“Howl for UWG” Artists and Sponsors Announced

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The University of West Georgia is pleased to announce the sponsors and artists for Howl for UWG, the public art project that will benefit scholarships in the school’s annual fund campaign.

The sponsors are longtime supporters of the university. The selected artists range from professionals to students. In all, $55,000 has been pledged and nine designs selected.

Sponsorship

Sponsor

Artist (clicking each link below will open a separate window)

$10,000

Systems and Methods Inc.

“America” by noted artist Steve Penley

Advantage Office Solutions

“Howl” designed by Brady Hasenfuss, CES student, and painted by Carrollton Elementary School art teachers and UWG art alumni, Mandy Maierhoffer, Candace Winkles and Amy Witt

Community and Southern Bank

“West Georgia Quilt” by UWG art student Amy Smoot

$5,000

Southwire

“Wildflower” by Kayla Marston

Alex and Susan Roush

“Howlin' Wolf” by local artist and former Art Department chair, Bruce Bobick

Carroll Realty and Insurance

“Comfort of Community” by Charine Dowdell, Laura McCrary and Kaitlyn Morris

The Hungry Wolf Restaurant

“Headlines” by Clint Samples, associate professor of art

$2,500

City of Carrollton

“Sunlit Ginkos/Willie Walker Road Ablaze” by UWG alumna Melissa Crawford

Greenway

“Wolfie” designed by Maddie Mashburn, CES student, and painted by Carrollton Elementary School art teachers and UWG art alumni, Mandy Maierhoffer, Candace Winkles and Amy Witt

Howl for UWG is patterned after Cows on Parade, an international public art project of painted cows that has raised millions of dollars for charity. The money raised will go into the UWG Annual Fund and a portion will go to art majors. For the designs, the artists were challenged to use the wolf as a metaphor for community. The completed wolves will be placed in prominent areas of the UWG campus and in Carroll County.

"I’m a native of Carroll County, an alumnus of UWG and now professor here. I simply wanted to do something that gave back to the community and school that shaped me,” said Clint Samples, associate professor of art, who shepherded the project. “I envisioned Howl for UWG to be fun and engaging way to bridge the community with UWG. I wanted to use the project as a way to generate scholarship funds for our students and at the same time, promote the value of art.”

Kevin Shunn, chairman of the art department, designed and sculpted the wolf model that was used to make the fiberglass statues. In April, he and Samples escorted the wolf model to Cowpainters in Chicago where the fiberglass versions were created. The wolves were then shipped to UWG in June, ready for their transformations.

The wolves are with the chosen artists and will be ready to be displayed at the Oct. 6 UWG homecoming football game. After the game, they will be delivered to the pre-determined locations chosen by the donors.

"The City of Carrollton and the Carrollton Main Street Program are very excited to be working with the University of West Georgia on the Howl for UWG project,” said Jessica Reynolds, Main Street director. “I believe that art can be universally appealing and that the decoration and placement of these wolves is a creative way to bridge the gap between the University and the community. We have been working with Professor Samples to ensure that the wolves have a presence in our downtown and have plans to display one on the front yard of City Hall."

Samples acknowledged that there are many people to thank for helping to make Howl for UWG a reality. “I especially want to thank the artists and our community sponsors. This is a grassroots project and could not happen if we did not have sponsors willing to assist us and artists willing to participate. Considering the difficult economic climate, I’m very proud of the money we have raised and I hope we can continue to gain more participation once the community sees these great wolves on display."

Samples also thanked Robert and Susan Marmann at Wayne Davis Concrete who donated and poured the concrete for the pads and Alicia Michael and Carrollton Collision Center who supplied the clearcoat varnish to weatherproof the wolves.

“My wife earned her Master’s degree from and my two daughters attended West Georgia,” said Marmann. “It is a great school and we wanted to help and give back.”

Bill Norris, associate director of development, extolled the virtues of the project. “Howl for UWG has presented an incredible opportunity to strengthen our connection with local businesses and individuals who see the value in investing in our students. Many, many thanks to all of our sponsors – without their generous support, this great project could not have been possible.”

For more information, visit: www.howlforuwg.com