Whitney Hale


College: Fine Arts

UK Alumni Win Rain Barrel Art Contest

Published: Aug 8, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 8, 2013) — Two University of Kentucky School of Art and Visual Studies alumni received some great news at the annual Roll Out the Rain Barrel Reception held June 21, at the Fifth Third Pavilion in Lexington. Stefan Hulliger’s barrel design titled “Make Your Mark” and Stephen Wiggins’ “When Roosters Cry” took home first place awards in the art competition, which promotes the use of rain barrels locally for water conservation.


Hulliger’s design, "Make Your Mark," resembles the iconic look of a Maker’s Mark bottle. The barrel won the contest's public vote taken at the reception. Hulliger's barrel was used as a directive towards all people and conservationists to make a difference in the preservation of Kentucky’s natural resources. The barrel design features the bourbon company's wax drips, Kentucky blue and the Bluegrass, which produces some of the best bourbon in the world.


On "When Roosters Cry," Wiggins chose to paint a rooster crying because of the abuse the environment takes when people pollute the air and waste resources. The blue rain drops are meant to symbolize the environment teaming up with the rooster to sustain the Earth. The Wiggins rail barrel won the online vote in the competition. 


Tour of "When Roosters Cry" rain barrel by Stephen Wiggins

Video tour of "When Roosters Cry" by Stephen Wiggins courtesy of the artist. 


The rain barrels were part of a silent auction that helped raise more than $8,000 in support of Bluegrass Greensource's many outreach programs which focus on water stewardship, energy conservation and waste/litter reduction. Another popular program, the Rain Barrel Workshops, illustrates the importance of water conservation and demonstrates how easy it is to make one of your own.

Wiggins grew up in Lexington where he attended Lafayette High School. During this time, he was enrolled in the SCAPA program where he specialized in visual arts. He first attended Berea College to study art and then transferred to UK, receiving his bachelor’s degree in art studio in 2005. During his studies at Berea and UK, Wiggins concentrated on painting and printmaking. He has participated in a total of more than 40 solo and group shows, has sold his work and painted live for worship services at UK Christian Student Fellowship and Jesus Prom. Wiggins' work concentrates mainly on painting with acrylics and oils and printing using silkscreen, monotype, linocut, etching and stone lithography techniques.


Hulliger discovered his interest in art in his native home of  Zurich, Switzerland. In high school, he took drawing classes every year to express his technique and desire to draw. During the summer of 10th grade, he was given the opportunity to participate in a three month internship in Thurgau, Switzerland, at a foil printing/packaging company. Hulliger then attended UK where he majored in art. After college, he landed a job as a screen printer apprentice where he fell in love with the field of screen printing. A year later, Hulliger and his father founded their own company, Adcolor Inc., where he serves as vice president.


The UK School of Art and Visual Studies, at the UK College of Fine Arts, is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of art studio, art history and visual studies and art education.




MEDIA CONTACT: Whitney Hale, 859-257-8716whitney.hale@uky.edu

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