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2016 Public Art Theme

The City of St. Joseph announced its 2016 public art theme and logo, "Beach Bugs," at the city commission meeting, Nov. 9. The 13th annual outdoor art exhibit will be May 20 through Sept. 24 and feature 20 giant insects painted by regional artists. There will be five each of caterpillar, ladybug, snail and bee sculptures produced by Chicago Fiberglass Works.

"These bugs will have our downtown abuzz all summer long," said Susan Solon, St. Joseph communications and marketing manager. "The first Beach Bugs event will be the unveiling, May 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m." Solon added that maps giving each bug's location will be available starting that day at the St. Joseph Welcome Center, 301 State St., or online at StJosephPublicArt.com.

The city invites artists interested in entering the 2016 art exhibit to download an application and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Registration closes Dec. 11, 2015.

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

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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