Art students leave their mark on campus

May 5, 2015
Brooke Heacock, Timothy Mehlhorn, and Robert Jinkins
Portrait of David Markee

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville will be commemorating its 150th anniversary through a year-long celebration beginning in August and coming to a close in October 2016. The celebration will include events, presentations, creative works and a charitable art show auction that will emphasize the history of the university.

Brooke Heacock, senior animal science major from Bellevue, Wis.; Timothy Mehlhorn, senior fine arts major from Platteville; and Robert Jinkins, senior sculpture major from Rewey, Wis.; have all been selected to each create a piece of art to celebrate UW-Platteville.

Heacock is creating three drawings displaying early history, present and future of UW-Platteville. Mehlhorn is producing a mural representing the changes of the architecture on campus. Jinkins is developing a portrait arrangement piece of Chancellor Emeritus David J. Markee, and his wife, Lou Ann Markee, to be placed in the Markee Pioneer Student Center.

Jinkins expressed his excitement for the sesquicentennial celebration and leaving his mark on campus. “I know that by making these pieces for the university, I am leaving something tangible which will hopefully inspire future students and help educate them — through the language of art — of the culture and history of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville,” Jinkins said. “In short, I hope that through the works I and other members of our class are doing that we can remind students — both present and future — that every day is a great day to be a Pioneer.”

For more information about the sesquicentennial celebration, visit

Written by: Emalydia Flenory, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, 608-342-1194,


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