The St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus’ new mural Infinite Journey is official with a dedication ceremony held April 26 that included St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin.
Dedication of campus mural
Artist Derek Donelly, Tomalin, SP/G Provost Jamelle Conner, and Phi Theta Kappa Eta Nu Officer Julie Chorgo-Gilson were on hand to cut the ribbon and dedicate the mural. The day’s dedication represented the end of PTK Eta Nu and the Ethics in Action Club’s journey to bring a mural to campus.
PTK Eta Nu Advisor Bonnie Kesler and PTK Eta Nu were honored with a Hallmark Award for Distinguished College Project for their work. The club accepted the award in April at the Catalyst international Convention for PTK chapters. Students selected Derek Donelly’s design from a number of contenders.
Mural honors students, alumni
Derek Donelly is a hometown artist, noted for his gorgeous murals.
A founding member of the Pinellas Park Arts Village, his past projects have included murals for the American Association for Retired Persons and Achieva Credit Union. He is one of the artists credited with bringing murals to downtown St. Petersburg in 2013.
Infinite Journey shows a sea turtle swimming through a sea of stars and represents an SPC student’s journey into “the great unknown” after graduation.
The work also celebrates alum NASA astronaut Nicole P. Stott. She participated in five missions in space and the first live NASA Tweetup from the International Space Station. SP/G students had the opportunity to see the artist in action as he painted the mural on the side of the campus’ Student Services building.
Home of the arts
SP/G is no stranger to the arts. It is the home of the Music Industry and Recording Arts program and the Music Center, which has hosted musicians from around the world.
The Music Center also recently hosted a showing of African-American art and provided a free showing of the film Hidden Figures for SPC students.