The Murals of Hannah Hall
The murals of Hannah Hall was an idea conceived and developed by Dr. John Biggers, founder of the Art Department at TSU. The murals in Hannah Hall were created by senior art majors. Dr. Biggers felt that it was an expression of tremendous artistic growth for each senior art major to complete a mural as part of their graduation requirement.
Students were never censored as to the content of the mural whether it was personal or political; Dr. Biggers gave the students freedom to express whatever was on their minds. However, he was extremely strict in the execution of the murals, and if they were not completed within a timely fashion, or the technique was determined to be weak, the wall was then given over to another student. This happened rarely because all students were inspired by the prospect of creating public art to be seen by hundreds and hundreds of visitors to the campus. As a result of this ambitious program, Texas Southern is the only university in the United States to have over 128 student murals on the campus, dating from 1949 to 2013. Dr. John Biggers has three murals on campus: Web of Life in the University Museum; Family Unity in the Sterling Student Life Center; and NUBIA in the Jesse Jones Business Building.
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