New & Known Works by Public Sculptor Jon Kamrath

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Here and Gone, a sculpture by Jon Kamrath.

The Kaddatz Galleries is thrilled to announce “Evolving Forms: New & Known Works by Public Sculptor Jon Kamrath,” an engaging exhibition that runs from July 9 to August 17. This exhibit offers a unique opportunity to explore Jon Kamrath’s creative journey through a diverse collection of his sculptures, both familiar and new. The public is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, July 11, 2024 from 5 – 7 p.m. with artist remarks scheduled for 6 p.m..

Jon Kamrath, a dedicated public sculptor, has spent the past decade installing 7-15 rotating sculptures each season throughout the Upper Midwest. His work ranges from large outdoor installations to smaller indoor sculptures, each piece encouraging viewers to explore and interact with the space around them. Based in Mahtomedi, MN, Kamrath creates from his home studio, where his process is deeply influenced by his surroundings and daily life.

The exhibition “Evolving Forms” showcases Kamrath’s transition from large-scale public pieces to more intimate, accessible works. Historically, his work has required distinct materials and techniques for outdoor and indoor sculptures, resulting in two different styles. However, he is now focusing on scaling down his larger public pieces to create smaller works that can serve both as prototypes for larger concepts and as finished sculptures suitable for home or garden display, or along a public rotating sculpture trail.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see the evolution of Kamrath’s artistic approach, from initial concept sketches and maquettes to pedestal-sized prototypes and full-scale public sculptures. This shift in his creative process reflects a new direction in both form and scale, making his art more accessible to individual viewers.

Also on view this July and August will be “Kaddatz Galleries’ Permanent Collection: Selected Works” exhibited in Studio K. This exhibition will feature a curated selection of both 2D and 3D artworks acquired by the Kaddatz Galleries from 2009 – present. 

Kaddatz Galleries welcomes visitors from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 12-5  p.m., and extends its hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m. There is never a charge to enter Kaddatz Galleries to see the exhibitions on view.  To learn more about these exhibitions visit; to learn more about Jon Kamrath’s creative process, you can watch his TEDx talk
“Imagination is a Muscle,” or visit his social media pages @kamrathsculpture and his website

The Kaddatz Galleries is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering visual arts education and appreciation. Located in downtown Fergus Falls, the gallery celebrates the work of area artists and honors the legacy of Charles Beck. The Kaddatz presents focused exhibitions and a rotating selection of regional artists’ work. Studio K, its secondary gallery and community meeting space, features smaller or more experimental bodies of work by established and emerging artists.