Alberta University of the Arts Alum Reveal Campus Mural in Celebration of the University’s Second Anniversary

February 1, 2020: Calgary-based art collective, NASARIMBA, consisting of duo Mikhail Miller and Rachel Ziriada revealed their latest mural, located at Alberta University of the Arts, during a virtual celebration of the university’s second anniversary today.
Two years ago, on February 1, 2019, Alberta University of the Arts officially transitioned to become Alberta’s only art, craft, and design university from being previously known as Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD). To celebrate the university’s first anniversary in 2020, AUArts launched "VIVID: the AUArts Alumni Anniversary Project"  to commission an on-campus mural by an AUArts grad. Alum Mikhail Miller, BFA ‘06, Print Media and collaborator Rachel Ziriada, the Calgary-based art collective known as NASARIMBA were chosen. Their mural “Student Ascending Staircase” was created during the summer of 2020 in the lower concourse of the AUArts campus, with the assistance of two AUArts students.
“We are pleased to present our 2020 mural entitled “Student Ascending Staircase”,” said NASARIMBA (Mikhail Miller and Rachel Ziriada) “The mural is composed of circles, rectangles and triangles, geometric shapes that form the foundation of design principles along with the primary colours of red, yellow and blue. A large brushstroke moves upwards through the composition, charting the path of a student navigating their way through the course of their post-secondary career. Alternative pathways meander in and around the main trajectory, alluding to the different choices and interests a student may have in their education. The brushstroke is a reference to the tactile and material qualities of artmaking while the cloud-like formations allude to the ephemeral qualities and intangible concepts of creative production. It was a pleasure to work on this project with the aid of two AUArts students.”



Artist: NASARIMBA [AUArts Alum Mikhail Miller (BFA ‘06, Print Media) and Rachel Ziriada]
Title: “Student Ascending Staircase”, painted mural
Location: Lower Concourse, Alberta University of the Arts

The AUArts campus is currently closed due the ongoing pandemic with no date set to reopen. Once restrictions are lifted in the future, the AUArts community and the general public are invited to visit the mural, located in the lower concourse that joins the SAIT/AUARTS/JUBILEE C-Train platform to the AUArts campus and the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.