Art Meets Athletics in Mural Project
Members of the Freed-Hardeman University Art Guild are spending the last spare minutes of the semester making a lasting mark on the campus. They and their sponsor Brian Bundren are painting a 20 X 100 foot mural on the Loyd Auditorium retaining wall.
The mural, which is being painted with Porter Paint Advantage supplied by Jones Lumber Company, utilizes the athletics logo in the school colors. The paint is made for external use on a variety of surfaces.
Bundren gives credit to his students for the mural. “The idea came from the students. The project really belongs to the Guild members,” he said. “I am just their sponsor.” Students did the sketches, created templates and donated the manpower for the project.
The mural is a hit with the intercollegiate athletics coaching staff, according to Mike McCutchen, athletic director. “Our coaches have been very positive about it,” he said. “The retaining wall has been a blank canvas for a long time so it’s great to see our logo on it.” The mural is highly visible from Brewer Sports Center and from University Street.
The goals of the project were three-fold, Bundren said. “We wanted to beautify our campus, create pride in FHU, and showcase the talents of our art students,” he said.