November 09, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 81, Issue 4

Niagara University Launches Mural Design Contest

NU student Andrew Gala points to the area where the mrual will be in O'Shea Hall. Photo by Logan Rudemiller.

NU student Andrew Gala points to the area where the mrual will be in O'Shea Hall. Photo by Logan Rudemiller.

If you're an NU student with the spirit of an artist, it's time to get excited. The university recently announced its 1st Mural Design Contest. This contest is the university's attempt to give students a chance to express themselves through the core values of Niagara University, and change the appearance of the dorms while they're at it.
Father Levesque asked us to find ways to beautify the residence halls, says Nicole Piorkowski, assistant dean of student affairs and the coordinator of the mural project. And if we can get enough student interest, this will be a really cool project.
Michael Beam, curator at Castellani Art Museum, says This is a chance to have your legacy as a student transformed into a permanent part of the university.
In addition, each winner will receive $100 in cash for their efforts.
Five potential mural locations have been identified “ one in each dormitory, with the exception of Varsity Village and the apartments. The murals painted in these locations will be the designs of five contest winners. Once the winning designs are picked, regional artists will be brought in to help transpose them to murals.
This aspect of the project is being overseen by the staff at Castellani.
A number of the artists we are looking at working with have previously shown here in the ˜Topspin Series,' which features emerging local and regional artists, says Beam.
The design entries must be inspired by and represent one or more of NU's core values “ spirituality, knowledge, creativity, integrity and compassion. All NU students enrolled for the fall 2010 semester can apply, regardless of whether or not they dorm.
Design applications can be picked up either in the Student Affairs office in O'Shea or the Castellani Art Museum. The deadline to submit entries is Friday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.
Even if your design is not picked as a winner, your help is still needed and appreciated with the painting of the murals. As Piorkowski says, The hope is that this project will involve all the students in the residence halls, not just a select few. ¦ If this is a success, we would love to identify more mural locations for the future.
Beam says, The project is for the students to be able to interpret their vision of the core values of Niagara University.
Any questions regarding the mural project can be directed to Piorkowski at, or Beam at

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