Oh What a Feeling… Painting on the Ceiling

This week I am working on a client project for an interior mural in a suburban bookstore. The bookstore owner had a specific subject already in mind, and she was dead set on it: the goddesses of wisdom, from a variety of ancient cultures. Athena, of Greek myth, will...

Bay View Announces 2017 Mural Project

The Kinnickinnic Avenue BID, the non-profit organization tasked with supporting business and development along its namesake “main street” in Bay View, is proud to announce a multi-mural project on five commercial buildings on KK Avenue. Discussions are underway with...

Black Cat Alley Opens

In what was once a dark and desolate alley space on the East Side of Milwaukee, there is now a public arts destination and it’s taking the city by storm. The Black Cat Alley, whose name is an homage to the UWM Panthers. (The Kenilworth campus is located just across...

The Chicago “Big Walls” Project

Recently attended the “Artists’ Confab” in Chicago for the Big Walls Project, a huge street art initiative headed up by Columbia College. These are some of the things I learned. Mark Kelly, of Columbia College, is the program director and the visionary behind the...

Chalk Art: the Ephemeral Cousin of Mural Art

I first became aware of the artistry of outdoor murals when I started participating as a street painter in chalk art festivals. The term street painter does not refer to muralists... it quite literally refers to those of us who paint the street itself, eg the asphalt....

Basic copyright issues in outdoor mural projects

One of the most urgent questions our clients have for us at the beginning of a project is ownership. Next to cost, this is perhaps the most immediate concern. Other questions that seem unrelated—how long should I keep the mural up? Are people allowed to photograph it?...