Mural project adorns Highway 22 underpass in Dickinson

A mural project on the Third Avenue/Highway 22 underpass in Dickinson is complete. The project consisting of four murals is approximately 400 feet long and is part of a “Building the Community Through Public Art” project funded by the city of Dickinson and partners and was supported in part by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts.

Although the NDDOT was not a major player in bringing this project to fruition, it was involved in the planning process due to the fact the project is located in an NDDOT Right-of-Way which required working with NDDOT’s Legal and Maintenance Divisions to make this happen. Dickinson District Engineer, Rob Rayhorn says, you cannot help but notice the murals when driving through the underpass.

The murals were painted by a professional artist Guillermo Ivan Avalos from Long Beach, California, along with members of the Dickinson Community. It depicts scenes familiar to our North Dakota heritage including; Ukrainians immigrating, cowboys, Native Americans, buffalo in the Badland’s, deer, Dickinson State University’s-Mary Hall and a historical representation of Downtown Dickinson.

The Highway 22 underpass is one of the main corridors between Downtown Dickinson and the Dickinson Regional Airport.