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Erika Rosendale (CFA’09) finds a home for her art at Warren Towers


Click on the slide show above to learn more about Erika Rosendale’s public art. Photos by Vernon Doucette and Kalman Zabarsky

When Erika Rosendale (CFA’09) started work on a routine class assignment last spring, she never thought it would scale the heights, quite literally, of Warren Towers.

But her vibrant and colorful piece, Characters of BU, was up and beaming from the windows of the Comm Ave residence hall as students descended on the Charles River Campus over Labor Day weekend.

Rosendale’s work was chosen from among several student proposals that came out of the College of Fine Arts interdisciplinary course Site-Specific Art.

“The idea was that the student not only came up with the idea, but was also involved heavily in the project management to see it all the way through,” says Hugh O’Donnell, a CFA professor of painting, who teaches the course. The class introduces students to the process of conceiving, creating, and installing a commissioned work of art. Several pieces are on display around campus.

“It’s a great arrangement for everyone,” says O’Donnell. The client — in this case Warren Towers — benefits from the art, he says, and the student can use it as a portfolio piece.

For Rosendale, the chance to showcase her work on such a public stage is invaluable.

Although she considers herself a “totally traditional” painter, Rosendale says the experience of preparing her artwork electronically and working with a graphic design company to adapt and install it is an important lesson for today’s young artists.

“There are many, many great artists out there, but it’s the people who make a convincing argument who get their work seen, and you need experience making proposals to do that,” she says. “Someone can be a great artist but not have it known if they don’t know how to present it. They are going to rely on luck to get noticed.”

Edward Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.

Thumbnail image by Kalman Zabarsky


14 Comments on Windows on the BU World

  • Anonymous on 09.05.2008 at 1:46 pm


    Very impressive art work! It really livens up Warren Towers and gives it character. As always, a very professional, artistic, and well thought out slideshow!

  • Anonymous on 09.06.2008 at 11:49 am

    Nice job Erika…and all the graphics and install folks…way to go! Have fun studying in Venice.
    This work will liven up the dead-of-winter days!

  • sarada on 09.07.2008 at 10:57 am

    erica rosendale's art at warren towers

    Erica, this work is wonderful. it captures the students and their environment for someone who has never been on the BU campus. congratulations. (sarada)

  • Anonymous on 09.07.2008 at 11:06 am

    Congratulations Erika. The work looks wonderful in the windows. I’m looking forward to seeing new work.

  • Frankie B. on 09.08.2008 at 11:21 am

    Here's to the 1rst of many...

    Fantastic Erika! May your work continue to have larger-than-life results!

  • Erika on 09.09.2008 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks so much everyone…although I can only tell who one of the comments were from. It’s great to get this much support.

  • Arikai Tabeson on 09.09.2008 at 11:44 pm

    really amazing!

    this is really cool erika. i didn’t know you were doing this. i really want to see it up close now! congratulations. see you at Thanksgiving or Christmas!

    btw this is Arikai :)

  • Ralph Kaywin on 09.10.2008 at 1:20 am


    Erika: Emma sent this to us and it is Muy Great. Congratulations

  • Anonymous on 09.10.2008 at 10:47 am

    I wish I was still at BU to see this! So great Erika!

  • Naomi on 09.11.2008 at 3:59 pm

    Warren Tower

    Erika, I am so proud of you!! It’s awesome….I would have to assume if you were walking by one would have to stop and stare at the vibrant colors and attention to detail that the artist projected in these works of art. Well done

  • ankara nakliyat on 09.12.2008 at 7:50 am

    good working.

    Very nice working.

  • Anonymous on 11.20.2008 at 9:01 am

    nice erika

    congratulations. it looks wonderful.

  • Anonymous on 11.20.2008 at 9:02 am

    Nice Erika

    Nice work. Looks verry beautiful.

  • kızlık zarı dikimi on 09.07.2016 at 6:11 pm

    impressive blog
    Thank you

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