“This painting of the Kulp basement was the fulfillment of an assignment of ‘painting on location in an interesting space.’ I looked for a place not generally thought of as aesthetically pleasing–an old wooden staircase and stark white piping–then worked to bring out the hidden colors. It was a challenge to change the mood from its actual harsh lighting and shadows to something more inviting, and I’m afraid I creeped out quite a few people by lurking in that back corner… but my hope is that I at least drew a little attention to a usually unnoticed area of campus.”

–Rachel Friesen

Photo by Martin Brubaker