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Art in the Union

The Price Center and Student Center host creative and thought-provoking art installations, as well as various gallery spaces with rotating exhibitions that showcase student and local artists.



Colors Of Progress  at Price Center

Colors of Progress

Art Installation by Phil America inspired by the many sacrifices and accomplishments made by LGBTQ+ people since the Stonewall Uprising in 1969.

On display @ Price Center
Dec. 5, 2019 to Jan. 10, 2020





"Another" by Barbara Kruger


"Another", by Barbara Kruger, is located in the atrium of the Price Center East and is part of the renowned Stuart Collection at UC San Diego.

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"Triton", a 750-pound bronze sculpture by artist and UC San Diego alumna Manuelita Brown, is a welcoming and iconic symbol of campus spirit. Located at the foot of the Triton Steps entrance to Price Center East.

Triton statue
Black Legacy Mural

Black Legacy Mural

"Black Legacy Mural", by Andrea Rushing, honors the accomplishments of Black leaders past, present and future. The mural is located in Level 1 of Price Center East.

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Gallery Spaces at Price Center

  • Starbucks Student Art Wall, Price Center West, Level 1
  • Bear Room, Price Center West, Level 2
  • Red Shoe Room, Price Center West, Level 2
  • The Price Center Theater Foyer, Price Center West, Plaza Level
  • The Loft, Price Center East, Level 2

If you are interested in having your artwork displayed in Price Center email for more information.

Price Center Mural 

In 1990, the University Center Board Arts Program commissioned student artist, Gilbert J. Neri, to paint a mural in the Price Center West dining area. Neri was an Art Major in the first class of Fifth College, now known as Eleanor Roosevelt College. 




Trash Can Art Project

In 2011, University Centers and the Sustainability Resource Center collaborated to implement the Trash Can Art Project. Five talented student artists were selected to create eco-friendly and earth-aware designs on university trash cans for a semi-permanent art installation around Price Center exterior. While some of the trash cans were retired due to cracks or damage, those that remain continue to influence sustainability awareness on campus.

Environ(mental) Awareness

Environ(mental) Awareness
Christine Eco
Major: Visual Arts (Media)
Graduation Year: 2012

Our Non-Pictorial World

Our Non-Pictorial World
Manny Pantoja
Major: Visual Arts (Media)
Graduation Year: 2012

Dame Nature Prevault

Dame Nature Prévault
Samantha Clements
Major: Ecology, Behavior, Evolution (Biology)
Minor: Visual Arts (Studio)
Graduation Year: 2012

Pain in my Acid Rain

Pain in my Acid Rain
Tim Nottage
Major: Theater
Graduation Year: 2012


Rebecca Limerick
Major: Video Art / Writing
Graduation Year: 2013


Graffiti Art Park at Student Center    

The Graffiti Art Park provides students with a place to artistically express themselves with spray paint, markers and stencils. The project was developed in partnership with students, including Kyle Heiskala (2015 graduate) who took the lead in advancing the project. Learn more 





The Before I Die… art installation at the Student Center provides the campus community a place to express their hopes and dreams, and publicly share their aspirations. Inspired by Candy Chang’s global project, UCSD’s Before I Die... is one of more than 4,000 installations worldwide.  The project was completed in partnership with UCAB and Associated Students Services, spearheaded by student John Weng and UCAB.