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Art on the Street Jean Mellblom People's Choice Award
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Each year the public votes to select their favorite sculpture. The winning sculptor receives the $1000 Jean Mellblom People's Choice Award.

Flower of Life web.jpgCongratulations to Kimmerjae Johnson for winning the 2014 Jean Mellblom People's Choice Award for her sculpture Flower of Life.  This is Kimmerjae's second sculpture in Art on the Street.  Find out more

Waiting for the Bus
Congratulations to Lucas Loeffler for receiving the 2013 Jean Mellblom People's Choice Award for his sculpture Waiting for the Bus.  This is Lucas's second Jean Mellblom award.
Anthony Guntren

Watch the video of the award ceremony.
Indian Rice Grass
Indian Rice Grass
Kevin Shaffer
On the Rise
On the Rise
Louise Peterson
Sky Dancer
Sky Dancer
J. Lucas Loeffler

The Jean Mellblom Story

Jean MellblomJean Mellblom lived in Lafayette for nearly 10 years in the 1990s. She brought the concept of publicly funded art to town. Jean was a persistent, feisty, and very friendly person –all of which helped her convince City officials that public art was necessary in Lafayette.

Jean started her campaign at the same time the new library building was being designed. She saw a large, eventually windowless wall on Baseline Rd. as a potential canvas. After developing an idea for the mural with a local artist, she spent several years raising funds for the project. She asked for donations, convinced city council to contribute matching money, and organized a program of selling mural tiles to donors.

The mural happened, and Jean raised so much enthusiasm for outside art that city council approved a public art fee on new developments. Many people have been involved since then, but it all started with Jean and a vision she had for Lafayette. Because of her dedication and vision, the people’s choice award for Art on the Street is named the “Jean Mellblom” Award.

Jean Mellblom passed away in January of 2013. The Lafayette Public Art Committee would like to acknowledge that one of Jean Mellblom’s enduring legacies is the role she played in establishing Lafayette’s public art program. Jean’s family has identified making a donation to the “Surveying Our Future” public art project as a way to honor her memory. 

Donations may be written to: ARTS!Lafayette; PO Box 704; Lafayette, CO 80026. Please put "Jean Mellbom Memorial" in the memo line.  Donations are tax deductible.

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