St. Brigid Honors Academy Mural Class Artists

On Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, St. Brigid School hosted a dedication ceremony for Animal Race, a new mural created by Academy of Art University’s mural class that now adorns the school’s playground.


The mural’s honorary art director, St. Brigid third grader, Sedona. Photo by Bob Toy.

Animal Race showcases a tortoise in a top hat and scarf, a rabbit, a pair of penguins, a bear in a Hawaiian shirt on bike, a lion with a monkey on its back, a dog in sunglasses and an owl that carries St. Brigid’s motto, “We Have Heart.”

The ceremony was led by St. Brigid parent Lisa Bazinet, who introduced the event’s special guests, including Academy of Art University President, Dr. Elisa Stephens, School of Fine Art instructor Carol Nunnelly, student painters Juan Ruiz, Tim Andrews, Kenneth Malone and Pam Marano, Legistlative Aid from Interim Board President Katy Tang’s office Dyanna Quizon, Monsignor John Talesfore and Sister Judy Cunningham, who shared that the mural was dedicated in memory of Sister Mary Jo Wise, who passed away in May 2014.


“Today was definitely beyond what we could have hoped for,” said illustration student Tim Andrews following the mural dedication. “The ceremony was spectacular, having Dr. Stephens here, and all of [St. Brigid] show up, it was more than we could have hoped for.”

Nunnelly, the instructor of the mural class, explained that working within the community is a part of the mission statement for the Academy and that her class is where students learn to be working professionals. “This class addresses that whole entire idea and what we love about collaboration is that we have actual, real clients that we’re working for.”



(L–R) Pam Marano, Juan Ruiz, Dr. Elisa Stephens, Tim Andrews, Kenneth Malone and Carol Nunnelly. Photo by Bob Toy.

As the event wrapped up, President Stephens shared her thoughts on the community partnership between the Academy and St. Brigid. “Today represents what I believe is the love in this neighborhood and the support that we can give each other,” she said. “From one university to another school, it’s been an honor and a privilege to beautify their playground and have Academy of Art University students participate in this mural project.”



Animal Race. Photo by Bob Toy.