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 firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship information.
The 14 K-9s being replicated and their chosen artists:
K-9 Zander – Julie Conigliaro
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
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
K-9 Rhea – Kaye Panyk
11 Sitting Dogs – Artists chosen with full creative reign
Nicole Zoe Miller
Rachel Grace Schimian and her 5th Grade Class at Evergreen Academy