Public Can Vote for Favorite Statues

Bozeman Trail Scout -- Photo by Pat BLair
Bozeman Trail Scout -- Photo by Pat BLair
The Challenge -- Photo by Pat Blair
The Challenge -- Photo by Pat Blair

Sheridan area residents can now vote for their favorite sculpture on Main Street.

The Sheridan Public Arts Committee has announced a People's Choice Award to be given to an artist participating in the committee's On-Loan Sculpture Program. The committee is inviting people to visit the new Sheridan Public Arts Facebook page. People who “like” the page can click on the People's Choice Award album and vote for their favorites among the 18 photos. Each photo is of a sculpture in the 2013 On-Loan program.

Voting is open through April 15. The winning sculptor will be announced on May 1, and will receive a cash prize of $250. The public arts committee was formed in 2001, by former Mayor Jim Wilson. Every year, the committee selects about 20 new sculptures to be displayed on Main Street from May until June of the following year. The pieces are on loan to the city for that period, but some of the pieces may be purchased either for permanent display or for private individuals and businesses.

The first permanent sculpture installed was the “Bozeman Scout,” at the corner of Main Street and Grinnell Plaza. In the past 11 years, the committee has increased art on display in Sheridan to 59 permanent pieces and more than 20 pieces on loan. The mayor and city council named a City of Sheridan Best On-Loan Sculpture award recipient in December.

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