Gate III, 1973

Lee Kelly
(American, born 1932, died 2022)

Location: Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee


Gate III is a large-scale steel sculpture by Northwest artist Lee Kelly. The geometric relationships of this simple and elegant structure reference architectural and elemental forms. This piece is a compelling early example of the artist's body of monumental public sculptures. Originally commissioned for Cheney Middle School, it is now located at Wenatchee Valley College.

This artwork was acquired for the State Art Collection in partnership with Cheney School District and Wenatchee Valley College.


Lee Kelly (1932-2022) was an Oregon-based artist. He is known nationally for his large abstract metal sculptures, that combine geometric shapes with natural forms.

Kelly was born in Idaho, the grandson of a ranching family. After studying architecture, he graduated in 1959 from the Portland Art Museum School (now known as the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon). He served in the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force from 1951-55. In 1985, he received a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to study the traditional bronze casting methods of the Newari people in Nepal. He received an Oregon Governor's Arts Award in 1987, and he was the subject of a major career retrospective at the Portland Art Museum in 2010. He was an avid traveler and mountain climber.

MediumWeathering steel
Dimensions8 ft 6 in x 8 ft x 6 ft
ID NumberWSAC1977.023.000
Acquisition MethodSite responsive commission
Artist LocationOregon
Location Information
AgencyWenatchee Valley College
Artwork LocationWenatchee Valley College
Music and Arts Center (MAC), lawn outside
WA CountyChelan
Site TypeCollege
Address1300 Fifth St.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Geo. Coordinates47.430048, -120.333116
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