The University of Texas National Championship 2005
- The University of Texas National Championship 2005
"The University of Texas National Championship 2005" is a painting by Opie Otterstad. It was commissioned in 2006 by The University of Texas at Austin to commemorate the 2005 Texas Longhorn football team who won the 2005 NCAA Division I-A national football championship in college football. The Longhorns secured the championship by defeating the University of Southern California Trojans in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
The painting was officially unveiled May 6 and 7, 2006, at a gallery called Art on 5th.
[cite news | title=May 6-7 UT Championship Commemorative - Painting Unveiling | url=http://downtownaustin.com/newsarchive/2006_04_30_archive | work=This week in downtown | date=6 May 2006 | accessdate=2006-07-26] The work is oil on canvas. Following his usual practice, Otterstad completed the painting without the use of paint brushes. The painting consists of 15 separate images, each painted on a separate canvas and then stitched together to form a single work measuring approximately 5 feet high by 8 feet wide (1.52 by 2.44 metres). Each image features one moment from either the championship game or the ensuing Texas celebration. ]
Some figures from past Texas seasons are also included in the background, such as James Street handing off to Billy Dale which was a famous play from the 1969 championship.
[cite news | url=http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=4860785 | title=Official UT commemorative paintings on display | publisher=KXAN | date=4 May 2006 | accessdate=2006-07-26] Darrell Royal's face appears as a shadow behind the image of Mack Brown holding aloft the championship trophy.]
* [http://www.opieart.com/ut_collection.html Opie Otterstad: The University of Texas Rose Bowl Collection]
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