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Public Art Program

Eden Prairie is committed to supporting public art and community-based programming to support creative expression, spark dialogue and reinforce a sense of community.

In addition, integrating art in public spaces further enhances our values of health, equity and diversity, sustainability and resilience, and historic preservation. The City intends to use public art to generate a greater sense of identity and understanding of where people live, work and visit.

Rotating Art Series

Eggcited was a Rotating Art Series installation at the Eden Prairie Art Center in 2018. Artist: Kimber Fiebiger
photo of Eggcited sculpture

Eden Prairie is home to a Rotating Art Series funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

These installations, some of which are temporary, 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.

Each year, artists from across Minnesota submit their work to be considered for display. Consideration and selections are made based on a number of criteria, including quality, artistic merit and the connection to the proposed site. Pieces are typically shown for one year, from May until May, and are often available for purchase.

Call for Artists

The City is looking for innovative artists to display existing work, create new work or propose a purposeful art happening for the Rotating Art Series. Artists retain ownership of their work unless the nature of the work prevents it or they choose to donate it to the City. Physical artwork must be appropriate for Minnesota’s extreme weather if exhibited outdoors; there are a few indoor locations that may be used for installations or art happenings.

Learn more and apply to share your work [PDF]

Current Public Art Displays

Biodiversity and Belonging
Minnesota River Vista Outlook Mural
Mod Pod

Storage and Utility Boxes

parks utility boxSince 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.

This artwork allows 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 goals set out in 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