A painting hangs proudly once again on the Hilltop, nearly four decades after it was sold at auction. USF Trustee George Pasha III bought it when the Lone Mountain College for Women closed in the 1970s and has donated it to the university. It was restored by Elahe Shahideh (in center photo), who teaches painting and drawing at USF and is displayed in the Del Santo Reading Room.
Designed to resemble a tapestry, the painting is one of the first works of art to return to USF through the Lone Mountain Decorative Arts Project, which is sponsored by the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart Lone Mountain. The group hopes to find more of the decorative art pieces that previously graced the hallways of Lone Mountain and has created a fund to help return them and pay for their restoration.