The City of Sterling Heights and its 134,000+ residents take great pride in supporting the arts. Sculptures by many famed artists such as David Bollman (Badge of Honor), Mark Beltchenko (Xs & O), Edward Chesney (*Fireman & Child), Marshall Frederick (Two Bears), Thomas Haynes (Centipede), Ray Katz (Burst), John Piet (Spiral Note), Ronald Farrington Sharp (In Use), Janice Trimpe (Sarah's Heirloom), Marcia Wood (Spirit of Sterling Heights), Bernadette Zachara-Marcos (Ring Around the Rosie) and others are on permanent display throughout the Sterling Heights City Center and at *Fire Station #5.
As the City of Sterling Heights continues to grow its increasingly impressive public art collection, the City’s IT Department created an app called “Art Map” that uses GIS technology to identify the location of all major pieces of public art commissioned by the City in an easy-to-use digital format. The Art Map is accessible here.
Following the successful launch of the City of Sterling Heights’ first-ever Public Art Mural Program in 2018, the Sterling Heights Arts Commission is seeking businesses interested in participating by offering a side of their building or business in the name of supporting the continued expansion of public art. Walls that are high visibility and/or offer an opportunity for public interaction are preferred.
Under the Mural Program, interested businesses will fill out a form on the City’s website identifying their building and designated wall for the purpose of public art. If selected by the City to participate, the business owner will be required to sign the City’s lease agreement for $1 a year for five years, for a total of $5. The City will then commission the artist and install the public art mural.
Selected businesses for the Mural Program will be invited (but not required) to attend an Arts Commission meeting to meet the commissioners and share any thoughts they may have about the theme or motif for the mural. Ultimately, the City will select the design.
To be considered for the program, interested business owners can fill out the form. Murals as part of this Public Art Program are generally installed between May and October.
Art supporters such as the Sterling Heights Arts Commission, Friends of the Sterling Heights Library and the Sterling Heights Area Community Foundation work to foster an appreciation of the arts for years to come. Throughout these pages you'll read about the great individual pieces that have found a permanent home in Sterling Heights.