Public Art & Cultural Projects

Twisted Fish Sculpture

Temporary Sculpture Display
The City of Dexter is home to a rotating sculpture display called the Dexter Art Gardens. This year, four (4) temporary outdoor artworks will be juried and placed on temporary display with the City’s permanent collection for one (1) year: June 2021 – May 2022.  The selected pieces will be installed on concrete pads in highly trafficked locations in historic Dexter, Michigan. For additional information, please refer to the Call for Entry.  Applications may be submitted through CaFE™, Applications may also be submitted in hard-copy to the City of Dexter, 8123 Main St., 2nd Floor, Dexter, MI 48130 or via e-mail to, include Dexter Art Gardens in the e-mail subject line.

Live Virtual Storytelling Event
The Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee will be hosting a virtual storytelling event on Saturday, October 17th at 6:00pm via Zoom. The topic of the storytelling event is Monument Park. The Committee is accepting submissions for presentations of stories, poems, favorite memories, and intergenerational interviews. The first review of submissions will be Monday, September 21st. View the Call for Submissions to learn more. To sign-up to present, please complete the Google Form.

Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival

Every summer since 2013, under the curious and watchful eye of the public, local and visiting artists in a wide-variety of mediums work outdoors for four days in and around Dexter. Activities include a friendly competition for professional and emerging artists, a quick-draw painting competition and artwork sale, and other fun events announced on the Schedule of Events and Festival Overview. The festival culminates with a two-day exhibit and art sale of all competition artwork in the Tent Gallery in Monument Park. Visit the Paint Dexter Website to learn more.

Permanent Sculpture Display
The City of Dexter is responsible for five permanent sculptures located around the community. There are additional permanent works of art, such as murals, which are maintained by private and non-profit entities.