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For more than 160 years, the City of Saint Paul has written its own history alongside the Mighty Mississippi, its natural beauty and scenic vistas punctuated by the painstaking work of artisans who built the city’s famous landmarks. The legacy of Minnesota’s capital city – the confluence of commerce and splendor, artistry and industry – is rooted in its history, and public art is a critical part of that legacy because it tells the stories of the people and places that matter to all of us.

Since 1987, Public Art Saint Paul has been honored to play a critical role in creating and maintaining that legacy by bringing artists together with communities. The result is a public sphere that fosters imagination, explores civic values and the community’s evolving history, and strengthens public places as vessels of public life. Public Art Saint Paul artists have shaped the parks, streetscapes, bridges, and structures of Minnesota’s capital city, created artworks for public buildings and open spaces, and produced temporary art installations and public art events. Public Art Saint Paul also advocates for and supports artists who collaborate in the planning and design of public places and structures, while engaging young people in awareness and stewardship of public places and art through educational programming. Led by Public Art Saint Paul, its generous supporters and the entire artist community, contributions to the spirit and practice of public art are a monumental part of what makes Saint Paul a beautiful place to live, work and create.


Public Art Saint Paul brings artists together with communities to shape a public realm that fosters imagination, explores and illuminates civic values and the community’s evolving history, and strengthens public places as vessels of public life.


Our work beautifies the city and brings the essential experience of art into our everyday civic lives. Through our bold vision, our fearless leadership, and our impactful programs, Public Art Saint Paul envisions, embodies, and manifests:

The Beloved Community: We are committed to fostering, through art, a renewed sense of, as Martin Luther King envisioned, “a beloved community” as the foundation for a healthy society.

The Urban Future: We are committed to fostering the spirit and health of our citizens and the sustainability of our environment. We are committed to shaping a more equitable and just city. Our work considers how artists can illuminate conditions and change the way individuals behave and cities work as we chart the urban future.

The Future of Public Art: We are committed to sustaining and expanding the position of Public Art Saint Paul as a national leader in the practice of public art. That model practice is socially engaged, arises from deep immersion in city Systems, reaches across disciplines to form communities of artistic practice, and plays out across the broad expanse of the city over a long arc of time. It maintains high standards of artistic quality.



From 1st row up and from left to right:
Edward F. Fox / Christine Podas-Larson (President) / Joan Palm (Board Chair) / Heather Peterson,
Peter Kramer / Ahmed Tharwat / Tom Eggum / Pierce Canser
Emmy Treichel / Susan David Price / Nick Fox / Andrea Stimmel
Bernie Bullert / Toni Carter (ex-officio)
Rich Lallier / Bob Bierscheid / Bob Muschewske
Not pictured: Yamy Vang / Marilyn Porter / Sarah Schultz / Mayor Chris Coleman (ex-officio)


Public Art Saint Paul’s work is nurtured and sustained by our synergistically related programs.  City Artists participate in shaping a vision for the urban future; they create and curate system-based works of City Art.   Within our Creative Grounds, mid-career artists explore social and environmental conditions, build collaborative cohorts, revitalize urban spaces, and create work that fosters the well-being of our beloved community.  Our stewardship of art in the public sphere honors Saint Paul’s history of public art, fosters engagement, and illuminates the meaning of art in our everyday lives.

Get Involved

Volunteer! Our work is made possible with the generous support of our volunteer corps — over 500 people who assist in program production and community outreach; host neighborhood meals in their homes and serve as stewards of public artworks; and participate in program planning and review. We will match your interests and availability to our needs to accomplish great things together!

Contact us at 651-290-0921 or email pasp@publicartstpaul.org