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Quest for Knowledge

muralR_t.jpgBOONE—A mural titled “The Quest for Knowledge” was unveiled in the Carol G. Belk Library and Information Common’s atrium at Appalachian State University on Thursday.

It was created by artist Brenda Mauney Councill, who worked on a scaffold as high as 75 feet to paint the mural. Her use of trompe l’oeil techniques resulted in a three-dimensional effect. “Having attended the Belk Library dedication more than two years ago, I was forming artistic ideas that included the growing curriculum and colleges that form this wonderful university— from its humble past to its present world-class campus, which this community graciously embraces,” Councill said.


Martha Marking, chair of the Faculty Senate at Appalachian State University, helps unveil part of a mural painted along the atrium in Carol G. Belk Library and Information Commons.


The series of paintings depict the university’s academic and athletic programs, and include representations of the area’s history and scenic beauty.


University benefactors Ike and Carol Belk, left, artist Brenda Mauney Councill, University Librarian Mary Reichel and Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock stand in the atrium of Belk Library and Information Commons. (Appalachian photos by University Photographer Mike Rominger)

She said a series of scrolls on the atrium’s lower level painted with archaic alphabets depict the depository of knowledge found in the library. A series of painted pages depict the university’s various colleges. Another section of the mural contains quotes about knowledge. A fourth-level mural features images from the area, including the Linn Cove Viaduct on the Blue Ridge Parkway and Grandfather Mountain and Linville Falls.

The artwork was commissioned by university benefactors Ike and Carol Belk of Charlotte. “Their excitement, enthusiasm and unconditional support of this project never wavered,” Councill said of the Belks.

Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock dedicated the mural saying, “I dedicate this mural aptly named the Quest for Knowledge to the heritage of the mountain spirit, to that independence of learning that can only be found in a library and to current and future students, faculty, staff and all others who enter this building and are enriched by the mural.”