Powell Butte Path, acrylic on canvas, 5'x20' - CODAworx

Powell Butte Path, acrylic on canvas, 5’x20′

Submitted by Angelita Surmon

Client: Portland Community College

Location: Portland, OR, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $28,800

Project Team

design and completion of artwork

Angelita Surmon

site and image selection

Selection committee


I proposed a forest grove for the second or third floor of your Student Commons. With the proximity of Mt Tabor, Powell Butte, and Mt Scott, there is a strong connection between the campus and the nearby landscape. The white and concrete corridors would be enhanced by the light, color and tranquility provided by these impressionistic woodland paintings. In keeping with the goals of the committee, the imagery is accessible to a broad population, and engages the viewer with the beauty of the natural world. The works would be painted on stretched canvas with acrylic paint.


The selection committee's goal was to commission accessible, welcoming work for the students and community that frequent the Portland Community College Campus.


Working with the selection committee, I presented three concept studies for the site they selected, and the budget I proposed.