From left, Gender Institute Director Carrie Tirado Bramen, mural artist Cassandra Ott and Contemplative Sites Subcommittee chair Kelly Hayes McAlonie stand together on the new mural.
Softball, basketball and track student-athletes pose in positions of play depicted on the left side of the mural.
Swimming, diving, and track and field student-athletes pose in positions of play depicted in the center of the mural.
Volleyball, soccer and tennis student-athletes pose in positions of play depicted on the right side of the mural.
Published October 10, 2022
There‘s a colorful new mural outside Alumni Arena.
As part of the university's Contemplative Sites program, UB Athletics unveiled the mural to mark the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The project was a joint initiative by the Division of Athletics and the UB Gender Institute.
“We are honored to be selected as one of the contemplative sites on campus,” says Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Administration D'Ann Keller.
“This mural allows us to celebrate the history of our female student-athletes, coaches and staff. The prominent location will be a constant reminder to all who enter Alumni Arena of the importance of this initiative to the university and the Western New York communities.”
UB’s Contemplative Sites are one-year public art installations on the North and South campuses designed to enhance the campus experience and engage the university community in contemplating key issues.
The program, launched by the Office of the Provost, showcases art that celebrates both the history and diversity of UB in spaces that provide for contemplation on issues that resonate with the campus community. The first of these installations was the Progress Pride Paths artwork in Knox Quad.
In October 2021, the Public Art Committee invited the university community to submit thematic ideas for future contemplative sites. Each submission required sponsorship by a recognized UB entity such as a department, office, club, association, committee, or institute, and commitment to organize one educational event around the project theme during the academic year.
Buffalo artist Cassandra Ott created the mural. Her lighthearted and bright artistic explorations take shape across a variety of fine art media and surface pattern design. Ott‘s love of puzzles, pattern, photography and nature are evident in all facets of her work.