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Susquehanna Provides Canvas; Students Provide Talent

A year ago, it was a concept, today it’s a masterpiece.  Students and faculty from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, PCAD , recently  put the finishing touches on a 1,500 square foot mural that is located in front of Susquehanna Bank’s operations center in Lititz, PA.

PCAD illustration major Seth Pala created the mural concept, with help from Allison Farris. Fellow students Alicia Jagels and Kelly Geiges also helped to create the drawings and designs for arches, and with Seth have spent countless hours painting the mural. Robert Hochgertel, chair of the illustration department and faculty member at PCAD, served as mentor/ advisor, while a committee of Susquehanna employees, under the leadership of Ed Gower and Dave Callis of the Facilities Department, also helped to coordinate the project.

“By partnering with the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design we provided a great hands-on learning opportunity for students who are preparing to enter the workforce,” Ed said. “We are privileged to be a part of their educational process.”

An archway theme was developed as the arches and wall on which they are painted seem to support the upper level parking area. Inside each arch there are images of local landmarks depicting Lititz’s past and present.

One arch depicts business people in front of the old paper mill, the building that Susquehanna Bank offices now occupy, while others depict Lititz Springs Park, the agricultural community and the downtown shops.  Other well-known pieces of Lititz history featured in the mural include a Moravian star, a Wilbur Bud, a Sturgis pretzel, the railroad heritage and the important part Lititz played in the Revolutionary War. Between the arches you will find flowers native to Pennsylvania.

“For years to come, our employees, visitors to Susquehanna Bank and Lititz residents will be able to enjoy artwork that is representative of the community’s rich heritage. It’s a win-win for all who are involved,“ Ed added.

In addition to providing the “canvas” for the project, Susquehanna provided the paint, materials, and a small stipend for the students who completed this work.

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