Iconic â??Academeâ?쳌 mural on Chico Stateâ??s Taylor Hall comes down

Jan 10, 2014 5:12 PM

“Academe”, the iconic mural on Chico State’s Alva P. Taylor Hall first painted by renowned artist John Pugh over 30 years ago, was taken down today as part of the demolition project to make way for the university’s new Arts and Humanities building.

Taylor Hall was completed in 1961 and cost $833,000 to build. It was officially dedicated on November 22, 1968 in honor of Alva Taylor who served as a faculty member in the university’s English Department from 1929 to 1953.

The mural, easily recognizable by almost all alumni and local Chicoans alike, was painted by John Pugh in 1980. Pugh and fellow art students completed the masterpiece in roughly six months. Since his humble beginnings at Chico State, Pugh has gone on to be a successful muralist with some of his work featured on buildings in Sacramento and throughout the Bay Area.

The new arts and humanities building, which has not been named yet, is expected to be completed at the end of summer 2016. The university stated today pieces of the “Academe” mural will be given away during the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new building.

If you’d like a piece of the mural, email Joe Wills, Director of Public Affairs at Chico State, at jwills@csuchico.edu


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