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Public Art is for Everyone!
Cape Girardeau is home to both permanent and temporary pieces of public art including murals, mosaics, and sculpture! The growing support for art in public spaces has been evident since the City of Cape Girardeau established the Public Art Program on City property in 2012. A Public Art Committee was then formed including artists and representatives from the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Old Town Cape, Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Cape Girardeau.

The Public Art Policy and Procedures was developed throughout the fall of 2011 and the winter and spring of 2012, and outlines the following: Long & Short Term Goals of the Public Art Program, the Public Art Authority and Administration, the Public Art Designation Policy, the Public Art Funding Policy, De-accession Policy, Education and Outreach, and Promotion in detail.

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The Public Art Committee of the City of Cape Girardeau launched the city’s first public art outdoor exhibition in April of 2014 consisting of seven substantial sculptures along the Broadway Corridor. The Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit has included being named a finalist for the Missouri Main Street Connection’s State Award for Top Special Event and the promotional designs have received a Bronze ADDY award! These successes have helped it to become an annual exhibit.

Read about the 2018 - 2019 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway>
Read about the 2017 - 2018 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Braodway>
Read about the 2016 - 2017 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway>
Read about the 2015 – 2016 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway>
Read about the 2014 – 2015 Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway>

The City of Cape Girardeau Public Art Committee has already accepted submissions from qualified sculptors to participate in the 2018 - 2019 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition! The next call for artists to enter the 2019 - 2020 exhibit will open sometime in September 2018. Check back to our website later this summer for details! If you are interested in sponsoring this exhibit or a specific sculpture, please contact

A compilation of over 100 pieces of public art in Cape Girardeau Missouri was created as part of the Public Art Program in 2012, initiated to make the public more aware of the artwork that surrounds them on a daily basis. Whether you are a true local or a new tourist, reading through the booklet is a sure way to enrich your understanding of the arts and history of Cape Girardeau.

Download the Official Public Art Booklet>

The Arts Council understands that a LOT can be accomplished in three years, so a new booklet is on its way! Sign up for our email newsletter to be notified for the release.