Are you All About Art?

Then we have something for you! At a staggering 150 pieces, Fountain Hills is home to one of the largest public art collections in the state of Arizona! Register for any of our Public Art Walks and discover the power of art among Arizona’s natural desert beauty. Our Public Art Walk invites you to gaze upon striking statues set against Fountain Hills’ mountain ranges, scenic skies, and of course, our World Famous Fountain.

Follow our Centennial Circle Art Walk through the Centennial Circle sculpture garden. Then view the many pieces of varied art such as bronzes, murals, paintings, photography, and three-dimensional art inside the Community Center and Library.

Your adventure doesn’t stop there! Our Avenue of the Fountains tour takes you down our main street avenue for a view of the magnificent eagle in the piece, Freedom, located on the Avenue of the Fountains Plaza.

Continue to Fountain Park where you will meet Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington, and the rest of the Presidents of our “Fount Rushmore” section of the Fountain Park tour!

Fountain Hills, Arizona is the place to see art in all its glory with a majestic backdrop of the McDowell and Four Peaks mountains and the Town’s signature 560-foot tall Fountain, located in the center of its 64-acre park.

Self Guided Tours

Fountain Hills offers self-guided amenities for all four of our Art Walk tours. In the age of technology, our public art piece plaques, naming each of our pieces, showcase a customized QR code programmed with the artist bio and history of the art piece. Simply grab one of our Art Walk Guide Books along with your smart phone, and you’re ready to begin! To utilize the QR codes on the plaques, remember to download any Free QR code reader app on your smart phone. Learn more about Self-Guided Tours here: Public Art | Fountain Hills, AZ - Official Website (fountainhillsaz.gov)
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Our History

The History of Fountain Hills Public Art

(And how two people had the foresight and ingenuity to start this magnificent collection)

Jerry and Jackie Miles have lived in Fountain Hills since 1986. While neither is artistically inclined, Jackie is musical and Jerry very creative. Throughout their married lives they have visited many art galleries and museums and have enjoyed collecting pieces of art for their home.

In 1997 two coincidental events took place that set in motion the beginning of the Fountain Hills Public Art collection. Jackie Miles became one of the founders of the Fountain Hills Arts Council and Jerry Miles was elected Mayor of the town. Through Town Council Resolution 1997-44, the Arts Council became the authorized agency of the Town for the development and promotion of Public Art in Fountain Hills.

After the death of Jerry’s mother in 2001, the couple decided to purchase a piece of sculpture in her honor and to place it in their hometown of Fountain Hills. They chose the piece by Jason Napier, “Precious Cargo” which was placed near the then new Community Center. In that same year, Jerry Miles, who was also a board member of the Library Association, convinced that board to purchase Mark Lundeen’s, “A Good Book” and place it just outside their building.

These two pieces, placed in the area now known as the Milestones Sculpture Garden, began the Town of Fountain Hills’ magnificent Public Art collection.

Money was always difficult to come by to purchase more pieces for the collection but with Jerry’s creative mind he developed a variety of ways to convince the town’s residents to make donations. He also convinced the town council to pass a “percent for public art” which provided limited funding from commercial construction.

Jerry and Jackie Miles have always envisioned that Fountain Hills would become famously known for its Public Art collection and that people from all over the world would someday visit it. For over ten years Jerry and Jackie have attended the Loveland Colorado Sculpture Show where they have personally met world-renowned artists and viewed their exquisite works from which much of the Fountain Hills collection has grown. However, Jerry and Jackie have also chosen works from local artists which have given a very personal pride to the collection.

Jerry and Jackie’s unique expertise in choosing art has resulted in a Public Art collection that spans all forms of art and will reach 100 pieces by the Arizona Centennial of 2012. To honor the founders of the Fountain Hills Public Art, Jerry and Jackie Miles, the collection has been named, “Milestones: A Desert Odyssey through Public Art.”

Fountain Hills Public Art Committee

Over the last ten years, the Fountain Hills Public Art Committee and many other organizations have worked to create an excellent collection of public art. Pieces are located inside the Fountain Hills Community Center, in Town Hall, in the Community Center Courtyard, in Fountain Park and elsewhere throughout the Town of Fountain Hills. New pieces are being acquired at the rate of six a year or more. The long term goal is to create the finest collection of public art in the Southwestern United States, a goal which, today, seems entirely possible.


Acquisition of Art

How are the public art pieces paid for?

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