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New Mural To Adorn Modesto Junior College Art Building
Shown working on one of the new murals being painted on the art building at Modesto Junior College is student artist David Islas. He, along with fellow students Ashley Brunetti and Emily Nance, are working cooperatively on the project. Photo Contributed

Modesto Junior College, East Campus Art Quad is filled with 15 murals; one of which is currently in progress and will be completed by the end of the 2023 Spring semester. Two of Andy Warhol’s historical prints will create an inspiring addition to the MJC art department. The original works being referenced feature prominent Native Americans of historic significance, Sitting Bull (Hunkpapa Lakota) and Russell Means (Oglala Lakota). Vibrant colors and bold outlines create an energetic rendition of Warhol’s signature style.

Three of MJC’s emerging artists are working together to create the artwork; Emily Nance, David Islas and Ashley Brunetti. Under the artistic direction of Professor Deborah Barr, a professional artist and professor at MJC since 2001, the mural landscape represents the visual arts, music and dance. Each mural aims to evoke an appreciation for the arts, appropriating historical figures and art pieces. Picasso, Klimt, Van Gogh, The Beatles, Edward Hooper, and Marcel Duchamp to name a few.

“Art challenges the viewer not just visually or through the intellect, but through their whole emotional, spiritual, ethical, intuitive and psychological being. Art communicates on a much deeper level than the written word and can challenge and encourage critical thinking,” stated Barr.

The Modesto community can observe the artists in action as they paint the seven foot-by-11 foot art piece located on the second floor of the art building, near room 201.

Meeting once a week, on Fridays, throughout the course of the semester, the three artists expect to unveil the mural by April 29.