art in public spaces

About the Art in Public Spaces Program


The Connecting Communities Art in Public Spaces program generates a creative exchange between artists and the Sheboygan community. It develops interaction through the creation of new works of public art and connects people with their own creativity, while enabling a diverse public to build a cultural identity that facilitates positive change.

Artist DIANA GABRIEL

Opening (Walk Through #1)

Opening (Walk Through #1) is a responsive pubic artwork enhancing community interactions with the architecture and open space in one of downtown Sheboygan’s alleyways. The construction of the piece will bridge the public space with the community that inhabits it. This, in turn, should mirror how the relationship between people, art, and environment can empower the city as a whole. As a Colombian immigrant, Gabriel finds it important to involve the community, especially the Latinx community, in this process as a way to integrate them and thus enrich the fabric of the Sheboygan Community.

FREE Open Studio with Diana Gabriel  (Spanish and English)

Join us in The ARTery to work with artist-in-residence Diana Gabriel in the creation of Opening (Walk Through #1), the newest work in the Art in Public Spaces program. The work will be installed in the alley next to the Korthals Enterprises building in the 500 block of North Eighth Street, Sheboygan.

Friday, May 25, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 26, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 29, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–7:00 p.m.

Taller bilingüe de arte  abierto con la artista Diana Gabriel español e inglés

Ven al The ARTery y trabaja con  la artista en residencia Diana Gabriel en la creación de Opening (Walk Through # 1), el trabajo más reciente del programa Art in Public Spaces. Esta obra se instalará en el callejón al lado del edificio Korthals Enterprises en la cuadra 500 de North Eighth Street, Sheboygan.

Viernes, 25 de mayo, 10:00 a.m.12: 00 p.m. y 1: 005:00 p.m.
Sábado, 26 de mayo, 10:00 a.m.12: 00 p.m. y 1: 005:00 p.m.
Martes, 29 de mayo, 10:00 a.m.12: 00 p.m. y 1: 007:00 p.m.

Diana Gabriel Opening Reception

Thursday, June 21
5:00–5:45 p.m.

This is a bilingual (English and Spanish), free event.
 Be among the first to see this large-scale installation by artist Diana Gabriel and the Sheboygan community. Come to the alley next to the Korthals Enterprises building in the 500 block of North Eighth Street in downtown Sheboygan to mark the completion of Opening (Walk Through #1). This work was created as part of the Arts Center’s Art in Public Spaces program, as was Natural Bridge Study/Estudio Puente Natural located in the 800 block of North Eighth Street.    

Inaguración del Art in Public Spaces
21 de junio de 2018, a las 5:00 p.m.

Sé uno de los primeros en ver esta gran instalación de la artista Diana Gabriel y la comunidad en Sheboygan. Ven al centro en el callejón al lado del edificio Korthals Enterprises en la cuadra 500 de North Eighth Street, para celebrar la realización de la obra  Opening (Walk Through #1) se instalará en.

 

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Meet Diana Gabriel

Saturday, June 23
3:00–5:00 p.m.

This is a bilingual (English and Spanish), free event.
Join us in The ARTery to meet artist-in-residence Diana Gabriel and learn about the creation of Opening (Walk Through #1), the newest work in the Art in Public Spaces program. The work, installed June 21, is located in the alley next to the Korthals Enterprises building in the 500 block of North Eighth Street, Sheboygan.

We will start at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and walk to the art piece location.

Conoce a la artista Diana Gabriel
23 de junio de 2018, 3: 00-5: 00 p.m.
El Centro de Artes John Michael Kohler Arts center en The ARTery

Ven al The ARTery y conoce a la artista en residencia Diana Gabriel, y aprende como se creó la nueva obra del programa Art in Public Spaces  Opening (Walk Through # 1.) La obra instalada el 21 de junio se encuentra ubicada en el callejón al lado del edificio Korthals Enterprises en la cuadra 500 de North Eighth Street, Sheboygan.

Comenzaremos en el Centro de Artes John Michael Kohler Arts Center y caminaremos hacia la ubicación de la obra de arte. Este es un evento gratuito bilingüe (inglés y español).

Artist MICHAEL MOORE

Artist and architect Michael Moore is the principal and founder of tres birds workshop. He will be creating a movement moraine. This piece is an interactive art installation inspired by the Sheboygan community’s experiences with wild animals as well as the spatial connection between the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Mead Public Library, and the future Art Preserve. The art piece will be located in the City Green, which is between Mead Library and the Arts Center. It will be seen as a communal space where art, music, and literature merge.

In fall 2017, tres birds workshop architect and artist Michael Moore visited Sheboygan and met with community members at a Connecting Communities conversation. He posed one question: What experience have you had with a wild animal in Sheboygan County? The question was meant to make contributors think about their current city situation—a fast-growing and diverse place—as well as the presence of animals in the Arts Center’s collection and the naturally-preserved areas around the county where animals reside. One of these safe spaces will be the future Art Preserve, which has been designed and will be built by tres birds workshop with the support of the John Michel Kohler Arts Center. In and around the new building, many natural and organic shapes will be found, including forms that recall moraines.

The community conversations led to the architect exploring the intimate moment which happens between a person and a wild animal when they see each other for the first time. For many participants, it seemed the moment of awareness that those animals exist and coexist with us was almost magical. Those moments were clearly important for the people in the conversations and for Michael Moore, who immediately recognized that a focus, source, or main point of the piece was needed.

The interactive sculpture has a main point, a source that emits light thorough colorful glass. This structure is high and at the top of the movement moraine. The multilevel terrain in the installation is made with dirt from the Art Preserve location. Tres birds workshop’s movement moraine will be a space that can be physically accessed by the visitor.

To participate in the making of this community piece, stay tuned to our website calendar and social media!

 

Artists PATRICIA CAZORLA AND NANCY SALEME

Nancy Saleme and Patricia Cazorla are an aunt and niece collaborative-artist team. They are originally from Venezuela and live and work in New York City, NY.

They have been collaborating for the last seven years, although their partnership goes farther back. They are passionate about public art and firmly believe that art can widen perspectives and educate communities. They create artwork that is accessible and empowering for all, since they share a strong passion for social justice. They draw inspiration from the migrant working-class community, and their public art practice involves interaction with many layers of the community and a belief that art and artists should be socially engaged. They have been awarded public art commissions by museums and nonprofit organizations with the goal of activating cultural programming in underserved neighborhoods. They work in a range of different mediums like sculpture, painting, drawing, and digital painting.

During spring 2018, Saleme and Cazorla visited Sheboygan. During this research visit, they engaged the community through bilingual (Spanish and English), free workshops and artist lectures. They met a part of the Sheboygan community, including the Latinx, and they fell in love with the city and its community.

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Sheboygan community are excited to have these artists return in August and September to create a new public artwork downtown.

To participate in the making of this community piece, stay tuned to our website calendar and social media!

Artist MARY ANNE KLUTH

ART IN PUBLIC SPACES INSTALLATION
826 N. 8th Street
Alleyway next to the Weill Center

Visit this stunning, large-scale installation by artist Mary Anne Kluth and the Sheboygan community. It will be a fixture in downtown Sheboygan for one year. This artwork was inspired by the natural land bridge in Virginia once owned by Thomas Jefferson. You simply have to see it in person!

Made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts,
Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust, and the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust.
Additional support was provided by City of Sheboygan, Northern Wisconsin Regional Council of Carpenters Local 731, Quasius Construction Inc., Sheboygan Squared, and Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.