The project was mentioned in the film and Ellen felt this would be a unique opportunity for Atchison to join the world art community and celebrate the different people who come together with all their varying talents, passions, and love to serve their community. While her artistic work normally focuses on painting, she has a love and talent for photography that served her well on this project.  
The subjects, who volunteered to be photographed for the project, are members of the Atchison community who participate in public service in some capacity. Ellen views the installation as a thank you to those people and as way to encourage others to consider participating in public service.  The installation is currently on display on the west side of the Thrivent Financial building near the corner of 8 Street and Commercial Street. The installation will probably be on display th for another month or two, however as an outside, temporary project it is somewhat vulnerable to the elements and may not last as long as we might wish. It is a wonderfully unique public art installation that you really must see. I’d encourage everyone to head downtown as soon as possible to check it out. You can also learn more about the InsideOut Project by visiting

Historical Sculpture Plaza

The Atchison Art Association is set to install a historical sculpture plaza on the 400 block of Commercial Street. Atchison City Commission unanimously approved support, with the first additions of the Deafy Boular and Amelia Earhart sculptures already on part of Commercial Street. In addition, the Atchison Art Association plans to install Reflections, a modern bronze sculpture, and Seaman, the dog associated with Lewis and Clark.. Fundraising efforts are underway and the project is expected to be complete in 2022.

Oscar "Heavy" Johnson
Artist: Vaughn Schultz
Sponsor: Atchison Chamber of Commerce.
Kex RX building 807 Main Street.
We are so excited to see Atchison's newest mural begin to reveal itself. Heavy Johnson, a Negro Leagues Baseball Legend and World Series Champion with the Kansas City Monarchs (1924) Born in Atchison, Kansas - April 20, 1895
"Oscar was best known as a hitter. . His power was legendary making him one of the top sluggers of the 1920’s in Negro League baseball...He used his body weight to generate such power that he was reported to have once hit a pinch-hit homerun with a fungo bat.
Oscar is best remembered in the Negro Leagues for his 1923 season when he won the Negro National League Triple Crown with a .406 batting average, 20 homeruns and 120 runs batted in. He also led the Negro National League in slugging average, hits, total bases and doubles during the 1923 season."

Artist: David Breneman

Sponsors: Atchison Art Association, Exchange Bank,  KCIAC, City of Atchison, Muchnic Foundation
Coming to the 400 block of Commercial
Reflections, an 8-foot tall modern bronze sculpture by artist Dave Breneman. The sculpture has been in production since January 2020. The photo to the right shows Reflections in the pattern making phase of the project. Reflections will tentatively be ready to install by the year-end and will join Amelia Earhart & Deafy Boular in the Historical Sculpture Plaza in early 2021. To see more of Dave's work visit

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Inside Out Public Art Project
Artist: Ellen Budell
Sponsors: Benedictine, Thrivent, Atchison Art Assoc.
Thrivent building 722 Commercial
Atchison is currently part of a world-wide art exhibit! Thanks to artist and BC Student Ellen Budell, Atchison is now a part of The InsideOut Project and joins more than 400,000 individuals in more than 140 countries who have participated in showcasing their communities by photographing individuals who live there.

What began as a Discovery Day project for Ellen, slightly time-delayed by COVID, is now on full display as a celebration of the Atchison Community and her citizens from all walks of life.  Ms. Budell is a Benedictine College senior from Nebraska who studies art and psychology with an eye to combining the two as an art therapist. She learned of the InsideOut Project while watching a French film for a class.