Photo by Blanche Minoza, Artslandia.


he eponymous Keller Auditorium Mural by Korean-American artist Una Kim is a carnival mishmash of playful characters buoyantly and joyfully engaged in performing arts. Portland State University students collaborated with Kim in 2012 to bring her vision to life with acrylic paint on a concrete wall. The work is a lively take on works of fine art that feature performers, such as Cassatt’s At the Opera, Dufy’s The Yellow Violin, and Degas’ ballerinas. According to Kim, the goal of the work was to inspire students of diverse backgrounds, educate on the creative process of design in the public sector, and provide a gift to the public. The Regional Arts & Culture Council and private donations funded the project.

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