Working from a master plan, Gatson encouraged the students to brainstorm various approaches they might use when measuring, sketching and painting the mural.
“Working with Rico was incredibly rewarding,” says Emma Hartman ’17, an art history and chemistry major from upstate New York, “because he was so willing to involve us in the artistic decision-making process.”
For students interested in careers in the arts, the mural project provides insight into one of the many ways art might be central to their lives after Amherst. “Working with Rico has given me a glimpse of what projects a professional artist might focus on,” says Jay Fields ’17, who comes from the San Francisco Bay Area and is triple-majoring in black studies; sexuality, women’s and gender studies; and studio art.
For Fields, the mural project also relates to her academic and personal life at Amherst. “Mural painting has obvious links to my studio art major,” Fields says, “but my initial interest in the project mostly stemmed from wanting to see more murals throughout the Amherst campus.”
The mural remains on view through December 2017.