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RACINE – The Downtown Racine Corporation announced Wednesday the artists for its 17th annual Downtown Public Art event, the K-9 Heroes of Racine County.

This year’s public art event features 25 life-size dogs displayed throughout downtown Racine all summer long. Fourteen of the dogs will be replicas of the K-9 dogs that service Racine County, and the remaining 11 dogs will be 30-inch tall German Shepherds, which the artists have free rein on creating.

To celebrate the invite, the 14 Racine County K-9 dogs and their handlers will be featured at various events downtown, including the Public Art Preview Party at 10 a.m. June 9 at Johnson Bank; Saturday Sounds on the Square, held every Saturday from June 23 to Sept. 1 at Monument Square Park; and the Public Art Auction from 5-9 p.m. Sept. 9 at Wingspread.

“Eight of the artists we selected are doing a Public Art piece for the very first time in our 16-year history. It is exciting that we have a combination of well-known artists, as well as up-and-coming ones. I believe this year’s theme of K-9 Heroes sparked some newfound interest from artists all over Wisconsin,” said Kelly Kruse, Executive Director of the Downtown Racine Corporation.

If your business would like to sponsor one of the K-9s, contact Kruse at for sponsorship information.

Unfinished K-9 sculpture

The 14 K-9s being replicated and their chosen artists:

Burlington Police:

K-9 Zander – Julie Conigliaro

Caledonia Police:

K-9 Louie – Scott and Cory Sebastian

Mt. Pleasant Police:

K-9 Brutus – Michael Gorges

K-9 Ares – Amanda Hohensee

Racine County Sheriff’s Office:

K-9 Friday – Paul Muckler

K-9 Nox – Rachel Hankwitz

K-9 Nitro – Rachel A Womack

K-9 Murphy – Joyce Lynn Williamson

Racine Police:

K-9 Dozer – Laura Covelli

K-9 Titan – Doug and Diane Soller

K-9 Hax – Arlene LoPiccolo, Jennifer Zygmunt and DeeDee Dumont

K-9 Odin – Daniel Debrocke

K-9 Dixie – Kristen Gjerdset

Sturtevant Police

K-9 Rhea – Kaye Panyk

11 Sitting Dogs – Artists chosen with full creative reign

Nancy Barthuly

Chelsey Cacciotti

Peggy Ducommun

Kristen Glonek

Joan Houlehen

Jeff Levonian

Nicole Zoe Miller

Tom Pulice

Rachel Grace Schimian and her 5th Grade Class at Evergreen Academy

Pam Valleios

Kelly Witte