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Holy Family Memorial Medical Center Unveils Mural Created By Silver Lake College Art Students

Posted on March 25 2014

Holy Family Memorial health network in Manitowoc works closely with northeast Wisconsin colleges in providing student internships to help young adults of the area fulfill education requirements and prepare to enter the workforce. 

In late 2013, Holy Family Memorial intern Eliza Kavalkovich, a Support Services Interior Design student from Fox Valley Technical College, was given the opportunity to work with Silver Lake College’s Art Department to procure a large mural for display in the lower level at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, 2300 Western Ave., Manitowoc.

The process included Kavalkovich working with a Silver Lake College student and Silver Lake College Assistant Art Professor Erin LaBonte to come up with a plan showcasing Holy Family Memorial’s mission and history through pieces of artwork.

The mural, which was unveiled this week, is comprised of five separate 3-feet-by-4-feet works of art on canvas. Above the mural are the words “The Art of Community Collaboration.” The pictures depict the compassion of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and the growth of Holy Family Memorial as a major healthcare organization in Manitowoc County.

Painting students from Silver Lake College collaborated to create the mural. Led by LaBonte, students worked on the images as a community, taking turns painting on each of the five canvases to create a collective work of art. The student artists include Kryssa Luckow, Randy Gruenweller, Ashley Day, Kayln Nelson and Erika Cashman. They researched the history of their subject matter, collected images and organized them into a cohesive format depicting the values and visions of the Sisters, who together formed what was needed within the larger community — a strong healthcare provider.

Holy Family Memorial is excited about the finished pieces and is looking forward to an additional collaboration in the future.