May 19 - Sept. 23, 2017




ST. JOSEPH, MICH. (Nov. 16, 2016) — There will be something fishy about St. Joseph, Mich., next summer. It’ll be the city’s 14th annual outdoor art exhibit, “Fishing for Fun in St. Joseph,” featuring 20 fish and shark sculptures painted by regional artists. This popular downtown event opens May 19 and runs through Sept. 23.

“We’ve planned a 'reel' good time all summer long,” said Susan Solon, St. Joseph communications and marketing manager. “You’ll get hooked on this art right from our unveiling on May 19 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.” Solon said starting opening day the city will offer fish finders to help visitors locate each sculpture. They can be picked up at the St. Joseph Welcome Center, 301 State St., or online at

Currently, the city is seeking artists to participate in the 2017 exhibit. They can download an application and email it to Registration closes Jan. 2, 2017.

Several area sponsors, including the St. Joseph Improvement Association, make the event possible.

For more information contact Solon at (269) 983-5541 or


2017 Summer Public Art Display


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Project Rules:

- All applications must be received by the City Manager’s Office no later than January 2, 2017.

- A committee will review your request; if selected you will be notified prior to February 1, 2017.

- All art must be completed and returned no later than April 7, 2017.

- All art will be displayed within the City Limits.

- Materials used to finish the art piece must withstand changing weather conditions.

- Material must be safe and durable enough for the public to touch.

- Direct advertising of a product or a company will not be permitted.

- Libelous, slanderous, or designs showing social disrespect will not be permitted.

- All materials/supplies needed to finish the art piece will be acquired at the applicant’s expense.

- The applicant understands the City of St. Joseph is not responsible for any costs associated with decorating the pieces.

- City staff will handle transporting the art, including delivery and pick up.

- Sponsors have first right of refusal in purchasing their art piece at an amount set by the City of St. Joseph. If the sponsor is not interested in purchasing their art, the piece will be sold at auction in late September.

Susan Solon, Director of Communications & Marketing

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You can get to the City of St. Joseph Public Art exhibit as easily as hopping into your car, catching an Amtrak train, arriving by boat, or taking a plane. By car we are only 90 minutes from Chicago and a little more than three hours from Detroit and Indianapolis.

When you arrive, stop by the St. Joseph Today Welcome Center. We will give you a free guide to all the figures, plus all the information you need about our art galleries, cafes, renowned golf courses, farm markets, places to stay … and sandy beaches that bring out the kid in everyone.

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