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Artwork copyright Debra Davis. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Art in Central Washington

These artworks in the State Art Collection are located in the Central Washington counties of Yakima, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas, and Grant.

Most of these artworks are located where students have regular access to them. This group includes thirty-six school districts -- from the large Yakima School District, to small school districts in Soap Lake, Cle Elum, and Zillah -- and everything in between. It also includes three colleges (Big Bend Community College, Wenatchee Valley College, Yakima Valley College), one university (Central Washington University), three state agencies, and the Yakima Valley Sundome.

When Washington constructs a new building, we reserve one-half of one percent of the state’s cost for art. We work with local committees to acquire artworks created especially for their buildings or campuses. They first select an artist from the Public Artist Roster. They then review the artist’s design, and approve the final proposal. All of this ensures that the artworks are embedded within our public spaces and relevant to the local communities.