Pittsburg business seeks name for new Tigress Mural

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PITTSBURG, Kan. -The mural movement in Pittsburg continues: a 12-foot by 29-foot tigress created by Pittsburg State students needs a name.

Main Street Axe Company is giving away a party of 8 to the person who names their new tiger mural. Nine students in Jamie Oliver’s mural painting class conceptualized the piece.

“Students in this course learn how to develop ideas, create scale versions of their work, collaborate with clients, and begin to understand how being grant-funded works,” Oliver said.

A Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas grant funded the completion of the mural, according to Pittsburg State University.

Students comprised the mural of several panels painted in Porter Hall. Then, Main Street Axe Company transported and covered the cost of installation. Students then attached the panels to the south exterior wall of Main Street Axe Company in a vertical configuration.

Over a span of several months, students went about translating her design to scale and laying in paint with a variety of both contemporary and traditional large-scale techniques that Oliver teaches in the course.

Also contributing time and talent were:

  • Alexis Hoftiezer, an art education major from Aurora, Missouri
  • George Hatcher, a 2D art major from the Dominican Republic and California
  • Abby McCoy, a 2D art major from Pittsburg who graduated in December 2021
  • Samantha Moua, an illustration/visual storytelling major from Fresno, California
  • Emma Stachowiak, an art education major from Overland Park, Kansas
  • Amber Smith, a creative writing major with an art minor from Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Deanna Korthals, an art education major from Baxter Springs, Kansas
  • Morgan Cravens, an art education major from DeSoto, Kansas