New mural in Spartanburg celebrates USC Upstate’s 50th anniversary


SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony wrapped up Tuesday for Spartanburg’s newest piece of art.

The University of South Carolina – Upstate commissioned a mural showcasing its legacy as part of its 50th-anniversary celebration.

Three artists with Bannan Blasko LLC. worked on the project for more than two days.

The mural was a passion project for one of the artists.

“This piece means a lot to me personally. I graduated from USC Upstate, but also my mom has taught there for decades. So, I grew up going to Upstate plays, going to the soccer games as a kid,” Russell Bannan said.

The mural is divided into panels that each illustrate part of the university’s history.

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