The Downtown Racine Corporation is excited to auction off the dogs from the 17th annual Downtown Public Art project featuring K-9 Heroes of Racine County. There are 25 life-size dogs total; 14 are replicas of the K-9s that serve all of Racine County and 11 are German Shepherds in a sitting pose, in which the artists had full creative rein. Dogs have been placed throughout downtown Racine all summer long.

Cookin’ Out with the K-9’s Public Art Auction, is where the official auctioning off of the 25 pieces will take place. It will be held on Friday September 14, from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Wingspread. This fun-filled event will include live music by Mean Jake. The artists and the actual K-9s with their handlers will be on-site as well.

While there, enjoy food and drinks, including a “Bow Wow” beer garden featuring Racine Brewing and other Wisconsin microbrews. Tickets are $40 each or 2 for $75. To purchase call 262-634-6002 or email

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

Caledonia Police:

K-9 Louie – Artist Scott and Cory Sebastian

Mt. Pleasant Police:

K-9 Brutus – Artist Michael Gorges

K-9 Ares – Artist Amanda Hohensee

Burlington Police: 

K-9 Zander – Artist Julie Conigliaro

Racine County Sheriff’s Office:

K-9 Friday – Artist Paul Muckler

K-9 Nox – Artist Rachel Hankwitz

K-9 Nitro – Artist Rachel A Womack

K-9 Murphy – Artist Joyce Lynn Williamson

Racine Police:

K-9 Dozer – Artist Laura Covelli

K-9 Titan – Artist Doug and Diane Soller

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

K-9 Odin – Artist Daniel Debrocke

K-9 Dixie – Artist Kristen Gjerdset

Sturtevant Police

K-9 Rhea – Artist Kaye Panyk

11 Sitting Dogs Artists:

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 

Can’t attend the auction but would still like a chance at owning one of the dog sculptures? Online bidding is available now through September 14 at:

People’s Choice for favorite dog statue is taking place now through September 13. Visit

All proceeds of this event benefit the Downtown Racine Corporation, a non-profit whose mission is to be the voice of Downtown Racine, facilitating, coordinating, and catalyzing efforts to enhance the image and functionality of Downtown, attracting new businesses, residents and visitors.

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