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Muralist Black tapped
to paint a design on Shipley’s Tavern

She is seeking donations for the project

By Konnie McCollum
Staff Writer

(July 2008) – Mural artist Tiffany Black plans on creating a large-scale public mural on the outside wall of Madison, Ind.’s Shipley’s Tavern, 322 W. Main St. The project is scheduled to begin in mid-summer if enough funds are raised and the Historic Board of Review of Madison approves the project.

Hanover College Mural

Photo provided

This mural was painted by Tiffany Black
at the mail room at Hanover College.

“The mural will be an eye-catching tourist attraction,” said Shipley’s owner Cris Sauer, who came up with the idea when he saw similar projects in other towns. “We don’t have anything in Madison like what Black is planning.”
Black, who earned a studio art degree at Hanover College in 2008, has been painting murals for the past six years. Last summer, she completed an internship with Louisville muralist David Schuster.
“I love creating murals, and I am excited and eager to start the one for Shipley’s,” she said.
She plans to use a steamboat and historic river scene because they play a prominent role in Madison history.
If Sauer’s application is approved by the Historic Board, Black plans to begin the painting when the funds needed are acquired. The project is estimated at $10,000, which includes paint, scaffolding, primer, sealer, brushes and other equipment. The mural will be three stories high and 80 feet long.
“We still have a long way to go on raising the funds,” said Black, originally from Danville, Ind. “We are still looking for sponsors for the project, and we will list all of our sponsors on the mural.”

Tiffany Black

Photo provided

Tiffany Black earned an art
degree at Hanover College.

Black was suggested for the project by Hanover College Professor Robyne Hart, who works in the college’s Center for Business Preparation. Black was a student in the program.
“Black’s work is truly amazing,” said Sauer. “She is a really talented artist, and we believe she is perfect for the project.”
Black estimates the mural could take up to three months to finish, depending on weather conditions. In addition to that project, she is looking at other internships and artist in residency programs. She has also thought about teaching and hopes to be able to travel with her work.

• Anyone interested in sponsoring the mural or donating to the project should contact Tiffany Black at (317) 796-8793 or email: tiffmblack@gmail.com.

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