Student Art Spotlighted in Downtown Warsaw –

A metal sculpture by artist Goshen Sunday Mahaja is located along Buffalo Street, just south of Center Street, in downtown Warsaw. It is one of nine screens. InkFreeNews photos by Dan Spalding.

By Liz Berger

WARSAW – Student art is being spotlighted in downtown Warsaw with a temporary public art installation.

Thanks to a project coordinated by the Warsaw Public Arts Commission, the art will be on display until October 15.

There are a total of nine artworks created by three student artists: Abigail Smith, Chelsea Waltermire and Sunday Mahaja.

“We have launched a call for artists in colleges in the region,” said Suzie Light, chairwoman of the Warsaw Public Arts Commission. “We wanted it to be an opportunity for emerging artists to exhibit their work.”

WPAC sent the call to six local colleges, including Grace College and the University of Manchester. The student art exhibition project in the city center of Warsaw has been in preparation since August 2021.

Smith, a visual communication design student at Purdue University, created four temporary murals of Warsaw landmarks and a sculpture titled “Fractured.” The four murals are classified together as a single work of art.

Waltermire, an art student at the University of Manchester, created a flower and trellis project. The job is outside Brooch Boutique in Warsaw.

Mahaja, a Goshen College graduate specializing in metal sculpture, has created six pieces: “The Proposal”, “The Arrival”, “Spring Dancer”, “Royal Highness”, “Lake House in Nebraska” and “Sunflower Tree”.

“We’re thrilled the artists responded and they exceeded the commission’s expectations,” Light said. “They really blew up the park.”

QR codes will be on plates near each room. Scanning the codes will provide more information about the artist and the work. Artwork will also be listed on the county “Anything Artistic” map.

Wulthermire and Smith will take part in a matchup at Warsaw’s upcoming First Friday event on July 1.

“It gives children and young students who are interested in art the opportunity to talk to someone who is pursuing their dream of being an artist,” Light said. “This would be a great opportunity for parents to bring their budding artists to meet someone who is following this path.”

Financial support for this installation, as well as future temporary and permanent art installations, is provided by the ArtFULLY Warsaw Fund of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation. Donors can support this effort by making a online donation and selecting “ArtFULLY Warsaw Fund”.

Light described this year’s installation as exciting, but said next year’s will be “next level”. Funds donated to Warsaw’s ArtFULLY Fund will help WPAC make a deposit for the 2023 art installation.

This artwork by Abigail Smith showcases the Biblical Gardens and is positioned along the exterior wall of the Kosciusko County Community Foundation on Buffalo Street.

Here is one of the two giraffes positioned at the entrance to the town hall car park and created by Sunday Mahaja.

Here is a close-up view of the giraffe’s head.

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David H. Henry