Eden Prairie is home to three public art sculptures through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
These temporary installations are intended to infuse art into the daily lives of residents and visitors in Eden Prairie, and to engage the community in discussions about the value of art in defining a sense of place.
Artists from across Minnesota submitted sculptures for consideration and selections were made based on a number of criteria, including quality, artistic merit and the connection to the proposed site. Each sculpture is on loan to the City until 2019 and will then be available for purchase.
Artist: Kimber Fiebiger
A bronze sculptor since 1978, Kimber Fiebiger earned a bachelor's degree in fine art from the University of Minnesota. The Minneapolis native creates bronze sculptures that range from fun and whimsical to classical and contemporary. Fiebiger's sculptures have been sold all over the country where she has won numerous awards at juried exhibits and art festivals. Her work can be found in private collections, city parks and public art spaces.
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Artist: Jon Kamrath
Artist Jon Kamrath works out of his studio in Mahtomedi, where he lives with his wife and three young children. He earned his bachelor's degree in art education from Concordia College in Moorhead and his Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Iowa State University.
Kamrath inherited craftsmanship skills, a love of tools and architectural appreciation from working with his father as a finish carpenter during the summers. He now blends these skills with the playful inspiration of his kids, the beauty of nature and the artistic vocabulary he learned through studying and teaching art.
For more information about the artist, visit KamrathSculpture.com.
Artist: Victor Yepez
Through his work as a sculptor, muralist and art teacher Victor Yepez has exposed many people to the power and healing that art can provide. Found objects and recycled materials, especially metal, influence many of his sculptures while rich colors and movement are hallmarks of his murals. Yepez graduated with a degree in sculpture and print making from the school of fine arts at Central University in Quito, Ecuador, and lives in Minneapolis.
For more information about the artist, visit mnartists.org/VictorYepez.
Storage and Utility Boxes
Since 2018, with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eden Prairie Community Foundation, the City has transformed eight storage and utility boxes into permanent public art. Each design comes from a Minnesota artist chosen through an application process.
These pieces of art allow the City to beautify functional items that typically stick out as an eyesore in otherwise well-maintained and attractive park settings. Covering the boxes with weather-resistant material that serves as a canvas for artwork extends the life of the equipment and, more importantly, allows for the discovery of art in what many would consider unexpected places – athletic complexes.
The project meets several City Council goals, including Sense of Community, Preserved and Beautiful Environment and Innovative and Sustainable Practices, as well as the City’s comprehensive plan, Aspire Eden Prairie 2040. Public art is one of the elements identified in the Aspire plan’s vision for the future of Eden Prairie, with focus groups and workshops identifying desired locations for public art installations throughout the City.
Box Locations and Artists
- Homeward Hills Park: Kevin McLaughlin
- Miller Park: Cathy Durso, Keren Kroul, Thomas Putzier and Emily Taylor
- Miracle League Field: Mollie Rae Miller
- Pioneer Park: Geno Okok
- Riley Lake Park: Angela Davis