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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: October 18, 1999

Artist to Sign Recently Restored Mural

Former California State University, Sacramento student Edward Rivera will sign his restored mural, "La Cultura," during a dedication at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The mural that frames Lassen Hall on the CSUS campus has greeted students for the past three decades.

"The mural is a landmark on campus recognizable by thousands of alumni," says Leonard Valdez, director of the Multi-Cultural Center.

The retired Sacramento police officer restored the mural in 1998 with funding from a University Foundation grant. The painting was cleaned, repainted and covered with an ultra-violet light resistant sealant.

Officials from the art department and the Multi-Cultural Center are holding the dedication, to be followed by a reception at 2 p.m. in the art quad.

The 25-foot high, 96-foot wide mural was first completed in 1970 while Rivera was a student.

Rivera says he never thought to put his name on the artwork that features six scenes of Aztec images.

"I felt it was just a part of the Chicano movement and I was supposed to paint it, so I didn't really think about any hoopla or notoriety at the time," Rivera says.

More information is available from the Multi-Cultural Center at (916) 278-6101.


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