Led by Professor Cynthia Bland, art and art history department chair, and Lecturer Wade Lambrigtsen, owner and proprietor of Vintage Sign Shop in Menomonie, the three-week class began on May 16, with art history lectures and documentaries.
Students visited Lambrigtsen’s shop for demonstrations, to prepare patterns, mix paint and learn the necessary steps to prepare a surface for a mural.
The loading dock wall was power-washed by the university’s Facilities Management department in early May.
The class has begun to clean and prepare the wall, priming it and applying a basecoat. Painting is expected to begin on Wednesday, May 25, weather permitting, and will continue through to the unveiling.
Supporting students at the unveiling
In the general education course, students also are learning the history and differences between graffiti and street art; one being unsolicited and often considered as vandalism, the other being commissioned as public artwork or with the property owner’s consent.
All students were welcome to register for the class because, as Lambrigtsen believes, “anybody can paint a mural if they have the steps.”
The mural was designed during the spring semester by students Jack Gilbert, a senior in graphic design and interactive media, Minneapolis; Bree Marconnet, a senior in studio art, Waterloo; Amelia Moschkau, a sophomore in game design and development, New Auburn; and Tommy Slane, a senior in graphic design and interactive media, Minneapolis, in their Digital Illustration course led by Associate Professor Erik Evensen.