ANTHONY CAPONI

Life, Vision, Legacy

Art Works Eagan – February 2 through April 16, 2021

A man with a dust mask and red bandana looks into the camera

To mark the milestone of our founder’s 100th birthday Caponi Art Park has created this exhibit of Anthony Caponi’s rarely seen sculptures, photographs, poetry and other works. The exhibit focuses on his unique life story as an immigrant, his career as an artist and educator, and his contributions to the Eagan and the broader community.

This exhibit is about more than one person or just works of art. It’s about the history of our community and recognizing the important residents who helped to shape the community we live in today.

Tony moved to Eagan in 1949 which put him at the beginning of the wave of new residents that transformed the area from farms to a city. Through the making of Caponi Art Park and his volunteer service with the Eagan Parks and Recreation Commission he had an impact on the city’s park’s system and cultural community.

Early years: High school, World War 2, and his college years

Stone, wood and metal: 1950 – 1972

Stone and metal: 1973 – 2005

Photography: Caves of Favalanciata Series, 1975