Public Arts

Rahr-West Public Arts Committee:

The Rahr-West Public Arts Committee is formed of the Rahr-West Executive Director, Board Members, and community members who support visual art beyond the walls of the Museum through education, the creation of art, the coordination of arts events, and/or funding.

Public Arts Committee Vision:

The Public Arts Committee integrates visual art into the daily lives of Manitowoc residents by celebrating and building upon the city’s creative culture and history and encouraging art enthusiasts and artists to visit and live here.

Current Projects:

City of Manitowoc Utility Box Art Project

grotenrath-labonte utility boxThe City of Manitowoc, in conjunction with the Rahr-West Art Museum’s Public Arts Committee, is seeking applications from artists for the City of Manitowoc’s public art utility box project.  We invite amateur and professional artists to apply, as well as artist teams and educational institutions.  We will be selecting 10 different designs, inspired by artwork held within the permanent collection of the Rahr-West Art Museum, for the 10 utility boxes.  This project is an expansion of the utility box across from the Manitowoc Public Library that was painted by artist Erin LaBonte in 2019 with a design inspired by a piece in the Rahr-West Art Museum’s Collection by Wisconsin artist Ruth Grotenrath.   This project is a collaboration with Manitowoc Public Utility, funded by the City of Manitowoc, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Hallman Lindsay Paint.

The deadline for the first round of submissions consideration is July 23, 2021.  Artists will be notified on July 28, 2021 and installation will occur between August and October of 2021.   

Image Credit: A utility box near the Manitowoc Public Library that Erin LaBonte designed in 2020 inspired by a Ruth Grotenrath lithograph in the Rahr-West Art Museum Collection.