Three PCA&D illustration graduates created a stunning mural at the site of the Ida Gantz and Barney Ewell Playground, located in Lancaster, Pa.
Tylor Heagy '14, Nicole Cruz-Ramos '14, and Danny Morgan '14 contributed design elements for the large mural, which honors former Lancaster residents Ida Gantz and Barney Ewell.
A dedication was held on August 6 and included family members of Gantz and Ewell, many members of the community and neighborhood surrounding the playground, and representatives from the City of Lancaster.
Charles Ferguson Avery '15 (assisted in the installation), Tylor Heagy '14 (one of the designers), PCA&D faculty member Jonathan Yeager, Peter Barber (Two Dudes Painting), Charlie Beyl (PCA&D faculty member), Tracy Beyl (Public Art manager, Lancaster City), Clarabell and Alvin Gantz (daughter-in-law and son of Ida Gantz) and Gantz's grandson Clarence Henson.
PCA&D faculty advisor for this project was PCA&D alumnus Jonathan Yeager '04. Project helpers included Charlie Beyl, an assistant professor in the Illustration and the Graphic Design departments, and rising senior illustration majors Charles Ferguson-Avery '15 and Cory Fodor '15 (who are assisting in the project as part of their PCA&D-required professional internships).
See photos on our Facebook wall as the project progresses.
The mural is another real-world project designed by PCA&Ders when they were students and who have since graduated as strong thinkers, strong makers, and strong communicators.
Mural is a work in progress this month in Lancaster, Pa.
Barney Ewell was a Gold and Silver medalist at the 1948 Olympics and was one of the world’s leading sprinters. Mr. Ewell attended J.P. McCaskey High School in Lancaster and served in WWII from 1941-1945. He was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Conestoga Lodge of Elks, and throughout his life he devoted a great deal of time and energy to encouraging other athletes.
Ida Gantz was instrumental in the formation of Head Start in Lancaster, as well as other childcare initiatives. She was active in the community and was a lifelong member of the Bethel AME Church, founding member of the Southeast Area Council, member of the NAACP, member of Queen of Sheba Temple and the Auxiliary of the Conestoga Lodge of Elks. Until her death Ms. Gantz helped to maintain the park and provide a safe environment to children in the neighborhood.
Work on the mural, located at the corner of South Christian and North Streets, is expected to be completed in late June. A dedication of the mural will occur later this summer.