Art4Trails public art installations on Rochester bike trails
Art4Trails is seeking proposals for four temporary outdoor, site-specific art installations at locations
along the bike trails near downtown Rochester. One proposal for each site will be selected, and the
artist will be awarded $2500 per site, $1,250 upon selection and $1,250 after installation.

The art will be installed between June 1 and June 19, 2020. Applications open November 1, 2019, and
close January 13, 2020 at 11:45 pm. If funding becomes available in the time frame of the 2020
process, a call for a permanent installation will also be announced.

Click Here for the full call details

2019 Artists Chosen

Four artist proposals were accepted to install public art for the bike trails near
downtown Rochester, MN. Congratulations to these artists!

Mary Beth Magyar | Slatterly Park

Judd Nelson | River Landing

Isaac Kidder | Mayo Park East

Ryan and James Pedersen | Silver Lake Fire Station

Save the date for an unveiling event and bike tour alongside Rochesterfest Sunday, June 23.

2019 Public Art Announcement

Art4Trails is facilitating two separate calls for public art:

1. A third year of Art4Trails public art installations for the bike trails near
downtown Rochester, MN. Art4Trails was developed in 2016 by the
Rochester Arts and Culture Collaborative and has expanded its partnerships
over its three years of installations.

2. The Rochester Park and Recreation Department is seeking artists to
develop art installations in the Cascade Lake Park. The City will work with
Art4Trails organization to review artist proposals and provide guidance to
the City on selection.

Both calls open November 1, 2019 and close January 14th, 2019. Applications are
submitted via this link and each call includes more information about additional
materials to be emailed to An art selection
committee of artists, curators and community members will review each
application and recommend artists for each project. Notifications will be made
February 4, 2019.


Art4Trails was developed in 2016 by the Rochester Arts and Culture Collaborative. Expansion of partnerships now includes Rochester Art CenterRochester Parks and RecreationOlmsted County Public HealthRNeighborsWeBikeRochesterMinnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, C4 (Concerned Citizens for a Creative Community) and Rochester Downtown Alliance.

This fall, Art4Trails will hold its third juried competition for temporary and permanent sculptures.  Winners will be selected by a committee and announced in early 2019.

Art4Trails is a public art initiative to promote local artists and enhance our public parks by installing original art along the bike trails near downtown Rochester. Thirteen artists submitted proposals, and five of these were selected as winners by a panel of neighbors, artists, park department representatives, and arts organization administrators. The winners received $2,500 for supplies and materials. Once installed, any member of the public can purchase the sculptures directly from the artists.



Unbroken, by Katya Roberts: The sculpture is a single sheet of aluminum, painted white, using only bends and cuts to form its visual and inner life.  This replaced the Giant Fish sculpture in Slatterly Park.

Tractor Cat, by Richard Brubaker: This work shows a cat featuring five individual pieces of interlocking steel, playfully painted in five bright colors. This sculpture will be installed in Roy Sutherland Park. It is the only permanent sculpture in this collection. It was donated by the artist to the City of Rochester.

Fantastical Fruit, by Amarama: The work features four large fruits made of hand-dyed cement in various shapes and sizes, and includes colored mosaic on inner slices of fruit. The sculpture is in Mayo Park East, near the playground.

Drinking Sunshine, by Craig Snyder: The sculpture stands 14 feet tall and shows eight colorful cubes, each precariously balanced one on top of the other, all seemingly ready to topple over. It is installed on the concrete peninsula in the river behind the Government Center.

Perfect Canoe, by Sebastien Richer: The canoe is fabricated in steel, about 10 feet long and shaped like an s-curve. Installed at the confluence of the Zumbro River and Bear Creek in Mayo Memorial Park.


Phoenix Rising, by  Richard Brubaker:  is an abstract figure of a bird that has achieved new life after surviving a deadly fire.  It is a metaphor for the history of Rochester, a city that rose from the ashes of a devastating tornado to become a world-class medical center.


Volunteer work is in progress and committees are working for 2018 and beyond. Look for upcoming notices regarding 2018 Art4Trails events in October, date yet to be determined.

Please consider volunteering and/or donating to “C4” noting “Art4Trails” in the memo, and send checks to C4/Art4Trails, 609 4th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Or you can donate through paypal


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a gran from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.