Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review

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White Hall, on West Virginia University’s downtown campus in Morgantown, hides a gem little known to the general population: in one of the classrooms resides a large mural created by painter Robert Lepper. Completed in 1942 and intended to represent the unity of art and science at West Virginia University, this mural is an impressive albeit easily-overlooked piece of West Virginia University history. In this study, we conducted an in-depth examination of the Lepper mural using several visual and analytical techniques, which together reveal interesting technical and artistic aspects of the work. In addition to furthering our knowledge about this historic piece, we hope to bring awareness of its grandeur to the greater university community so that it may be studied and enjoyed for years to come.



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