Arch entry to the Alumni Memorial Union
In 2005, the Alumni Memorial Union and the Office of Mission and Ministry purchased twelve portraits from Michael Collopy's Architects of Peace project to display in the second floor south hallway.  The portraits are part of a series of people from all over the world, photographed by Collopy, who were working toward peace from a diversity of viewpoints and backgrounds. 


Featured architects in the AMU include:

In 2006, the Alumni Memorial Union added to the Marquette collection with the portrait of Arun Gandhi, who appeared at Marquette University in 2005.


In many of the meeting rooms in the Alumni Memorial Union, crucifixes from across the globe are featured on the wall.  With an award from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund in 2006, the AMU was able to purchase nineteen crucifixes from various parts of the world ranging from Russia to El Salvador to Kenya to display throughout the building.  The crucifix project was part of the Alumni Memorial Union's desire to support the university's identity as a faith-based institution.



Crucifix locations in the AMU and region of origin include:

The Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Content of St. Ignatius' life from early childhood through the end of his years covers his experience with Manresa, his own schooling, teaching of the Spiritual Exercises and his impact on the Jesuits and education as compiled by Father Normal O'Neal, S.J. in his account of the life of St. Ignatius for the community of Jesuit High School in New Orleans.


The Life of St. Ignatius of Loyola is outlined on the south hallway of the AMU 3rd floor. Funding for this display made possible by an award from the Simmons Religious Commitment Fund in 2012.

Thai Art Collection

The Haggerty Museum of Art Thai Collection symbolizes the international, academic and artistic dimension of Marquette University.  Consisting of 40 paintings derived from wall murals of temples and sacred buildings in Thailand, pieces of the collection are featured in the AMU's Lunda Room on the 2nd floor.


These Thai paintings are intended as a contribution to the multicultural education and environment of Marquette University.  They provide a unique visual learning experience for all students and visitors to the Alumni Memorial Union. 

Milwaukee Circle of Life

"Milwaukee Circle of Life" is a mural celebrating diversity in and around the Milwaukee area.  The mural, part of an artist-in-residence, after-school program sponsored by the Forest County Potawatomi Community Foundation, was created by 500 students from a diverse selection of area schools and modeled after the Native American Circle of Life.  The program was implemented by SHARP Literacy-Creative SHARP Presentations, Inc., of Milwaukee.

The giant artwork, which consists of separate murals created at each school and reflects the spiritual energy of all races, measures 20 x 5 feet. At the center is an artwork created by Native American students and modeled after the Native American Circle of Life.  It will be installed in the Lynch Lounge on the third floor of the Alumni Memorial Union.

Students involved in the project hail from the Hmong American Peace Academy, Indian Community School, Lloyd Street Global Education School, Poplar Creek Elementary School and St. Anthony's School of Milwaukee.

Father Brooks Mosaic

Brought to the second floor of the Alumni Memorial Union in the summer of 2007, the Father Brooks Mosaic was previously on display in the old Brooks Memorial Union. The mosaic was created to show the life and the meaning of the life of the late Father Peter A. Brooks, S.J., past Marquette University president for whom the Brooks Memorial Union had been named. 

The story in the mosaic is told in symbolism, the universal language of the Church.  Major features of the mosaic include a section that honors Mary, Mother of God and a section that bears the "Chi Rho" symbol for Christ and the alpha and omega - beginning and end.


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