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Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Sponsors the 2016 High School Sculpture in the City Program

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Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Sponsors the 2016 High School Sculpture in the City Program

Sculptures unveiled at Belleville’s Annual Art on the Square Festival

As part of the firm’s continuing support of the arts in Southern Illinois, the firm of Mathis, Marifian and Richter, Ltd. (MM&R) was proud to unveil the latest sculptures from the 2016 High School Sculpture in the City program at the annual Art on the Square festival in Belleville, IL. For each of the past six years, MM&R has sponsored this program to give students from Belleville-area high schools the opportunity to work side-by-side with a professional artist to create large scale pieces of art that will be put on public display in Belleville.

This year, students from Belleville East High School developed two pieces based on the concepts of rain, roots, wind and water. Working under the guidance of artist Marina Lee, students gained invaluable experience and knowledge about how to take design concepts from paper to actual public art form.

The finished sculptures, "Roots" and "Luna," represent the ideas of bringing out creativity in people and encouraging people to become more active outdoors. Attorneys from MM&R were on hand at Art on the Square in May to unveil the two sculptures to the public. Following their unveiling at the festival, the sculptures are scheduled to be installed permanently at Laderman Park in Belleville.

Students from the Belleville East advanced construction class initially built the structures from plywood and foam. The graphic design students worked the next day on developing the forms with a modeling compound. The final step involved painting very detailed color designs and patterns based on original drawings submitted by art students. Portions from all students’ work were chosen and compiled to create the final designs.


In its sixth consecutive year, High School Sculpture in the City is a program created by Art on the Square and sponsored by Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. that supports art education and helps beautify the City’s landscape with unique art sculptures. Prior sculptures have been designed by students from Belleville West, Belleville East, Althoff Catholic High School and Governor French Academy. The designing and building of the sculptures rotates through the area high schools, and sculptures are placed in parks and at schools throughout the City of Belleville.

“Supporting the arts in our schools is important to us because it demonstrates our deep commitment to the arts in our community,” said Patrick Mathis, a shareholder of MM&R. “In addition to this program, our office contains many works which we have purchased at Art on the Square as well as from local artists. We also annually invite local artists to design our firm’s holiday card and we have an art gallery in our office which we use for displaying local artists’ work.”

AOTS 2016 Sculptures

Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Supports the Arts in Metro East (2015)

MM&R Continues Sponsorship of the High School Sculpture in the City Program

For the fifth consecutive year, the firm of Mathis, Marifian and Richter, Ltd. (MM&R) is proud to support the High School Sculpture in the City program and Belleville’s Art on the Square festival. As in previous years, MM&R sponsored local high school students to create sculptures that were unveiled at the Art on the Square festival and will then placed on permanent public display in a city park.

This year’s sculptures come from the students at Belleville Township High School West. Working with professional artist, Marina Lee, the students have created two sculptures based on the input from approximately 20 art students. The finished piece, entitled “Inside Out,” offered these students invaluable, real-world, hands-on experience and engaged them completely in the full process from design to completion.
Lee stated, “The students were great throughout the entire process. It was a really hands-on project and the students really applied themselves creatively.”

Art teacher Cari Casper-Basler commented, “This was a great opportunity for the kids to get their hands dirty and to gain a thorough understanding of what’s involved with making large-scale public art. Marina was tremendous to work with and the students certainly valued the opportunity to learn from her. We’ve all really enjoyed the experience!”

As the official sponsor of the program, MM&R is proud to help create such a unique experience for local students. Pat Mathis, shareholder of MM&R, commented, “We are so pleased to help provide the opportunity to broaden art education in our community. Now in its fifth year, the program continues to provide a very valuable, hands-on learning experience for local students.”

The High School Sculpture in the City program is an interactive program for local students to learn how to create public art that beautifies their schools and parks. The program rotates among area schools and has previously included works from students at Belleville East, Althoff Catholic High School, and Governor French Academy.

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Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Presents the 2014 High School Sculpture in the City Program

Student Artists’ Creations to be Unveiled at VIP Reception

Since 2011, when Art on the Square launched the High School Sculpture In the City program, Belleville schools and the City of Belleville have benefited from three new, beautiful art sculptures created as a result of the program. Annually sponsored by the law firm Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), the program once again is providing local high school students the opportunity to learn how to design and create one-of-a-kind art sculptures. This year the interactive creative project involved students from Governor French Academy in Belleville. The students accepted the challenge of creating, from beginning to end, two individual art pieces that were unveiled at Art on the Square’s VIP reception on Friday, May 16, and then permanently installed at Governor French Academy following the fair.

Students worked with artist Marina Lee of Milwaukee, Wis. Lee stated, “This program offers students a chance to see the world through the eyes of an artist and to really understand the process behind creating public art together.” Lee worked with the students on designing, cutting, assembling and painting the pieces. “It’s their project and they had lots of hands-on experience creating it,” added Lee.

The sculpture designs were based on input and direction from the students. When asked what they wanted the sculptures to represent, they immediately responded with words such as “unity” and “family.” Both pieces have various artistic elements that are representative of the students’ visions. A core design team of 10 students in grades six through 12 collaborated on ideas to come up with the final two designs, which include a wall mounted sculpture and a bench. Lee traveled to Belleville on two different occasions in the spring to teach the students how to build and paint the sculptures, which are made of wood, spray foam and molding compound.

Pat Mathis, a shareholder at MM&R, stated that his firm is proud to be affiliated with a program that has proven to help further art education in the community. “The students who have taken part in this program feel they’ve truly gained a greater knowledge and understanding about sculpture work, and that the experience gained is of great value to them both academically and in terms of understanding the public aspects of art. Ultimately, the program benefits not just the schools, but also the entire community because it is a contribution of public art that can be shared for years to come.”

Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. Presents the 2014 High School Sculpture in the City Program

Student Artists’ Creations to be Unveiled at VIP Reception

Since 2011, when Art on the Square launched the High School Sculpture In the City program, Belleville schools and the City of Belleville have benefited from three new, beautiful art sculptures created as a result of the program. Annually sponsored by the law firm Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), the program once again is providing local high school students the opportunity to learn how to design and create one-of-a-kind art sculptures. This year the interactive creative project involved students from Governor French Academy in Belleville. The students accepted the challenge of creating, from beginning to end, two individual art pieces that were unveiled at Art on the Square’s VIP reception on Friday, May 16, and then permanently installed at Governor French Academy following the fair.

Students worked with artist Marina Lee of Milwaukee, Wis. Lee stated, “This program offers students a chance to see the world through the eyes of an artist and to really understand the process behind creating public art together.” Lee worked with the students on designing, cutting, assembling and painting the pieces. “It’s their project and they had lots of hands-on experience creating it,” added Lee.

The sculpture designs were based on input and direction from the students. When asked what they wanted the sculptures to represent, they immediately responded with words such as “unity” and “family.” Both pieces have various artistic elements that are representative of the students’ visions. A core design team of 10 students in grades six through 12 collaborated on ideas to come up with the final two designs, which include a wall mounted sculpture and a bench. Lee traveled to Belleville on two different occasions in the spring to teach the students how to build and paint the sculptures, which are made of wood, spray foam and molding compound.

Pat Mathis, a shareholder at MM&R, stated that his firm is proud to be affiliated with a program that has proven to help further art education in the community. “The students who have taken part in this program feel they’ve truly gained a greater knowledge and understanding about sculpture work, and that the experience gained is of great value to them both academically and in terms of understanding the public aspects of art. Ultimately, the program benefits not just the schools, but also the entire community because it is a contribution of public art that can be shared for years to come.”

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