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MMR Continues to Show Enduring Support for Art Education

Belleville, Ill. (April 22, 2024) – Art on the Square’s High School Sculpture in the City Program, sponsored by Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd., is collaborating with kinetic sculptor Darren Miller from Decatur, Illinois, to create a unique sculpture piece for this year’s Art on the Square, in partnership with the art students at Althoff Catholic High School. This program has been supported by Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd., since its inception in 2011, as it allows local high school students to work alongside a professional artist with the goal of creating a one-of-a-kind sculpture to help beautify our city.

MMR shareholder, Patrick B. Mathis, visited the Althoff Catholic art students and Darren Miller today to gain insights into this year’s sculpture and learn more about the 14 art students’ development. The creative artwork offers these students invaluable, real-world, hands-on experience and engages them completely in the full process from design to completion. Sculptor Darren Miller stated, “The students’ attention and enthusiasm for learning is amazing. I look forward to seeing their handiwork on this piece.”

Althoff art teacher Dave Woesthaus commented, “This is the fourth time Althoff has been blessed with the generosity of Mathis Marifian & Richter, Ltd.’s sponsorship of the visiting artist sculpture in the city. Our students have this great opportunity to work as a team with a top flight artist on a large scale sculpture project. The students love it and learn so many new skills that we can’t always teach in a classroom environment.  I still talk with former students about when they were working on their project.  It is a priceless experience.”

As the official sponsor of the program, MMR is proud to help create such a unique experience for local high school students. Pat Mathis, shareholder of MMR, commented, “We are delighted to contribute to expanding art education in our community. This program offers a highly valuable, hands-on learning experience for high school students in the local area.”

The sculpture is set to be unveiled at the opening night of the annual Art on the Square Festival, on May 17th, in front of the St. Clair County Courthouse building. MMR is looking forward to attending the event. After the festival, the sculpture will be displayed at Althoff Catholic High School for students, faculty, and the community to enjoy.