FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 24, 2009
CONTACT: STEPHANIE RIEGEL
LSU Art Students Paint Mural for International School of Louisiana
(Baton Rouge) – When visitors walk in the main entrance of the International School of
Louisiana – a progressive, language-immersion school in New Orleans – they’re greeted
by a giant mural with colorful iconic images of the Crescent City. It’s an eye-catching,
10-by-15-foot creation that was recently completed by students from the LSU School of
The project is the latest example of service learning that LSU art and design students
have experienced, and was a collaborative effort between the School of Art’s Graphic
Design Student Association (GDSA) and the student chapter of the American Institute for
Graphic Arts (AIGA), which is the professional association for design.
The project began last year when art student Allison Dugas received a $500 grant from
the New Orleans AIGA chapter to create and execute in a public space a work of art that
spoke favorably about New Orleans as a good place to live. Before the project could get
underway, Dugas graduated and moved to New York. That’s when fourth-year art student
Alonzo Felix of Baton Rouge picked up the project and started calling hospitals and
schools in New Orleans that might be interested in such an artistic creation. He found a
willing taker in the International School, which had just relocated to a new space on
Camp Street in the lower Garden District.
Felix designed the mural and calls it a type-driven collage with images that are iconic of
New Orleans and the school. It includes bright saxophones and musical notes, a street
car, Spanish and French flags, foreign phrases and an oversized ISL logo. His design was
projected on to the wall then traced by the dozen or so students who worked on the
project in day-long increments over the course of several weeks. They then painted the
image using latex paint.
Students involved in the project say it was a very rewarding experience. Not only did
they get out of the classroom and into a real-world setting, but they were able to help a
struggling school still recovering from the devastation of Katrina.
“It was a lot of fun,” says Alice Wack, who worked on the project. “We also enjoyed
occasional visits from the school kids at ISL, who would run around the stairwell to take
a peek at our progress.”
Art school faculty members Gerald Bower and Lynne Baggett advised the students on the