There are six sculptures in the downtown area that are part of the Ames Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, which is organized by the Ames Public Art Commission.

It’s the 20th anniversary for the public art exhibit, which used to be called Art Around the Corner. “Previous sculptures displayed for one year are replaced by new sculptures selected each year by a jury of about three artists and Ames residents,” said Heather Johnson, a public arts commissioner and executive director of the Octagon Center for the Arts.

The six pieces installed for the 2016-2017 exhibition were created by three artists from Iowa and three artists from other Midwestern states.

The sculptures are:

“A Peculiar Family” by Steve Reddell, of Peculiar, Mo. — located at near the corner of Main Street and Duff Avenue.

“Day Blind Stars” by Kristin Garnant, of Camanche, Iowa — located at the corner of Main Street and Clark Avenue.

“Timeswept” by Tim Jorgensen of Cedar Falls — located at the corner of Fifth Street and Clark Avenue.

“The Other Extreme” by Tim Adams of Webster City — located in Tom Evan’s Plaza, at the corner of Main Street and Burnett Avenue.

“Wide Open Mind” by Kimber Fiebiger, of Minneapolis, Minn. — located at the corner of Main Street and Douglas Avenue.

“Meditation” by Steven Olszewski, of Pinckery, Mich. — located in front of the Ames Public Library, near the corner of Douglas Avenue and Sixth Street.

The Public Arts Commission works closely with its Neighborhood Sculpture Program to relocated anywhere from one to three sculptures — depending on price of sculptures — within an Ames neighborhood, Johnson said. The application deadline is the middle of December, and any resident in Ames can submit a form, which can be found on the city of Ames Public Art Commission page.

“The Ames Public Art Commission is committed to creating a visual and aesthetic environment that incorporates art into the lives of all Ames citizens,” Johnson said. “One way that the commission is achieving this is through the Neighborhood Sculpture Program.”

“The Public Arts Commission is a large, 16-member, volunteer commission appointed by Mayor Ann Campbell to establish public art philosophy and develop a public art plan for the City,” said Susan Gwiasda, public relations officer for the city of Ames.

The city of Ames Public Art Commission was established in 1990 by the mayor and City Council. Residents are appointed to the Public Art Commission by the mayor for the purpose of establishing public art philosophy and developing a public art plan for the city, monitoring the public art budget and recommending funding allocations for public art within city facilities. The commission also develops guidelines for selecting artwork, seeks private and governmental funding for public art, and develops educational, promotional projects for public arts programming, Gwiasda said.