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Community Mural 2014

The first North Seattle College Mural Project (#nscmuralproject) helped build community on the campus of North Seattle College. The project was commissioned by the College's Public Art committee.

There was an international call for entries to choose a winning design, and Heather Brammeier of Peoria, Illinois, was the chosen artist. Brammeier writes about her design,

mural portion"…Licton Springs and the wetlands were the primary inspiration for the imagery in my design. Water is the connecting theme from panel to panel, and wetland grasses and evergreen trees are a recurring motif.

To communicate the sense of a gathering place and a diverse community, I referenced Seattle’s heritage guide. Using the decorative arts and architectural forms, I incorporated hints of various cultures rather than overt symbols.

mural portionMy personal approach to painting is biomorphic abstraction, which is based on natural forms.To unify the image and make it a personal expression, arcs and rounded forms that I would use in my paintings connect the panels visually.

Though it is abstract, the design suggests strength, togetherness, interconnectedness, and intellectual curiosity."

Read more here about Ms. Brammeier and her work with North arts students in creating the mural design.

The actual painting of this mural was completed in spring quarter 2014 by students in the ART 204: Mural Art, a new course taught by Art instructor Kelda Martensen.

For questions regarding the NSC Mural Project, please email

    Associated Degrees

    Associate of Fine Arts Degree: Art


    Candidates for the Associate of Fine Arts degree in Art must complete a minimum of 100 credits of college transfer-level courses (numbered 100 or greater) with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. At least 15 credits must be earned at NSC. The last quarter must be completed at NSC.

    Required Courses

    The AFA in Art requires successful completion of the following specific courses:

    Certificate in Fine Arts: Art


    CFA candidates must complete 85 credits college-level courses (numbered 100 or greater) with a minimum GPA of 2.0. At least 15 credits must be earned at NSC, and the final quarter must be completed at NSC.

    Some art courses are offered only once a year, so students should consult with their adviser and plan accordingly:

    • Fall quarters: ART251

    • Winter quarters: ART252, ART112, 

    ART205, ART206, ART207

    • Spring quarters: ART253, ART101, 

    Certificate in Fine Arts: Jewelry Design (CJD)


    Candidates for the CJD must complete 60 credits of college-level courses (numbered 100 or greater) with a minimum GPA of 2.5. The required jewelry classes (25 credits) must be taken at NSC.

    At the completion of the required courses, the students must exhibit their work either on campus or at an approved venue. This should be a solid body of work expressing their mastery of materials. Final approval and recommendation to award the CJD rests with the art faculty.

    • Coordinator
    • Kelda Martensen
    • email
    • (206) 934-4535
    • Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
    • Location
    • IB 2312
    • Division Contacts
    • (206) 934-3709
    • Mailing Address
    • NSC Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division
    • 9600 College Way N
    • 3nc2312
    • Seattle, WA 98103