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9-24-04

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Dedication of "Enlightenment" mural at Iowa State's College of Education is Sept. 28

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University's College of Education will dedicate a new mural at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the courtyard of Lagomarcino Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The mural, "Enlightenment," is the newest addition to Iowa State's Art on Campus collection, the nation's largest campus art program with more than 475 major works.

In 2000, former Education Dean Walter Gmelch and his wife Paula initiated the mural project. The couple envisioned a mural that would evoke the artistic style of the late Christian Petersen, sculptor in residence at Iowa State from 1934 to 1955, and represent the global and diverse scope of the college's programs. Petersen, who had a basement studio in Lagomarcino hall (formerly the Quadrangle), was known for his mentoring of student artists and for sculptures that have become campus landmarks.

The designing artist is Gail Kristensen, Sedona, Ariz., who is a former apprentice of Petersen from 1947 to 1949. Kristensen assisted Petersen in hand-chiseling the "Library Boy and Girl" sculptures which are in Iowa State's Parks Library.

Kristensen had to abandon the "Enlightenment" project in 2002 for health reasons. Ingrid Lilligren, an associate professor of art and design, and several student assistants continued the project.

"Enlightenment" is funded by the College of Education, the J.W. Fisher Artist-in-Residency Program and Iowa State University.

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Iowa State University's College of Education will dedicate a new mural at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 28 in the courtyard of Lagomarcino Hall. The event is free and open to the public. The mural, "Enlightenment," is the newest addition to Iowa State's Art on Campus collection, the nation's largest campus art program with more than 475 major works.