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