Burton Morris’s painting presents a bold new look at his beloved cathedral University Times

By Susan Jones

World-renowned pop artist Burton Morris says he will one day paint a church of learning.

“Thankfully this building was here, because I wouldn’t be here today,” Morris said at the opening ceremony of the brightly colored “Learning Cathedral, 2021” at the Hellman Library on March 31.

“It was a source of excitement and joy for me because this building is so valuable to me,” he said.

Pittsburgh’s original parents both participated in the pet. He was dressed by his mother during New Love in 1954 and told the story of his parents how they met in 1955 at a cathedral tech shop.

Morris studied at Carnegie Mellon University but said Pete had always been his “home school” as he grew up in a vision of the cathedral. And he has another relationship with Pete. When Morris met his future wife, Sarah, in Los Angeles, he discovered that she too was from Pittsburgh, and that his father, Nathan Firestone, was a political science teacher in Pittsburgh. Firestone recently retired after 50 years.

The new painting, depicting Pete’s famous tower in Mauritius’ bold and graphic style, was chosen by Pete to mark the 2020-21 year of creativity. Not only will this decorate the walls on the third floor of the Hellman Library, it will also help raise money for the Pete Pitch Match program.

Printings, keychains and more with cathedral painting

Products that offer Maurice Cathedral paintings, such as prints, mugs and stationery, will go on sale through the University Store on the 5th, and a portion of the sales will go to support the Pet Victory Start Match program.

T-shirt with cathedral painting“I wanted to illuminate Pete in a way that showed energy and creativity, colors – to make the cathedral light something different that no one had seen before,” Morris said. Morris said.

Kevin Washo, who now serves as Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s chief of staff, first contacted Morris in 2017. Washo was a member of Pete’s board of trustees at the time and had heard about cataloging and expanding efforts to expand the university’s public arts collection on campus. As he stared at one of Morris’ “popcorn” paintings in his Philadelphia home, he thought Maurice would be the best choice for a one-of-a-kind piece about Pete.

The painting was originally moved to Pittsburgh two years ago, but the announcement and celebration of the Year of Creativity has been delayed by the plague.

“We’re here today to celebrate the creation of this amazing painting, despite the plague intervention. And I think we’re really celebrating the opening,” said Provost N. Kode, who was heard throughout the reception without a mask. Points to emotion. She thanked the creators of the year, Jean-Marie Laskas and Kate Iris, and also took the time to present Firestone’s late retirement gift.

“I am very grateful to everyone who put this partnership together, but Burton to you, in particular,” said Chancellor Gillager. “Thanks to Pittsburgh – the largest small town in the world – and to us this relationship has revived in such a beautiful now powerful way around the world.”

Maurice’s art was shown on the television show “Friends” at the Central Perk Coffee Shop. He has produced art for the Jimmy Carter Center, the Obama Presidential Center, the United Nations, Coca-Cola, Ford, Sony, AT&T and more. His art has also been featured in events at the Olympics, Academy Awards, MLB All-Star Games, the FIFA World Cup and much more.

Susan Jones is the University Times editor. Go to her suejones@pitt.edu Or 724-244-4042.

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