Since 2006, the Sculpture in the Park program is a stellar model of the kind of complementary association possible between civic agencies that share similar missions. In this case, the Downtown St. Charles Partnership partnered with the St. Charles Park District for a four year period, 2006-2009 to sponsor the exhibit. From 2010 to present, the St. Charles Park Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization, began collaborating with the Park District on the challenge of bringing this annually changing exhibition of sculptural art to Mt. St. Mary Park for the benefit of St. Charles area residents and visitors alike.
This exhibit, the most notable event sponsored by the St. Charles Park Foundation, runs May through mid-October each year and serves a population of 48,000.
In 2013, a random sample of 766 households contributed to a St. Charles Park District community survey. The top two areas of participation were 85% visiting a park site and 77% using a walking or biking path. Forty-four percent of respondents annually visit the Sculpture in the Park exhibit.
This event’s purpose is to raise awareness of the sculptural arts and the beautiful parks in downtown St. Charles. The Foundation strives to provide striking sculptural works with substantial breath and depth in both subject matter and media for audiences to discuss, think about and enjoy.
The Sculpture Committee makes an effort to solicit funds to not only compensate the sculptors with a stipend but to also be able to annually acquire a piece of sculpture from the exhibit for permanent display in Mt. St. Mary Park.
2006 - At The River's Edge by John Kobald (donation to Park District)
2007 - Interim X by Brice Niemi
2008 - Natural Wonders by Michele Moushey Dale
2009 - Nice Pear by local artist Ray Kobald
2010 - I've Been Kissed by Pokey Park
2011 - Color of the Day by Dennis Frazen (donation to Park District)
2012 - Funds were not available to make a purchase
2013 - Mr. Eggwards by Kimber Fiebiger
2014 - Maple Leaf Bench by Joe Krajkiewcz (donation to Park District)
2015 - Truth by Jane L. Davidson (donation to Park District)
2015 - Portals by Victor Nelson
2016 - Winged Figure by Fred Klinglehofer
2017 - Six Finned Rocket by Howard Russo (donation to Park District)