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CAHSS Academic III Mural

Johanna Poethig to Create Mural for CAHSS Academic III Building

Johanna Poethig
Johanna Poethig, CSUMB Professor Emerita, Visual & Public Art

Dean Ilene Feinman and the University Art Committee are pleased to announce that CSUMB Professor Emerita Johanna Poethig, Visual and Public Art Department, has been commissioned for a signature mural for the main entrance to the building (Divarty Street).

This 12'x45' mural will reflect the spirit of the college, its integration to the wider community, and engage the departments and studios that reside in auxiliary buildings.

The Dean's Office hosted a brainstorming Phase I Design Session on November 8, 3-5 pm, at the VPA Complex (Building 71). Faculty, staff, and students were invited to join us to share their ideas and learn more about the plans and design.

We look forward to updating the campus community as the design takes shape.

Artist Johanna Poethig presents concept to the mural committee
Artist Johanna Poethig presents concept to the Academic III Mural Committee

Updates & Timeline:

  • December, 2018: Academic III Mural Committee formed. This Committee includes all members of the 2018-19 University Art Committee as well as faculty representation from each of the CAHSS Departments/Units:
    • Ilene Feinman, Chair, University Art Committee
    • Kathleen Ventimiglia, University Art Committee
    • Claire Larson, CAHSS AS Senator, University Art Committee
    • Holly Byers-Ochoa, University Art Committee
    • Lisette Miles, University Art Committee
    • Martha Drexler-Lynn, University Art Committee
    • CART: Meghan O'Hara (Also University Art Committee Member)
    • HCOM: Kelly Medina-Lopez
    • MPA: Lanier Sammons
    • PSY: Jennifer Dyer-Seymour
    • SBGS: Kathryn Poethig
    • VPA: Angelica Muro (Also University Art Committee Member)
    • WLC: Dustin Wright
  • January, 2019: Preliminary design concept to be presented to the Academic III Mural Committee.
    • Concept presented at the A3 Mural Committee meeting January 22
  • April, 2019: Presentation of concept and design to College
    • Scheduled for April 16, 2-3 pm, University Center Living Room
  • April 23, 2019: Work Begins!
    • April 18 kicks off the start of work at the site with a safety and scale training session.

Skylight:  Transmission of Knowledge/Windows to Justice

Below shows the beginning stages of the CAHSS Academic 3 Mural, Skylight: Transmission of Knowledge/Windows to Justice, by VPA Professor Emerita Johanna Poethig.

This mural was made possible in part by a generous donation from Roxana (Rocky) Ruth Earley Keland, a member of the first graduating class of the Visual and Public Art Department, and an unwavering supporter of VPA. She passed away March 3, 2019. The College is planning a mural dedication and gallery exhibit celebrating her work.

Group with sketch of mural
Measuring out panels for mural
outline sketching of mural
first colors applied

For all the details on the new building, please visit our Academic III Building: CAHSS page.

View of front of Academic III building from Divarty Street
The mural location is shown above at the main entrance to the building.

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