Faculty and students in Claflin University's Art Department are taking their artwork beyond the classroom and on to the campus.
The department hosted its digital mural unveiling on Friday, Aug. 18, at the entrance of Laymen Hall, facing Asbury Hall. This is Claflin's first outdoor, digital mural with artwork created by Professor Habibur Rahman and assisted by alumna Khaliya Davis, '17.
The composition of the mural was based on teachings from Professor Rahman's digital design courses and was inspired by Hungarian painter and photographer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. "The design approach was similar to Moholy-Nagy's in the use of three dimensional geometric shapes," said Rahman.
Rahman and Davis also used 3D construction software programs throughout the design process. "We use the software in the art/digital design studio for many courses. The artwork you see is a 3D structure of straight and curvilinear forms woven together. Some forms are close and some are far away," continued Rahman. Additionally, vinyl film was mounted on an aluminum plate and coated with protective coatings and lamination to preserve the mural.
Claflin University established the first formal art department at a college/university in the state of South Carolina. "This mural is evidence of Claflin's commitment to innovation and providing exemplary academic programs and opportunities. The collaboration between Dr. Rahman and Khaliya Davis represents the University's history of producing visionary leaders and artists," stated Claflin President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale.
World-renowned artist Leo Twiggs, '56, internationally recognized artist Arthur Rose, '50, and MacArthur Goodwin, '63, past president of the National Art Education Association, are among the art department's notable alumni.
The digital mural design project was funded by a SEED Grant from the Office of the Provost. The art department plans to implement additional outdoor murals throughout the campus community.