Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs NYCulture City of New York

Percent for Art

   Rhoda Andors

Econotes, Fresco, 1995



Completion Date:





Diameter 36"


P.S. 195


131 Irwin St., Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn


School Construction Authority

Sponsor Agency:

Board of Education

Design Agency:

School Construction Authority

The fresco designed by Rhoda Andors reflects the unique geographic proximity of P.S. 195 to the larger natural marine world which surrounds Manhattan Beach on three sides. Andors' vibrant mural which incorporates the aquatic, terrestrial, and aerial life of the area, creates a metaphorical window onto the natural world. The animals are rendered and placed in characteristic locations, such as a Laughing Gull giving the "long call," a signal of the coming of Spring. Seeing the mural provides the school children with a learning tool and gives them a sense of their own location in the natural world. The mural's balance between its study of nature and physical exhilaration is characteristic of the experience a child receives when standing at the water's edge.

About the Artist...
Artist Rhoda Yohai Andors is a summa cum laude, B.A. graduate of Princeton University and holds an M.F.A. from the City University of New York at Brooklyn College, where she was elected Presidential Scholar. She was also the recipient of scholarships to the National Academy School of Fine Arts and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she studied fresco painting with William King. Andors has won four public art competitions for her mural designs (Public Art Fund, Council on the Environment of New York City, CityArts Workshop, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture) and completed murals for both public and private institutions including the MTA for the NYC Subway System (1987) and the NYC Percent for Art Program for the New York City Board of Education (1995). Her murals for the Board of Education were the first true frescoes commissioned by the City of New York in fifty years. She served as Secretary (1988-1991) and President of the National Society of Mural Painters (1991-1995) and Arts-In-Education Director of BACA/The Brooklyn Arts Council (1991-1994). She is currently working on fresco commissions on environmental themes and teaches fresco classes in her Greenpoint, Brooklyn studios.

Artist Quote...
My guiding philosophy for this proposal is to create symbolic and decorative windows onto the life of the sea and sky. My purpose is to inform and delight viewers in the auditorium, especially the children. -- Andors, 1992