A pop-up poster sale outside the Student Union wants to help students fill wall space.
Poster Invasion, which sells posters during the first week of classes, shows up, takes over and then disappears, according to its founder and CEO, Mandi van Hill.
Based in Greenville, S.C., Poster Invasion operates in more than 40 states and aims to be a diverse, inclusive and representative space for students, according to its website.
Van Hill graduated from the Kenan-Flager Business School in 2012. In 2019, she started the company after learning about the poster industry and its role on college campuses.
She said that for many students who recently moved away from home, decorating dorm rooms and buying posters is an important part of finding their identities and interests in college.
“I just thought that there was a lot of opportunity to really connect with the students and really give them something that's going to be authentic and a true form of self-expression,” van Hill said.
The woman-owned business partners with young artists around the world, providing a platform for their work to be printed and distributed to students on college campuses across the United States.
Katherine Katsoudas, a junior majoring in statistics, said she was studying in the Union when she saw the sale and wanted to see what they had.
“I like combining physical art and also music and that kind of thing so I just think it's a cool way to show that,” Katsoudas said.