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Alumnus commemorates St. Vincent de Paul with artwork

Cole Andersen dedicates artwork to Vincent de Paul
DePaul alumnus Cole Andersen created and dedicated an art piece to St. Vincent de Paul. (DePaul University/Layda Galvan)

If you walk through the third-floor hallway of the Lincoln Park Student Center, you may notice an artwork commemorating St. Vincent de Paul. 

Inspired by the mural above the Cacciatore Stadium, the bronze statue near the Lincoln Park Student Center and the Chicago skyline, alumnus Cole Andersen presented his piece to the university community in January. 

 “I dedicated my 10-week senior capstone, senior project studio, to this piece,” says Andersen, who graduated in spring 2019. While at DePaul, he double majored in graphic design and art, with a minor in illustration. 

During a Discover Week tour of campus his freshman year, Andersen was fascinated by the statue outside the Lincoln Park Student Center- a depiction of Monsignor John Joseph Egan. A landmark known to most Blue Demons, this statue later became an influencing factor when deciding what topic to choose for his senior project. 

“It was fun to do a piece on DePaul’s symbolism. To me, the statue, mural and city skyline represent the idea of merging the old and the modern days into how St. Vincent’s values feed into today,” he says. “It felt full-circle to finish my DePaul experience creating something based on an experience that had an impact on my first few weeks on campus.” 

 Following graduation, Andersen has been working on personal and freelance projects, while aiming to develop his art and design portfolio.