Artist: Rylee Olmstead, Sponsor: Ruthmere Museum

The Storm Drain Art Project

Artist: Rylee Olmstead, Sponsor: Ruthmere Museum

Elkhart, Indiana 46514, United States

Created By: Ruthmere



Rylee Olmstead


Embrace the Resource

Inspiration for the Artwork

The design features a woman (representing our rivers and ourselves) and a catfish, loosely based on the Channel Catfish. Her hair transforms into flowing water, representative of how the rivers and water are a part of us. The way that the woman is embracing the catfish is also symbolic of how humans can affect wildlife through how we treat the water.

Artist Bio

Rylee Olmstead is a Concord High School student and artist that has been drawing since she could hold a pencil. She aspires to be a high school or college level art instructor and has a strong passion for art. Since her freshman year at Concord High School, she has taken numerous art classes. She has had many pieces featured in shows at the Midwest Museum of American Art, the Scholastic Art show, and at her school art shows. Rylee hopes that through her artwork, she can bring awareness to the environment.

About the Sponsor

Ruthmere Museum

Ruthmere, the historic residence of Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley is filled with lavish, one-of-a-kind furnishings and some of the finest examples of Beaux Arts-style architecture in the nation.

302 East Beardsley Ave.
Elkhart, Indiana 46514
(574) 264-0330

This point of interest is part of the tour: The Storm Drain Art Project


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