CORVALLIS - After almost three years of work and planning, more than 80 commissioned mural panels of Amelia Tatala-Beck will be unveiled on the first floor of Oregon State University's Nash Hall, the home of OSU's Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.

The public is invited to attend an open house and meet the artist on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Nash Hall. There is no charge. Parking is available at N.W. 30th Street and Campus Way in Corvallis.

Tatala-Beck's unique plant and animal murals are collectively called "Linneaus." They portray the artist's vision of evolution, from the fossil record to contemporary flora and fauna. She emulates the styles of Michelangelo and Botticelli.

The image-filled mural panels contain a mosaic of plants and animals of the Pacific Northwest, integrated with both classical and Native American symbols. The panels vary in size from almost 13.5 feet long and 4 feet high to as small as 16 inches long by 4 feet high. They will wrap around the four hallways of Nash Hall's first floor.

Amy Tatala-Beck is a 1991 graduate of OSU in graphic design. She was inducted into the Lawrence Gallery in Sheridan, Oregon and has completed commissions at Battelle Northwest, Westinghouse, Oregon Wines, Inc., Eugene Water and Electric Board, the graduate library at Washington State University as well as this new work at OSU. Her recent awards include the Willamette Valley People's Choice Award for 1997 and Best of Show at Soroptimist International Women in Art Exhibition. She was chosen as the Most Significant New Woman Artists in the Pacific Northwest in 1996.

For more information, contact Jan Cyrus, OSU Dept. Fisheries and Wildlife, 541-737-1936.

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Jan Cyrus, 541-737-1936