Category Archives: Artwork/Partnerships

Examples of when Arts Alive Chicago supplies artists, artwork materials or mentorship to businesses, associations or groups.

After Vivaldi Mural – South

Forest Glen Community Club raised funds and posted a call for submissions. Arts Alive Chicago artist, Cyd Smillie, designed a mural in two parts that fills the underpass on both sides of Elston.  Titled “After Vivaldi” because it uses symbolic and realistic language to depict the four seasons and the flora and fauna of Forest … Continue reading After Vivaldi Mural – South

After Vivaldi Mural – North

The north side of this two part mural features images of spring and summer….even during the hottest days of summer volunteers from Forest Glen like Sue Parsons came out to lend a hand or bring popsicles, or both!

NVAM/AAC Bike Ride Art

Arts Alive Chicago partnered with the National Veterans Art Museum to sponsor an Art Tour/Bike Ride. Lee Diamond of Velo Chicago led the way highlighting artwork and history along the route.  Arts Alive Chicago invited area artists to paint panels for the cooling tents –one of which was raffled off to the lucky winner. The … Continue reading NVAM/AAC Bike Ride Art

NWBC Mural

Business School students were invited to contribute ideas to highlight their break room mural designed and painted by Arts Alive Chicago artist, Cyd Smillie.  “Unlock Your Potential” is the motto of the school and when completed the lyrics to a rap song written by two of the students are painted along the lower edge.  The … Continue reading NWBC Mural

Crosscuts Mural

After the completion of the Rafael Lopez mural on Addison at Avondale OIPA was eager to have the north wall also beautifully appointed. Artist Tony Sparrow answered the call  from OIPA president Anna Sobor to design a mural based on the paper cutting arts of Poland and central America. The Polish community of artists particularly … Continue reading Crosscuts Mural

6 Corners Bar-B-Que Fest

Arts Alive Chicago partnered with Six Corners Association to invite area artists to design and construct bicycle themed sculptures at their Six Corners Bar-B-Que Fest booth.  The sculptures were then (temporarily) planted in the parkway along Irving Park to promote the idea of bicycles and the incoming bike racks and bike lanes.  

Scars Make Warriors Mural

For Chicago Artists Month in 2013 Arts Alive Chicago and National Veterans Art Museum raised funds with the support of George Karzas and Gale Street Inn to commission 2 murals by 2 veterans one by Phil Cashdollar, a Vietnam vet and this aerosol mural by Jeff Kierna an Afghan War vet.

Tears of War Mural

Arts Alive Chicago partnered with the National Veterans Art Museum to commission “a” mural by a veteran of any branch of service from any conflict.  With serious fundraising help from George Karzas of Gale Street Inn, 2 murals were commissioned.  This one, Tears of War, is by Phil Cashdollar, a Vietnam Vet.  for more information … Continue reading Tears of War Mural