Bismarck State College Art Student Adds Color to Campus

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With the help of one of their own art students, Bismarck State College is adding some color to its campus.

The arts and sciences are meeting and they’re doing it in a big way.

With every stroke this artist is bringing some life to these walls and it won’t take the students who walk through the Jack Science Center long to spot.

“Just cause they’re science and math kids doesn’t mean they’re boring. We want them to have some creativity and something fun to look at,” Witney Nielsen, BSC sophomore says.

So she’s picking up her paintbrush and adding a little bit of beauty to these walls.

“People are going to know what this is if you say the trees or the coral reef,” Nielsen says.

Nielson is painting murals that will fill two walls in the Jack Science Center and it’s what students are learning that’s inspiring her.

“She is painting some climate zones on some of the walls in these long white hallways that look pretty institutional. Our goal is to warm things up and bring the classroom out into the hallway,” Marnie Piehl, BSC chief college relations officer says.

And brighten up the building.

“This is going to grab your attention. Kids are going to sit here and maybe be like, ‘let’s meet at the trees and study,'” Nielsen says.

But she says bringing her vision to life, over a large canvas, hasn’t been easy.

“The texture on the walls, you don’t really think about it, you think it’s relatively smooth, but when you’re painting every bump catches paint,”  Nielsen says.

But it it isn’t just about the challenge, it’s about leaving her own mark on BSC.

“It’s my school, so it’s great to have some lasting art here,” Nielsen says.

Art dedicated to all the students who will walk these halls.

Nielsen hopes to have both murals completed before students return from Christmas break next week.

And if all goes well, BSC will be adding more works of art around campus in the near future.

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