Category Archives: Murals

Inside or outside, large scale artwork designed, executed or mentored in part or entirely by Arts Alive Chicago.

Gateway Mural – North

This Gateway Mural is designed by Jill Arena to highlight the businesses and attractions in the Six Corners area.  OIPA and Six Corners Association pooled their resources to fund the mural and students in C. Deaton’s class at UIC came to help out for community involvement credit. Painted by Cyd Smillie, the bad weather came … Continue reading Gateway Mural – North

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!

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

Re:Thinking Mural

  While painting the “ill fated” Paschke mural Arts Alive Chicago artist Cyd Smillie was stopped by an area parent and asked to please paint a SCIENCE MURAL for his children who walk through the underpass on Ainsley to go to school every day.  A year later funds were collected and that daughter Abigail was … Continue reading Re:Thinking Mural