Featured Partner: Kenosha Sculpture Walk

9/29/2017 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Arts & Culture, Downtown, Featured Partner, Lake Michigan
Kenosha Sculpture Walk 2017-2019 exhibit
Kenosha Sculpture Walk - 2017-2019
Kenosha Sculpture Walk 2017-2019 exhibit
Kenosha Sculpture Walk 2017-2019 exhibit
Kenosha Sculpture Walk 2017-2019 exhibit

Standing in front of the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Downtown Kenosha Visitor Information Center at 812 56th Street is the sculpture “Nautilus”. The KACVB-sponsored piece – part of the Kenosha Sculpture Walk in HarborPark – was created in 2011 by Suzanne Horwitz and installed in Kenosha on September 14, 2017. “It’s all about water,” is how she describes the wave-shaped art. She loves the water, having lived in New York near the ocean at one time.

“It’s my baby,” Suzanne says of the piece. How did it come to be? She answered a call for public sculpture for a show at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. She had eight to ten weeks to build the piece once her idea was accepted. It’s made of fabricated aluminum, weighs 400 pounds, and measures about eight feet. “Nautilus” has been on display a half dozen times and is a piece in high demand by curators. Suzanne would love for “Nautilus” to have a permanent home one day. Originally from Michigan, Suzanne currently lives in Illinois. According to her website, she “is primarily a figurative sculptor, although she has completed large installations and conceptual work as well.”

“Nautilus” is one of a dozen pieces in the 2017-2019 edition of the Kenosha Sculpture Walk. This is the fourth installation of sculptures since the biennial outdoor art exhibit was launched in September 2011 by the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund. Every two years, the current sculptures are removed and new sculptures are installed. A majority of the exhibit is along the HarborPark promenade at Kenosha’s Lake Michigan shoreline, but sculptures are also at the KACVB, near the North Pier Lighthouse (5001 Fourth Ave.), and at Civic Center Park (5600 Sheridan Road).     

Some do find a permanent home in the area, such as one from the last exhibit that is now on display on the Carthage College campus.

The Sculpture Walk is an attraction of its own along the waterway. It adds to the aesthetics at HarborPark, where many events and recreation activities take place. Visitors and local residents, alike, can enjoy the art while walking, biking, boating, fishing, riding the Electric Streetcar, or driving by. 

“The Sculpture Walk adds to the beauty of Downtown Kenosha and serves as an attraction to area tourists,” stated Clara-lin Tappa, chairwoman of the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund, in a news release. “The purpose of the Kenosha Community Foundation Arts Fund Sculpture Walk—HarborPark is to enhance the community and encourage visitors and guests to explore Kenosha,” Tappa said. “It also a major fundraising effort to grow the Arts Fund which provides grants to local arts initiatives.” 

The sculptures are fully funded through donations. The artists are being commissioned to exhibit their original sculptures for two years and will receive a $2,000 honorarium. Find a list of the current sculptures, artists, and sponsors here.

The mission of the Arts Fund is to encourage and enhance cultural life and public art in the Kenosha Area. It’s also the goal of the Arts Fund to promote public art and artists through facilitation, recognition and financial support. The Kenosha Community Foundation, founded in 1926, is a community foundation serving all of Kenosha County. It’s a tax-exempt, public charity that manages endowment funds and awards grants to non-profit organizations and scholarships to students.

October 2017

Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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