Scattered across San Diego State University, the Art Benches brighten the campus and allow art to exist beyond the confines of a studio. Designed and painted by students, these unique benches offer vibrant, compelling, and functional art for the entire SDSU community.
Since 2014, Arts Alive SDSU has partnered with faculty from the School of Art + Design to integrate the Art Bench Project into their graphic design curriculum. Students in these courses are either pursuing degrees within the School of Art + Design or are part of the Weber Honors College, which includes majors from across the university. The student artists are divided into teams that conduct thorough research to create thoughtful and colorful designs based on themes relevant to SDSU.
Serving as a reminder that art is everywhere, the Art Benches are currently located in several hubs on campus, including the Performing Arts Plaza, the Hepner Hall Quad, outside the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, Campanile Walkway, the Hardy Tower Courtyard, and the College of Education Courtyard. There are also areas where Art Benches were specially commissioned: in 2015, local artist Monty Montgomery painted two benches outside the Faculty-Staff Club; in 2016, graduate student Remi Dalton painted the “Furry Bench” outside Scripps Cottage to honor the Scripps family; and in 2017, an art bench dedicated to the Campaign for SDSU Donors was painted by several students during an interactive artmaking event.