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Campus Art and Memorials

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

 

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

sculpture
Voyage to Excellence
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
2007 Birds

Artist Suzanne Lee
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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