|Ryan Du Val's Sistine Chapel Ceiling, 1998|
A problem arose, however, when Ryan learned that the university planned to paint over his masterpiece during winter break. Horrified, Du Val took the university to court...and won! In a deal brokered by a U.S. district judge, the painting will remain for at least the rest of the school year with the university looking into finding a way to remove the ceiling and preserve the painting to be donated to a school or museum. If not, Du Val will have to cover the cost of repainting the ceiling over the summer. For now, the artist is simply glad the whole thing is over. Perhaps the university is just lucky he didn't visit the Statue of Liberty.
(This item was first posted over ten years ago. While Ryan Du Val does have a website, www.ryanduval.com, I could find no recent information as to the fate of his mural.)