 29, 2017) Dedicating a statue that he said “masterfully captures both the pride and resolve of our veterans,” historian Bryce Stenzel urged Memorial Day observers not to forget about veterans’ unseen wounds. See Full Story

CityArt Walking Sculpture Removal April 8—Mankato Times (March 27, 2017) Early in the morning on Saturday, April 8, volunteers from the CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour, a program of the City Center Partnership and Twin Rivers Council for the Arts, will remove the current sculptures to prepare the bases for the seventh installation of the public art tour.  See Full Story

CityArt 2016 sculpture tour set to open Saturday—Mankato Free Press (May 7, 2016) What comes down is going back up. CityArt Mankato is getting ready to introduce the 2016 Walking Sculpture Tour with its annual Artist Meet and Greet, which takes place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday. See Full Story

Making Way: CityArt Removes 2015 Sculpture Tour—Mankato Free Press (April 9, 2016) Art enthusiasts took down the 2015 Walking Sculpture Tour to make way for 27 new works. See Full Story

“Godzilla” Wins People’s Choice Award In Mankato’s CityArt—KEYC (November 17, 2015) A sculpture in Mankato’s City Art Walking Sculpture Tour takes home the People’s Choice Award.

Dale Lewis of Hastings took home the award after using hundreds of stainless steel scraps to create his piece, “Godzilla.” Read Full Article

Artists Shine As Their Work Is Unveiled—Mankato Free Press (May 17, 2015) Thirty-one new sculptures are introduced to Mankato and North Mankato from artists across MN and around the world. See Full Story

CityArt Introduces New Sculpture—KEYC TV (May 16, 2015) The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour introduces thirty-one new sculptures into City Center Mankato. See Full Story

Late Ann Vetter Commissioned Downtown SculptureThe Free Press (March 13, 2015) Patti and Katie Miller accept a posthumous Volunteer of the Year Award for their mother Ann Vetter, and unveil a bronze sculpture their mother commissioned before she died last year. The sculpture will be installed in the City Center this spring. See Full Story

City Center Partnership Announces Fourth People’s Choice Winner (November 19, 2014) The City Center Partnership announced the 2014 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour award winners at the November 18th Greater Mankato Business Awards and Hall of Fame event. Read Full Release

Second Phase of CityArt On the Go Installed (October 4, 2014) The second phase of CityArt On the Go, a program of the City Center Partnership, has been installed on traffic signal cabinets along Riverfront Drive, Second Street and Mulberry Street. Read Full Release

City Center Partnership Announces Major Gift to Purchase 9/11 Memorial Sculpture (September 10, 2014) The City Center Partnership is proud to announce that a major donor stepped forward to purchase #G-0048, the 9/11 memorial sculpture created by artist Greg Mueller and currently part of the 2014 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. Read Full Release

Selection Committee Announces CityArt On the Go Winners (August 15, 2014) The City Center Partnership’s CityArt Committee is excited to announce the 2014 CityArt On the Go winners. These artists will either be painting or creating digital art images that will be permanently displayed on traffic signal cabinets along Riverfront Drive, Second Street and Broad Street. Read Full Release

CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour 2014—32 new sculptures to be installed May 17 (May 5, 2014) The CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour will be welcoming thirty-two new sculptures on Saturday, May 17th into the City Centers of Mankato and North Mankato. The program will feature stunning works of art created by renowned artists from 12 different states in the U.S., 2 foreign countries and many pieces by Minnesota artists. Read Full Release

City Center Partnership Announces People’s Choice Winner (October 21, 2013) The City Center Partnership announced the 2013 CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour award winners at the November 20th Greater Mankato Business Awards and Hall of Fame event. The People’s Choice was awarded to Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby of South Dakota for their sculpture “Saturday Distractions”. Read Full Release






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