• Minnesota's Premier Outdoor Sculpture Gallery

    Bemidji Sculpture Walk

  • New Options To Experience The Tour!

  • 2023 Call to Artists

    The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee is now accepting submissions for the 2023 Bemidji Sculpture Walk. Submit your work here and share the news with artists you know. Artwork will be selected based on conceptual strength, originality, and workmanship. Sculptures will be exhibited for one year throughout Bemidji.

     

    NEW THIS YEAR:

    Selected artists will receive a $1000 Honorarium to display their work. A Best of Show Award will be selected from displayed artwork and will receive a $1000 Award.

     

    Submissions limit of two per artist. Each work must be submitted individually. There is no cost to enter. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2023. Accepted art that is sold during the one-year exhibition period is subject to a 25% commission to the Bemidji Sculpture Walk upon sale of the artwork.

     

    You have two options for submitting your application.

    1. PREFERRED METHOD: Through the 2023 Submission Form below. If you have a Gmail account or are willing to create a free account, please submit online.

    2. ALTERNATE METHOD: By email. If you do not have a Gmail account, please download the PDF Submission Form, fill it out, and email your application to bemidjisculpture@gmail.com

  • Follow this link to our online form. Fill it out, upload your image(s), and submit instantly. If you do not have a Gmail address, you can create one easily for free here. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2022.

    Apply for the May 2023-2024 Exhibit Today!

  • If you do not have a Gmail address and do not wish to create one at this time please follow this link to download the Application form. Fill it out and submit it by email with image attachments.

    Alternative Entry via PDF & Email

  • 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 donations allow us to bring high quality work to the Walk and reward artists with honorariums and prizes. For more information on how you can help support the BSW, contact us at: bemidjisculpture@gmail.com

    New Sculptures Every Year

    Along with Encore or Returning pieces that spend 2-3 years displayed on the Walk, most pieces in the Permanent Collection, murals around town, and special works like the Shaynowishkung (Chief Bemidji) statue in Library Park and Veterans Memorial in the Greenwood Cemetery may also be found on our Art Map. Sculptures are available to purchase! Extended purchase agreements are available.

    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 art.

     

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    In Our Third Decade

    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. We are pleased to have new sculptures displayed each year.

  • Map to Outdoor Art in Bemidji

    View, Navigate, Save, and Print our live Google Map here. We are currently updating the NEW sculptures with QR code labels. For more detailed information on the sculpture, the artist and purchase information, use your smartphone to take a picture of the QR code.

    Some locations have been reserved for local artists to showcase their works so may be temporarily open as we find new pieces or swap them out.

    Expand the Google Map Below to See Additional Details on Our Sculptures.

  • 2022 Tour Map available below

    10 new works were added for 2022. For 2022, we have also reserved several locations as "Local Artist Showcases" for local artists to display their work. These location will be filled as we bring this program up and running throughout the latter part of 2022

     

    Please download this Self-Guided Tour Map to learn about the new and existing sculptures, their locations, artists and values. The new sculptures have QR codes attached that provide info about the artist and their work. Most sculptures are available for purchase.

     

    Click below to download a printable PDF of the Self-Guided Tour Map showing all of the locations: Be sure to set "Fit to Page" if you are going to print this map.

     

    https://uploads.strikinglycdn.com/files/1b973f6a-4196-4da8-9576-e3317cd28c3f/2021 BSW Brochure SM.pdf?id=3413287

  • Showcasing art in downtown Bemidji since 1999

    An annual outdoor sculpture gallery in the heart of Bemidji, Minnesota

    Art Downtown

    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.

    Our Mission

    • Enhance the Bemidji area for its residents and for visitors
       
    • Draw more foot traffic to the downtown
       
    • Create a forum for the display of the work of local and regional artists
       
    • Assist in the promotion of Bemidji as a regional cultural center
       
    • Build a greater sense of community through display and discussion of the arts
       
    • Enhance art education in the area,at all levels

    Our Vision

    • Lead the region in the procurement and display of public art
       
    • Grow to become a successful and permanent non-profit organization
       
    • Engender a greater solidarity among local arts organizations
       
    • Secure a strong and lasting appreciation for all of the arts

    Board Members

    Chair:
    Dave Close
     

    Secretary/Treasurer:
    Melanie Mendez

     

    Members:

    Lisa Boulay
    Cindy Burger

    Dale Dreyer

    Russell Lund

    Tim Nelsen

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    Bemidji Sculpture Walk, PO Box 1444, Bemidji, MN 56619
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