Mural Arts & Goldman Properties Collaboration

About The Project


Kenny Scharf

Completion Date

11 July 2011


116-120 S. 13th Street

Photo by Steve Weinik

Mural Arts and Goldman Properties are collaborating on a public art series that engages world-renowned visual artists and students from Mural Arts Big Picture art education program. The series kicked off in July as a wall in the heart of Midtown Village was transformed by a quirky new mural by Brooklyn-based artist Kenny Scharf.

Kenny Scharf, an internationally recognized contemporary artist, worked with 15 Mural Arts Big Picture students during the first week of July on a wall at 116-120 S. 13th Street.  He shared his graffiti art roots with students, teaching them how to work with acrylic spray paint to create thought-provoking, evocative street art. Scharf’s work first came to prominence in the 1980s interdisciplinary art scene and consists of popular culture-based shows, with made up science-related backgrounds.

Sponsored by: Goldman Properties, LibertyMe Dance Center and Foundation
Paint sponsored by: Montana Colors, 33Third
Photo Gallery credit (Images of completed mural): Steve Weinik - Photography
Photo Gallery credit: Photos by: Aaron Swan of Swan Expressions 

In August, students work with AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus), a collaborative composed of a group of visual performance artists who have been featured in Art Forum, Vogue, W Magazine, and who exhibit internationally. One of AVAF’s main collaborators, Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, joins students for the first week of August to work on a wall at 1315 Sansom Street, where a dynamic, colorful, patterned mural will be completed with the students in their classroom and later assembled on the wall site.

To learn more: Lisa Murch, Big Picture Program Manager,, 215-685-0751