Public art is any work of art or design that is created by an artist specifically for interaction with the community in a public space. It can be functional or decorative, large or small, temporary or permanent, visual or performing. It can be cast, carved, poured, built, assembled, etched, screened, fused, written, performed, or painted.
Whatever its form, public art attracts attention, provokes thought, stirs emotion, and inspires discussion. It has the power to energize our public spaces, inspire our thinking, calm our surroundings, and transform the public place where we live, work and play into environments that invite interaction among community members.
The St. Cloud Arts Commission manages a permanent collection of artwork owned by the City of St. Cloud. This collection features local artists such as Merle Sykora, Bill Ellingson, Jean Matzke, and Joseph O'Connell. Pieces from the permanent collection are on exhibit at city facilities, and on-loan to various visual art organizations and exhibitions.