Photo Gallery: Mural Project Showcases DePaul’s History

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., an artist, adjunct faculty member and service learning coordinator in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, thought the pillars underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ station could use some sprucing up. Last year, he collaborated with students in his mural class to design and decorate several of the support columns with portraits of individuals who are important to DePaul’s history. Additional columns will feature other significant events and groups in the university’s past.

“The art will make the space look nice, but the process also prompts a dialogue,” Elder notes. “People get so excited when they’re doing something as one unified community. There’s a natural, earnest bonding that occurs from the making of community art.”

Take a peek behind the scenes in the photo gallery below, and make sure to visit the murals in person the next time you’re on the Lincoln Park Campus.

Read more about DePaul’s history in the spring issue of DePaul Magazine. >>

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., regroups with his art students to cut the fabric and and sketch out the murals that will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’, Friday, April 1, 2016. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Students gather in a large Lincoln Park warehouse Friday, April 22, 2016, to prep the massive mural panels to dry after prepping them with a sealer. The artwork will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Students gather in a large Lincoln Park warehouse Friday, April 22, 2016, to prep the massive mural panels to dry after prepping them with a sealer. The artwork will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Students prep the panels highlighting DePaul basketball legend Raymond Joseph "Ray" Meyer as the gather in a large Lincoln Park warehouse Friday, April 22, 2016, to work on the massive mural project. The artwork will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Students prep the panels highlighting DePaul basketball legend Raymond Joseph "Ray" Meyer as the gather in a large Lincoln Park warehouse Friday, April 22, 2016, to work on the massive mural project. The artwork will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Students gather in a large Lincoln Park warehouse Friday, April 22, 2016, to hang the massive mural panels to dry after prepping them with a sealer. The artwork will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

SDePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Students gather in a large Lincoln Park warehouse Friday, April 22, 2016, to prep and dry the massive mural panels that will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Students gather in a large Lincoln Park warehouse Friday, April 22, 2016, to prep the massive mural panels that will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., regroups with his art students to sketch out the murals, seen in these mock-ups, that will be displayed under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’, Friday, April 1, 2016. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Paint brushes in Brother Mark Elder, C.M., office-based attic at Levan Hall Friday, July, 15, 2016, as he puts the finishing touches on several of the murals, including one featuring DePaul's first female graduates, Sister Mary Teresita and Sister Mary Clemenza Leahy. The artwork will hang under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his Mural Class students will create several portraits and historically-themed murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

PDePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., works quietly in the office-based attic at Levan Hall Friday, July, 15, 2016, as he puts the finishing touches on several of the murals, including one featuring DePaul's first female graduates, Sister Mark Teresita and Sister Mary Clemenza Leahy. The artwork will hang under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his Mural Class students will create several portraits and historically-themed murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., works quietly in the office-based attic at Levan Hall Friday, July, 15, 2016, as he puts the finishing touches on several of the murals, including one featuring DePaul's first female graduates, Sister Mary Teresita and Sister Mary Clemenza Leahy. The artwork will hang under the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his Mural Class students will create several portraits and historically-themed murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., measures support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’, Friday, April 1, 2016. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., measures the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop during his class ‘Mural Painting’, Friday, April 1, 2016. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Br. Mark and his students will create several murals that will wrap the support columns underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals will depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)

DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., with the aid of former DePaul students Christina Morris and Emanuel Cajijas, right, hangs a series of murals, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., with the aid of former DePaul students Emanuel Cajijas, Christina Morris, and Joanna Geordano, hangs a series of murals, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

Christina Morris, left, and Joanna Geordano, right, both former DePaul students, help Brother Mark Elder, C.M., hang a series of murals Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

Brother Mark Elder, C.M., hangs a series of murals Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

This mural depicts legendary men’s basketball coach Ray Meyer. DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

This mural depicts civil rights activist Benjamin Hooks (JD ’48, DHL ’77). Photo credit: DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

This mural depicts one of DePaul’s first female graduates. DePaul University/Joel Dik

A series of murals Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, on the massive concrete pillars supporting the CTA's "L" station and tracks at Fullerton. Throughout the spring 2016 quarter and into the summer, Brother Mark Elder, C.M., and his Mural Class students created several portraits and historically-themed murals that will eventually wrap the support columns, which runs right through DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus. The murals depict many prominent, historical figures that have made an impact on DePaul University. (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

DePaul University/Joel Dik

Mabel “Dolly” Landry Staton, DePaul alumna, olympian and track star, next to a mural depicting her likeness as part of the "Little School Under the 'L, 'under the L'" public art project, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. The murals, which wrap around pillar’s underneath the CTA’s Fullerton ‘L’ stop, depict important historical figures from DePaul’s past. Figures in include legendary DePaul basketball coach Ray Meyer, civil rights activist and judge Benjamin Hooks, Staton, and the first women graduates of DePaul. The five murals installed are part of a larger project to add at total of 24 over the next several years, with more prominent DePaul figures.  (DePaul University/Joel Dik)

Mabel “”Dolly”” (Landry) Staton (EDU ’55), a former Olympian and teacher, stands next to the mural depicting her likeness. Read more about Dolly here. Photo credit: DePaul University/Joel Dik

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