Business, art merge in Rich Hall mural

imageIn three weeks last summer, a SUNY Oswego art class in Tyler Hall conceptualized, designed and painted a mural that has now been installed in the atrium area inside the entrance to Rich Hall, the college’s School of Business.

The interdisciplinary collaboration between the art department on one side of campus and the School of Business on the other “represents what is really great about Oswego State,” Provost Susan Coultrap-McQuin said at a brief ceremony marking the work’s installation recently.

The mural also represents one of the finishing touches that is making Rich Hall a model of where the campus is headed in its renovations—“comfortable, beautiful, up-to-date learning spaces for our students,” she said.

Dean of Business Lanny Karns said the project started with a conversation with Helen Zakin, chair of the art department, and Dean of Arts and Sciences Sara Varhus.

The School of Business in effect commissioned the mural, and Matthew Friday, assistant professor of art, dedicated his summer painting class to the project. The art students got the real-life learning experience of working together on deadline to deliver the finished work.

Friday said that the murals of 20th century Mexican artist Diego Rivera inspired both the art students and business faculty as they undertook the project. The School of Business forged ties with Mexico through its Project Globalization.

“We’re really excited that we were able to create a public work of art that interacts with the environment and with other students,” Friday said.

The 10 students who worked on the mural, some of whom have graduated, were Stephen Brucker, Nathan Clark, William Thomas Cole, Christopher Denkers, Tim Howard, Clint Lindell, Sarah Nessel, Sarah O’Sullivan, Michele Scoville, Bill Saha and Andrea Verescak.

“Matt and his class did a fantastic job,” Karns said.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Embellishing business—Andrea Verescak, a senior fine arts major at SUNY Oswego, and art Professor Matthew Friday discuss the mural created in a summer painting class for the entry of Rich Hall, home of the college’s School of Business. Verescak was one of 10 students who collaborated on the work.

(Posted: Oct 20, 2004)