A new plaque on the wall in the communication lobby announces that visitors are entering the new Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University.
The plaque is dedicated to Purdue Alumni and C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb. This bronze plated plaque includes a detailed picture of Lamb’s face.
In July 2011, Lamb was honored with the plaque for his dedication to the advancement of transparency in government affairs and his commitment to Purdue.
The plaque was designed and sculpted by renowned artist Chas Fegan.
A graduate of Yale University, Fegan has gained received commissions for innovative portraits, paintings, and sculptures. Throughout his career, Fegan has worked many times with C-SPAN, he said.
“Brian Lamb played a huge role in my career,” Fegan said. “The first sculpture I ever did was of Brian Lamb. So I jumped at this opportunity once I was asked.”
C-SPAN and the role Lamb has played in history inspired Fegan while crafting this sculpture.
“I was privileged after the first sculpture I did of Brian Lamb,” Fegan said. “The experience was enjoyable.”
Fegan used a bronze casting method to create the plaque. Fegan said the process comes easy to him and only takes a few days.
Jessalynn Haas, a Purdue senior studying communication and art, is familiar with this process. She said she admires the work done by Fegan.
“With emphasis to detail, Fegan is brilliant,” Haas said. “Being a communication major, this plaque gives me a lot of joy for what is in the future for communication students at Purdue.”
Fegan’s work reminds Purdue communicators that the Brian Lamb School of Communication will seek to provide openness in communication and public affairs.
Written by Amanda Flexsenhar
Senior, Public Relations/Advertising