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Liberal Arts Mural

Liberal Arts Mural

Created to Celebrate Liberal Arts Educations Paint 3

Liberal Arts Mural

Liberal Arts Mural

Created to Celebrate Liberal Arts Educations Paint 3

East Alabama Museum Mural

East Alabama Museum Mural

Celebrating the agricultural history of East Alabama, this mural focused on the rich innovations created by residents. Created in Mural Painting class with varied level students.

East Alabama Museum Mural

East Alabama Museum Mural

Celebrating the agricultural history of East Alabama, this mural focused on the rich innovations created by residents. Created in Mural Painting class with varied level students.

Human Society Mural

Human Society Mural

Created in Painting 2 for the Human Society of Auburn.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven

Safe Haven After School Program Tuskegee Alabama. This national program provides a safe place for children to to continue to grow and learn together after school. Independent Study Group

Sammy Younge Mural

Sammy Younge Mural

Sammy Younge was the first youth killed in the civil rights movement. He was shot after using a whites only bathroom in the city of Tuskegee. At the time he was a veteran who was attending school at Tuskegee Institute. The mural was gifted to the city of Tuskegee through Safe Haven after school program. This project was a part of a Social Engagement class co-taught by MacArthur Fellow Rick Lowe.

Boys and Girls Club Lounge Mural

Boys and Girls Club Lounge Mural

Painting 2 students spent a semester providing art classes to youths at the Boys and Girls Club of Opelika. Once a relationship was fostered the youths asked what imagery they would like to see in their lounge and game area. The results set the basis for this design. Painting 2

Boys and Girls Club Mural

Boys and Girls Club Mural

Using childhood portraits of famous alumni of the Boys and Girls Program as the base imagery, this mural was placed in the gymnasium of the club in Opelika Alabama. Created in Painting 3.

East Alabama Pediatric Murals

East Alabama Pediatric Murals

Painting 2 students created 2 murals for the Pediatric Wing of the local hospital.

Pet Vet Mural

Pet Vet Mural

Created for a local veterinarian. Painting 2

Zora Neale Hurston Anniversary

Zora Neale Hurston Anniversary

Painted to celebrate the life of this historic figure who lived part of her life in Notasulga, Al. University students worked with high school students of the area to paint their vision of her. Final mural was placed in the High School Gym.

Sammy Younge Mural

Sammy Younge Mural

Social And Community Engaged Class in front of Sammy Younge mural with Rick Lowe.

I  foster broader relationships students have with their art practice and the world around them. Young artists need to realize early in their careers that they can engage in social engagement and outreach methods in their creative work. Although these methods can involve complicated community interactions that are only sometimes easily identified as art by the targeted communities, they can also take more traditional approaches. Community murals are a great place to engage this method of work and get young artists to think about how they can make artwork that can affect their local communities. On this page are several murals created in my painting classes and given as gifts to the local community. Before a mural begins, students interact with the people the art is intended to celebrate. Instead of just “plopping and dropping,” they ask the community what they want to see or do. Activities that foster a shared experience focused on community needs are ideal. In the studio, the subject matter is refined based on those interactions. These projects aim to enrich both the communities and the student’s appreciation for the influential roles they can play in the world.

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