5 Works of Art for a Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

By Cecilia Harris on February 27, 2020

A Scavenger Hunt is a great way to let the kids burn off some energy and enjoy the fresh air during Spring Break while searching for artwork. Spend a day in Abilene hunting for these five that are all within walking distance downtown. Watch for the next blog post of additional paintings and sculptures to hunt for throughout the rest of the city. Be sure to take selfies at each site and post on social media or print a collage of your outing to hang on the refrigerator.

1. Eisenhower Statue in Little Ike Park

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This bronze statue, believed to be the only sculpture depicting former President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a boy growing up in Abilene, is based on a photograph of a young Ike camping with friends.

Location: Northwest Third and Spruce Streets

2. Exhibits inside Arts Council of Dickinson County

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“A Closer Look” is the theme of the Art Council’s Annual Photography Contest and Exhibit March 5-26 that highlights photos taken by area residents. Also on exhibition is the work of Randy Regier. The Council will offer Children’s art classes from March 16-20.

Location: 409 Northwest Third

3. Abilene Public Library Statues

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In front of this historic Carnegie Library are two statues, one of Benjamin Franklin seated on a bench reading a paper and another of a boy and girl reading on a bench. Added bonuses: Other works of art are located inside the building.

Location: 209 Northwest Fourth Street

4. Photography Exhibit inside Jeffcoat Photography Studio Museum

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The exhibit “Architecture in Abilene” features photographs taken by three generations of the Jeffcoat family who documented people, places and events in Abilene while operating the studio that opened in 1921. The historic camera shop and studio now comprise the museum that also features permanent displays on the Jeffcoat family and the camera shop as well as Abilene’s history.

Location: 321 North Broadway

5. Artistic Trash Cans

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Trash receptacles lining the sidewalks were painted by high school students; these functional works of art feature greyhounds, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, sunflowers, the Wizard of Oz, and other Abilene and Kansas icons.

Location: Throughout downtown.

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