Richard C. Elliott

(American, born 1945, died 2008)

Late artist Richard C. "Dick" Elliott is most known for creating large-scale, sculptural installations using industrial highway reflectors. Composed of intricate and symbolic geometric patterns, his works are celebrated for showing variations of light and dynamic interactions between colors.

Dick Elliott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in art from Central Washington University in Ellensburg in 1971. He joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program and served in an Alaska Native community in Pilot Station, Alaska (1966-67), and with the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, Washington (1968-69). These years were very important to him and he notes that "My art keeps coming back to the fundamental forces of nature and man's basic relationship to them." He was honored with a Washington State Governor's Arts and Heritage Award in 2007. Most of his work and life was based in Ellensburg, and he was an important contributor to the visual arts community there.