Off The Wall

The Official Blog of Mural Arts

Posted 11 March 2014 by Rachel Quimby

Transforming Lives: Robyn Buseman


Robyn Buseman (far left) poses with graduating members of the Guild Program in August 2012

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Posted 5 March 2014 by Steve Weinik

Viking Ship COMPLETE

Dennis Mcnett's Viking ship project was wrapped up at the end of last week. (For background on this project, click here.) I visited his temporary studio at the Asian Arts Initiative on Friday afternoon, just before he left town.

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Posted 3 March 2014 by Steve Weinik

Location Scouting

One of my favorite assignments as Mural Arts photographer is location scouting for upcoming projects. We've got something super-secret coming up along the Fishtown - Frankford corridor of the Market-Frankford el, (no, it's not Love Letter II) . Last week I took a trip with the artist, project manager and a partner from Hidden City Philadelphia to identify former and current industrial buildings visible on the corridor. Just for fun, here are some images that came out of the trip and that will be used to develop the project.

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Posted 20 February 2014 by Steve Weinik

Mural Arts Builds Viking Ship for Wolfbat Tribe

On the third floor of the Asian Arts Initiative’s headquarters on Vine street, New York based artist Dennis Mcnett and our art education students have been hard at work building a Viking ship.

This is Mcnett’s second Viking ship build in the city and his first project with Mural Arts. I visited the class yesterday afternoon where they were preparing papier-mâché helmets and shields.

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Posted 18 February 2014 by Almaz Crowe

Remembering Terry Adkins

On February 7, artist and educator Terry Adkins passed away in New York City from heart failure. An accomplished visual artist and musician, Terry’s influence looms large in the art world, and in a particular way with artist Ernel Martinez. Below is an excerpt from an interview with Martinez, one of Terry’s mentees and a respected painter and muralist in his own right.

Martinez was installing work at a museum when a former classmate called to give him the shocking news.