Downtown mural to commemorate UC Alumni honorees

Community art project will pay tribute to excellence of university’s alumni

Event Information

Date: Unveiling set for Monday, April 12, 2021
Location: 1430 Vine Street
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The University of Cincinnati Alumni Association (UCAA) will mark its annual UC Alumni Celebration during its upcoming Alumni Week, April 12-18, with a unique tribute to the slate of honorees receiving the organization’s top alumni awards — the installation of a mural in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood featuring the honorees’ likenesses.

Jeff Wyler headshot

Jeffrey L. Wyler, Bus '65, Hon '11, is the 2020-2021 recipient of the William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement. His likeness will be portrayed on a mural in downtown Cincinnati, along with 18 other distinguished alumni.

The mural, to be created on the side of a building at 1430 Vine Street, will depict 19 individuals whose accomplishments merit the UC Alumni Association’s premier recognition. The group is headlined by William Howard Taft Medal recipient Jeff Wyler, who earned a business degree from UC in 1965, received an honorary degree in 2011, served as UC’s board chair in 2006, and currently serves as UC Health’s board chair. Wyler has built one of the nation’s premier automotive sales and service networks.

The artwork will be completed by April 12 and remain on display through UC’s Homecoming on Nov. 6. UCAA commissioned alumna Nicole Trimble, co-founder of southwest Ohio-based mural and design studio Bright Wall Collective and an assistant professor of electronic media communications at UC Blue Ash College, for the design and installation. In accordance with the UC Alumni Celebration theme “Paint the Town Red,” Trimble’s work will include customized shades of red as personally created by each of the honorees to be integrated into their specific portraits.

Nicole Trimble headshot

UCAA commissioned Nicole Trimble, DAAP ‘13, for the mural’s design and installation.

“Our alumni accomplish so much, and they impact the community in countless ways,” said Jennifer Heisey, executive director of the UC Alumni Association and vice president for alumni and donor experience with the UC Foundation. “We feel the collective contributions of this tremendous group of Bearcats deserve a big celebration — something bold and worthy of their achievements, which also symbolizes the university–community partnership.”

We feel the collective contributions of this tremendous group of Bearcats deserve a big celebration — something bold and worthy of their achievements, which also symbolizes the university–community partnership.

Jennifer Heisey, UC Alumni Association

In addition to visiting the mural site, alumni and friends can make reservations to tour a pop-up gallery at 261 Calhoun Street, adjacent to the UC Uptown campus. The gallery will house background information about the project, the artist and the alumni honorees, as well as additional artwork created in conjunction with the mural development.

Alumni and friends are encouraged to make a gift to the Darlene H. Carter UCAA Scholarship Fund in their honor on UC Day of Giving, and send a congratulatory message on the UC Alumni Celebration Kudoboard, a virtual platform for sharing well wishes.

2021 UC Alumni Celebration Honorees

William Howard Taft Medal for Notable Achievement

Jeffrey L. Wyler, Bus ’65, Hon ’11

Robert E. Dobbs Distinguished Service Award

William Wiesmann, M.D., A&S ’68, Hon ’08

Sandra Wiesmann, CECH ’66

Marian A. Spencer Mosaic Award

Christopher T. Lewis, MD, Med ’00

Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Outstanding Achievement Award

Anndréa M. Moore, Bus ’10 

Outstanding Alumni Awards

Carol C. Clinton, PhD ’81, ’08, ’11 — College of Engineering and Applied Science

Janice M. Dyehouse, PhD, ’72 (A&S ’89) — College of Nursing

Gregory A. Fox, RPh, ’83 — James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy

Betty S. Glover ’44 — College-Conservatory of Music

Terri Hollenkamp ’83, ’85 — College of Allied Health Sciences

Daniel S. Iacofano, PhD, FAICP, FASLA, ’76 — College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning

Anita Ingram ’90 (Bus ’92) — UC Blue Ash College

Patricia S. Kautz ’88 — Carl H. Lindner College of Business

John S. Michelman, PhD, ’60 — College of Arts and Sciences

Melany Stinson Newby, JD ’74 — College of Law

Martin A. Samuels, MD ’71 (Hon ’05) — College of Medicine

Christopher M. Titzer ’12, ’13 (CECH ’14) — UC Clermont College

Reginald A. Wilkinson, EdD ’98 — College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services

Mary Wineberg, CECH ’02 — UC Athletics

For more information, visit alumni.uc.edu or call 513-556-4344.