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Murals are an integral part of the Pitzer College campus landscape. The first mural was painted in 1973 by Yandos Rios, a Peruvian artist, assisted by student apprentices. It was subsequently painted over. In 1995, two art students, Aaron Rhodes and Darci Raphael, painted a large mural above the Mead Hall entrance. This inspired other students to paint murals on the walkway columns that line Pellissier Mounds in the center of campus. In 1996-97, Los Angeles muralist Paul Botello was artist-in-residence at Pitzer College and taught a class on "Murals, World Wall Art." During this time, the towering "Interhueman" mural on Mead Hall and the "Pitzer: Past, Present and Future" mural on Avery Hall were painted by Botello and students. In 1996, the serpent mural on Avery Hall was recreated by Rios and students from the original sketches. Another mural is being created by Botello and students on the west side of McConnell Center and students continue to paint murals on the columns; as some are painted over, others take their place.

 
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