Friday, November 22, 2013

New Art for LaCrosse, with UWL Students Participating, by Shelby Phillips

Downtown La Crosse is expected to receive a makeover by the end of spring 2014.  Internationally-acclaimed muralist John Pugh has been selected by the City Arts Board to design and install a mural for La Crosse’s emerging arts district, after years of planning. 
Pugh has selected three UW-L students, Molly Duggan, Alyssa Schubert-Hetzel and Shelby Phillips, to be his apprentices during the mural’s creation and installation in May.

The city of La Crosse received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, according to the La Crosse Tribune.  The city has also contributed $55,000 to the mural, needing an extra $30,000 from patrons for the mural’s completion.  There are no current specifics regarding the subject matter to be painted. 
Jennifer Terpstra, associate professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, was influential during the early stages of the project in securing Pugh as the possible designer.   Pugh was selected by the board because of his demonstrated interest and experience in engaging the community and success in working with student apprentices.”  She is currently acting as Pugh’s liaison while he is in La Crosse.