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2A - Thursday, November 20, 2008

Painting campus, one dorm at a time

University alum John Copley is
one of those people you probably
haven't seen before, but would
know if someone described him.
If you've lived in a campus
dorm, chances are you've seen
Copley's work at some point.
Copley, an Ann Arbor native
who graduated from the Univer-
sity School of Art and Design in
1969, has painted several large
murals that now hang in several
University residence halls.
Since finishing his degree,
the Ann Arbor native has always
managed to find jobs that utilize
his art skills. His first job out of
school involved painting lines and
crosswalks on the road for the city
of Ann Arbor.
"I found relatively quickly that
I was the only person who thought
I was a genius," he said, referring
to his initial plan of painting for a
living straight out of college.

From that point forward, it's
been all painting all the time for
Copley, who's done large murals
for five residence halls - Alice
Lloyd, Markley Hall, Mosher Jor-
dan, South Quad and West Quad -
over the past few decades.
"Whenever they did something
like move a bookshelf in a dorm,
there was an open space and
they'd ask me to paint something,"
said Copley, whose wife works at
the University.
In turn, Copley has painted
everything from a mural featur-
ing Zingerman's to a view of New
York City from the water. Among
other things, he created the sign
that hangs above West Side Books
and etched the windows at Bella
Ciao restaurant, both of which are
on West Liberty Street.
His most recent University
work, completed about three
years ago, is displayed along the

walls of a computing station in
West Quad.
Copley, who paints for a living,
said he'd like to continue doing
work for the University, but that
he hasn't been asked to in the last
few years.
"The University just isn't pay-
ing for it anymore," said Copley,
adding that Mary Waite, a Hous-
ing Design Service employee for
the University, used to call fre-
quently. "I call periodically to see
if anything is going on or needs
to be done, but they always say
there's nothing to do."
Copley said he hasn't visited the
dorms to see his work.
"I always tell my friends that
want to see my paintings that we
should take a campus tour," he
said. "If we stopped by each dorm
I've done work for, it'd end up
being a pretty good hike."

John Copley, a University alum and scenic artist, paints
a Da Vinci's Salon window. Copley has decorated win-
dows along Main Street for the holiday season.

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