Above: Pictured with Broomell are John Laird, River Falls, and Karen Engelhard, ’53, Stevens Point,
both members of the Laird Endowment Advisory Board.
Below: Broomell designed this set from the Tibbets Opera House production of On Broadway:
An Irving Berlin Songbook.

Alumnus receives inaugural artist award

Andrew Broomell, ’11, a theatre design graduate, was presented with the inaugural Melvin R. Laird Exceptional Artist Award on spring commencement day in May. The $5,000 annual award is giving to the most exceptional graduating student artist at UWSP as chosen by the Laird Endowment Advisory Board.

Broomell, now pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree in scenic design at the University of California-Irvine, said of the award, “This is one of the chief catalysts in my professional development, allowing me to focus on my coursework and production work with the materials I need.”

Over the summer, Broomell was the head scenic designer for the Tibbets Opera House in Coldwater, Mich., creating sets for The Full Monty, Working, Out of Order and On Broadway: An Irving Berlin Songbook.