A fiberglass bison will soon arrive in Jasper as part of the state’s bicentennial activities.
The Jasper Arts Center, Vincennes University Jasper Campus and Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools are working together to sponsor the statue, education coordinator Donna Schepers told the Jasper Community Arts Commission at the group’s regular meeting Tuesday.
The arts center, VUJC and Greater Jasper comprise the local team that is in partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The university is providing the bison “as a fun way to showcase our partnership,” Schepers said.
Indiana is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The Bison-tennial Public Art Project is part of the celebration. The project is facilitated by the Indiana Association of United Ways in partnership with the Indiana Bicentennial Commission.
Artists will decorate 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison for public display throughout Indiana. The end goal is to have at least one bison on display in each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
“They’re going to be all over the state,” Schepers said.
Jasper High School art students, along with teachers Joshua Dodd and Andrea Fleck, will paint the bison. Schepers is expecting the bison to arrive this week and said the painting will be done at the high school.
After the students finish the painting, the bison will move around and be on display at Greater Jasper’s campuses, the arts center and the VUJC campus throughout the year. Exactly where the bison will be on display at each location is not yet known, Schepers said. The bison art pieces will be highlighted along the Bicentennial Torch Relay route, which will be from Sept. 9 to Oct. 15. The torch relay will visit Dubois County the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 14.
It has not yet been decided where the bison will be placed permanently after the bicentennial year.