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Western Oregon University has a long standing tradition of supporting community and social change.  This is evident by the numerous unique pieces of art ranging from creations of an artist to the living treasures along with numerous memorials to keep remembrance alive.  These can be found in buildings and as part of our beautiful landscaping, dating from the late 1880s to the present.

This index was originally created by the 2004-2005 Staff Senate has continued as an on-going project to document new public art and memorials. In 2010, this project was passed to the University Archives. If you see a work of art or a memorial that is not documented below or have additional information about one in this list, please contact the University Archives.

1856-1865    MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY    
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
Date unknown    

Rev. John E. Murphy

Plaque

Near the tennis courts and Old Physical Education

1865-1882    CHRISTIAN COLLEGE   
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
None       
1882-1909    OREGON STATE NORMAL SCHOOL (OSNS)   
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
1887   

The Giant Sequoia

Gift of the graduating class of 1887

Campbell Hall, NE corner of the front lawn

1889   

Campbell Hall Bell

Relocated to the WUC bell tower

1902   

James Monroe Powell

Plaque 

Gift of the graduating class of 1902, faculty, and other friends

Humanities and Social Sciences building, south stairwell

1905   

Ice-Rafted Erratic Granite Boulder

Natural Science building, garden

1908 -
June    

Oregon State Normal School Plaque

Gift of the graduating class of 1908

Humanities and Social Sciences building, south stairwell

1909   

George Washington Crossing the Delaware

Gift of the graduating class of 1909

WOU Archives storage

1911-1939    OREGON NORMAL SCHOOL (ONS)    
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
1913 -
June    

Plaque

Christian College Class June 1873

Campbell Hall, SE tower wall

1913   

“AD 1913”

Cornerstone marker

Maple Hall, NE corner

1914   

Mirror

Gift of the Oregon State Grange

Todd Hall, east stairway

1925

Millstones with plaque

The Vanderpool mill from the Parker District of Polk County

Near the tennis courts at the corner of the Humanities and Social Sciences building

1925 -
May 6    

Oregon Normal School men who enlisted in WW1

Tennis courts

The tennis courts at Old Physical Education

1926   

Senior Bench (replaced)

Gift of the Graduating Class of 1926

Outside Campbell Hall under The Giant Sequoia

1931   

Jessica Todd Hall

Plaque

Todd Hall, to the left of the front doors

1935 -
July 14    

Rev. John E. Murphy

Urn

Donated by the descendants of John E. Murphy

Todd Hall, front lawn

1939-1981    OREGON COLLEGE of EDUCATION (OCE)    
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
1951   

Director case

Gift of the graduating class of 1951

Campbell Hall

1956   

Dr. Roben J. Maaske, President

Plaque

Gift of the graduating class of 1956

Hamersly Library, stairwell between the second and third floors

1961   

Oregon College of Education 1882

Plaque

Gift of the graduating class of 1961

Werner University Center, in the Den

1965   

Pin oaks

Gift of the graduating class of 1965

Line the east side of Stadium Drive,
behind McArthur stadium

1965 -
May 2    

Carillon

OCE Alumni Association gift

Humanities and Social Sciences building

1972-1976    

Trees in the new Grove

Donations from alumni, friends of the college, students, faculty and college staff and a grant from the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Oregon 

New Grove bounded by the dorms to the north, McArthur field to the south, New PE building on the west, and the Werner University Center on the east.

1975    

Carol Pickering Memorial Tree

American Sweetgum

Unknown who purchased the tree

Softball field, west of campus

1975 -
September    

Iberian Venus sculpture

Artist Manuel Izquierdo

Associated Students of Oregon College of Education (ASOCE)

Center of The Grove

1976 -
April 23    

Debbie Fell and Tammy Griffith Memorial Tree

Flowering ‘Kwanzan’ cherry

Residents of Landers Hall may have sponsored the tree

Landers Hall lawn, west side

1981-1997    WESTERN OREGON STATE COLLEGE (WOSC)    
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
1981 -
May 1    

Untitled Cor-ten® Steel sculpture

Artist Charles W. Smith

Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program

APS building (former library)

1982 -
July 29    

Leinwand Festival Theatre

Rice Auditorium, west lawn

1984   

Sundial

Gift of the graduating class of 1984

Werner University Center, front entrance

1984   

Dr. Robert E. Albritton Memorial Tree

Korean dogwood

Funded by fellow professors, colleagues, and friends

College of Education, south lawn panel

mid-1980s ?     Graduation trees - we need more information! Can anyone help?

Goldenchain Tree (Laburnum x waterei)
Noble Fir (Abies proccera)   

New Physical Education, east lawn

1985   

WOSC Graduate
Ellen May Dietel

Mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia)

New Physical Education, east lawn

1986 -
January 28    

Sharon Christa McAuliffe Memorial Tree

Challenger Space Shuttle
Flowering Cherry

The Cottage, west side

1986 -
June 10    

Mermaid sculpture

Artist Jan Zach

Donated by Dr. Anton Postl, the Western Foundation, the Monmouth-Independence Community Arts Association, and the Oregon Arts Commission

Natural Sciences building, east garden

1987   

Dr. Montana Hopkins Rickards Walking Bull Memorial Tree

Giant Sequoia

New Physical Education, east lawn

1988   

Neal W. Werner

Plaque

Werner University Center, south wall of the main entrance

Fish Tank - ASWOSC

Neal Wayne Werner

Werner University Center

1989 -
May 31     The College Center was dedicated and renamed the Werner College Center in memory of its former director Neal W. Werner   
1989 -
June 4    

Beijing’s Tiananmen Square   Memorial Tree

Maidenhair tree

Landers Hall, west lawn

1989 -
June 9    

Selma Leinwand Memorial Tree

Westerns "First Lady”
Italian Cypress

Rice Auditorium, south lawn

1989 -
September 15    

Time Capsule

Heritage Hall, left of the main entrance

1989 -
October     Twin Cones

Artist Jonathan Bonner    Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program    Heritage Hall dormitory, west side    
1989   

World Time Clock

International Students Organization

Werner University Center, Cubbyhole

1990 -
June 9    

A Symbol of Life

Katsura tree

NPE east lawn

1990   

Mash pole

Gift of the graduating class of 1990

Between the College of Education and the Instructional Technology Center

1991   

Professor Edward Fletcher Barrows Memorial Tree

Sugar Maple ‘Green Island’

Campbell Hall, west lawn

1991   

Oregon Law Enforcement Memorial Wall

Moved to Salem 2006

1992 -
January 10     Research and Educational Exchange

‘Yoshino’ Flowering Cherry     Saitama University     South of University Park Conference Center, Unit C    
1993 -
(approx)    

Student April Turner
Graduation Tree - under construction

Coralbark Japanese Maple

Humanities and Social Sciences, east plant bed near front entrance

1993    H. Dale Harp

Memorial Bench      Between Hamersly Library and the College of Education    
1993 -
June 9    

Marci Lynn Pahl Memorial Tree

‘Thunder Cloud’ Flowering plum

Landers Hall west side

1995   

Three Benches

Parents Club

Between Campbell and Maple Halls

1996 -
June     Oregon Rivers sculpture

Artist Tomas Rudd    Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program     Rice Auditorium, west lawn    
1996   

Wade Popoff 1996 Senior Elementary Education
Plaque

Campus Public Safety

1997 -     WESTERN OREGON UNIVERSITY (WOU)    
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
1997   

Matt Norman 1997 BS Law Enforcement
Bench

Valsetz Dining Hall

1998   

The Moon was a River stained glass

Artist Jack Archibald

Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program

Valsetz Dining Hall elevator

1998 -
April 4    

Reece Aaron Ritz Memorial Tree

Flowering pear tree

Contributions by family and friends

Practice football field, south east corner

1999   

Voyage to Excellence sculpture

Artist James T. Russel

Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program

Werner University Center

2000   

Professor Edward Bellamy Memorial Tree

‘Yoshino’ Flowering Cherry

Hamersly Library, southwest corner

2000   

Gobelins tapestry Soliloquy

Artist Shelley Socolofsky

Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program

Hamersly Library, main staircase

2000    Three Elements sculpture

Artist Michihiro Kosuge    Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program     Hamersly Library, West Portico    
2001   

Donovan Burbank Memorial Tree

Ponderosa pine

The Grove, east walk

2001   

Kurt E. Singletary Memorial Tree

Dogwood

Dedicated by Valsetz Dining Hall students and co-workers, 2001

Valsetz Dining Hall, west side

2006   

Bench entitled Grove

Artist Wayne Chabre

Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program

Sequoia Commons patio, Arbor Park Apts.

2007 -
June 14     Twila Kreger Domine

Memorial Bench     Donations by WOU faculty, staff, friends, and family    Rice Auditorium, SW lawn    
2007    Wind Catcher

Artist Stuart Jacobson    Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program     South side of Alder View Townhouses    
2008    Untitled - Under construction!

Artist
Funding: Oregon's Percent for Art in Public Buildings program     Southwest wall of Todd Hall    
2008 -
April 16     Virginia Tech University Faculty & Students Memorial Tree

Kwanzan Flowering Cherry    Funded through donations from staff and students    Between Landers Residence Hall
and Lot J Loop   
2008 -
October 23     Whitney Bellinghausen Memorial Tree

Kwanzan Flowering Cherry
Donations by her WOU campus family and friends    Between Landers Residence Hall
and Lot J Loop    
Date    Artwork or Memorial     Sponsor    Location   
Date unknown    

Raywood Ash

Oregon Public Safety Academy Class 209

Heritage SE corner

Acknowledgements

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Other sources of information and photographs

Outdoor Sculptures on Campus, an exhibit July-September 2006 at Hamersly Library

Textures of Campus, an exhibit September - December 2005 at Hamersly Library

Remembering the Past: Artifacts from the University Archives, a 2000 Hamersly Library exhibit

WOU Archives pages

Would you like to know more about our campus buildings? Click here. Or here for the Werner University Center.

Read about Oregon's Percent for Art Program


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