Studio Art students express themselves in new mural
By Marlonn Bahena
Studio art class working on mural voted by student body.
Down on the second floor next to student activities, lies the art mural done by students of Studio Art.
Lead by Instructor Beth Secor, the class was assigned a wall by the university, whose mission was to express the thought of what UHD meant to them.
“Each student worked a couple of weeks on a design” said Secor, “then those designs were pre-sented to the student body, and the student body voted on them.”
With over a thousand student votes, the student whose design was chosen was Anjel Quesada.
“I wanted to do something that was significant and not just decorative,” Quesada said.
Based on Aztec codices, Quesada wanted something that resonated with the history, since the majority of the UHD population is Latino.
“I’m tricking people into learning about their culture” Quesada explains, “because you’re not going to really look at codices unless maybe you go to a museum in Mexico, take an anthropology class, or Aztec history class, but I’ve adapted it into modern times.”
A trick with good intentions, Quesada wanted something that sticks with students, and makes it a memorable mural with a lot going on.
“That’s what excites me about making art. Quesada said, “it’s the power of images to change a place. They can reflect things, they can make a place more of a landmark.”
Another studio art student Raul Noyola-Acosta, states how this mural had resonated with him.
“Honestly, I voted for this one. I thought it was cool. I really liked the Hispanic aspects of it that I can really embrace,” he said.
Noyola-Acosta’s original design had made it to the top three, which placed second.
“I was really surprised by it,” Noyola-Acosta describes. “Because I was the only one in the class who summited a digital design.”
Inspired by art installations, Noyola-Acosta was not 100% sure with his design, but overall content with how far he got in the process.
“The validation of having people vote for it and making it really far in the process was just very fulfilling,” Acosta explains. “So once the president decided on something else I was like ‘Ok perfect’. I got that validation from my peers, even though I didn’t have to do all the work.”