Nicholls students complete wall mural at Peltier Park

THIBODAUX — As part of the growing collaboration between Nicholls State University and the city of Thibodaux, Nicholls art students designed and painted an exterior wall mural for the Peltier Park Recreation Center.

The “Play Together” mural, which was dedicated on Wednesday, Nov. 7, depicts bold recreation icons in light and dark shades of blue. Nicholls students enrolled in the Typography II course, taught by assistant professor Trisha Dubina, each created a recreation-themed mural design mock-up. Thibodaux Mayor Tommy Eschete and his staff selected the work of Josh Pellegrin, art senior from Houma, as the winner, and several art students and faculty members helped paint Pellegrin’s design onto the wall during Homecoming 2012’s “Paint the Town Red” Day of Service.

“When you want to get something done at Nicholls, all you have to do is talk to the art faculty,” said Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, university president. “You can talk them into almost anything, probably because it’s usually their idea in the first place. From the campuswide Nicholls CAN! food drive to demonstrating for the future of Nicholls in Baton Rouge, this mural is just another example of their commitment to the community. They’re more than an academic department; they’re a family.”

Publicly on display for Peltier Park visitors, the mural reflects a collaboration that both city of Thibodaux and Nicholls hope to expand.

“One of our goals is to form excellent partnerships with our corporate citizens and with Nicholls, which I consider the crown jewel of Thibodaux,” Mayor Eschete said. “It has been a pleasure, particularly for Kevin Clement [Thibodaux recreation director], to watch this project progress from conception to completion. Hopefully, we can find some more walls to have painted in the future.”

  During a ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 7, Nicholls State University and the city of Thibodaux dedicated a Peltier Park Recreation Center wall mural, which was designed and painted by Nicholls art students. Pictured from left are Debbie Raziano, Nicholls director of alumni affairs and Homecoming chairperson; Tommy Eschete, mayor of the city of Thibodaux; Dr. Stephen T. Hulbert, Nicholls president; Trisha Dubina, Nicholls assistant professor of art; Dr. Laynie Barrilleaux, Nicholls vice president for academic affairs; Jean Donegan, Nicholls art department head; Josh Pellegrin, mural designer and Nicholls art senior from Houma; and Larry Howell, Nicholls executive vice president.

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