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Student Mural at BC

Submitted by David Koeth

Client: Bakersfield College Art Department

Location: Bakersfield, CA, United States

Completion date: 2005

Artwork budget: $500

Project Team


Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg

Bakersfield College


David M. Koeth


The Bakersfield College Fine Arts building complex was long overdue for a power wash and fresh paint in fall of 2005.

To spruce up the building temporarily, I proposed a simple mural to be painted by my acrylic painting class, and our Dean agreed.

One student had a relative who worked for a paint company, and the paint company agreed to supply the paint, brushes, and drop cloths.


Since we had limited time, the class and I brainstormed and quickly arrived at a solution in which each student would pose in a “creative” mode. This would assure a consistency for the piece. A consistent motif was the key to this project.


This was a collaboration with me, my class, and the Dean of Instruction, Nan Gomez-Heitzeberg. The class and I worked on several ideas, which were then presented to the Dean. After review and feedback from the Dean, the class and I made changes and did a final presentation. From there we proceeded to work on completion of this simple project.