Caryl Yasko has been a leading figure in the American Public Art Movement for more than forty years. She is well published internationally. She was a founding artist in the Chicago Mural Group and taught mural techniques at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and many colleges and universities, mostly in the Midwest. She developed a concrete fresco technique and a line-drawing system for public participation. Caryl’s works include building filigree windmills and prairie, 60′ foot poles with airplane beacon, and colorful murals in all situations and locations, often with a cast of thousands in the spirit of public participation.
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Colette Crutcher works solo and collaboratively, most often with Irish ceramicist Aileen Barr or her husband Mark Roller, on public art installations including mosaics, murals, and paper mache sculptures for parades, concerts and demonstrations. Her Bay Area public works include Tonantsin Renace, 16th Ave Tiled Steps, 24th St. Minipark, Ping Yuen Housing Project, Chinatown Rec. Center, Cesar Chavez Park, (Oakland,) and Hidden Garden Steps. A mosaic stairway for Hunters Point SF, and a fountain and bench for a playground in Redwood City are underway.
Our mission is to build community through creative projects. We collaborate with schools, libraries, community centers, municipalities and military facilities. Our projects include infrastructure (bridges, benches, maps, signs, gardens, trails, etc), public art (mosaics, concrete, ceramic murals, stained glass, metal, etc), and all kinds of fun experiences (puppets, parades, festivals, etc). We work with you to find materials, develop community assets, and facilitate quality programs. Concrete Couch has garnered many awards, including “empowering youth through public art”, “project of the year award”, “exceptional creative opportunities”, and numerous design and community building honors.
Dave is a muralist, writer, and printmaker from Lawrence, Kansas. His celebrated community-based murals are found across the United States and abroad. His prints, which focus on current social issues, are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Dave is co-author of Kansas Murals: A Traveler’s Guide, a Kansas Notable Book Award Winner; and co-director of the documentary Creating Counterparts which won Best Documentary at the Kansas Filmmakers Jubilee. In 2014, he was named one of the founding Cultural Agents for the new U.S. Department of Arts and Culture
Tom Arie Donch, president, has orchestrated hundreds of projects in twenty states over thirty years. With a passion for learning and sharing the ingredients of successful community built events he has collaborated with over fifty community built association members and firms. His work has included parks, playgrounds, public sculpture, murals, nature trails, skateboard parks, school enhancements, low income housing projects, environmental projects, gardens and plazas. Currently Tom is lecturing on CBA work, mentoring and making himself available for one large project a year. He gives free consulting to communities to help them connect with CBA professionals and achieve their dreams.
John Pitman Weber is an active public artist with decades of experience in mosaics, cement reliefs, carved brick, painted murals, and useable sculpture for outdoor spaces. He has led large work in Los Angeles, New York City, Spencer IA, Broward County, FL and recently in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. His projects are in schools, on playgrounds and in the street, libraries, churches, colleges and community centers. He leads workshops and lectures on community public art in English, Spanish and French. Based in Chicago, he is an active member of the Chicago Public Art Group.
Artist Lynn Takata creates mosaics, sculpture and murals with children, families and neighborhoods to build tangible symbols of community pride. She has created over 300 public artworks with concrete, tile, glass, ceramic and paint involving hundreds of participants. Participants create their own designs and she choreographs these elements as the design develops. It is a dynamic and exciting improvisational process that creates meaningful public spaces.
Her participatory work is in parks, community centers, zoos and schools. The recent award-winning Salem Peace Mosaic involved over 600 participants in creating a mosaic to promote that the word Salem means Peace.
Niki Glen and Helen Helwig direct large-scale public art pieces. Their work has been published in “Public Art: A World’s Eye View”. They have directed over 100 murals and specialize in community participation and involvement. “Public art belongs to everyone.” Their work graces walls of schools, libraries, botanical gardens, hospitals, and office buildings around the United States. Glen Studios creates murals using mixed media mosaics (glass, clay, stone, and found objects). The Helwig Studio focuses on functional art pottery, mixed media mosaics and sculpture, public art, and community and school art projects. Niki Glen also paints site specific exterior and interior murals. Their mosaics and murals transform public spaces into extraordinary places.
Susan Cervantes, Founding Director of Precita Eyes Muralists, is responsible for over 500 collaborative murals over four decades. Precita Eyes strives to empower communities and reflect their hopes and dreams. They use a community process where participants are given the opportunity to create their own mural. We work throughout the Bay Area and beyond in schools, community centers, health centers, and parks. Precita Eyes is in the Mission District on Precita Park with youth classes and in a second location featuring a community art store, mural tours and a studio for planning community murals, and for training artists and educators.
Annemarie Zwack is a visual artist who works with communities, using a variety of materials to create public art that expresses a sense of place, identity, and collective values. She facilitates the use of paint, clay, tiles, fabric, paper, and recycled materials of all sorts. She has specialized in Arts in Education since 2003; using art as a means for students to explore and express core curriculum.