Public art’s capacity to honor the repeated refrains of nature and to forge innovative community spirit figures heavily in Shepherd University’s new, large-scale mural. The work, transforming the Duke Street underpass, stemmed from a conversation just over a year ago between University President, Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, and Professor of Art, Sonya Evanisko, who was named West Virginia Professor of the Year in 2016.
Chimney swifts have something special that other songbirds don’t: they roost in large numbers—a thousand or more at a time if they can find the right place. And Shepherdstown has the right place; or at least it has for a long time. In fact, Shepherdstown currently hosts the largest chimney swift roost in West Virginia.