To raise awareness of the sculptural arts and the beautiful parks in downtown St. Charles, St. Charles Park District and the St. Charles Park Foundation have joined forces to bring Sculpture in the Park to the community.
Started in 2006, Sculpture in the Park offers a permanent collection of sculptures along the banks of the Fox River at Mt. St. Mary Park, located along Route 31 at Prairie St. Temporary sculptures are displayed every year. This free exhibit features sculptures like At the River’s Edge, Interim X, Natural Wonders, Nice Pear, I’ve Been Kissed, Color of the Day and the newest addition Mr. Eggwards.
Each annual exhibit is open from May through September and displays pieces made from various mediums by artists all over the country. Each year in June, the St. Charles Park District hosts a reception where the community can meet the sculptors.
Over the years, Sculpture in the Park has received several awards, including the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce Civic Image Award and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership’s Downtown Pride Award in 2006. In 2007, Sculpture in the Park was one of the top three finalists in the category of Organizational Patnership Development at the Illinois Main Street’s Annual Awards for Excellence.
In 2009, the exhibit was selected as an Arts in Park Award Honorable Mention in recognition for its leadership, passion and imagination in using the arts to strengthen communities by the Arts Alliance Illinois. In 2010, the St. Charles Resident Survey conducted by the Downtown St. Charles Partnership ranked Sculpture in the Park as the third most enjoyable experience for the downtown area.
Finally, in 2011, the Illinois Association of Park District and the Arts Alliance Illinois recognized the park district with an Arts in the Park award for its continual effort to provide cultural art experiences for people of all ages.
For more information on Sculpture in the Park, visit www.st-charlesparks.org.