The Mural initiative

Faculty and students in a collaborative between Art, Ethnic Studies, and the Black/African American Culture Center, paint "Black Lives Matter" on the sidewalk outside the Art Building, October 12, 2020


The Department of Art & Art History Mural Initiative is an extension and growth of the programming of the Clara Hatton Gallery and wants to unite artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the tradition of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives.

The Department of Art and Art History, every year serves 450-500 undergraduate and graduate art-major students and 700-800 non-art majors, in addition to prospective students and their families, community members, professional guests, and visiting artists gravitating to the building.

We also want to highlight the potential of this project for collaborations across disciplines, departments, and colleges throughout the CSU campus.

  • Empowering students to become leaders through artmaking
    • Work with locally, nationally, and internationally known artists
    • Contribute to major public art projects
    • Develop a departmental archive of creative portfolios
    • Workshops and integration with Department academic curriculum
  • Restorative & Social Justice: creating art pieces, provoking public art to inspire social change and activate public spaces.


The scope of the project emphasizes and recognizes how we can raise awareness and understandings of various customs, methodologies, and cultures through the arts, art research, and arts pedagogy. The committee is interested in works that engage students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. The selected designs should be site responsive and easily maintainable throughout the exhibition’s timeframe. The mural would be created with the intent to last and be displayed for a minimum of three to five years.

The size of the wall and maximum dimension is approximately 8 feet high by 25 feet wide. The mural design must be applicable and well-structured for a two-dimensional wall structure and be suited for a three to the five-year exhibition.



Spring 2022
The artist is invited to propose a design idea and is compensated with $4000. Painting Assistant professor Aitor Lajarin-Encina will assist the artist in translating the idea into a project that can be produced and installed on the Visual Arts Building wall. All costs will be covered by the Department of Art and Art History.

Summer 2022
July/August: Painting crew recruitment. Supply purchase. Wall prep and logistics coordination with facilities. Develop a painting calendar. Time slots in shifts for participants.

Fall 2022
September: Paint and document the mural.
October/November: Inauguration of the mural and other mural-related pedagogical or exhibition activities. Extend an invitation to the artist for an artist talk and/or related activities with CSU communities


Assistant Professor of Painting

Director of the Hatton Gallery & Digital Performing Space