HERKY DE LOS MUERTOS

About the Herky

In ‘Herky de los Muertos,’ I infuse the robust spirit of the Iowa Hawkeye’s mascot, Herky, with the vibrant and solemn essence of the Day of the Dead. It symbolizes the beauty and unity found in the confluence of different traditions. I hope that this artwork will not only brings joy and reflection but also ignite conversations about the richness of cultural diversity and foster a deep appreciation for the various backgrounds that color our world.

Making the Herky

Meet the Artist

Autumn Zaehringer

Autumn, a 16-year-old Linn-Mar High School student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has honed her artistic talents on her own, experimenting with a range of mediums including chalk, grayscale, digital, and ink. Her journey into sidewalk chalk art began in 2017, leading to numerous accolades for her impressive works. You can find her at many local chalk events: Chalk the Walk at Art in the Park in Cedar Rapids, IA, Chalk Art Fest in Rock Island, IL, Bondurant Blues, Brews, and Sidewalk Chalk Festival in Bondurant, IA, Chalkfest Maple Grove in Maple Grove, MN, Chalk the Walk in Mt. Vernon, IA, and Rock the Chalk in Iowa City, IA. She has plans to attend several other national chalk events during the chalk season of 2024. With ambitions of pursuing an art degree, Autumn aims to attend the University of Iowa for her further education.

Meet the Artist

Autumn Zaehringer

Autumn, a 16-year-old Linn-Mar High School student from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has honed her artistic talents on her own, experimenting with a range of mediums including chalk, grayscale, digital, and ink. Her journey into sidewalk chalk art began in 2017, leading to numerous accolades for her impressive works. You can find her at many local chalk events: Chalk the Walk at Art in the Park in Cedar Rapids, IA, Chalk Art Fest in Rock Island, IL, Bondurant Blues, Brews, and Sidewalk Chalk Festival in Bondurant, IA, Chalkfest Maple Grove in Maple Grove, MN, Chalk the Walk in Mt. Vernon, IA, and Rock the Chalk in Iowa City, IA. She has plans to attend several other national chalk events during the chalk season of 2024. With ambitions of pursuing an art degree, Autumn aims to attend the University of Iowa for her further education.

Sponsored by

Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company

Founded in 1856, Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber Company is dedicated to providing its customers with quality, consistency, value, innovation, and style. Their six Iowa locations – Altoona, Coralville, Marion, Pella, Waukee and Webster City– welcome contractors, remodelers, architects, designers, and homeowners.

Each location features a complete inventory of building materials, including floor covering and cabinetry, and an extensive showroom making it comfortable and convenient to get a close hands-on look at the products they offer.

For over 160 years, their mission has been to succeed through unwavering focus on the success of our customers. They accomplish our mission by believing that their customers, employees, and vendors are partners; and together, they supply their customers with top-quality, high-value building products and unparalleled service.

“Being an alumni of the University of Iowa fills me with immense pride and gratitude. It’s not just about the education I received during my time on campus; it’s about the lasting connections, memories, and opportunities that continue to shape my life long after graduation. The University of Iowa provided me with a strong foundation for personal and professional growth, instilling in me the values of perseverance, innovation, and collaboration that have guided my journey.
My love for University of Iowa Hawkeye sports runs deep, fueled by the exhilarating energy of game days and the unwavering spirit of the Hawkeye community. From the thunderous roars echoing through Kinnick Stadium on football Saturdays to the electrifying atmosphere of Carver-Hawkeye Arena during basketball showdowns, each sporting event is a testament to the passion and dedication of fans united in their support for the black and gold. As a devoted fan, I cherish the camaraderie and sense of belonging that come with being part of the Hawkeye family, celebrating victories and weathering defeats together, knowing that win or lose, the bonds forged through our shared love for University of Iowa sports endure as a testament to our enduring Hawkeye spirit.

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