Artist Aquil Virani creates live art at Paul Smith’s College.


This is the live painting commission I created at Paul Smith’s College Welcome Week.  I learned that there are some beautiful people in upstate New York and I can’t wait to get back there to reconnect.

I was brought in to work with the new freshmen on a collaborative art piece. It was a 4 x 6 acrylic painting that I created in the Students’ Centre based on contributions from over 200 incoming students. The art piece took several days and was finished just in time to be unveiled at the College’s Opening Ceremonies.

“Aquil’s ‘We Are All Artists’ project was a perfect fit for the college,” says Curt Stager, Professor of Natural Sciences at Paul Smith’s. “It beautifully captures and contributes to the spirit of community, and it shows that the arts are an important part of who we are and what we do here.” The collaborative art project attracted the attention of several local press organizations, including a 10-minute radio spot on NCPR and a front-page article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.


Click here for the summary PDF of my visit.