Sacramento State

“Believe” Murals at Sacramento State

The journey to becoming an antiracism and inclusive campus began in 2020, when over 80 Sacramento State students, staff, faculty, and administrators produced the Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan, which is now an Action Plan. Goal #2 of the AICP Action Plan is to create murals celebrating our work to transform our campus into a place where everyone knows, feels, and experiences belonging.

The 2022 Believe Campus Murals with Wide Open Walls (WOW) marked the beginning of a multiyear mural project on the south side of Santa Clara Hall. The focus of the murals for year one was BELIEVING, 2023 is BECOMING, and 2024 is BEING.

In 2022, six Hornet Family muralists (students, faculty, staff, alumni) chosen by Sac State were each assigned a 7-by-30-foot wall panel. A seventh muralist, Beth Consetta Rubel, was selected by WOW and painted a larger wall panel measuring approximately 14-by-44 feet. In addition, guest artist Wood “Tsumnu” Rowe Farguheson painted an eighth mural in the center that will remain intact over the project and ties the theme’s three focal points — Believing, Becoming, Being — together with permanent signage about the project’s purpose. The six Hornet Family murals will be painted over each year with a new theme. A minimum of three murals are reserved for Sac State students.

The murals will be preserved with images and videos before replacing them with designs by new artists.

Participating artists

Phillip Altstatt (alumnus/staff)


I am inspired by the bigness of the world and the even bigger depths of imagination. This inspiration drives my ambition, and encourages my travels. I am blessed with an unrelenting creativity, that pours over into the ability to help others unpack their own ideas and visions. It is this limitless conceptualization that motivates me to continually dream without boundaries. 

My focus as an artist is to draw attention to the magic that lies beneath the ordinary. A colleague once coined my work as a “re-enchantment of the everyday”. Accepting the challenge of representing the unseen magic in a visual world, I will go to great lengths to take my ideas to fruition. It is said, “Necessity is the mother of invention”; this is true in my practice. I am passionate about the ‘behind-the-scenes’ preparation that precedes a work of art. Like Alice’s dizzying adventure to discover who she is, my work takes a journey through many disciplines and areas of study before being fully realized.

There is a dreamy quality that I push for in my work. The abstraction in my work is not visual as much as conceptual; I am using abstract ideas to encourage viewers to consider the mystery behind the objects and places that they would otherwise take for granted. Discovering poetry in the world around me has always brought more personal joy than writing my own.

Born in Sacramento, CA

Graduated with BA in Studio Art 2011, MA in Studio Art 2014

Luis Garcia (faculty)

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Emma Montalbano (student)


Emma is a California based artist. She works primarily in photography, painting, drawing, and printmaking. Often blurring the lines between these practices by means of collage and assemblage. She is currently a student at Sacramento State earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Art History.

Emma enjoys a social and full life. She can always be found enjoying the diverse and abundant opportunities that life has to offer.

Erik Oliver (alumnus)

Erik Oliver is an artist born and raised in Hidalgo, Mexico. At the young age of 12, he migrated to the USA with his mother and sister. He pursued higher education and received his bachelor degree in studio art from the Sacramento State in 2019. He’s had multiple art exhibits and most recently painted his first big mural on campus.

His work is inspired by nature, his background and the human condition. He depicts these forms to show that we can find beauty in change, the struggle, the heartbreak, and blossom into a better version of ourselves. As an immigrant, he faced a lot of challenges but he uses them to create a more fulfilling life and inspire others to pursue their dreams fearlessly despite the odds.

Jane Simeon (student)

Anastasia Sullivan (student)

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Wood Farguheson “Tsumnu” (guest artist)

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Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Tsumnu (pronounced “Some New”) is now located in Northern California. He has had a life-long passion for art, music and Hip Hop culture and is also an award-winning emcee, freestyler, songwriter, and a master beatboxer. The recipient of two gold records, multiple “Best of the Bay” awards, and numerous other accolades, he has performed around the world for audiences large and small.

Drawing and painting from a young age, Tsumnu’s artistic style has evolved over the years. Pulling from a tapestry of diverse life experiences – from the streets to world travels, and much in between – his art is infused with emotional richness and tells an unexpected story.

True to the core, Tsumnu embodies the positive energy of Hip Hop culture and he strives to celebrate and preserve humanity, connection, creativity, and life in his art.

Beth Consetta Rubel (WOW artist)

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Beth Consetta Rubel is a visual artist from Austin, Texas. Rubel’s work focuses on the themes of race, gender, sexuality, and pop culture. This is evident in her series, “The Paper Bag Test,” where she draws and paints portraits of Black subjects—many of them well-known Black celebrities and public figures, such as President Barack Obama and Richard Pryor. In light of the recent cases of police brutality and state-sanctioned violence against Black men, women, and children, she has also included portraits of victims like Michael Brown and Aiyana Stanley Jones, in the series.

Rubel is currently a member of Axis Gallery, where she curates and installs art shows with other Axis members. Her latest show, “Portrait” engages the viewer to participate with interactive art about identity and current events.

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