​Pictured with the mural in its beginning stages is the artist, Jennifer Lila, project
 sponsors Kim and Robert Spoerl and CNR Dean Christine Thomas.
New TNR mural dedicated Sept. 30

A new mosaic mural installed in the west lobby of the Trainer Natural Resources Building was dedicated on Friday, September 30.

The 20’ by 5’ mural was designed by UWSP student Jennifer Lila, an art major from Stevens Point who won a student design contest. Robert Spoerl, '82, and Kim Spoerl, Waupaca, sponsored the design and construction with a $10,000 donation to UWSP.

The dedication event included words from Chancellor Bernie Patterson, College of Natural Resources (CNR) Dean Christine Thomas, College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Dean Jeff Morin, the Spoerls and Lila, who talked about her design concept, which she says “reprises the ceramic mosaic on the outside of the building, honoring the work of Professor Richard Schneider.”

Lila’s design was chosen through a contest held November 2010 through February 2011, which represented collaboration between the CNR and COFAC.

Starting in late June, Lila spent hundreds of hours in the studio, sometimes sleeping there, to complete the carving, scraping, cutting and shaping of approximately 2,500 pounds of clay. Assisting her were faculty mentors Guillermo Penafiel and Anne-Bridget Gary. The mural was completed Sept. 5.