Local Artist Unveils Mural of Soccer Star and Cincinnati Native Rose Lavelle at The Banks

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Local artist and professor Jenny Ustick was tapped by US Soccer to create a mural to pay tribute to the U.S. Women’s National Team as they compete in the 2019 World Cup in France this summer. Ustick, a well-known mural artist and professor at University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, chose Cincinnati native and member of the USWNT Rose Lavelle as her inspiration.

Lavelle played on Sycamore United Soccer Club and later with the Cincinnati United Premier Soccer Club. While attending Mount Notre Dame High School in Ohio, she played on the women's varsity soccer team all four years. She played as a Badger at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was added to the roster for the United States Women's National Soccer Team in 2015.

The mural is located on Freedom Way at The Banks next to Taste of Belgium and across the street from the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

About Jenny Roesel Ustick
Jenny Roesel Ustick is Assistant Professor of Practice and Foundations Coordinator in the School of Art at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning. She manages large-scale public murals, with eleven walls in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; she has also worked on projects in Miami Beach, Florida and in the Villa Crespo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

She is a graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati and University of Cincinnati; College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning; School of Art. Ustick's studio practice is based in drawing and painting while branching out into spatial and time-based work.  She is a member of two related collaborative groups, Maidens of the Cosmic Body Running (with Denise Burge and Lisa Siders), and Black Forest Project (Denise Burge, Lisa Siders, and Tracy Featherstone), whose work includes video, animation, sound/music, sculpture, and installations. The groups have exhibited nationally (including the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati) and at international film festivals. 


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