Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell
Publication: Nov 02
9 x 11
The most important public art program in the United StatesRead an excerpt from Chapter 1 (pdf).
In June 1984, Jane Golden, a young muralist from Margate, New Jersey, headed up a project that was originally planned as a six-week youth program in the fledgling Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network. This small exercise in fighting graffiti grew into the most vibrant public art project in the United States. Led by Golden and dozens of artists, neighborhood residents, and volunteers, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has adorned the city with over two thousand murals. In the process, this vibrant art, painted mostly on city walls, helped to change the look of the city, creating an enduring legacy in all of the neighborhoods in which the murals were added.
In this lavishly illustrated chronicle of the Mural Arts Program, you will see the murals in all of their beauty and learn about their inspiring legacies in neighborhoods throughout the city. Go behind the scenes to find out how murals are made and why the process is as much an art of diplomacy and consensus building as paint and perspective. Discover through pictures and text how murals give communities a new way to define themselves, not in terms of the streets and intersections that border them, but in terms of the people who came together to create something of dramatic beauty.
Table of Contents
Foreword Preface: What Is a Mural's Value? Acknowledgments How Are Murals Made?
1. "Cool Jane" Artist's Profile: Tish Ingersoll Artist's Profile: Ras Malik
2. The Peace Wall Artist's Profile: Paul Santoleri
3. Norris Square: Where Art and Nature Flourish Artist's Profile: Ana Uribe
4. The Mural Arts Program Comes of Age Artist's Profile: David Guinn Artist's Profile: Parris Craig Stancell
5. A Shift in Consciousness, South Philly Style Artist's Profile: Sarah McEneaney
6. Meg Saligman Thinks Big Artist's Profile: David McShane
7. A Wall of Neighborhood Heroes Artist's Profile: Quimin Liu Artist's Profile: Cliff Eubanks Jr.
Mural Map Index Photography Credits