High School Sculpture Project

High School Sculpture Project

Beginning in 2011, the Northfield Arts & Culture Commission and the Northfield Public Schools began to collaborate with the goal of increasing visibility and value for the arts through the addition of public sculpture to the community. For four years now the Northfield Public Schools and the Arts and Culture Commission have received an Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund grant through the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC) for a high school sculpture project.

The Young Sculptors Project is made up of a team of artists including15 interested high school student artists, an established local sculptor, and a college student apprentice. The artist and students meet to work weekly on the Young Sculptors Project sculpture in a classroom location at Northfield High School until May every other year. The sculpture is then installed by the City of Northfield on a base in front of the Public Library. The artwork is displayed for two years and then moved to a courtyard sculpture garden at Northfield High School near the previous SEMAC sculptures


This project offers interested visual art and industrial technology students the opportunity to create, learn and grow alongside a professional artist while building a large scale sculpture; one of the most difficult art forms to create. The installation of this bi-annual sculpture project is becoming an anticipated event for community members, young and old. The current sculpture is called Rain on Mars and was created during the 2015-2016 school year by Northfield High School Students alongside local artists, Leah Willemin, Teresa Lenzen and Thomas Dunning. This sculpture is installed in a central location that is physically accessible to all in the greater community. 

Read the full description of the 2014 sculpture project.


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2017 High School Sculpture Project