When did you begin working with MLK Mural?
In the spring of 2008
What was your role with MLK Mural?
I started off as muralist and then became a teacher / site manager. I eventually became the program's Art Director.
What project or projects did you work on? (locations)
Veterans Leadership Building Mural on 24th / Carson St. in the South Side
G20 Banner Mural Downtown on Fourth Ave.
Dance Alloy Studios / August Wilson Center Dance Mural Series in East Liberty / Downtown
Mellon Arena Penguins Mural in the Hill District
Penn Macaroni Company Mural on Penn Ave. in the Strip District
Del’s Restaurant Mural on Liberty Ave. in Bloomfield
Glass Center Glass Mural on Penn Ave. in Garfield
Children’s Hospital Sculptural Mural in Lawrenceville
Shuman Juvenile Detention Center Mural on Highland Drive
Citiparks Paulson Recreation Center on Paulson Ave in Lincoln Lemington
Kingsley Community Center Mural on Paulson Ave. in Larimer
Green Team Murals on Larimer Ave. in Larimer
Persephone Green Mural on Omega Place in Larimer
Alan’s Pet Store Mural on Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill
Westinghouse Football Field Mural at Homewood Citipark
Lincoln Elementary School Playground Mural in Wilkinsburg
JJS Market Mural on Swissvale Ave. in Wilkinsburg
Eazor’s Auto Salon Mural on Long Rd. in Penn Hills
Clock Tower Park Mural on Brownsville Rd. in Mount Oliver
Ormsby Park Mural on Ormsby Ave. in Mount Oliver
Corliss Tunnel Mural on Corliss Ave. in McKees Rocks
The Coalition For Fair Housing Mural on McCollough Ave. in the North Side
Ross Park Mall Mural in Ross Township
The Starlite Lounge Mural on Freeport Rd. in Blawnox
Asteroid Way Mural on Industry St. / Asteroid Way in Allentown
I also did face painting, caricatures, chalk art, signs and special events at Allegheny County Parks and Pools including: Boyce Park, South Park, North Park, Settler’s Cabin. I did face painting for Steelers / Penguins Pep Rallies at Allegheny County Courthouse Courtyard Downtown. I made signs for Hartwood Acres Light Up Night and made signs for Oakwood Country Club U.S. Open Tournament
What did working with MLK teach you?
It taught me how to get comfortable working in a variety of locations, working conditions and with artists / workers of different ages, skill levels and capabilities. Most importantly though, it taught me how to overcome opposition, circumstantial obstacles and societal setbacks while working in the field of public art - using imagination, organization, elbow grease, will power and determination to achieve the desired results. Basically "how to make it happen" in difficult situations.
What did you get out of the program?
I think it inspires creativity and excites artists to be involved in public art. Gainful employment as an artist, designer and muralist. Also it's nice to get some publicity and recognition as a local artist.
Who did you work with?
Stephan McGuiness, Doug Brunner, Tem Adoki, Danny Devine, Vanessa German, Kristoffer Smith, Joy Taylor, DeVon Gandy, Chris Rubisch, Shelly Steffy, Werm, Beasley, B Smith, Dean, Kyle, Eddie, Nico Atkins, Jen Dalke, Nicole Hinkle, Jason Schutzman, the list goes on and on for days...