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Artist chosen in federal courthouse competition

July 7, 2009

An Indianapolis artist has been chosen to create murals for the federal courthouse in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Robert Eagerton will create murals incorporating themes of justice, law, history, citizenship, and nature.

The Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana announced in October 2008 it was looking for artists with connections to the state to submit their resumes and images of their work to compete for a commission to create murals for the interior walls of the Birch Bayh Federal Building and Courthouse in Indianapolis.

The project involves the creation of a set of nine panels to fit an existing space in a corner on the third floor of the courthouse. The space is a mirror image of another corner on the floor where murals were created in 1935 by artist Grant Christian as a part of the Treasury Relief Art Project.

Eagerton's murals, which will combine a variety of media, are expected to leave a 21st century mark on the courthouse. Installation of the murals is expected to be complete by the middle of next year.

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