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A portrait of passion: The Warner College of Natural Resources unveils new painting

August 4, 2009

This spring, the Warner College of Natural Resources unveiled a new painting of benefactor, Ed Warner. Warner's $30 million contribution to the college in 2005 has allowed the college to make many improvements in the natural resources program and to the building itself.

Life-size painting

The life-size painting of Warner in a gold mine, painted by artist Susan Dickson, was commissioned to capture his essence as a geologist. The painting comes from a photograph that was taken of Warner in 2005 while on a trip with CSU students.

Remodeled NR building atrium

The unveiling of the painting was done in the newly remodeled atrium, which has become a learning-living laboratory themed in sustainability and eco-art. The atrium is now complete with alumni-donated native plants and eco-friendly art to help students explore the world around them even while being inside.

People in attendance at the unveiling included:

  • President Tony Frank
  • Dean Joseph O’Leary of the Warner College of Natural Resources
  • Joyce Berry, Vice President for Advancement and Strategic Initiatives
  • Ed Warner and Jackie Erickson, benefactors
  • Artist Susan and husband Norman Dickson
  • Geosciences alumni and friends of Warner

View portrait on atrium west wall

The painting is hung in the Warner College of Natural Resources atrium on the west wall, adjacent to the native plant beds that reside there.

Lindsay Pearson, intern in the CSU Department of Public Relations, wrote this story.

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