This year, the Escalette Permanent Collection of Art is excited to celebrate it’s 10+2 Year Anniversary. Milestones like this give us the opportunity to look back at how much we’ve accomplished over the years. We felt particularly nostalgic looking through the stacks of retired exhibition banners saved from the past 10 plus years. Embedded within the fabric of these banners are the hard work and creativity of the students who have contributed to the Escalette Collection in meaningful ways: students who curated the temporary exhibitions, who painted the walls and hung the artwork, who designed the banners, who gave tours of the spaces. Each of these students have left a significant mark on the collection, contributing to who we are today.

We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate these memories than to repurpose the banners and give them a second life for another generation of Escalette supports to enjoy. In the spirit of Earth Day, we are launching our upcycled exhibition banner tote bags as part of our $32K in ’22 fundraising initiative. With a tax-deducible donation of $200 to support a unique commission by internationally renowned artist Daniel Canogar, you’ll receive your own one-of-a-kind banner tote. Hand-sewn by students, these tote bags are sturdy, lined, and perfect for carrying everything from books to groceries to lunch. In acquiring one of these totes, you’ll not only have supported a good cause, but you’ll have saved fabric from landfills.

Secure your tote bag with a minimum donation of $200. 


Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is the proud home of the Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art. The Escalette Collection exists to inspire critical thinking, foster interdisciplinary discovery, and strengthen bonds with the community. Beyond its role in curating art in public spaces, the Escalette is a learning laboratory that offers diverse opportunities for student and engagement and research, and involvement with the wider community. The collection is free and open to the public to view.