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Kevin Pee-ace with Rise of the Morning Star in its permanent location near the Arts Building ramp

Rise of the Morning Star

Artist Kevin Pee-ace talks about his new painting hanging above the Arts Building ramp


Starting this fall, thousands of students walking the Arts Building ramp on their way to and from class each day will see a vibrant new work of art above them.

Rise of the Morning Star, a painting by Kevin Pee-ace, is now permanently installed on a wall overlooking the ramp, one of the busiest locations on the University of Saskatchewan campus.

Pee-ace created the painting during Aboriginal Achievement Week in February–March 2017. The artist from the Yellow Quill and Peter Chapman First Nations was invited by the College of Arts & Science to spend the week painting in public in an open area of the Arts Building. Students and visitors passing by were able to observe and chat with Pee-ace about his creative process.

Pee-ace said he hopes the painting will help to inspire students as they work towards their goals in the College of Arts & Science.

The artist spoke about his work for a video shown at a launch event for the painting on Sept. 12. A video timelapse of the painting process was also created.

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