Around Campus: Common Experience Through Art

Breaking Boundaries with
Campus Canvas

By Brittnie Curtis

"This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas." - Naomi Faltin

“This expression of art connects people of different races, backgrounds and ideas.” – Naomi Faltin

Each year, Common Experience at Texas State chooses a different theme to get students, faculty and staff to think outside of themselves. The themes are meant to cultivate intellectual conversation across campus and build a sense  community that spans across campus and beyond.

This year’s Common Experience theme was inspired by the 50th anniversary of  the desegregation of Texas State University. The theme, From Segregation to Integration, is spread across campus through various events. One of those events is Campus Canvas, which is hosted and sponsored by the Gallery of Common Experience and the Honors College at Texas State, and is in affiliation with the The Honors Learning Community in Laurel Hall.

“It’s just a way to get a bunch of people’s ideas together and create community artwork,” Naomi Faltin, Laurel Hall resident assistant, says. “So we set out these two blank canvases and art supplies.  There are no rules; we’re just asking people in the Quad to contribute. It’s a way for everyone to participate even if they’re not artists.”

Along with Faltin, a few residents of Laurel Hall were there helping and supporting the cause. Electrical engineering major Logan Young said being creative plays a big part in people’s daily lives.

2014 Campus Canvas

2014 Campus Canvas

“I think everyone has a basic need for expression, and with some majors and careers, you don’t really get that sort of give-and-take or room to play,” Young says. “They can come up no matter what gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation. Anyone can come up and put whatever they want on there. It’s really cool to see that combination of different mindsets and expressions.”

The 2013 Campus Canvases can be found in the Honors College in Lampasas. They’ve been hanging up since last year and soon will be replaced with the 2014 Campus Canvases.

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