St. George’s popular outdoor sculpture gallery Art Around the Corner makes its return this spring, with a full collection of pieces set for installation on April 1.
The new collection is planned to feature nearly 30 new sculptures and works of 3D art, installed along the parks and sidewalks in the city’s historic downtown district, with some going in at the St. George Regional Hospital.
Now in its 19th year, Art Around the Corner is run by an all-volunteer nonprofit that coordinates with artists to bring their pieces to St. George and have them displayed along city streets, in parks and in and around City Hall. Those interested can take a self-guided tour or download a map from the group’s website, artaroundthecorner.org.
Each piece stays up for a year but is technically for sale, and over time artists have made more than $1 million by selling pieces seen by passers-by. The city also purchases some of the artwork and keeps it as part of a public collection, with familiar pieces moved to parks or other city facilities.
“Art Around the Corner really enhances the quality of life in St. George through the installation of public art,” St. George Mayor Michele Randall said. “Our residents and visitors are always excited to see and interact with the Outdoor Sculpture Galleries each year. We treasure this enduring collaboration and encourage everyone to come downtown and enjoy these pieces.”
The city and hospital have both purchased various pieces from the gallery over the years, sometimes selling them off to other cities for their outside displays.
The city bought three items from the 2022-23 season, including works by St. George resident Mark Rane and northern Utah artists Dan Hill and Dan Toone. The hospital purchased Minneapolis-based sculptor Kimber Fiebiger’s bronze “We The People” statue.
“Having new display opportunities is a wonderful thing for our artists,” said Rhondalon Crawford, the outgoing chairperson of the Art Around the Corner Foundation. “Art Around the Corner is excited to partner with other cities to help them launch similar public art efforts. In turn, the residents of those cities will benefit from exposure to inspiring artwork created by some of the country’s most talented professionals.”