The San Francisco State campus has seventeen murals created by different artists. Eleven of the murals pay homage to historically oppressed peoples.

SFSU promotes diversity and raises awareness of marginalized groups in order for every voice to be heard. The murals on campus are visible evidence of this statement. The location of the murals is true to the topics illustrated in the murals. The Fine Arts building has a mural on dance, while the Cesar Chavez Student Center, named after a civil rights activist, has murals on racial and social issues. The Cesar Chavez mural represents the Latino Americans, the Malcolm X mural represents Black struggle against anti-Black oppression and the Asian-Pacific Islander mural represents the history of AAPI community struggles. Each mural paints a story that is not always given its due importance in history. The bold art provides a platform for unafraid, loud voices to tell their experience. Their large size and bright colors demand attention from a passersby. The murals in Cesar Chavez inform the public of the social and racial battles in the past that are still relevant today.

 

Featured murals

Cesar Chavez mural

Edward Said mural

Malcolm X mural

Filipino American Mural

 

17 Murals on Campus

"We Are Still Here"

Artist: Jacqueline Medez, Marc Nicely & Larry Sallaway

Location: exterior of Cesar Chavez Student Center

Date:  2009

Description: It is a tribute to Native Americans, men and women, that have experienced oppression. It also alludes to the Native American brief take over of Alcatraz. 

 

 

"Edward Said  Mural"

Artist: Fayeq Oweis & Susan Greene

 Location:  exterior of Cesar Chavez Student Center  

Date: 2007

Description: It represents Palestinian culture and honors professor Edward Said who was an activist against Orientalism. 

 

 

"We Stand on Their Shoulders"

Artist: James Garcia, André Sibayan and others.

Location: exterior of Cesar Chavez Student Center

Date: 2003

Description: This mural symbolizes the struggle that the Filipino people faced in the US and their call for equality. 

 

 

"Cesar Chavez Mural"

Artist: G Gonzalez 

Location:  exterior of Cesar Chavez Student Center

Date: 1994

Description: It honors Cesar Chavez who fought for civil rights and co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.

 

 

 

"Malcolm X Mural: By Any Means Necessary"

Artist: Eric Norberg and Kamau Ayubbi 

Location: exterior of Cesar Chavez Student Center

Date: 1996 

Description: It honors Malcolm Little who was ab African American human rights activist leader during the civil rights movement. 

 

"Incarceration to Liberation/De la Encarcelacion a la Liberacion"

Artist: Juana Alicia 

Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center, upper level 

Date: 2018

Description: It demonstrates the difficult transition of  formerly imprisoned people into society or university and the injustices that occur on the way. 

 

 

"Communiversidad"

 

Artist:  Ray Patlán and many other student artists from SFSU 

Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center, lower level 

Date: 1977

Description: It celebrates the community at SFSU and represents harmony as it was created by a variety of students at SFSU.

 

 

"Roots of Freedom/Raíces de Libertad"

Artist: Miranda Bergman, Raul Valdez, and Ambray Gonzales 

Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center, lower level 

Date: 1990

Description: This mural brings to light many local and national issues but with a hope for a better future. 

 

 

"Libre, Libre, Libre"

Artist: Juana Alicia 

Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center, lower level 

Date: 1990

Description: It represents the rise and liberation of Latin American men and women. 

 

 

"The Cross of Quetzalcoatl"

Artist: Precita Eyes Muralists 

Location: Cesar Chavez Student Center, lower level

Date: 1991

Description: This mural maintains a traditional art and the name Quetzalcoatl is an ancient Mexican deity. 

 

 

"Asian and Pacific Islander Mural"

Artist: David Cho and Albert Yip

Location: the south side of the Cesar Chavez Student Center's exterior

Date: 2004

Description: This mural tells the story of the Asian and Pacific Islander community that fought to have rights.

 

 

"Excursion in Tan Yuan"

 

Artist: original work by Fu Chuan-fu, installation in vinyl was done by Alvin Camidge (SFSU BA 2010)

Location:   2nd floor in Fine Arts building

Date: 1989, 2010

Description: The calligraphy on this mural is in cursive, which makes it hard to read, but the dramatic writing suggests the context of the text.  

 

 

"Elebwa"

Artist: Rafael Queneditt Morales

Location: 2nd floor in Fine Arts building

Date: 1970

Description: This mural references Elegua a spirit of the Afrocuban religion Santeria, known for giving advice at crossroads.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

"Dance Studio Theatre"

Artist: unknown

Location: entrance to the dance studio in the Creative Arts Building

Date: unknown

Description: This murals depicts a group of many dancers in a circle, possibly symbolizing how sharing a love for dance can bring unity. 

 


"Casablanca"

Artist: unknown

Location: entrance to a lounge area in the Creative Arts building

Date: unknown

Description:  This mural was cleverly placed as the painted door is an actual door leads to a long room. 

 

 

"Treganza Anthropology Museum"

Artist: Eduardo Pineda

Location:  in the Science building

Date: 1988

Description: This mural brings culture and art together since it puts art pieces, from different countries, in one mural. 

 

 

"Unknown"

Artist:  Yolanda

Date: unknown    

Location: outside the Student Career Center

Description: It mural, painted on an electrical box, portrays the colors of spring. 

 

References

Embretson, N. (n.d.). San Francisco Mural Project. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://righttoknow.sfsu.edu/muralproject

Johnson, Mark. “SF State Public Art Collection.” PDF file.

Lee Jolliffe, and Jonathan Skinner. Murals and Tourism. Taylor and Francis, 2017. Heritage, Politics and Identity. Web.