Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center News

Art: A Sturgeon Bay Way of Life

Art is a cornerstone of life and culture in small-town Sturgeon Bay, Door County.

In a community with a year-round population of just over 9,000 people, creativity abounds in charming galleries, award-winning theater, festivals, events, and a museum dedicated to honoring all forms of art.

As a new way to express the community’s love and appreciation for art, the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center has devised new public art projects – in the air and on the sidewalk – to decorate the city streets.

Benches by the Bay

“Benches by the Bay” is the newest interpretation of the City’s 3-dimensional art on the streets.

Artists use either the blank canvas of a two-seat, straight-backed style cedar bench or craft their own from a variety of materials. These weather resistant benches will be on display in the city throughout the summer, beginning May 15.

If you like a bench (or two!), you’re invited to attend the live bench auction following Harvest Festival, Saturday, September 15 beginning at 5:30 pm. If you won’t be in Sturgeon Bay for the auction, cast an absentee bid. Bid forms are available online HERE and are accepted through Friday, September 14 at 3:00 pm. 

Proceeds from the auction benefit the artists and the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.  

Click here to view all of the benches (updated with 2017 benches after May 15).

Sites in the City

Look up as you’re walking and driving around Sturgeon Bay this spring and summer to see “Sites in the City”– art hung from light poles creating eye-catching artwork throughout the City.

The 2’x4’ paintings were transferred onto vinyl banners and have been hung on light poles around the City. Artists depicted what they appreciate most about Sturgeon Bay, and the subjects of their paintings are incredibly diverse. The Michigan Street Bridge, lighthouses, skateboarders, the gigantic gnome, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and a wide variety of other scenes were juried, and 25 were chosen to go onto the light poles.

Click here for full viewing of all of the paintings decorating the light poles.


Maps with locations of all the artwork are available at various lodging, dining, and retail establishments, as well as at the SBVC brochure room, 36 S. Third Avenue.