Kimmerjae Johnson won the 2014 Jean Mellblom People's Choice Award for Flower of Life. This is her second sculpture in Art on the Street. Find out more. Flower of Life was added to the City's permanent collection in 2015.
Lucas Loeffler received the 2013 Jean Mellblom People's Choice Award for his sculpture Waiting for the Bus.
Traveler, by Anthony Guntren, was purchased by RTD and found a permanent home in Lafayette in 2013. Watch the video of the award ceremony.
Indian Rice Grass
On the Rise
Sky Dancer by J. Lucas Loeffler was donated to the City by the artist and has a permanent home at Festival Plaza.
The Jean Mellblom Story
Jean 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. With the help of the Jean Mellblom Memorial fund, Jean’s family has purchased a sculpture, to be installed in Old Town Lafayette, as a way to honor her memory.
Donations for Public Art may be written to: ARTS!Lafayette; PO Box 704; Lafayette, CO 80026. Write Public Art in the Memo line. Donations are tax deductible.