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 Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. was honored to sponsor the High School Sculpture in the City program for its seventh year. As a part of Belleville’s Art on the Square since 2011, this program has allowed high school students to work with professional artists to create one-of-a-kind sculptures. These creations are then placed around Belleville for the whole city to enjoy.

Art on the Square MMR graphic

Althoff Catholic High School students along with their teacher, Dave Woesthaus and MMR shareholder, Pat Mathis revealed the two 9-foot sculptures on Friday, May 19 at the courthouse’s courtyard. MMR attorneys and staff, the Art on the Square committee, City of Belleville officials and many others were present during the unveiling.

“It was a perfect night and the art work was very creative. The smiles of both the students and the public tell the whole story,” tells Kevin Richter, MMR shareholder. “MMR very much enjoys sponsoring the High School art exhibit, and seeing the students at work and their sense of accomplishment when the project is completed makes it all worthwhile.”

Pat Dave and Althoff students

The students worked with Milwaukee artist Marina Lee who helped them produce the framework made of plaster covered plywood and foam. After being coated with fiberglass by Lee, the students painted the sculptures according to their own design. The sculptures will be placed on the bike trail near Frank Scott Parkway and Althoff and will be placed next to each other symbolizing peace.

In addition to these two sculptures, a sea of artwork including paintings, photography, ceramics and more flooded downtown Belleville, Illinois last weekend. The 16th annual Art on the Square was a hit. 115 white tents lined the streets surrounding the fountain, decorating Belleville’s streets with captivating artwork from across the globe. Artists filled their tents with their best work for the Metro East to enjoy. Some guests fell in love with their art and purchased a piece or two to take home. To learn more about Art on the Square, visit