Pitt-Johnstown Mural Project Begins


posted August 28, 2017

Artist Stacie Krupa, right, instructs Pitt-Johnstown student volunteers on the strategy for a mural that will depict the history of the city and the story of the university during the project’s launch on August 26.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown's anniversary will include a downtown Johnstown mural project.

A 178-foot wall mural on the side of a Route 56 ramp near Somerset Street, in the vicinity of the first campus. Johnstown native and master artist Stacie Krupa is leading the effort.

Work began on Saturday, August 26. During the next several weeks, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members will work to complete the project. It will be unveiled at a 90th anniversary kick-off event on September 22 at the John P. Murtha Cancer Center on Somerset Street, the site of the 1927 Johnstown “Junior Campus.” 

“This grand mural will celebrate the history and the story of Johnstown and the university,” said Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar. “It is a great story and this mural will capture it.

“We see ourselves as Johnstown’s university. The university started near this location. Our story and our success is tied to the city. When the city succeeds, we succeed.”

Pitt-Johnstown students are contributing to this and other projects as part of the university’s commitment to: Get Ready; Get Involved; Make a Difference; Change Your World.

“There is excitement and enthusiasm among the students who want to make a difference through these service projects,” said Dr. Spectar. “This is among service projects in Moxham and around the city in which hundreds of our students, staff and faculty out to make a difference.”

Pitt-Johnstown is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its founding in 1927. The university will also mark the 50th year anniversary of its move to the current Richland Township campus and the 10th anniversary of Dr. Spectar's distinctive leadership as university president.

The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is marking its 90th anniversary well as the 50th year of the campus in its Richland Township location. Pitt-Johnstown was founded in 1927 and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and by Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization.” The distinctive combination of Pitt-Johnstown’s people, programs, and place results in exceptional performance in preparing students for career and professional success. Pitt-Johnstown is the regional leader, educating for success in the Real World.