The Ellensburg City Council approved a proposal for temporary artwork to be installed at the Rotary Pavilion property in downtown Ellensburg. Artist Nina Vichayapai submitted a proposal for a quilt made of fabric collages, which will be displayed in the two windows and two shadowboxes of the Visitor Center on Pearl Street and Fourth Avenue adjacent to the Rotary Pavilion.
“To honor the rich cultural fabric of Ellensburg and Central Washington’s diverse past and present communities I would like to create a quilt,” Nina Vichayapai wrote in the artwork proposal. “The quilt will patch together images sourced from the community through both historical archives and present groups who I will reach out to for participation.”
The images will be translated into fabric collages, and will be stitched together. Vichayapai’s artwork is slightly abstract, so individual people will not be recognized in her fabric collages.
In November 2020, the Council approved the Ellensburg Arts Commission’s $2,500 call for art for temporary artwork installation in the Rotary Pavilion area. Submissions were required to adhere to the theme of racial equity to convey the City’s message of commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity in our community.
The call for art closed Feb. 26, and a subcommittee made up of three Arts Commission members and three community members evaluated the five submissions received. Three finalists were chosen to advance in the process. On April 8 the Arts Commission recommended moving Nina Vichayapai’s project forward to Council for approval.
The piece will be temporary, as the Rotary Pavilion space will be undergoing major renovation. The goal is to have the art installed sometime this summer.
Ellensburg residents of all backgrounds are encouraged to submit photos featuring people, families and communities of Ellensburg. People from underrepresented communities in the area are encouraged to participate. To submit an image to be considered for the piece, email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org before June 14.
About The ArtistNina Vichayapai is an artist who uses fabric as a language to reveal how surroundings embody personal and social histories. From the intimate privacy of homes to the ambiguity of wild landscapes, she explores physical spaces as expressions of the people who have shaped them. Using textiles associated with domestic interiors her work addresses the important role of homemaking in establishing belonging within the American landscape for the many underrepresented who have been part of it.
Her work has been shown in museums, galleries, and community spaces across the West Coast and has won an award with Kearny Street Workshop. She is an alumni of several Pacific Northwest artist residency programs including Centrum, Caldera Arts, Rockland Arts, and Inscape Arts and Cultural Center. Her work has been shown through the Wing Luke Museum, the Tacoma Arts Museum, and Shunpike Arts. She has been a recipient of a public art commission by the City of Redmond and has also been included in a public art show curated by the Henry Art Gallery.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, she graduated from the California College of the Arts in with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017 and currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. View her work at www.nvichayapai.com/.
About the Ellensburg Arts CommissionThe seven-member Ellensburg Arts Commission was established in 1980 for the purpose of appropriately advising the City Council and staff regarding the furtherance of performing and/or visual arts within the city for the benefit of both the local public and visitors and tourists whom the city desires to attract.