Votes are in; new mural on campus to celebrate diversity and racial equity will be installed by artist Mauricio Ramirez

Last week, the Marquette community was invited to vote on a new mural that will be installed on the north-facing façade of the Varsity Theater / Holthusen Hall building. 

1,396 students, faculty and staff members voted online for one of three proposals submitted by local artists. 

The winning artist is Mauricio Ramirez. His proposal, Our Roots Say That We’re Sisters,” received 63% of the votes; the mural will be installed during the month of October. 

Mauricio Ramirez

Many thoughtful comments were submitted during the online voting process and were shared anonymously with each artist, including winning artist Mauricio Ramirez.  

It is the Mural Committee’s hope and intention that this campus project is the first of several that will engage Marquette community members in meaningful dialogue through engagement with works of public art. 

Listening sessions with the artist on Sept. 25
Marquette community members will have the opportunity to speak with winning artist Mauricio Ramirez about the new mural 

A series of conversations will take place via Microsoft Teams on Friday, Sept. 25: 

  • 10 a.m. 
    • Topic: Community engagement / programming / paint day 
  • 11:30 a.m. 
    • Topic: Oral history project focused on Marquette BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) female alumni 
  • 1 p.m. 
    • Topic: General discussion and feedback 

Register for the conversations via Eventbrite. In the interest of facilitating meaningful dialogue, each session will be limited to 20 participants. An extra session will be added if needed. A link to the join will be sent after you register. 

Feedback shared during these sessions will inform the final mural design and related programs. Jacki Black, associate director for Hispanic initiatives, will moderate the conversations.