In memory of sculptor Robert Ellison, creator of Arch Tworain and Donut Diorama


Robert Ellison, the much-loved and respected Sonoma County artist who created two prominent steel sculptures on display at Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, has died from ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Ellison’s towering “Arch Tworain” has greeted patrons at the entrance to the Arts Center for the past decade, while his “Donut Diorama,” located in the lawn area at the front of the Center and flanked by the freeway, is viewed by thousands of motorists passing by each day.  The Center recently acquired the two massive steel sculptures permanently, after having them on loan for several years, ensuring their display on campus for years to come.

“We’re grateful that we’ve been able to acquire the placement of these two impressive sculptures on campus as part of our permanent collection for the enjoyment of Sonoma County residents and visitors,” says executive director Rick Nowlin. In the final days of his life, Ellison felt strongly about finding permanent homes for his most beloved pieces. “The Center is committed to the visual arts,  to displaying the works of local and regional artists, and to serving our community,” said Nowlin. “We are honored and proud to display the work of such a talented artist and a wonderful  man.”

Click here to read more about sculptor Robert Ellison in The Press Democrat…