Your Ticket Out, 1993-1994

Cheryll Leo-Gwin
(American, born 1944)

Location: Valley View Elementary, Ellensburg


Filled with dream-like imagery, color, and symbols, artist Cheryll Leo-Gwin created Your Ticket Out as part of a series of four winged-horse-shaped steel sculptures that celebrate the imagination. Leo-Gwin notes that her choice of imagery was derived through "stream of consciousness" and contains both beautiful and challenging images. She created this piece as a tribute to her mother, and states: "as in dream, the images are disjointed, time is disjointed, and again, as in a dream, the beginning and end of the experiences are blurred."

The steel shape of the winged horse was a castoff that Leo-Gwin found outside of a porcelain enamel plant. It was previously used to make old gas station sign reproductions.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Ellensburg School District.


Northwest artist Cheryll Leo-Gwin creates fantastical compositions using a variety of materials including enamel, metal, painting, and digital. Many of her artworks draw on imagery from dreams as well as her Chinese heritage.

MediumPorcelain enamel on steel
Dimensions2 ft 6 in x 3 ft
ID NumberWSAC1994.162.000
Acquisition MethodDirect purchase
Artist LocationWashington, United States
Location Information
AgencyEllensburg School District
Artwork LocationValley View Elementary
Main hallway, Wall leading to B-pod
WA CountyKittitas
Site TypePublic School
Address1508 E Third Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Geo. Coordinates46.994087, -120.522350
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