KNOXVILLE - Vol fans can now help paint Tennessee's iconic Rock by donating to the artist behind the game day masterpieces.
The University of Tennessee Alumni Office granted a VOLstarter account for Payton Miller to help ease the financial burden of painting The Rock.
Miller, a UT senior biochemistry major, spends about $125 of her own money each week to buy the supplies she needs to paint The Rock.
WBIR 10News went on a shopping spree with the artist Friday before the Tennessee-Alabama game, and with 44 cans of paint, the bill was just a few bucks short of $200. The Home Depot on Schaad Road footed the bill for that project.
“Donations to this VOLstarter project will be used to purchase spray paint and other supplies necessary for Payton to create her weekly masterpieces, which are enjoyed by thousands of visitors to campus and have been featured on several local news stations and the national SEC Network,” according to UT’s website.
Miller has painted The Rock every Friday night of football season since her sophomore year. She was back at it Friday night ahead of Saturday's Alabama game.
The VOLstarter account lists a goal of $1,500 for Miller.
Miller's paintings include UT’s mascot Smokey, Butch Jones, Joshua Dobbs and Pat Summitt.
Photo Gallery: The Rock at the University of Tennessee
The Rock is situated at the corner of Volunteer Boulevard and Pat Head Summitt Street in front of the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.
According to UT Athletics, The Rock weighs more than 80 tons and was unearthed in the 1960s during excavation of the area that became Fraternity Row on the west side of campus.
The Rock has featured a number of different messages, including birth announcements, memorials, break-up messages, marriage proposals, protests of war, messages of peace and celebrations of Tennessee Vol victories.
Miller typically signs her work as “P.M. Miller.”
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