Crossing Arts Alliance calls for art proposals for Babe ox statue

Winning artists will receive funds for materials to complete project


The Destination Downtown Coalition, in partnership with the city of Brainerd and The Crossing Arts Alliance, is bringing Babe the Blue Ox to downtown Brainerd. Artists are needed to paint the statue.

Nor-Son Construction donated a Babe the Blue Ox statue that was at the Baxter office since 2008. After a community fundraiser to secure that statue and address much needed repairs, the project is ready for the next step to find artists to design and paint the ox sculpture.

Crossing Arts Alliance wants this to be a community project that adds to downtown Brainerd's uniqueness. The Crossing Arts Alliance will put together a panel to determine location/placement, find local artists and jury the submissions to determine who will create downtown Brainerd's latest attraction.

This is open to all artists residing in Minnesota. Artists may submit up to three designs for consideration. Submitted designs should be family-friendly and aesthetically appropriate for display in public places. Some examples of the family-friendly criterion include absence of violence, nudity, bias and hate.

The artist chosen for this project will receive a $700 honorarium to help defray material costs and other expenses. Priming and sealing of the sculpture will be provided by the coordinators of this call for art. The artist will furnish all of the paint materials and be responsible for painting the artwork.


Work will be juried by a committee consisting of the executive/artistic director of The Crossing Arts Alliance, members of the Destination Downtown Business Coalition, employees of the city of Brainerd and community members.

The deadline for submissions is April 15. The selected artist will have the month of May to work on and complete the design on the ox, and the finished piece will be installed in downtown Brainerd in early June.

Visit the website for the full submission information and rules, as well as an easy online submission form.

For more information, contact Crossing Arts at 218-833-0416 or Crossing Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in downtown Brainerd at 711 Laurel St.


Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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