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Artists Announced for North Avenue Murals

A mix of local, regional, and international artists to paint murals in July
Post Date:06/26/2019 2:22 PM

Six artists were selected from among hundreds of selections to paint murals for a new corridor of public art clustered around the East Tosa area near North Avenue and 68th and 69th Streets.

“We received an overwhelming response to this call,” says juror Antoine Carter of Wallpapered City. “Submissions came in from South Africa, Europe…not to mention from all over our own city. It took us many, many hours just to get through them.”

The six artists chosen are:

  • Christina Thomas of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, who will be painting a mural on the Heartland Information Services building
  • Dan Leonard of Ireland, who will be painting a mural on Cranky Al’s
  • Eric Ricks of Liberia (now a resident of Maryland), who will be painting a 3D anamorphic mural on the Nobleman
  • Ivan Roque of Miami, Florida who will be painting a wall on TosaYoga
  • Adam Hernandez of Columbus, Ohio who will be painting the BelAir Cantina
  • Matthew Mederer and Max Komorov, a Chicago-based graff crew who have a very special surprise in store for the Voline gas station

The project is the newest in a series of installations that will be dubbed the “North Avenue Mural Arts District,” and abbreviated “NoMAD.” This is a collaborative vision for a corridor of public art projects, old and new, spanning all of the community-driven arts installations along North Avenue, from the Lake to Wauwatosa. Matching signs and maps will eventually connect all of the works, helping tourists and locals alike to navigate and enjoy the artworks. The Wauwatosa murals will have NoMAD signage.

The project is being led by Wallpapered City, the artist-led public arts consultancy best known for their work managing Black Cat Alley in Milwaukee.

"Thanks to our amazing city staff, the creative minds at Wallpapered City, and our six building owners who are committed to their community, Wauwatosa is proud to help kick-off Milwaukee's future mural corridor as a western anchor. These six murals will further East Tosa's appeal by establishing it as a public art destination," said Wauwatosa Alderman Joel Tilleson.

This project is a tourism initiative funded through hotel/motel tax revenue, not property tax dollars.

Timeline for Installation

Artists will have approximately two weeks to complete the work which is tentatively scheduled July 15-30.

Interview Requests

To arrange an interview about the murals, contact Stacey Williams-Ng at Wallpapered City at (414) 477-7282. To arrange an interview with the City of Wauwatosa contact Melissa Weiss, Director of Administrative Services, at (414) 479-8951.

Renderings of Murals

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Christina Thomas of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, who will be painting a mural on the Heartland Information Services building

 

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Dan Leonard of Ireland, who will be painting a mural on Cranky Al’s

 

 

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Eric Ricks of Liberia (now a resident of Maryland), who will be painting a 3D anamorphic mural on the Nobleman

 

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Ivan Roque of Miami, Florida who will be painting a wall on TosaYoga

 

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Adam Hernandez of Columbus, Ohio who will be painting the BelAir Cantina

 

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Matthew Mederer and Max Komorov, a Chicago-based graff crew who have a very special surprise in store for the Voline gas station

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