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"heART Of Huntsville" Program Filling Final Spots

Sept. 19, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

Huntsville's artistic side will once again be put in the spotlight soon as SHSU’s LEAP Center is bringing back its popular “heART of Huntsville” this October.heARTcover

Held on four consecutive Thursday nights beginning Oct. 11, the program highlights the art on SHSU’s campus, illuminates the more than two-dozen public sculptures in the community and explores the architecture of the city of Huntsville. Director of the LEAP Center and professor of political science, Mike Yawn, says this unique event provides participants an opportunity to engage with local artists.

“It’s a fun and informative program,” Yawn said. “We’ve had great participation from SHSU faculty and staff in past years, and it’s a wonderful way for new employees to learn their campus and community.”

The program spans four Thursday nights, with each night spotlighting separate aspects of the community’s culture. 

heARTbigsamThe first week (Oct. 11) focuses on campus art, featuring presentations by Michael Henderson, chair of the department of art, and other art experts, followed by dinner at Austin Hall. 

The second week (Oct. 18) highlights the art on the downtown square—including a six-block area graced by 14 murals created by Richard Haas, whom the New York Times called “the great architectural muralist of our time.”

The third week (Oct. 25) of the program includes a bus tour of the community, followed by an in-depth tour of the Adickes Foundation, led by David Adickes, creator of 67-foot tall Sam Houston sculpture.   

The final week (Nov. 1) focuses on architecture, culminating at the Wynne Home, where dinner will be served and participants will be joined by Lee Jamison—whose work is currently on display in the Wynn Home’s main gallery.

The program involves moderate walking and standing, so participants should be ambulatory.  Space is limited, and participants should sign up only if they intend to participate all four evenings.  The cost of the program is $30 and dinner is provided for all four weeks.

For more information on the heART of Huntsville, or to sign up for the program, contact Mike Yawn at or 936-294-1456. 

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