The muralist who designed the Seattle mural of iconic photographer George Mollison, and his co-creator, Seattle mural artist Paul M. Otellini, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Seattle College of Art and Design.
The award is the culmination of a two-year, $25 million project by the school to celebrate the work of art, Mollisons family said in a statement.
The award, which is being presented to Mollissi and Otellinis son, is the largest in the school’s history, and comes after a year-long competition to honour Seattle muralists.
“The project to recognise the artistry of Paul and Paul has been a transformative process for both Paul and the Seattle community, and we can’t wait to share it with our students and future generations,” said Michael J. Johnson, associate dean of the college, in a news release.
“Paul and I are both inspired by the power of expression and the opportunity it gives to share our world with others, and I am proud to be part of that.”
The school said the award was an acknowledgement of Mollitts contribution to the Seattle and Pacific Northwest art scene, and an acknowledgement that his legacy is alive and well.
More: The award is being announced at the university’s annual Art of the Year Symposium, which runs from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15.
The winning artist will receive an honorary Doctorate in Architecture from the school and will receive $1 million in funding from the university.
Mollitt and Olettinis were born in the same year, 1949, in Tacoma, Washington, and they moved to Seattle in the 1960s, where Paul started painting murals.
Otellini died in 1997, but his murals have been preserved in Seattle, and Molli has been painting ever since.
In 2009, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray appointed Paul Mollisson to the National Portrait Gallery’s board of governors, which has led to an increasing number of commissions for the Mollits.
Murray also appointed Mollitz to the board of directors of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which recently launched a series of exhibitions exploring the relationship between African Americans and the art world.