Dylan Langerman-Aten from Fayette, Iowa, showcases a recent work of art inspired by an Upper Iowa University workshop with muralist Sharon De La Cruz.
FAYETTE, Iowa (May 22, 2013) – This spring, visiting artist Sharon De La Cruz worked with Upper Iowa University students to create a graffiti-style mural in the stairwell of Edgar Fine Arts Hall, the home of Upper Iowa's Art Department. The mural, with the theme of climate change, shows a television-headed monster spewing multicolored squares that coalesce into the image of a polar bear drowning in the melted Arctic Sea.
De La Cruz taught the students about various forms of stencil-making, along with techniques for achieving an airbrush-like effect with paint. As a working artist and activist for social change in New York City, De La Cruz commented on the focus and technical skill of the Upper Iowa students, saying they jumped right in and got to work without fear. The art students have been applying the skills they've learned in their current painting class as well, carrying the artist's visit beyond her time on campus.
Under the watchful eye of visiting artist Sharon De La Cruz, Upper Iowa University art students created a graffiti-style mural in the stairwell of Edgar Fine Arts Hall with the theme of climate change.
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs and leadership development opportunities to some 6,200 students—nationally and internationally—at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and independent study. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.