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The work of many sculptors and painters have found a home in Ellensburg, WA. Though the town may be small, it's beautiful architecture and flash from the past make this the perfect place to getaway and step back in time. The local art that one finds while roaming around this charming town only add to the beauty of the location.

Wander down the pavilion square and you'll run into the one and only Ellensburg Bull created by the late world renowned sculptor, Richard Beyers. Stop for a photo op, and then stroll on down to the Ellensburg Library. There awaits Kitt Coyote and his mischievous grin, another Richard Beyers treasure.

Museums and galleries also grace the streets of this small town. Step into Clymer Museum and explore the work of John Clymer, a painter and illustrator, whose work showcased nature and the American West. Gallery One Visual Arts Center brings fun to the Ellensburg art scene, with rotating exhibitions year round. Come back again and again for a different experience each time.

Ellensburg is also home to Central Washington University. Roam down the corridors and lawns of this college campus and find a variety of art pieces, each one different from the next. You'll find a tranquil Japanese Garden, horse sculptures made of driftwood, mosaics, and so much more.

These are just some of the hidden art treasures that await you, don't let them pass you by the next time you find yourself in town. Adventure out and find them all!


Friendship Park, Washoe

Artist: Georgia Gerber
111 E 5th Ave, Ellensburg
, WA 98926

Come to Friendship Park for a relaxing break and learn about Washoe while you're there. Friendship Park commemorates Washoe, a chimpanzee, and the first non-human to communicate in a human language---American Sign Language. Washoe was taught American Sign Language as part of a research experiment on animal language acquisition at the Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute formerly at Central Washington University. Researchers taught Washoe approximately 350 signs of ASL, which she was eventually able to successfully use on her own, spontaneously and appropriately in conversation with other chimps.

Fun Fact: the park is named Friendship park because Washoe is signing the expression "friends" in the sculpture

Petunia the Pig

Artist: Paul Crites
901 E 7th Avenue, Suite 1, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Pike Place Market is not the only place with a bronze pig. Petunia is sponsored by Friends of the Kittitas County Fair. Coins go to support the Kittitas County 4-H Endowment Fund.  Petunia has been a part of the Kittitas County Fairgrounds since 2007 and is sponsored by Friends of the Kittitas County Fair.


Murals, KC Fairgrounds

901 E 7th Ave #1, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Murals provide art for the public in various commercial locations. Look for a beautiful hayfield on the Ward-Rugh building on West University Avenue. A little father west look for a mural on the Red Horse Diner.

Kitt Coyote Statue

Artist: Richard Beyer | Cast Aluminum
209 N. Ruby Street, Ellensburg, WA

Cast aluminum by Richard Beyer, the prominent Seattle sculptor who created "Waiting for the Interurban" by the Fremont St. Bridge in Seattle. Purchased by Friends of the Library, Ellensburg Arts Commission. While there, check out the historic photos of early life in Kittitas County by Otto Pautzke in the Hal Holmes Center, attached to the library.

Kitt, a figure part man and part coyote, was named as a result of a contest by Ellensburg school children. It is short for Kittitas County, the Washington State County where Ellensburg is located. The sculpture was financed by the City, the Garden Club, the library and individuals in town. Beyer made Kitt looking away from his reading, being far more interested in the children coming and going into the library. He has a mischievous "personality." Kitt stands at the entrance of the library and is almost 7 feet tall.


Dick and Jane's Spot

101 N. Pearl St, Ellensburg, WA 98926

If you're feeling bored and need some electrifying and fun art to inspire you, Dick & Jane's is the place for you. The house and yard are decorated with literally thousands of reflectors and other devices. Dick and Jane Elliott spent 39 years acquiring the 263 pieces by 65 different artists including a yellow polar bear by Richard Beyer.

Sometimes the gate will be open for visitors, however, most everything is visible from outside the fence. The home is easy to find, located right across from the fire station.

Ellensburg Bull

Artist: Richard Beyer | Cast Aluminum
Rotary Pavilion, Pearl Street, Ellensburg, WA

This Ellensburg icon was created by Richard Beyer, the prominent Seattle sculptor who created "Waiting for the Interurban" by the Fremont St. Bridge. He was a character and the bull was first thought to be too anatomically accurate. Hence the addition of the cowboy hat.

In 1984 well-known Ellensburg artists, Dick Elliott and Jane Orelman, came up with the idea for a sculpture in downtown Ellensburg and talked the town into commissioning Beyer. Funding was secured from private donations through many "FUN-raisers." The original model was named "Cowboy" in honor of the cattle industry in the area. However, local ranchers were offended by the name. Also, in the original design, the bull's private parts were to be exposed but this caused much controversy throughout the town. "Grandmothers protested that they would not be able to take their grandchildren past the bull for fear of pornographic indoctrination." (Margaret Beyer) Rich changed the name to "The Bull," and placed a cowboy hat discretely on its lap. Ever since its installation in December 1986, grandmothers (and others) are frequently seen posing for photos with their children snuggled up to "The Bull" or sitting on his lap.

Clymer Museum

416 N. Pearl St., Ellensburg, WA 98926

The museum showcases originals of John Clymer's depictions of historic events and western pioneers. His Lewis and Clark collection is especially compelling. Clymer created covers for the Saturday Evening Post and other magazines in the Twentieth Century.

The mission of the Clymer Museum and Gallery is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the art and life of John Clymer, the art and life of his contemporaries, and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depict and focus on the culture, life and country of Clymer's America.


Gallery One

408 N. Pearl Street, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Peruse the works of various artists at Gallery One. Gallery One presents special exhibitions year round as well as a gift shop full of unique handcrafted pieces created by artists from the Northwest.

Gallery One also offers fun art classes for all skill levels. Sip and paint, intro to oil painting, and beading are just a few classes that visitors can take.


CWU Campus: Resources

Artist: Benson Shaw | Cast Aluminum
400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Shaw worked with the Washington State Arts Commission and the Dean Hall Art Committee at Central Washington University in Ellensburg WA to create an art environment for Dean Hall Renovation. Shaw's artwork, RESOURCES, explores interlinking of cultural and and natural resources. 8 vase sculptures line the entry walkways, and a river of mosaic dots winds through the interior and exterior paths. The artwork was installed in July 2009.


CWU Campus: Japanese Gardens

Landscape Artist: Masa Mizuno of Masa and Associates Inc.
400 E. 8th Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926

The Garden represents the bonds of friendship and understanding which exists between people of Japan and those of the Central Washington Region. The Garden is made possible in part by a grant from the Commemorative Association for the Japan World Exposition (1970).

Each year the Garden is visited by Masa Mizuno of Masa and Associates Inc., the Japanese landscape architect who designed it.


CWU Campus: Secondhand Geology

Artist: Ball-Nogues Studio | Steel
400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Secondhand Geology, 2017. Washington State Community Art in Public Places Program in partnership with Central Washington University. "Forces required to compact it will remind viewers of the geological processes occurring below their feet in Ellensburg."

"Secondhand Geology," a sculpture made of blocks of crushed stainless steel, is installed on the grounds of Central Washington University's new Science II building.

The 20-foot, 5,000-pound column is the work of the Ball-Nogues studio in Los Angeles.

"Secondhand Geology" was created using powerful industrial processes to compact the stainless steel in to blocks which are stacked in a column.

"The crumpled steel is a manifestation of the massive forces required to compact it," Ball-Nogues related in its artist's statement. "It will remind viewers of the geological processes at work on rock formations near Ellensburg. The shape of the column will suggest a stone obelisk or a colossal geological core sample."


CWU Campus: Horse Sculpture

Artist: Deborah Butterfield | Driftwood
400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926

Titled "Wickiup," the sculpture was created from driftwood cast in bronze by Montana artist Deborah Butterfield. It has been on permanent loan to CWU from the Washington State Arts Commission since 1995.  In fact, the same piece is on the Whitman College campus in Walla Walla.


CWU Campus: Dinosaur Mosaic

400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926

CWU Campus: Wildcat

Artist: Matthew Palmer | Bronze
400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926

The nine-foot-long work, crafted by sculptor Matthew Palmer of Friday Harbor, crouches on a cement pedestal in the center of the east patio of the Student Union and Recreation Center.

Bronze is also durable, which makes the new Wildcat perfect for posing with for photos and rubbing for good luck.


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