INDIANAPOLIS (Updated: March 14, 2013) – The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Leadership Development Academy (LDA) inaugural class announced the winner of its public art competition aimed at honoring former Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard and his longtime service to the community on Thursday, March 14, at Wabash College. John Vosel, a sophomore at Wabash College, was the recipient of this distinct honor and in addition to having his winning design displayed as a permanent structure at the new Bicentennial Park set to open in Evansville later this year, Vosel received a $2,000 scholarship.
The LDA and the City of Evansville launched a design competition among undergraduate and graduate students at Indiana colleges and universities and the winner will have their permanent art structure unveiled at the new Bicentennial Park tentatively set to open in downtown Evansville later this year.
“I am enormously grateful to the graduates of the LDA for committing themselves to a project that will bring so much joy to the lives of children growing up in the city where I grew up,” said Chief Justice Shepard. “I know this will be one of many ways that these new leaders of the bar will add value to our profession and to Indiana.”
Wabash College Professor Doug Calisch said the Vosel's proposals included research, descriptive writing, prose, visual literacy, structural analysis, teamwork, marketing, number crunching and a bit of “spit and polish.”
“My class spent the month of October researching Randall T. Shepard, Evansville, Indiana Supreme Court and numerous other angles to understand the full scope of the project,” Calisch said. “Students wrote design philosophies, project rationales, letters of intent and detailed project budgets. Most worked with technology to produce computer generated replicas of their designs and we even had class visits from a local structural engineer and fabricator.”
“This milestone event is especially satisfying for the LDA as a result of the exceptional proposals submitted by our state’s educational institutions for the Shepard Public Art Project,” said Michael J. Jasaitis, who is a member of the Steering Committee. “Ultimately, the design chosen not only encompasses the original vision of the LDA in honoring our former Chief Justice Shepard, it will provide an innovative and aesthetically pleasing landmark that will resonate in, and beyond, the community of Evansville far into the future. We certainly look forward to implementing the concept selected and completion of this service project.”
Jim Amidon, Wabash College, 765.361.6364, firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey C. Kannenberg, LDA, email@example.com
Gina Venturelli, LDA, firstname.lastname@example.org
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