ST. CHARLES – In preparation for the opening of the Sculpture in the Park exhibition, the St. Charles Park Foundation, St. Charles Park District and Sculpture in the Park Committee are now accepting applications to this popular annual celebration of public art which takes place in Mount St. Mary Park.
Interested sculptors can find event details and apply online at stcsculpture.org. The deadline for applications to this year’s event is Feb. 7.
Sculpture in the Park awards a $1,000 honorarium for each accepted sculpture. A one-year installation of a selected piece will be placed on display in the East Garden at the Baker Community Center, for which the winning artist will receive a $1,500 honorarium, according to a news release from the St. Charles Park District. The guiding Sculpture in the Park Committee for this event will also award a “Committee Award” of $500 to an exemplary sculptor who will be recognized at the “Sculptor’s Reception” to be held on June 19 at Mount St. Mary Park.
Visitors to the website can learn more about the history of Sculpture in the Park, view photographs from each year of the program’s history including the District’s permanent collection, and download a map for a self-guided walking tour through the exhibit at Mount St. Mary Park. Nearly 20 sculptures can be seen throughout the park district, including at Mount St. Mary Park, Baker Memorial Park, Lincoln Park, Pottawatomie Park, Delnor Woods Park and Fox Chase subdivision.
Several of these sculptures were donations by community members and sculptors. Sculptures are chosen by the Sculpture in Park committee, which evaluates the submissions from local, regional and national sculptors.
The committee's goal is to select pieces that will be a good fit within the 29-acre expanse of Mount St. Mary Park and reflect its scenic beauty on the banks of the Fox River. A biking and walking path loops through the exhibit space, enticing visitors into the park and inviting passers-by to stop and appreciate the art on display.
More information on Sculpture in the Park is available by calling Sabrina Killeen at 630-513-4329.
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