Flooded with inspiration from local artists, downtown Stevens Point offers the perfect place to find a mix of culture and history told through various art forms. Read on to learn more about where to experience Stevens Point's own interactive art and hand-painted murals, then make it a day trip to see it for yourself!Header photo by: Travel Wisconsin
Head to the Transit Stage, near the Stevens Point Bus Depot downtown (by the former Shopko parking lot) to try your hand on the public piano. Be sure to look for it during the warmer months of the year before it's stored away for the winter. This interactive art was donated by a local community member and painted by volunteers from UWSP.
Give life to your social media feed by adding the vibrant colors of one of Stevens Point’s downtown murals. Take a walk around town to find a picturesque backdrop to snap any Instagram-worthy photo. Even if you are not into photography, it is still worth a trip to see all of the beautiful Stevens Point Area murals.
Start on the corner of Water and Clark Streets to see the first historical mural, the 'Rivermen'. This mural depicts our history as a part of the early logging industry. Kelly Meredith, the artist, created this mural with the help of community members filling in colors by number.
What the Lion Cannot Manage the Fox Can
Make sure to check out the 'What the Lion Cannot Manage the Fox Can' mural. Painted by Alexander Landerman with a German adage that incorporates both the nature aspects of the county and goals of CREATE Portage County. This mural is an iconic location in downtown Stevens Point that draws people in to admire its magnificence.
The Polish Chicken
Continue on to the Mathias Mitchell Public Square (Known by locals as the Square) and you’ll find another piece of our history, the 'Polish Chicken' mural. It is the replica of wycinanki painted by Bernice Bartosz and Dennis Kolinski. It is the only one remaining of the 5 that were painted in 1976. The mural is surrounded by benches and is the ideal spot to sit and enjoy a beverage or treat from the farmers market. From this spot, you can also see the Market Day mural located in the southeast corner of the Square.
Create your own design. Check out the coloring page for this mural and other Stevens Point Area landmarks.
Come see a part of the Central Wisconsin Craft Collective in art form. You’ll find the #GrabtheGlass mural displayed on the side of Galaxy Comics Games & More at 925 Clark Street. Created by, Nick Goettling, this celebratory mural depicts the core of the Stevens Point Brewery, who commissioned the work for their 160th anniversary. Don't forget to use the hashtag #Grabtheglass on your social media platforms to tag this popular mural.
Prefer art in a glass? Check out craft breweries, wineries and a distillery that call the Stevens Point Area home.
Don't miss this colorful mural of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg along with 101 names of influential women. This mural was painted by the talented local artist Jessie Fritsch and is located just off the Square near Sunset Point Winery.
Looking for more murals?
New murals are filling the empty walls throughout Portage County, as part of Paint the County with CREATE portage county. Learn more about the new murals and where to find them here. We also have information on all of the murals currently in Portage County here.
Main Street is lined with creative works of all types: from your plate to your glass, and even trash cans. Trash Canvas is an initiative brought to the community by CREATE Portage County to integrate arts and culture into the downtown scene.
Want to see more?
While you’re downtown, check out these other ARTractions- Q Artists Cooperative, Cultural Commons, Sculpture Park & Riverfront Arts Center to find more art on display. Discover more arts and culture in the area and be sure to use #StevensPointArea on your social media and include @StevensPointArea on your Instagram posts for a chance to be featured!