Two University of Iowa art students celebrated the completion of their mural in Downtown Clinton, Iowa with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 6th, 2017. Ali Hval was selected by the Office of Outreach & Engagement to design and install the mural, and 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 engagment programs, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities (IISC) and Arts Share.
A permanent plaque will be added to the mural and will include 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. Community partners include the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) and the Downtown Clinton Alliance.