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COFAC Dean Billy Clow speaks to the crowd during Tuesday night's draft day for the next edition of Rocky on Parade.
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Pastor Howard White, his wife, Leah Farrar-White, and their children, Sophie and Dow, confer on which artist to select for the Wesley United Methodist Church-sponsored "Rocky" statue.
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Sponsors Draft 23 Artists for WIU's Rocky on Parade

April 22, 2015

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MACOMB, IL – Tuesday, April 21 was "Draft Day" at Western Illinois University for the 23 artists selected to create the next collection of Rocky on Parade bulldog statues to be permanently displayed around campus and around Macomb.

The blank bulldogs arrived in Macomb Wednesday, and the artists and sponsors matched Tuesday night will finalize design modifications to the respective dogs. The artists will work on the dogs over the summer, and the finished "Rocky" statues will be unveiled at the annual Town & Gown event Thursday, Sept. 24 at The Forum in downtown Macomb.

The dogs will also be displayed in the WIU Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct. 3 and will then be placed at their permanent homes.

This is the second time a collection of "Rocky" statues has been designed and created, with the inaugural collection placed around the community and WIU in 2013. Money raised by the public art program benefits art scholarships at WIU.

The artists and sponsors matched Tuesday include:

1. Sponsor: Macomb Auto Parts – Artist: WIU Art Professor Julie Mahoney – Placed at Macomb Auto Parts, 1215 W. Jackson St.

2. Sponsor: WIU Foundation - Artist: WIU junior graphic communication student Mariah Bartz, of Macomb – Placed at the University Union.

3. Sponsor: First Bankers Trust Co. – Artist: WIU Faculty Assistant Robert Brownlow – Placed at the bank, 440 N. Lafayette St.

4. Sponsor: John Blauvelt - Artist: WIU Office Manager Deb Lutz – Placed on the south side of Tillman Hall.

5. Sponsor: Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home – Artist: Taralee Morgan, a senior foreign languages major from Bettendorf, IA – Placed at the funeral home, 201 W. Carroll St.

6. Sponsor: Roger Clawson - Artist: Assistant Professor Ian Shelly – Placed at the WIU Quad Cities Campus.

7. Sponsor: Citizens Bank - Artist: WIU Assistant Professor Tammy Honesty – Placed at Citizens Bank Park on the south side of the Macomb square.

8. Sponsor: Wesley United Methodist Church - Artist: WIU senior general studies major Ryan Waller, of Monmouth, IL – Placed on church grounds, 1212 W. Calhoun St.

9. Sponsor: Wesley Village- Artist: WIU senior art student Erin Lundgren, of Galesburg, IL – Placed at Wesley Village, 1200 E. Grant St.

10. Sponsor: Bill Epperly - Artist Sharon Barr – Placed at the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority house on Murray Street.

11. Sponsor: Dr. Scott and Ann Urch - Artist Heather Starr – Placed at Dr. Urch's office at 505 E. Grant Street

12. Sponsor: Tony Ashenhurst – Artist: WIU sophomore political science major Kevin Ruiz, of Chicago, IL – Placed on South Lafayette Street, just off the Macomb square.

13. Sponsor: Garry and Marilyn Johnson – Artist: WIU senior art major Shelby White, of Washington, IA – Placed at the Macomb Country Club, 20 Hickory Grove.

14. Sponsor: Corey & Diann Clem – Artist: WIU senior biology major Katie Mainor, of Macomb – Placed at Edward Jones, 325 E. Washington St.

15. Sponsor: Woodrum Automotive – Artist: WIU senior art major Kyla Culbertson, of Canton, IL – Placed at the Woodrum car dealership, 3100 E. Jackson St.

16. Sponsor: Anonymous – Artist: Gabe Stevens – Location TBD.

17. Sponsor: WIU Parent and Family Association Class of 2008 - Artist: WIU senior art major Abby Nelson, of St. Charles, IL – Placed on the WIU campus, location TBD.

18. Sponsor: WIU Parent and Family Association Class of 2009 – Artist: WIU junior art major Hannah Allen, of Burlington, IA - Placed on the WIU campus, location TBD.

19. Sponsor: Sports Corner@124 - Artist WIU junior art major Katy Verkuilen, of Macomb – Placed on the exterior wall at the Sports Corner@124, 124 S. Randolph St.

20. Sponsor: Westen Investments – Artist: Natalie Shelly – Placed at the Westen Investments Office, 123 ½ E. Adams St.

21. Sponsor: WIU Parent and Family Association Class of 2010 – Artist: WIU junior art major Tanner Nygard, of Galesburg, IL - Placed on the WIU campus, Location TBD.

22. Sponsor: WIU Parent and Family Association Class of 2011 - Artist: WIU sophomore art major Queen Hibbler, of Romeoville, IL - Placed on the WIU campus, location TBD.

23. Sponsor: Dr. Shane and Carrie Van Vleet – Artist: WIU senior general studies major Tedgie Hamilton, of Moline, IL – Placed at Dr. Van Vleet's dental practice at 909 E. East Jackson Street.

The Rocky on Parade program began in 2013 with an idea from WIU Art Professor Bill Howard, who was inspired by successful projects like Cows on Parade in Chicago. The first year, 14 fiberglass Rocky statues were designed and created before being placed at various locations around Macomb.

A map of the statues will be available after they are placed around town. For a map of the current 14 dogs, visit

For more information about the public art program, visit

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