This collaborative mural honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was painted by six local African American artists: Glen Bolling, Alice Gatewood-Waddell, Thelma Green, Granville Mitchell, Vonda Victor and Thomas Withrow.
The collaborative mural I Have A Dream: A Salute To The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s premier exhibit was January 6, 2006 in the Museum’s Garden Gallery. The exhibit appeared along with photos and biographic information about the six artists who donated their time and talents painting the 6 mural panels.
Bowling Green native Glen Bolling is part of the Western Kentucky University family. He has enjoyed doing art all his life and took basic art classes while living in Michigan. He considers himself a muralist and became interested in mural work while working as a wall painter in Michigan.
Bolling’s work has been on display at Trinity Baptist Church and Ragland Lane. Bolling has collaborated with local artists doing mural work in Bowling Green including working with Delaire Rowe at Parker Bennett Community Center.
A native of Bowling Green, KY, Alice Gatewood Waddell has developed an artistic style that appears to a variety of collectors. Primarily known for her mixed media designs, Waddell seeks to incorporate positive messages regarding family, unity, and spiritual celebration to both move and inspire the viewer.
A formally trained artist, Waddell obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in painting, from Western Kentucky University.
Bowling Green native Granville Mitchel is mostly a self-taught artist. Granville discovered his love of painting in high school and he prefers working in oil. Mitchell’s vibrant works captures movement, the dynamic of life. Mitchell’s work can be seen in many local collections including WKU Libraries.
Thelma L. Green
A self taught artist, Green, a native of Warren County was born in Wooodburn. She always loved drawing and would practice on any found material including brown paper bags, cardboard, plaster board, and even the bedroom walls. After graduating from Warren Central High School she finished two semesters at Western Kentucky University.
In 2004 Green took a painting class under Neil Peperis. The painting class reaffirmed her love of art as she has been painting and entering local art exhibitions since. Green’s work can be seen in WKU Library’s collection.
Victor is a 1990 WKU graduate with a BA in graphic design and has participated in several local art exhibitions.
Victor works in several mediums including, acrylic paint, calligraphy, stained glass, and fabrics. She receives incredible joy from calligraphy of inspirational scriptures for homes and churches. She also produced a commissioned stained glass pieces for a business in her hometown of Hopkinsville and worked for her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. One of her proudest moments was to provide a piece for Bishop Vashti McKenzie.
Withrow has had many different jobs in his lifetime but art has always been an important part of his life. He received formal art education at Western Kentucky University. Then developed a reputation as a portrait artist through trial and error, working mostly with pastels and charcoals.
Withrow enjoys working with oils and acrylics, as well as screen-printing and occasionally sign painting and feels fortunate to possess a God-given gift that he will enjoy all his life.