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Students selected to work with Artist John Pugh


La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel and Shelby Jo Phillips, both art students at the University Wisconsin-La Crosse, have been selected by artist, John Pugh, to work for 4 weeks at his studio in Truckee, California.

John Pugh said, "I was looking for exceptional talent and the ability to imagine an image and create it on canvas. It is one thing to paint from a scene or a photograph and quite another to be able to envision a 3-dimensional scene. I hope to be able to instill the subtle use of color that is essential to convincing the mind of the viewer that what they are seeing, although not physically possible, is in fact real."

The City of La Crosse Arts Board was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts 2013 Our Town Grant to support creative placemaking in the City of La Crosse.  These grants are for projects that engage the arts to help shape the social, physical, and economic character of communities.

The Arts Board selected John Pugh, an internationally renowned artist, to paint a 3-D mural in La Crosse.  It is expected to be placed on an outside wall at the Pump House Regional Arts Center.

Apprentices will work on the La Crosse Mural as well as other projects in Pugh‟s studio.
Work will start with hanging the fabric onto which the mural is painted, to installing the
work in La Crosse in May 2014. The mural is expected to be dedicated June 13th, 2014.

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