Public Art

The SCAC supports and promotes Public Art in our community.   The Art in Public Places project gives form to that support and promotion.

    Information, Images and Stories.  Web Site and Art Tour.

St. Charles is a treasure trove of art – downtown, in the library, parks and park district buildings, schools, businesses, and more.  The Art in Public Places project catalogs and celebrates this collection, and invites everyone to see and enjoy it.  AiPP’s purpose is to tell the story of the artwork and the city’s rich cultural scene and heritage.

Visit the Art in Public Places web site for images, information, and stories of the nearly 180 pieces of art, and download the Otocast app to take the (awesome!) Art Tour which includes an electronic map of selected pieces, with corresponding messages recorded by the artists, their family and/or citizens involved in acquiring or saving the art work, to tell the stories behind the art.  QR code signage is being installed for all of the pieces on the Tour.

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The St Charles Arts Council created this project in cooperation with and support from the City of St. Charles’ Community/Economic Development Department and Visitors Cultural Commission, the St. Charles Park District, the River Corridor Foundation, the St. Charles Public Library Foundation, Community Unit School District 303, All Things Art Studio, the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the St. Charles History Museum, and the Downtown St. Charles Partnership.  The Art in Public Places Task Force was Chaired by Diana Brown.

All of these cooperating groups include arts and culture in their programming.  The River Corridor Foundation is adding more public art along the Riverwalk.  The Park District purchases artwork from their Sculpture in the Park program.  Downtown St. Charles Partnership programs, such as the Fine Art Show and Jazz Weekend, utilize arts and culture as a way to bring residents and visitors downtown.  The Gratitude Project community group is actively working on a new sculpture project – The Key, by sculptor Guy J. Bellaver with gratitude to Sharon and Vern Oie –  to be sited along the Riverwalk in the spring of 2018.  Public art has been and continues to be recognized as an integral part of the plans of businesses and organizations for a host of improvement, tourism, and strategic projects.

Contributions from the St Charles Arts Council, the St. Charles Park District, the city’s Economic Development group, and Mr. Sterling Ainsworth (an SCAC Board Member, longtime resident and supporter of the arts), funded the project.

Image of reflections courtesy of the Artist.

Public Art From the Community | To the Community…in Gratitude

Dr. C. Alfred Patten created the Gratitude Project to express the community’s gratitude, through the medium of public art, to the volunteers and leaders who have given so much of themselves to and for the city of St. Charles.

He explains the genesis of the project.  “I am motivated by a desire to create a culture of gratitude in St. Charles.  Gratitude is a very powerful emotion.  It causes people to want to do things for others and their community.  Healthy communities express gratitude in many ways, like the outpouring of gratitude for veterans, such as the (St Charles Arts Council’s) Celebrating Veterans event or businesses offering free meals or haircuts.  We have chosen public art as our means of expressing gratitude.”

The SCAC supports this project and its community organizers, and is accepting tax deductible donations on their behalf for the current project – The Key – With Gratitude to Sharon and Vern Oie.  If you’d like to contribute to this project, click on the yellow Donate button on any page of this website.
The Key
by Guy J. Bellaver                  Sharon and Vern Oie

More information about the Gratitude Project, The Key, and the other public art in the project may be found at:


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