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de Saisset Mural Project by Studio Art students

Photo Caption: Sofia Hartenbaum, Title: San Francisco Garter Snake, oil on panel, 2021. Photo Credit: Ryan Reynolds

Now on view at the de Saisset Museum!

de Saisset Mural Project

Completed mural created by Fall ARTS 143 (Intermediate Painting) and Winter ARTS 32 (2D Design) students in the de Saisset Museum. Photo Credit: de Saisset Museum

SCU art students produced a collaborative mural, inspired by the current exhibition in the Museum by Kara Maria, titled Precious and Precarious: Life on the Edge of Extinction. A San Francisco-based artist, Maria’s work features bright and colorful abstract imagery juxtaposed with photorealistic depictions of endangered and extinct animals, to help bring awareness to the plight that animals face on a warming planet and the concomitant environmental changes that put their lives in peril.

de Saisset Mural Process

Students in Jessica Eastburn's Winter 2022 2D Design class paint a mural in the de Saisset Museum. Photo Credit: Jessica Eastburn

Students in the Jessica Eastburn’s 2D Design course created a mural design and then painted a mural directly on the wall in the de Saisset gallery space over four weeks of Winter quarter. Ryan Reynold’s students in his Intermediate Painting course created 40 paintings of endangered animals painted on circular panels which were installed in the de Saisset gallery once the 2D Design students had finished painting the wall. The mural is a unique collaboration between the Department of Art and Art History and the de Saisset Museum.

An opening reception for the exhibition as well as the new mural will be held on Friday, April 1st from 7-8:30pm. Precious and Precarious as well as the collaborative mural will both be on view through June 11th, 2022.