K9s for Cops
Commissioned By: (2017) – The 11th District, The Halston Family, (2018) – Loyola University Department of Military Science, Ms. Marissa Leezar, Motorola Solutions Foundation
I was born in Santiago, Chile. My family and I migrated to the U.S. when I was 11 years old as political refugees. We moved to Lawndale and Grand neighborhood. I am now married, mother to three amazing young women, and grandmother to the most precocious 3yr old granddaughter and 3-month old grandson. They are my world. Besides my daughters, art is one of my greatest passions. I am a self-taught artist, with no formal training; personal experience and passion have been my inspiration and guide. I studied Economics at the University of Illinois and currently enjoy a full time career in law enforcement with the Chicago Police Department, 011th District. I began painting about 16 years ago as an outlet for stress when one of my twins was diagnosed with Leukemia. The social worker at Children’s Memorial Hospital when my daughter was receiving treatment gave me a sketch book and pastels. I began creating images and have been doing it ever since, experimenting with different ways of making art besides pastel and paper. I have found that my favorite medium is acrylic on canvas. My ardor for painting continues to grow more and more each day, and I hope to someday make it my full time profession.
I paint because I love, I hurt, and I feel joy. I paint because the good Lord gave me the capability to bring to life all that I feel inside. On canvas, I can bring balance to my world through my art. My approach is that a canvas is a place where imagination knows neither boundaries nor rules. Give attention to a child creating art. They dive right in and begin creating with no inhibitions, therefore making the outcome the purest in form, color and expression. That is the state of mind I enter when I paint to accomplish my objective.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Police Sergeants’ Association, The Savage Family, VCA Ark Animal Hospital, (2018) – BigBus Tours
Othello Anderson is a prominent Chicago-based artist who received his BFA and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His academic training also included four years of course work at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Anderson also completed one year of post graduate studies in 20th Century Art Theory and Criticism at SAIC.Over a period of 25 years he held full-time faculty positions as Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at both the University of Illinois and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.In addition to his endeavors as a working artist and educator, Mr. Anderson was a founding member and president of N.A.M.E. Gallery – Chicago’s first alternative gallery to show works by artists from around the world.
As a veteran artist who has delved into a wide variety of subject matter from earthly environmental issues to deep space phenomena, Othello Anderson has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally.
For the past ten years Othello Anderson has also been a senior partner of Grace Moore Associates, Inc. – Chicago’s premiere corporate concert production company.
Artists of Insight Studios
Commissioned By: (2017) – Insight Studios, (2018) – Insight Studios
Insight Studios began to manifest conceptually in June of 2005. The vision was to build a creative facility that was home to talented artists. Housed in glass block and polished diamond plate, the overall feel of Insight Studios is clean, professional, creative and comfortable. Your safety and comfort are top priorities at Insight Studios and we do our best to make each and every tattoo / piercing / removal experience a special one.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Ms. Patty Backer
I am a native Chicagoan, fan of the Cubs, the blues, and the diversity of the people. With a BFA from the School of the Art Institute, I moved to Portland, Oregon to teach, make art, and be close to nature. After years of film-related jobs and assorted painting/mixed media projects, I returned to Chicago to helm the family business: publishing two trade magazines and producing two trade shows for the pet industry. I also painted “Saltwater Cow” for Chicago’s Cows on Parade exhibit in 1999. The dog I painted for this project, “Sea and Sky,” is a tribute to my parents, Horst Backer and Sue Busch, for creating amazing publications and trade shows, and inspiring me in my love of dogs and art.
Commissioned By: (2017) – A Marek Fine Jewelry, (2018) – The Wilson Family
Sandie Bacon is a classically trained, vesatile artist whose artwork is shown nationally.
She has an MFA from Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting. Recent exhibitions include:33 Collective, 4 Art, Dandeluon Gallery, Reinvent Gallery (all in the Chicagoland area), Projects Gallery (Miami, Florida), Artprize (Michigan) Sandra has done many fiberglass sculptures inclyding: Horses of Honor (Chicago), 4 “Cool globes” which have travelled throughout Europe, “Pandamania” in Washington DC and in front of the National Air and Space Museum, for the zoo on Madison, and many more. I love the way public art honors its inspiration as well as engage the community.
Nancy Pochis Bank
Commissioned By: (2017) – Crime Stoppers Case Files Chicago
Nancy Pochis Bank is a Chicago based muralist. She has created public art for Cool Globes, Great Chicago Fire Hydrants, Horses of Honor, and Chicago Looks. Her mural clients include Southwest Airlines, Nike Retail Stores, Chicago Cultural Mile, Knoll Furniture, Bar Rescue, DMK Restaurants, Gateway Green and Highland Park High School. Each summer, you can see Nancy’s pavement murals at festivals and events throughout the Chicago area. Nancy is a multi-year recipient of the Chicago Neighborhood Arts Program Grant.
Commissioned By: (2018) – UBS
Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, I am an artist/art educator now living and working in Chicago, Illinois. I attended Massachusetts College of Art/BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago/MFA and the University of Illinois-Chicago/BFA. Selected exhibitions: Women Made Gallery, Midwest Open, Chicago, IL; Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition, Transmogrification, Elmhurst, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration, Des Plaines, IL; Providence Art Club, Making Your Mark, Providence, RI; The Art Center-Highland Park, Beneath The Surface, Highland Park, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Beyond Rosie The Riveter, Des Plaines, IL; MoMa PS1, Printed Matter Book Fair, Long Island City, NY; Studio/Gallery Z, Providence, RI; Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery, Windsor, NY; and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Skender Foundation, (2018) – The Skender Foundation
Courtney Boatwright is the Graphic Design Specialist, for Skender Construction, a General Contractor based in Chicago, IL. She is known for her innovative approach to design and her outlandish and obscure illustration style.
Originally, from San Francisco, Courtney got an early start in the industry at the age of 14 working for a luxury brad wholesale distribution company as their In-House Designer. From there, she set sail for Chicago, where she studied Graphic Design in Advertising. Having never graduated from college, a sore spot for her, she has been able to let her work speak for itself, proving that in a creative industry, a degree is great but your talent is the true testament.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Wolves, DRL Enterprises, Inc.
Margaret Bokowy is a professional Package/Brand Designer from Chicago currently in her 17th year with DRL Enterprises, Inc. in-house creative department. Margaret graduated from ISU with a BA in Fine Art/Painting in 1991 and first spent 11 years in the print industry after college as it rapidly evolved from analogue to digital in the early days of the technical revolution referred to then as “desktop publishing.”
Commissioned By: (2017) – Wintrust Financial
Maja Bosen is a Chicago based artist presently working in encaustics. In this highly tactile and malleable medium, Maja weaves wax, pigment and various materials – both manmade and organic – into distilled moments of reflection inviting a shared intimacy with nature and time’s passage. “Observing the interconnectivity of nature and humanity, I attempt to create an intimate space to reflect upon our shared cycles – the rise, fall, ebb, flow, evolution, fruition and ultimate demise. These quiet moments of grace are, for me, a celebration of this fragile life.”
Maja received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and has continued her creative and intellectual explorations at Parson’s School of Design, The New School for Social Research in NYC as well as at the San Francisco Art Institute. She has explored many artistic channels and chooses the process which most clearly resonates with the message at hand. Maja has exhibited and performed in Chicago, San Francisco and New York in both solo and with group exhibitions. Presently, Maja is proud to call the ZhouB Arts Center in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, home.
Commissioned By: (2018) – Jon Fay
Rine Boyer’s figures from everyday life explore how we see one another. Painting on canvas, metal, and wood she uses acrylic paint and ink to create two and three-dimensional painted drawings. Her figurative works reference the repeating pattern in pointillism, the flatness in portraits by Alex Katz, and the bright colors of Kaws to create pieces that blend modernism with current trends. The layer of small iconic shapes over the surface of her portraits create her unique style and link the figures to the underlying themes of culture, personality, and group dynamics.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Mr. Robert & Mrs. Renata Block, The Mauro Family
Mrs. Tamara Bruno, born and raised in Bourbonnais, IL, is an enthusiastic Artist, Cosmetic Coordinator, and Esthetician for Pinski Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, S.C. Tami, specializes in illustration, but is always looking for outlets to expand her creativity and is proud to take part in K9 For Cops. Currently, she is the illustrator and social media editor for “Super Derm Girl.” In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, coaching cheerleading, and spending time with family and friends.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The 15th District, The 16th District, Blue Star Security, LTD, Mr. Peter & Mrs. Paula Fasseas, The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, (2018) – The 18th District, The Michael A. Ceriale Foundation, United Service Companies
I have been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon. It fascinated me to create the illusion of something real or tangible and freeze it in time and two dimension. When I was in high school my art teacher encouraged me to enter a water color painting I was working on into an art competition for the 5th congressional district art contest. To my surprise I placed third.
After high school I was accepted at Ray College of Design now known as The Illinois institute of Art. I had a bunch of great instructors, and was well on my way with a fundamental academic approach to drawing and painting, and earned a degree in fine art/illustration. A few years out of college I was hired by a Chicago based company called Skyline Design. While working for skyline I was able to hone my skills and had the ability to learn many other trade craft skills.
When the Cows on Parade became public, Skyline was able to design and paint several cows. Most however were designed by other firms while skyline would execute the painting part of it. I had the privilege of being the person that painted all the cows that came through the door.
Time passed and I decided that I wanted to make art more personal. I wanted to pave my own road into the art world, so to speak. But I needed to take a break from creating commercial art at that point, and re-focus my thoughts on what and how to do it. So I changed full time job careers, in order to think outside the box, and I became a Chicago Police Officer. Being a police officer has allowed me to see more of Chicago and it’s people, which helped me focus more about what I want to do with my art. I believe that my art is another way to tell people a story or an image of beauty.
While in the academy I met Wendy, also a recruit in the training process. Wendy and I eventually married and we have two wonderful daughters. Wendy has always given me her full support to create art. Wendy has great managing skills and a good eye in efforts to help me pave the way I envision the art I create.
Thirteen years have gone by and within that I have done a few freelance jobs illustrating. Within the last year I have decided that I need to put more action into getting my art more publicized and specifically into competitions, juried shows, and galleries. I’m currently working on a theme of paintings to accomplish this. Last year I joined the American Watercolor Society, and I’m exited to be an associate member at this point, with ambitions of moving up to a signature member.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Sheraton Group
Maggie Butler is an Alumni of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has lived in Chicago her whole life. And is excited to be able to honor fallen officers and K9 partners with her artwork.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Mr. Cody Phipps & Mrs. Sarah Tyler-Phipps
After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, Alexandra Cantarella self published all ages graphic novel, “The Hasty Pastry” and dove into the exciting world of comic conventions around the country. She has since illustrated multiple children’s books, collaborated with dozens of Chicago creatives and companies, and donated her playful caricature skills to PAWSChicago and The Humane Society Calumet. When she’s not creating whimsical watercolor work, she can be found expressively painting with unique mediums such as wine and coffee in the bars, coffee shops, and loving homes of friends new or old around the world.
Commissioned By: (2018) – Chicago Blackhawks, Cubs Charities
I have always gravitated towards art. I have worked on our projects most of my life with friends or by myself. Last year I decided to open my own art studio and my first commissioned project of public art work was the canine sculpture. I was very proud to do this and very happy with the result.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Hannon Financial Group, MB Financial, Oak Forest K9 Memorial, PNC Bank
I have been a professional artist for over 30 years, and a proud member of the Chicago Brushmasters, Automotive Artist for Charity.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Canning Family, DePaul University, Hilton Chicago, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart, (2018) – The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Lawdog Security, Park Hyatt Chicago, Schwarber’s Neighborhood Heroes
Susan is originally from Kansas City, MO, which is where her passion for art was originally nurtured. She studied art and art history at Creighton University and earned her B.F.A. with a focus in painting. Susan moved to Chicago in 2010 and has proudly called it home ever since.
Her work can be found in businesses throughout Chicago. Some of her favorite projects include painting life-sized horses for the Horses of Honor program, painting a giant golf ball for the Ryder Cup Tournament, and the Painted Ladies installation at ACME Hotel Chicago.
Susan is currently working on a series of collages, exploring the variations of Koi fish. The hand torn pieces of paper create a unique texture while the magazine scraps add the element of surprise due to the hidden text and imagery that can often be found up close.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago White Sox
A Chicago south side native with roots in graffiti and contemporary urban art. More recently he has been taking new form with contemporary pop and surrealism with a street vibe. He has been an artist since his early youth, taking classes and later attended SIU’s fine arts program focusing on drawing and sculpture. He excelled after college as a local emerging artist, experimenting with various painting techniques on canvases. Brendan’s more recent work can be defined by his use of multiple mediums such as oil, acrylic, ink, spray paint, stencil and print, creating depth and contrast that is pronounced in his multi-layered pieces.
His inspiration comes from his grand uncle, Brother Joseph McNally, a renowned Irish artist and founder emeritus of LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore. Under his tutelage he learned a variety of skills and techniques. He also assisting early on in the studio of his family owned art gallery.
Brendan’s work has expanded from the studio back onto the street in the last few years with design & custom work of large scale murals in both Miami Wynwood Art District, and Chicago. He has worked on custom designs for the Allium at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, work featured in Macys spring fashion catalog and has been building quite the name for himself in the Midwest. Brendan has been sought after by a number of companies to add to their public and private collections. More recently doing custom clothing designs for DJ’s and music festivals, a number of live paintings for charity events as well as creating custom work for Red Bull and many other corporate clients.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Patrolman’s Federal Credit Union
Rosemary fanti is an owner at Rosemary Fanti Illustration. She creates gorgeous portraits and sketches for both individual and business clientele. Rosemary specializes in illustrating fashion, weddings and events, partnering with upscale and notable clients including The Four Seasons Hotel, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Madeyewlook
Alexys Fleming, also known as “Madeyewlook” online, is a 23 year old social media influencer with 2.2 million subscribers on YouTube. She is a self taught body painter, and makeup artist. Alexys is licensed in the fields of Esthetics, as well as Cosmetology, obtaining both licenses in each field by age 19. Currently working as a body painter and digital content creator, Alexys strives to not only create, but to inspire the world around her. Alexys stands for anti-bullying, awareness, creativity, and self expression. Throughout her life, she has always been an artist, and has always drawn. To relieve stress from being bullied at school, and to cope with her brand new diagnosis as a Type 1 Diabetic at age 13, she began to take her drawings from paper to people. Since being diagnosed as Diabetic, she went on to raise money for Diabetes Awareness, as well as other causes, whether through awareness walks, or donating her paintings, totaling funds raised for charity over $100,000. Alexys has great goals to influence the world around her in a positive way, and use her platform to inspire others to not only get creative and express themselves, but to give back to their community.
Juan Carlos Frias
Commissioned By: (2017) – Corboy & Demetrio
Juan Carlos Frias is a self-taught multi-media artist, and a member of the Northwest Arts Connection. Several of his paintings and artwork are in private collections. For over 20 years, Juan Carlos has worked with a variety of communities to create unique artwork for public enjoyment. In San Antonio, he organized a residential painting crew that assisted in painting three murals for the Alamo Mutual Housing Association in 1995-96. Community residents were proud to create beautiful artwork adorning their neighborhood. Juan Carlos used fiberglass to fashion an octopus ottoman for the Shedd Aquarium, which displayed his 2001 Suite Home Chicago art furniture ensemble. Utilizing upcycled aluminum soda cans, he created tactile “feathers” for an award-winning birdhouse showcased through the 2010 Tweet Home Chicago community art program. More recently, Juan Carlos built a fire engine from a large hydrant in support of the 2013 Great Chicago Fire Hydrants charitable art program.
Public art and community service are in his blood. Juan Carlos instructs Chicago Public School students through the After School Matters art program, and regularly collaborates with fellow artists to support communities, whether through fundraising or murals. In 2009, he fabricated a large rosary from corrugated cardboard for a Day of the Dead exhibit in Door County. The event not only provided food for the local food pantry, organizers invited community members to bring prayers and alms to celebrate loved ones who passed. More recently, Juan Carlos painted murals adjacent to the Forest Glen Metra and Addison and Avondale Blue Line stations and along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. In 2016, he donated a painting to the Lydia Home Association to assist the organization in its fundraising efforts.
Juan Carlos is honored to team with neighbors and colleagues to create engaging public art that instills wonder and pride in local communities.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Magnus Charitable Trust
I am a performance artist and my company is called Artbeat Live. Artbeat Live is all about helping those in need through the power of art with the power of giving back. To date my artwork has helped raise over $3.5 million dollars for various charities across the world. In the past I created one of the hearts that was on display along Michigan Ave.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Kinzie Hotel
Jennifer Greenburg is an Associate Professor of Photography at Indiana University Northwest and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The University of Chicago. She was an artist in residence at Light Work, Syracuse, in 2005 and is a recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Grants and two Community Arts Assistance Programs through the City of Chicago. Her work is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, The Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Light Work, The Museum of Photographic Arts, and the National Gallery of Ontario. A full-length monograph, The Rockabillies, 2009, by Jennifer Greenburg was published by the Center for American Places. Greenburg is a native of the city of Chicago.
Commissioned By: (2018) – T-Mobile
I have been a high-end residential house painter since 1987 specializing in faux finish and artistic details. I have done two horses of Honor and four police dogs.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Mr. Dave & Mrs. Kim Burdakin, (2018) – Dave & Kim Burdakin
Jim Hetzler is a nationally recognized airbrush and pinstriping artist as well as custom automotive artist. Jim and his wife Chris own and operate JC Hetz Studio in Muscatine, IA. Jim has been the recipient of many awards and has appeared on TV and in many, many trade magazines. Jim has been dedicated to the art of custom paint, pinstriping and airbrush for well over 45 years. Jim left the corporate world almost 20 years ago to pursue his talent full time. Jim spent 27 years in the corporate world doing projects for various customers in his off hours. Jim has a Business Degree and International Marketing Degree but chooses to run his own business doing what he has always loved to do and constantly strives to raise the bar on every project he is hired to do. Please visit him at www.hetzstudio.com.
The concept for the Donor K-9 came from his sister, Kim Burdakin having received a liver transplant 17 years ago. Kim is very active with the organ donor network and Kim and her husband David Burdakin sponsored this K-9 with the organ donor theme in mind…who better to paint it than her brother! With the organ donation theme in mind Jim created some custom House of Kolor paint colors to represent the colors of the organ donation logo and used his creative interpretation to best represent that theme. Every bit of the dog is hand painted, hand lettered, pinstriped and airbrushed.
C J Hungerman
Commissioned By: (2017) – Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, Lt. Doreen Hlavaty, People’s Gas, E.T. Dorothy J. Price
I am a Chicago Public Artist. The last piece of public art I have created is an original 500 square foot painting in the new Chinatown Library,Chicago. I have my M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University and an extensive show/sales record. During the Horses of Honor project I was able to design and paint 5 of the sculptures. Last year before the historic Cubs World Series Win I refurbished all of the Holy Cows at the famous Harry Caray’s Restaurant establishments.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Chicago’s First Lady Cruises, The Peninsula Chicago, (2018) – Combined Insurance, The Peninsula Chicago
Brandin Hurley is a Chicago based freelance fine artist who specializes in papercut and light pieces, site-specific installations, and murals. She has a BFA from CSU Long Beach in scenic design, and a MFA in scenic design from NIU.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Mr. Steve Borkin, Unit 050 – Airport Law Enforcement Unit North, (2018) – American Knights Motorcycle Club
Jennifer Jacobucci is a Chicago native and an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. She began her police career in the 015th District Austin neighborhood, where she served as a member of the Robbery / Burglary Mission Team, Tactical Team and Bike Patrol. She has been recognized by the department for her efforts with numerous honorable mentions, department commendations and complimentary letters from the communities she served. She has also worked different detail assignments such as the Lakefront Bike Patrol in the 004th District South Chicago and is currently assigned to Unit 050 Airport Law Enforcement Section North.
Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department, Jennifer carried out her love of art and design by working at an advertising agency and independent record label in the city as a silkscreen printer. She has mentored children and young adults as a sports educator and children’s art specialist from California to Chicago. In her free time she is a substitute art educator and produces her own art to be displayed in galleries.
Jennifer is constantly looking for ways to improve the lives and relationships within the communities she serves by taking part in higher education and training. In 2012 she earned her MAP at Adler with a focus in Police Psychology and has recently completed her MEd at DePaul University focusing on Secondary Education in Visual Art.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Wolves, DRL Enterprises, Inc.
Imran Javed is a professional illustrator and graphic designer, currently in his 12th season with the in-house creative department for the Chicago Wolves, after joining the team in May 2005.
Prior to joining the organization, the 41-year-old served as a package and print designer for Adam’s Apple and Republic Tobacco.
The Chicago native graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Design.
Imran and his wife, Jessie, live in Chicago.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Bears
Laura Junge is an experienced artist living and working in Chicago. For the past 20 years she has traveled the country selling her paintings at numerous art fairs and galleries throughout the country. Seven years ago her and her husband Chris Jackson opened The Jackson Junge Gallery in the heart of Wicker Park. Laura’s work is featured in the space and she also helps with all operations of the gallery.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Cubs Charities
I am a Graphic Designer living in the West Loop of Chicago. Lover of volleyball, blueberries and craft beer.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Chicago Grooming Academy, Hotel EMC2, Lodge Management Group, (2018) – Millennium Garages
Ken has taught art in the Chicago Public Schools and continues to teach painting at all skill levels in Chicago.
Ken has exhibited at New York Art Expo and Galerie Hamptons in West Hampton Beach, Long Island. He has had a number of solo shows and exhibited in group shows in Chicago and Door County, Wisconsin.
Public art installations include “Cool Globes” and “The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants” in Chicago, “Eggstravaganza” in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, and “Benches by the Bay 2016” in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
His art has been published in “Chicago Art Scene” (2000) and “A Published Gallery”(2009), art books featuring international artists.
Ken is the author of “Show Off Your Art” and a contributing author to “Arts & Activities” magazine, “School Arts” magazine, and “Best Classroom Practices: What Award-Winning Elementary Teachers Do”.
Ken is a featured artist at SantaFeArtWorld.com
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Patrolman’s Federal Credit Union
Richard Koranda is a Partner at Two Advertising. He drives creative strategies for his A-list clients like American Express, Bank of America, CitiCard, VISA, Chase, and Diner’s Club. With over 65 industry awards under his belt for multi-channel marketing with innovative concepts, Richard continues to knock it out of the park for his clients with spot-on bottom-line revenue results.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Ms. Ellen Ryske, (2018) – The Clune Construction Company
Chicagoan Jenny Learner has been making art her entire life. Classically trained at the American Academy of Art and self-taught in interior, surface design & photography. For over 30 years this multi-faceted artist has been designing custom room dividers, screens, hand-painted wall coverings, fabrics, murals, & site-specific art for interior designers and architects. She exhibits, teaches, curates, and juries locally and nationally. She has her studio and gallery at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport.
After an introduction to encaustic she fell in love with the ancient medium of fusing fire with beeswax and pure pigment. Encaustic became her elixir of life. Imagine painting and sculpting within the wonderful realm of flowers and honey. The medium’s luminosity, transparency, aromatherapy, alchemy, with the unexpected results constantly surprise her.She gains inspiration for her new work from earth’s multiple landscapes and wonders including raw gemstones, outer space, medicine, life, & dreams. Further curious and fascinated with evolution, anthropology, architecture and time, as an artist Jenny is grateful to be living in this digital age with resources at her fingertips. The photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the Hubble telescope’s imagery of the Universe endlessly muse her.
Commissioned By: (2017) – American Heritage Protective Services, The Simpson Family, (2018) – Mr. Thomas Byrne
I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, even in school ditching technical drawing and picking up extra art classes.
While nannying for a La Grange Family I had been asked to do some chalk art for a party at Ogden School. From there I was approoached by a member of the La Grange Business Association to paint a 12ft fiberglass giraffe for the pet parades summer art exhibit. That was in 2006 and I’ve been painting for the local merchants every year, every summer.
From that art, then came the goombay bash held at Navy Pier each year. This event raises money for cancer research. Each year I painted huge umbrellas that got auctioned off at the event after being displayed around the grand ballroom.
I was also honored in 2013 to be asked to Q-BBQ to paint one of the Great Chicago Fire Hydrants for CFD Exhibit, which was displayed outside the Hancock building.
I also design logos, create recycled pieces or paint items to bring like back into them. In 2013 I took the La Grange Citizens Police Academy class and have been a part of the alumni ever since. Donating my time to help the police at local events. 2017 I hope to also take the same CPA class with La Grange Park Police Department.
For the past 2-3 years I’ve helped at Magnificentmutts.org a wonderful foster rescue from HIllside that’s run by Linda Hansen Latelle and many volunteers. All this and work as a FT nanny which Im very proud of, assisting families and helping to nurture over 25 children in my career.
Commissioned By: (2017) – 1871
I have painted a wide assortment of murals nationwide. I offer the highest quality of workmanship, efficiency, and flexibility-qualities that allow me to work closely with my clients. I assure them of not only spectacular results, but timely and cost effective work as well. My objective is to transform a mediocre space to a fantasy filled room, wall, or space. All mural projects are sight specific and are a collaboration of shared ideas with my clients and myself.I began drawing caricatures professionally at age 16. In addition to private parties, I entertain as a caricaturist at corporate events, trade shows, cruises, nursing homes, children’s hospitals, and charity functions. Engaging, personable, and witty, I am quick to strike up a rapport with my subjects putting them at ease. The results allow for a fun-filled, often times hilarious experience for all. As a result of my many years in this profession, and multifaceted artistic skill, I am considered one of the top caricaturists in the Chicago area.I studied art formally at several art schools and universities across the country. I have exhibited my paintings and sculptures in top national galleries and group museum shows. For the first 9 years after college, I created giant food sculptures that were sold in galleries across the country.I am working on a series of my own oil paintings some of which can be viewed on my website.Currently, I have a puppet making business where I create custom caricature hand puppets from photos.I also work part time at Children’s Memorial Hospital providing healing arts and craft projects for oncology outpatients and their families sponsored by Caring Arts of Chicago.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Sterling Bay, LLC
Inspired by wallpaper, candy wrappers, billboards and match packs, this influential American Pop Artist enters his third decade of art creation. Mars’ colorful, quirky artworks disrupt predictable interpretation, and transform the ordinary things we see every day into entirely new experiences that tickle the senses, and delight the child inside.
Using the joy and nostalgia found in everyday objects, Peter Mars explores popular culture, the passage of time, and the icons that each period adopts as its own. His works form a running commentary on global popular culture.
Much of Mars’ work reflects the American pop culture of his childhood in the 1960s and 70s, notably the idealized American family, comic book figures, television and space age inventions.
“I loved TV shows like Lost in Space, and Fireball XL-5. I particularly liked the robot on Lost in Space, and wanted my own robot like that. I remember how thrilled I was when President Kennedy came on TV and promised us that soon we would each have our own personal robot and how we were going to have robots to walk the dog and everything! I couldn’t wait to grow up so I could start to work with my robot. When that didn’t happen, I was sad.”
Born in Portland, Oregon in 1959, Peter Mars began a lifetime of collecting… matchbooks, comic books, baseball cards, arrowheads, coins, and old porcelain signs. In each one of these items Mars finds a beauty. And small treasures that tell the story of American popular culture.
His collection now forms a sort of library of images and colors, many drawn from vintage advertising material. pop bottles, vintage toys, and old catalogues, litter the shelves of his studio and home.
Employing silkscreen as his medium of choice, Mars engages his subject matter in a way that lets images speak their own language. In juxtaposition, they agree or disagree, emphasize or interrupt, as if in animated conversation. The result is a textured, and complex commentary, wry and always more than the sum of its parts.
Commissioned By: (2018) – Conway Mackenzie
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2014 from Lawrence University. While at school, I honed artistic skills in a variety of mediums, which I continue to utilize to date, including illustration, graphic design, sculpture and fabrication. I describe myself as a creative specialist, and an artistic ‘Jack of All Trades.” My creative inspiration derives from mythology, iconography, creatures (both real and mythical), and the absurdity of every day life.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Flesch Family
Born and raised in the Chicago area Fred Moss was drawing and sketching the world around him from an early age. He grew up visiting the Chicago Art Institute, often admiring the outstanding impressionistic and classical painting collection. He attended the College for Creative Studies after receiving a partial school grant and earned a bachelor’s degree. After graduation he studied with renowned painter Romel De La Torre, who helped him convey on canvas his thoughts and feelings. He also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in his grandparents’ native country, Italy. There he found a subject matter that inspired him—the scenic towns and countrysides of Italy. Fred painted Florence, Lake Como, Venetian canals, and hiked the mountains of the Cinque Terre looking for scenic views to capture on canvas.
In 2007 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Springtime Flowers” which was held at Hilligoss Galleries in Chicago. In 2008 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Rose Garden” which was held at Coda Gallery in California. In 2008 he had a solo show at the North Charleston City Gallery. In 2011 he had a painting in ArtPrize, which is a global art competition held in Grand Rapids Michigan. In 2014 he was commissioned to paint a public art “horse of honor”. Each horse was dedicated to a Chicago police officer who was killed or injured in the line of duty. The exhibit featured life size statues of Chicago mounted patrol units that were each artistically designed by local Chicago artists. The exhibit benefited the Chicago memorial foundation. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Harold Washington Chicago Library of “Impressions of Chicago Gardens”. He has exhibited in several galleries and shows which include the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Beverly Art Center, Karen Solem’s Gallery, 7013 Studio, Hinsdale gallery, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Elmhurst Artist Guild, Mainstreet Art Center, and Silhouettes Fifth Annual Exhibit. During 2004 and 2005 he participated at Art in the Barn, a juried art show. He has also painted Chicago and Italy cityscapes for limited edition prints which were signed, numbered, then distributed and sold in the Chicagoland area. Chicago city hall has one of his prints hanging there. In 2016 he was a finalist in the Art Muse contest for his painting “Gliding Gondola.”
Commissioned By: (2017) – Ms. Kathy Byrne, The Chicago Blackhawks, Senator Mike Hastings, Kivvit, Single M & J Asphalt Paving Co., Source, Inc., Spotted Paw Shop, USG Foundation, (2018) – Glencoe Animal Hospital
Irish American artist Lori Murphy, a dual national is a resident artist of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago. She has studied art and technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sustainable building design at Harvard University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Painter, photographer and designer of energy independent buildings, her work lies at the intersection between the fine arts and human geography.
Engaging with the interaction of the body with the natural and built environment, her work focuses on the human experience of the world from a sensory phenomenological perspective. Subjects involve migration, place and displacement, the search for home and happiness, cross cultural identity, the syncretic and change over time. She is currently funded by a grant to teach studio art to a young adult with autism. Recent work has been shown in Boston, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, London and Ireland.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Gordon Flesch Company, Hyatt Regency Chicago, (2018) – Hyatt Regency Chicago
Tony Passero is a mixed media artist and muralist, who not only paints on traditional canvas but also uses a wide variety of found objects (such as dumped doors, discarded windows, abandoned furniture, scrapped street signs, etc.) as the base for his works.
His work is often executed in series or set formats as he explores themes through repetition. The majority of his artwork is centered on a unique mash up of a Latin, Creole and Tribal tones blended with a bit of a linear organic cubist and expressionist styles. His work often has a textured quality as a result of building up of layers from the various mediums he uses (ink, oil, acrylic, custom dyes, etc.) and the various devices he uses to apply the mediums. With each new theme undertaking, Passero makes a point of exploring different and new painting techniques to aesthetically complete and compliment the theme of each project he engages.
From a mural perspective, Passero has conceived and painted his own murals at locations in Chicago such as the Whoot Mural on Belmont Avenue, the Manifest Mural at the Pulaski Blue Line exit, the CrossCuts Mural at the Addison Kennedy Expressway Exit, the Positive Babel Mural at the Irving Park Metra Station, the Jumbo Jet Mural along the Kennedy Expressway, the Spin Cycles at 6 Corners Shopping District,the Colorribean Mural on Chase Avenue and the Hep Cat Mural on Cicero Avenue. He has also participated as one of the lead artists on the Addison and Avondale Mural and Police Memorial Mural on Montrose.
Commissioned By: (2018) – Ozinga
Born and raised in Chicago. Alumni of Gallery 37 and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Artistic style ranges from abstract to photo realistic natural and scientific illustration, murals and canvas to works on paper. An educator for various non for profits including after school matters.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Wolves, DRL Enterprises, Inc.
Sharon Roden has been “fooling the eye” for multiple decades with her personal interpretation of the painting technique, known as, trompe l’oeil. Ranging from landscape, superhero, floral, fauna, and vehicle, each composition has added depth and personality to homes, restaurants and other public venues in the Southwest and across the country. Sharon has accepted numerous challenges, such as, painting in an elevator shaft with glass doors, a 60′ mural 8′ off the ground, and on a bridge. Her work has been recognized in “Phoenix Home and Garden” magazine, newspapers, home and garden tours, and events like “The Street of Dreams.” She is now semi-retired and living in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
Commissioned By: (2018) – The National Association of Realtors
I was born in Mexico in 1972, but raised in the Northside Uptown community in Chicago. I attended Nicolas Senn High School, the American Academy of Art, the University of Illinois at Chicago and I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College. I have in-class art teaching practice experience and I have utilized it at schools like Roosevelt High School, New Trier High School, Evanston Township High School, to name a few. My art has been featured on WGN, Fox, CNN, ABC news and LatiNation. Also, my other areas of expertise are in street art and cultural imagery and mural paintings, and it has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Redeye, La Raza and other media publications. My art has been displayed in Chicago galleries, on Michigan Avenue (three times) and the National Museum of Mexican Art.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Pet First Chicago
Eliza is an Artist/Storyteller who adores celebrating pets by illustrating them dressed up as their alter egos. Ranging from greeting cards to elaborate custom pieces, she delights in working with both private clients and organizations to create quirky animal illustrations that tell a relatable story.
Eliza earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she continues to teach Visual Communications and Design. Fond of allegory, vintage fashion, and the color turquoise, she can be found peeping in the windows of pet shelters and begging her husband to let her bring just one more dog home.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Tails in the City
I love art and my city! I was born and raised in Chicago and have resided in many of the neighborhoods. I would appreciate the opportunity to work with the Neighborhood Arts Program at any level.
I became interested in ART at a young age and began painting. I am self-taught to a degree, and tutored by an international artist who resides in Italy and Chicago.
I’ve travelled internationally to Paris over several years where I attended Fine Art Auctions and Markets. I procured various forms of tapestries and related fragmental accessories, return to the states and market them domestically. This involvement, both commercial and residential design projects, solidified my deep interest in art, design, renovation and decorating.
The end result of my passion was my founding Creative DEEsigns, where I’ve manifested my creativity across a broad spectrum.
I have more than twelve years designing and creating applications for painting, wall murals and furnishings and furniture refinishing. My immediate market is Chicago, with many projects spread across the entire country.
My commercial experiences are offices, recreational facilities, boutiques and salons. A unique and somewhat unusual project was a commercial bowling alley, which presented numerous challenges resulting in impressive accolades.
Residential projects include diverse homes such as modern and contemporary loft spaces, to traditional and historically significant landmark houses.
I have consulted, and co-ventured with, many interior design firms and individual independent contractors. My design skills incorporate introductory color palettes, faux finishes, murals, abstracts, geometrics, stripe patterns, and other innovative techniques.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Federal Signal, Garry & Debbie Eades, (2018) – Mr. Garry & Mrs. Debbie Eades
Rachel Slotnick received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and she is a full-time professor at Malcolm X College and adjunct faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a commissioned muralist for Chicago’s 35th, 39th, 46th and 47th wards, and recently collaborated with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to create two Horses of Honor, one of which was permanently placed in the 25th Ward Alderman’s office. Her work has appeared in Mad Hat, Thrice Fiction, Driftwood Press, After Hours, Rain Taxi, Newfound, and The Brooklyn Rail among others. Slotnick won Rhino Poetry’s Founder’s Prize and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. She is the author of “In Lieu of Flowers,” available through Tortoise Books.
Peter R. Solt
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Chicago Wolves, DRL Enterprises, Inc.
Peter R. Solt, a native Chicagoan, graduated from the University of Illinois and established a career in graphic arts after a tenure at the Field Museum of Natural History. In the late 60’s and early 70’s he was an Art Director and contributor to the “Chicago Seed”, an underground newspaper. “The Seed” was a member of the Underground Press Syndicate and considered one of the most beautiful underground press publications of the time with its cutting-edge colorful psychedelic graphics. Peter was a graphic freelancer until the late 80’s when he joined DRL Enterprises, Inc. in Glenview as the graphic artist and package designer.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Kevin Durkin Family, A Marek Fine Jewelry, BM1 Scott Fischer on behalf of Coast Guard Station Wilmette Harbor, Mr. Bob & Mrs. Mary Ruebensen
Chicago born artist specializing in sculpture and assemblage art. I love the city and its people.
Commissioned By: (2017) – The Raoenighe Family Foundation, PAWS Chicago
Artist, graphic designer, writer and art director, currently head over heels for her American Bulldog, Swann is thrilled to be a part of the CPMF supporting Chicago’s K9s and the important work they do.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Action K-9 Security, Inc., The Chicago Police Chaplains’ Ministry, The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, The Maxwell, The Pritzker Family Foundation, Mr. Peter Shiverelli, United Scrap Metal, Wendella, (2018) – Benihana, CPD Mass Transit Bomb Dogs, Guardian Security, Inc., Sertoma, Wendella
Erika’s artistic journey began while pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Erika has been painting murals and commissions for residential and commercial clients throughout the Chicago land area. Her notable work, a Chicago White Sox mural in her Chicago home, was recognized in 2005 on FOX Thing in the Morning LIVE with David Navarro and Tamron Hall, and NBC5 News interview with Charlie Wojciechowski. Also appearing three times on the Chicago TV, Chanel 26 TheU, talk show, You and Me. Most recent commercial work can be seen adorning the walls of the operating rooms, therapy room, and Chicago White Sox Playroom at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. She also participated in the 2013 Great Chicago Fire Hydrant, while her painted 5’ hydrant earned the 100th Club and CFD charities in over $2,000 at Live auction. Erika has continued her passion for public art and has successfully attained her 7th horse with Horses of Honor, for her local community and neighbor, Canaryville Flaggs Club representing fallen officer, Daniel E. Howard.
Through her continued success with the Horses of Honor, Erika, fell into a consulting position and worked behind the scenes to get the K9’s for Cops statue created. Erika’s passion for art and her joy of sharing her talent is also reflected in CPS schools around
the city helping Chicago Cares create community murals. She tailors custom art parties to both children and adult groups and works in the field painting murals, creating hand painted wine glasses, shoes and custom canvas work.
Erika takes just as much joy and passion by the notion of donating her talent. She finds that
everything in life shall be done with purpose, no matter how big or small. This belief has taken her to create a program she brings to sick children in the hospital, called Painting with Patients. One day she hopes she can create a Non-for Profit status to help further
bring this great program to hospital patients readily.
Erika Vazzana looks forward to every art endeavor she attains, but her true masterpieces are her 3 beautiful children; Mason, Phillip, and Lucia and her loving husband, Mark.
Left Handed Wave
Commissioned By: (2017) – Ms. Joanna Mallers
Left Handed Wave is a Chicago based visual artist whose work is predominately found in the street. Most notable for a wide variety of oversized wheat pastes, stickers, and unsanctioned street campaigns, LHW has been pushing the boundaries of Chicago street art since early 2010. While keeping a heavy focus on screen printing in the studio, LHW continues to execute his technique in clothing, package design, and small editions of three dimensional plush characters.
Commissioned By: (2017) – Motorola Solutions Foundation
A strong curiosity and deep interest in the human experience is what inspires my work. I strive to create the most telling portrait possible. It is my goal as an artist to reveal the nature, mood or beauty of each subject in the hopes that the viewer identifies with each piece personally on some level.