Valparaiso's public art initiatives are funded by the City's Redevelopment Commission with support from private sponsors. Public art initiatives are recommended by our volunteer Art Advisory Committee. Contact us to learn more about Valparaiso's public art programs or to propose new ideas.
|Art Advisory Committee|
|Aimee Tomasek, Valparaiso University||Jessica Corral, Valparaiso Creative Council|
|Amy Page, Pines Village Retirement Communities||Kurt Gillins, Valparaiso University|
|Beth Shrader, Planning Department||Trish Sarkisian, Redevelopment Commission|
|Jennifer Brooks, Urschel Development||Maggie Clifton, Committee Staff|
Valparaiso Art Walk at Cumberland Crossing
Valparaiso’s Art Walk was introduced in 2011 as a celebration of public art and has included a revolving free display of outdoor sculptures that can be enjoyed year-round. The display is possible through the generous support of the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission, private donors and Urschel Development Corporation. The current installation includes 17 metal sculptures created by brothers Greg and Alex Mendez of Decatur, Indiana, using steel like that manufactured throughout the Northwest Indiana region. Each of the brothers has his own unique style with Greg’s work being largely figural and inspired by movement, classical Greek influences and fashion, while Alex’s work is primarily abstract, featuring geometric shapes, interesting angles and unique combinations. Both artists create entirely by hand, from concept to completion, including hand painting, with no machine fabrication or powder coating. Pieces can take months to a year to complete.
The pieces were selected by the City’s volunteer Art Advisory Committee. All sculptures are available for purchase. To learn more about pricing and availability contact firstname.lastname@example.org (view this summary for additional information). Interested in sponsoring a sculpture? Contact Maggie Clifton at email@example.com to learn more.
Additional sculptures can be seen around the city including the Valparaiso Public Library, Central Park Plaza and Valparaiso High School.
Downtown Utility Box Wraps
The Redevelopment Commission, in partnership with Valparaiso Events, has sponsored utility box artwork in downtown Valparaiso since 2016. This project supports local artists and adds to the beautification of our downtown. Five utility box wraps were redesigned in Fall 2021.
Birds of Paradise Scavenger Hunt
The Birds of Paradise sculpture scavenger hunt promotes engagement, culture and activity while highlighting public art and local artists. The scavenger hunt is a fun way for community members and visitors to learn more about Valpo and its feathered friends. Learn more.