Walking into the Kiehl Visual Arts Center this summer visitors won’t just get a chance to see student artwork on display, they may just have a chance to see students at work.
Student artists are working this summer to complete a mural of the 41st Lemonade Concert and Art Fair. The School of Art commissioned the Art Student Union to produce the mural, which is a representation of how the students felt during the art fair.
Once completed the mural will include scenes of art students making pens on a wooden lathe, showing video, doing live art and starting the mural. The mural is a mixed media artwork that will include oil paint, thread and photo transfer.
Art students started working on the project during the art fair, where visitors to campus could walk by and see their work, said Anna Ferguson, Milaca, Art Student Union president.
“I think this is a great opportunity for the art department and for the students to show the rest of the school who we are and what we do,” she said.
The students expect to continue their work on the mural throughout the summer.
“The plan for the mural … is to display it year round as a reminder of our involvement with the community and our collaborative spirit within the arts community in St. Cloud. We hope to repeat this process for years to come and come up with a collection of these works to reflect on,” said Dan Huwe, Experimental Learning and Outreach coordinator for the College of Liberal Arts and School of the Arts.
When it’s finished, the mural will be added to the university’s art collection and displayed on campus, he said.
“We are hoping that when people see the painting they will be reminded of that day and remember the good time they had and will come back year after year,” Ferguson added.
Visitors to campus can see the mural in progress in the lobby of the Kiehl Visual Arts Center.