UMass Amherst Collections

In 1986, an effort known as “Mass Transformation” initiated by former Chancellor Joseph Duffy involved some 4,000 members of the campus community in renovating 23 floors of the University Library, now the W. E. B. Du Bois Library. As part of that effort, students (many from the art department) painted murals in the stairwells to cover up graffiti, and the project continued until the mid-1990s. Mural painting activity resurged in 2010 after several murals suffered water damage and had to be painted over. New murals are painted as new spaces for student art are identified.