Lissa K. McLean Mural

About the Artist

The art of Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, known as Nick, captures his lifelong connection to nature and wildlife.  Born in the Netherlands, Gijsbert studied at the Royal Academy of Arts in Arnhem and immigrated to the United States in 1976.  Shortly thereafter, he became the Art Director for the Michigan Natural Resources Magazine, where he learned about and experienced the vast beauty and the natural history of Michigan.

In 1993, he ventured out on his own as an artist and educator, sharing his love for art and nature with schools.  Traveling throughout Michigan, his programs vary from hands-on painting seminars and wildlife rehabilitation to habitat improvement and wildlife photography.  Most recently, Gijsbert’s mural work for Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, Fort Michilimackinac and the Natural History Museum at Michigan State University have received much praise and public attention.

Gijsbert lives on a farm in Bath, Michigan.

Celebrating Women of Achievement

Lissa McLean was born in Caro, Michigan and resided much of her life in the Lansing area. An unflinching supporter of women’s rights, women’s sports, women’s history, and the arts, Lissa embraced Washington D.C. with the passion of a child and devoured its history. She managed the D.C. office of the National Women’s History Project, volunteeered for The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, organized events or the Women’s Sports Foundation, played a key role in facilitating National Women in Sports Day, and became the Women’s National Baketball Assoiciation’s most stalwart supporter.

The McLean Room was established in honor of Lissa McLean to continue to recognize and celebrate women’s achievements. The McLean Mural was installed in 2008.

Click the images below to see larger images of each section of the mural.

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Featured Women

Amelia Earhart– aviator, first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic

Marian Anderson – contralto singer, sang at the Lincoln Memorial

Susan B. Anthony – women’s suffrage advocate

Rosie the Riveter symbol – representing the women on the home front during WWII

Space exploration symbol – representing women’s achievements in space

Georgia O’Keeffe – 20th century artist

Princess Diana – humanitarian activist

U.S. Women’s Soccer symbol

Helen Keller – disability rights pioneer

Jacqueline Kennedy – former First Lady

WNBA symbol

Juliette Gordon Low – founder of the Girl Scouts of America

Lissa K. McLean – National Women’s History Project benefactor, WNBA supporter, promoter of women’s history and achievements

Eleanor Roosevelt – former First Lady, social reformer

Mother Teresa – nun and humanitarian

Marie Curie – Nobel prize winning chemist and physicist

Harriet Tubman – abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor

Rachel Carson – conservationist and author

Indira Gandhi – first female Prime Minister of India

Rosa Parks’ bus – representing contributions of all women involved in the Civil Rights Movement

Hua Mu-Lan – Chinese folk hero & warrior

Bessie Coleman – African-American aviator

Beatrix Potter – children’s author

Sacajawea – Lewis & Clark guide

Betty Friedan – feminist author and activist

Jackie Cochran’s plane – symbol of Jackie Cochran’s status as the first woman to break the sound barrier

Anne Frank – diarist

Clara Barton – founder of the American Red Cross