City Logo - Meet the Artist

In preparation for the 150th Anniversary of the City of Manitowoc in 2020, a logo contest was held. The intent was to have a commemorative logo to be used just for that year. With numerous entries to choose from, the small committee chose the original and creative artistry of Anita Stietz.

As the City celebrated the kickoff of the sesquicentennial by announcing the winner of the contest and unveiling the logo, City staff began receiving compliments on the design from citizens, municipal employees, vendors, sub-contractors, and visitors. The feedback and input received was that the commemorative logo should be the new official logo of the City of Manitowoc.

In 2021, Mayor Justin M. Nickels made the decision to consider all the positive feedback and change the logo. A modified version of the 150th Anniversary logo - which pays homage to the City of Manitowoc's past, present, and future - will be implemented and become part of Manitowoc history. 

The City of Manitowoc has selected Anita Stietz as the artist of choice for department and division logo creation going forward.  We look forward to working with Anita and seeing more of her creative work being utilized to promote the City of Manitowoc.


Anita Stietz HeadshotMeet Anita Stietz
Anita grew up on a hobby farm outside of Darlington, Wisconsin as the youngest of six girls. She started sketching cartoons at the age of eight and later picked up a passion for painting and the arts. After obtaining her degree in Graphic and Web Design, she went searching for experience to build her career. Manitowoc had a graphic design opening at a small business, so she eagerly packed her bags and has now lived here going on 4 years. 

Since then, she has worked her way into the marketing field and dove into any window of opportunity she could. With that ambition, Anita landed herself as the winner of the 150th Anniversary Logo Contest for the City of Manitowoc. She was then given the chance to design the City Parks and Recreation logo, and is currently working on the Manitowoc Senior Center Logo. 

"I am so beyond blessed to live in this beautiful city I call home. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my career. I just want to thank the city for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime! “ – Anita