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Mural Shows Diversity


UC Riverside English Class Project Results in Portable Mural

“Revolution of the Mind” Lauds Past Struggles and Looks to the Future

(June 13, 2003)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Nine students at the University of California, Riverside worked with muralist Barbara Carrasco, a Regents Professor during the Spring Quarter, to create a portable mural called “Revolution of the Mind.”

The assignment was to represent UC Riverside and its diversity. The result, a 6' by 12' mural on canvas, is a lasting monument that will be permanently displayed on campus, perhaps in an expanded student commons.

Unveiled Thursday, June 12, in room 150 of the Arts building, the mural depicts a large tree/carillon with roots that contain the struggles of past generations and with branches and blossoms that symbolize the benefits of a university education for young people.

Part of a description of the mural’s symbolism, written by UCR students Elize Mazadiego and Florid Sao, includes a tribute to ancestors who suffered exploitation:

“We have to honor them for their experience and their wisdom,” the pair wrote in a short essay. “Embrace them. They have blazed the trail that we now trek upon. We are the next in line.”

Tiffany Ana Lopez, an associate professor of English, invited Carrasco, a well-known Los Angeles muralist, to campus for the Spring Quarter as part of the Chicano Arts and Social Action program. Professor Lopez recommended Carrasco for a Regents Professor appointment, which lasts for one quarter.

“This was a great opportunity for me to work with students,” said Carrasco. “These were not necessarily art students, but they brought their skills with words and translated it into art.”

Barbara Carrasco has been creating art and murals since 1976 with numerous community groups, including the United Farm Workers. She received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her MFA from CAL Arts. In 1998, she received the Getty Visual Arts Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In the 1990s she worked as the artist-in-residence for several years at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.

UC Riverside students who helped create the mural are: Elize Mazadiego, Florid Sao, Claudia Carenas, Ignacia Galvan, Ashley Koda, Lorena Macias, Diana Rendon and Mitzy Velez.

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