The Hutchinson Public Arts Commission was established in 2006 in order to oversee the donations, maintenance, and funding of public art in the city of Hutchinson, Minnesota. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council for the City and makes recommendations to the City Council on issues regarding public art within the city limits.
The Public Arts Commission is composed of five members, four who serve staggered terms and one who is a member of the City Council. The Director of Planning/Zoning/Building and the Director of Parks/Recreation/Community Education serve as ex-officio members.
Council Representative/Board Chair
Steve grew up outside of Philadelphia, but has been a Hutchinson resident
for 33 years while working at 3M-Hutchinson. He was very involved with
the formation of the Crow River Area Youth Orchestra (which at one time
numbered over 130 students), initiated Hutchinson’s public art program
when he was mayor, and volunteers with RiverSong each year. Steve is also an advocate for the local park & trail systems and he appreciates how they and the arts can complement each other.
Public Arts Commission Vice Chair
Second- Full Term
Jon Otteson was born and raised in the farming community of Paynesville, Minnesota. His art related work background includes the printing industry, motion picture processing & production, custom framing along with a 30-year investment in the quality, training and supplier management departments at 3M. During this time, he was also actively involved in portrait and wedding photography. He retired from 3M in 2002 and spends much of his time experimenting with fine art photography that has a primary emphasis on landscapes, natural elements, and abstracts.
Second Full Term
Greg grew up in marketing communication, before it was even a term – working in advertising, marketing and sales for Advance Machine Company, later Nilfisk–Advance. After 30 years he called it quits and retired early. He failed completely at retirement and opened the first Chicago style hot dog cart south of the South Fork of the Crow River. Greg also serves on the board for Hutchinson Center for the Arts.
Second Full Term
Kay Voigt Kay has a degree in art education. She taught elementary art in Hutchinson for 20 years. After she retired, she became active in Historic Hutchinson when her husband attended the Blandon Leadership Workshop with Jim Fahey. It was Jim who used his Blandon idea project to start Historic Hutchinson and Kay’s husband thought that would be a good group for them to become involved. Kay is getting back into making art with a grand-daughter who has helped her remember that she used to love to make art. Oil painting and graphic art were her favorite genre. Her latest goal is to make her own Christmas cards and to sketch an old oak tree that is in prominent view from their farm apartment. It is at that farm where she and husband watch birds, garden and entertain family. They have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren
Dan Jochum primarily serves as the AICP – City of Hutchinson Planning Director.
Dolf Moon primarily serves as the Director of Parks, Recreation & Community Education.