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Madison’s Marquette neighborhood hosts front yard sculpture contest Saturday

Madison's Marquette Neighborhood will host a community public art exhibition July 11, 2020.
Michelle Martin, left and Lynn Lee.
Madison's Marquette Neighborhood will host a community public art exhibition July 11, 2020.

MADISON (WKOW) – Those looking for an inspiring outdoor excursion this weekend should consider heading over to Madison’s near-east side Marquette Neighborhood for a community public art exhibition that can be viewed outdoors from a distance.

In looking for activities to replace the beloved eastside summer festivals it hosts, the Marquette Neighborhood Association (MNA) invited neighborhood residents to participate in a sculpture contest by creating a 3-D work of art in their front yard that fits the theme of “Imaginary Worlds.”

Nearly 20 works of art will be exhibited in the neighborhood that extends from E. Washington Avenue toward Lake Monona, between S. Blair Street and Division Street, according to a news release.

Participants will be competing for prizes in the categories: Most Creative, Most Topical, Outstanding Artistry and Crowd Favorite. Winners will be selected by the adjudication team of Jenie Gao, Kati Walsh, and Karin Wolf.

“This project is about expressing creativity--no matter the skill level--and sharing imaginative ideas with the community,” says MNA Arts Committee Co-Chair, Jen Plants.

The exhibition can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, July 11. A map of the sculptures will be posted on the MNA website (marquette-neighborhood.org) by Friday, July 10 at noon.

Visitors are asked to follow all social distancing rules currently in mandate while viewing or participating in this event.

Contest winners will be announced via Facebook Live on the Marquette Neighborhood Association Facebook page.

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