For the past six years, artist Marcus Young has served as the “artist in residence” for the city of St. Paul. It’s thanks to him that there are now close to 600 poems embedded in city sidewalks. He’s also brought his artistic sensibilities to city planning, the rebuild of the Union Depot, and residential street construction.
Now two more artists will join Young in his civic role. Amanda Lovelee and Sarah West will bring their particular expertise in public art-making to various city agencies.
Amanda Lovelee, whose artwork explores how and where people connect, now holds the title of “City Artist in Residence for Temporal Work and Public Engagement.” Sarah West, whose work often involves highlighting beauty in an urban setting, will serve as the “City Artist in Residence for Streets and Open Space.”
The City Artist In Residence project – or CAIR – is a collaboration between the City of Saint Paul and Public Art Saint Paul.