Welcome to the BSW
"Art tells a story, it gives and receives meaning."
The Bemidji Sculpture Walk has promoted public art in Bemidji since 1999. Your interest and participation helps us create meaningful experiences in our downtown for residents and visitors alike. Thank you for visiting the walk and sharing your personal experiences with the public art community.
New Work Every Year
We are pleased to have new sculptures displayed each year. In 2020, 16 new sculptures will be on display, along with Encore or Returning pieces that spend 2-3 years on the Walk. Pieces in the Permanent Collection, murals around town and special works like the Shaynowishkung (Chief Bemidji) statue in Library Park and the Veterans Memorial in the Greenwood Cemetary can also be found on our Art Map. Most New and Encore work are available for private sale. Contact us for information.
Love for Public Art
Our talented artists live by their work, and most of the art you see every year is available for private sale. Your visits to the walk, your support of our business sponsors, and your personal memberships allow us to bring high quality work to the Walk and reward artists with honorariums and prizes.
To get more information on how you can help contribute to the stability and growth of the BSW. please contact us today.
Support the Walk
Help maintain and build Bemidji's Public Art program. Please join us in our mission to enhance the Bemidji downtown area, promote Bemidji as a regional cultural and art center, and build a greater sense of community through the display and discussion of the arts.
Consider becoming a member who supports art and culture in Bemidji. Join us today.
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2020 Walking Guide
There are 37 sculptures in the download Bemidji area. Please download this digital Walking Guide to learn about the new and existing sculptures, their locations, artists and values.
Most sculptures are available for purchase.
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Art on the streets of Bemidji since 1999
A non-profit annual outdoor sculpture gallery in the heart of Bemidji, Minnesota
The Bemidji Sculpture Walk premiered in the spring of 1999. It was developed by a team of volunteers working with the Bemidji Community Arts Center (BCAC), now the Watermark Art Center. The original theme of the Sculpture Walk was "Minnesota: its people, its diverse culture, its legends, and its natural beauty". Project developers intended for all sculptures to be installed outdoors in the Bemidji downtown area - from 2nd St. South, by the old Union Station, up to 6th St. North at the Beltrami County Courthouse, and from the Chamber of Commerce building on the Lake Bemidji waterfront at 1st St. and Bemidji Avenue inward 2 blocks to Minnesota Ave. It has since expanded beyond these original boundaries, while continuing to focus on creating premiere locations downtown.
Cate Belleveau (Interim)