LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Come June, downtown La Crosse will have a new attraction: a giant 3D mural of the city on the outer wall of the Pump House Regional Arts Center.
Two University of Wisconsin – La Crosse students left for Lake Tahoe, Calif. Friday to apprentice for the artist, John Pugh.
Junior Alyssa Shurbert-Hetzel and senior Shelby Jo Phillips earned the chance to work on the trompe l'oeil.
"I've always been very creative and the fact I can use my talents to somehow – I don't want to say improve the community – but kind of culturally enhance it, I think that's awesome," Phillips said.
For the apprenticeship, the art students had to submit a letter of intent and portfolio of their work.
"It's slowly hitting me that this is actually happening – that I have the opportunity to work with a world-renowned artist and to make my dreams come true as a future artist," Shurbert-Hetzel said.
The students will be working at Pugh's studio for four weeks.
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