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School of Education alum Petersen's statue featured in On Wisconsin magazine

March 22, 2017

School of Education alumnus Elmer Petersen and his art was recently featured in an article from On Wisconsin, UW-Madison's alumni magazine. 

On Wisconsin PagePetersen graduated from the School of Education's Art Department in 1961 with a Master of Fine Arts. 

Petersen was commissioned by the city of La Crosse, Wisconsin, to create a sculpture honoring George Coleman Poage, a UW track star as well as the first African-American to win an Olympic medal. 

Petersen didn't want to just create a standing statue, so he created a larger-than-life series of bronze statues that showed Poage crouching and hurdling. 

“The concept is exactly what I envisioned, with him flying over the hurdle and nothing under him," Petersen told On Wisconsin. 

Read the full article on this On Wisconsin web page
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