WHAT: Ichabods Around Town, an art-icon event, statue unveiling in NOTO
WHEN: 5:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 (First Friday Art Walk)
WHERE: NOTO Arts Center, 935 N. Kansas Ave.
WHO: Representatives from Bartlett and West, Inc., Washburn University, the NOTO Arts District Board of Directors and Artist Margaret Ramberg will unveil the fiberglass Ichabod statue, “150 Years in Stride,” during First Friday Art Walk. The Ichabod statue is covered in glass mosaic, located in front of the NOTO Arts Center.
SOCIAL MEDIA TAG: #IchabodsAroundTown
DETAILS: In honor of Washburn University’s 150th celebration, the Ichabod has become Topeka’s newest form of eclectic street décor. Washburn, along with community partners, is highlighting the unique Ichabod mascot for Ichabods Around Town, an art-icon event, which will feature a total of 23 fiberglass five-foot-tall Ichabod statues decorated by local and regional artists and position around Topeka.
Nine statues have been installed at various locations around town. In April 2016, 14 more Ichabod statues will be installed throughout Topeka. All of the statues will be on display, in that location, for one year. For more information about sponsoring a statue or submitting an artist rendering, contact Amanda Hughes, assistant director, university relations at 785-670-2153.
The locations of the nine statues currently on display are:
“150 Years in Stride”
Artist: Margaret Ramberg, Topeka
Location: NOTO Art Center, 935 N. Kansas Ave.
Sponsor: Bartlett & West
“A Good Day to You”
Artist: Larry Peters, Topeka
Location/Sponsor: Westar, 8th Street and Kansas Avenue
“Excellence – 150 Years and Going Strong”
Artist: Colton Anderson, Topeka
Location/Sponsor: Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar Ave.
“In the Black”
Artist: Patricia Kahn, Topeka
Location/Sponsor: Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce, 120 SE 6th Ave.
“Now and Then”
Artists: Peggy Clark, Lyndon, Kansas and Martha Imparato, Topeka
Location/Sponsor: Topeka Capital-Journal, 616 SE Jefferson
Artist: Matthew Richter, McPherson, Kansas
Location/Sponsor: St. Francis Health, 1700 SW 7th. The statue is located off of Horne Street.
Artist: Barbara Waterman-Peters, Topeka
Location: Capitol Federal, 1201 Topeka Blvd.
Sponsor: Capitol Federal
“Tribute to Aaron Douglas”
Artist: Susan McCarthy, Lawrence, Kansas
Locations: Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. The statue is located just south of the Library, in the small triangular park at 11th Street and Washburn Avenue.
Sponsor: Federal Home Loan Bank
“You are Washburn”
Artist: Washburn Rural High School Art Department and students
Location: Shuler Education Center, 5928 SW 53rd St.
Sponsor: Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437
Ichabods Around Town is similar to successful projects across the nation, including decorated cows in Kansas City, Missouri, pigs in Austin, Minnesota; and Mr. Potato Heads in Providence, Roade Island. Of course, because this art event includes the Ichabod, it will be unique to Washburn University and Topeka.