University of Iowa

Clinton Downtown Mural

Ribbon cutting ceremony for new mural in Clinton, IA
Academic Year 
2017-2018

MFA student Ali Hval designed and painted a mural in downtown Clinton, Iowa, assisted by fellow MFA student Marina Ross. Artist Ali Hval was selected by the Office of Outreach & Engagement to design and install a mural for an exterior wall located in downtown Clinton.  She recruited fellow artist and MFA student Marina Ross to provide assistance. The project was made possible by a collaboration between two university outreach and engagement programs, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) and Arts Share.  The completion of their mural was marked by a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 6th, 2017.  A permanent plaque was added to the mural and includes Hval's artist statement, which reads: "This design is an abstraction of the Sunset on the Mississippi River.  Just as a river connects cities to one another, this mural connects people to the City of Clinton." UI Art faculty member Tameka Norris served as faculty advisor for the project.