This year’s wall celebrates both the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s 101st anniversary and Ellen Johnson, who was both educated and later taught at Oberlin College.
The mural presents a small cross section of the museum’s collection, stretching all the way back to antiquity through the Renaissance down to modern day with a variety of cultures and periods represented.
Opening the mural, project manager David Baker filled the arches of the museum’s logo with an illustration of Horus from the Egyptian “Book of the Dead,” a detail of “The Statue of Jupiter at Olympia” by Maarten Van Heemskerck, and a slice of Claude Monet’s “Wisteria.”
Finishing out the logo design, Oberlin High School senior Elizabeth Baker recreated the pointillist neo-impressionist piece “Return of the Fishermen” by Henri Edmond Cross. Located below, Oberlin High School exchange student Sonja Borgmann brought a portrait of Ellen Johnson to life, as originally painted by Alice Neel.
Terry Flores, an American Greetings designer, recreated “Portrait of a Man” by Amedeo Modigliani.
Jan Dregala, a retired illustrator also from American Greetings, recreated the childlike simplicity of Joan Miro’s “Women, Bird and Snake in Front of the Sun.” She also drew the famously-spoken quote by Johnson, “This is your art.”
Local artist Laura Dahle created Romare Bearden’s “Outchorus.”
Oberlin schools art instructor Danielle Camino and art club alumnus Justin Wong chalked the supersized Hiroshige print “Grove of Plum Trees at Kameido.”
Baker finished the display with Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of a Lady.”