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.
City of Manitowoc Utility Box Art Project 2022
The City of Manitowoc, in conjunction with the Rahr-West Art Museum’s Public Arts Committee, will once again be collaborating on a utility box art project. Five different designs, inspired by artwork held within the permanent collection of the Rahr-West Art Museum, will be selected for five utility boxes in downtown Manitowoc. Five additional boxes at public schools will be painted with designs based on the Museum’s collection that correspond with the needs of the schools. This project is funded by the City of Manitowoc.
City of Manitowoc Utility Box Art Project 2021
The City of Manitowoc, in conjunction with the Rahr-West Art Museum’s Public Arts Committee, sought applications in 2021 from artists for the City of Manitowoc’s public art utility box project. We selected ten 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 in 2021 by the City of Manitowoc, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and Hallman Lindsay Paint.
This project is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Art Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.