Kane County History: Take a Tour of Geneva Art History

Kane County History: Take a Tour of Geneva Art History

  • Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on Kane County’s amazing history. Today’s article is contributed by the Geneva History Museum’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Markie Striegel.

Located at South Third and Campbell Streets, “Welcome Rounds” was the first of three artistic bike racks installed by the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission and created by Weston Lambert, a professor Tulane University. CREDIT: Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Markie Striegel

Geneva is filled with beautiful artwork throughout the city. The sidewalks, lawns and buildings are home to notable pieces of public art, all of which add to Geneva’s personality.

This lion, located outside of Graham’s 318 Coffeehouse, 318 South Third Street, was created by local Geneva artist, Joseph Gagnepain. The recent pandemic has resulted in a small addition to the lion in the form of a cloth mask over his face.

Now you can discover the many sculptures, statues, monuments, and murals tucked in different locations throughout Geneva during a virtual tour led by the Museum’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Markie Striegel.

On the tour, you’ll learn the stories behind their creation and the artists who made them.

Artwork featured in the tour includes the 1910 Kane County Courthouse murals, the secret grotto behind the Kane County Government Center, and the Eagle Statues on the Fabyan Estate and at Riverbank Laboratories.

Register today at GenevaHistoryMuseum.org to receive the link for this free virtual 45-minute Zoom program taking place at noon Tuesday, April 13.

If you are unable to attend this virtual event, you will be able to watch a recording of it on the Geneva History Museum’s YouTube page.

The Geneva History Museum remains closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions, but will continue to share these monthly virtual programs.

The Geneva History Museum is a nonprofit organization with a mission to share and preserve Geneva’s evolving story while inspiring and engaging the community.

For more information visit GenevaHistoryMuseum.org or call 630-232-4951.

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