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For the past 2 years we’ve partnered with Jen and Chase Utley and the Utley Foundation to produce 2 animal welfare related murals. On September 27th, we dedicated David Guinn and Tom Walton’s latest mural at the McVeigh Recreation Center at D and Ontario. Here’s Chase, Jen and their dog Jack:
And here's Jack for his closeup:
Some days as Mural Arts photographer are more glamorous than others. For the Roots mural, one day I’m taking a "before" photo of a blank wall at the World Communications Charter School at Broad and South streets and the next, I’m on the band’s tour bus riding like a rock star to NYC.
The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is thrilled to announce that Blue Cadet won an ADDY award last night for the creation of our website, “Peace is a Haiku Song”, which honors Philadelphia’s first poet laureate, Sonia Sanchez, and her belief in the power of haiku as a vehicle for peace and urban transformation. The award-winning site allows users to write and submit their own haiku to this unique mural project.
“Henry Ossawa Tanner is the Jackie Robinson of the art world, the Barack Obama of painting,” artist Keir Johnston said at the dedication of his latest mural, Henry Ossawa Tanner: Letters of Influence. Johnston was first exposed to the painter’s talent as a child, when his father pointed out a Tanner print hanging on the wall of their Germantown home. Since then, Johnston has come to learn more about the struggle the famed African American painter endured in order to have his work recognized by established art institutions.