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John MacConnell '07 Creates Mural for Family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

View the episode on ABC.com.

Posted 01.29.10 by mica media relations

John MacConnell '07, Paris (detail), Extreme Makeover: Home EditionWork by John MacConnell '07 (illustration) was featured on an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on Jan. 31. He created a mural for one of the members of the Creasey family, which has been struggling as the mother battles stage-four cancer.

MacConnell was commissioned by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition to create a very special, very large-scale mural for Britney. The mural, a Parisian skyline, is 9 feet x 34 feet covering, floor to ceiling, three walls, plus an addition panel for the ceiling (not pictured). The mural is available for sale on www.MuralsYourWay.com.

"Working for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition was truly an exhilarating experience," MacConnell tells MICA. "The show really does take place over a week timeline (assembly in 72 hours), making the sketch-to-finish process a major challenge."

"Although the project was stressful at times, I'm excited to have had the opportunity to work with EMHE to give a family the home of their dreams, and I can't wait to see the expressions on their faces," he continued.

The episode aired -- with guest hosts Jewel and Reese Witherspoon -- on ABC on Jan. 31. View the episode on ABC.com. For more information, visit MacConnell's Web site, here.

Image caption: John MacConnell '07, Paris (detail), 9' x 34' mural, 2009.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.