Mural installation at James Madison University

I’m excited to see that a mural I designed and illustrated for my undergraduate alma mater is being installed this week! The mural is for the new Biology building, so, of course, I cherished the opportunity to draw lots of plants and animals– a lemur, flying squirrel, and orchid, to name a few.

Mural detail of jellyfish and DNA

Mural detail of jellyfish and DNA

The mural will span 3 stories in panels of about:

The three mural panels together

The three mural panels together

3rd floor, 24’8″w x 10’9″h
2nd floor, 24’4″w x 10’8″h
1st floor, 14’8″w x 10’7″h

My design was printed onto adhesive panels and installed on the wall. When the mural is seen through the 3-story glass exterior wall of the building, the panels will appear to connect as one image. Thanks to my former professor Dr. Jon Monroe and the JMU Biology department for the job and to Erick DeMartino for guidance.

See below for more views of the finished project (photos by Jon Monroe):

Outside view of building-- mural is behind glass on left

Outside view of building-- mural is behind glass on left

Outside building view-- mural behind glass

Outside building view-- mural behind glass

First floor

First floor (jellyfish, paramecia, a virus, nostoc, trout, salamander)

second floor

Second floor (orchid, flying squirrel, butterflies, oak leaf, chameleon, lemur)

third floor

Third floor (hawk, butterflies, swallows)

DNA close-up on wall

DNA close-up on wall

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6 Responses to Mural installation at James Madison University

  1. WOW~! I can;t wait to see it – this weekend, I hope. It looks awesome. WELL DONE!!! What a thrill.

  2. Eric Gorton says:

    Well done, Alison.

    Eric (JMU class of ’86)

  3. I can’t wait to see this and the whole new Biosciences building! Congrats from JMU’s Be the Change program. Nice work!

  4. Sharon Babcock says:

    Fantastic work Alison. I do hope you were grinning a “bit extra” while working on the salamander! We are honored to be enjoying your talent daily. Hope to see you at the dedication!

  5. Sandra Audia says:

    Alison the mural looks beautiful!

  6. Suzanne Ebbert says:

    Hello Alison,

    Such a wonderful legacy from what began 44 years ago when your Mom arrived on the campus of Madison College.

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