The Charlottesville Mural Project announces new Director

For Immediate Release
Contact: Ross McDermott – charlottesvillemuralproject@gmail.com

Monday, February 22, 2016 – The Charlottesville Mural Project (CMP) is excited to announce its new Director to lead the public art program.  After receiving a strong response from candidates within Charlottesville and outside Virginia, a hiring committee selected Greg Kelly for the position.  Kelly, former Executive Director of The Bridge, brings a decade of arts programming, outreach, and curatorial experience.

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“I am very confident in the high-quality and unique vision Greg Kelly will bring to the project,” says current CMP Director, Ross McDermott.  “We are fortunate to have someone take over who is passionate about Charlottesville, brings with him a strong artist network, and truly believes in the positive impact public art can make in communities.”

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A celebration surrounds the newest mural at Johnson Elementary School!

Led by two parent volunteers, Johnson Elementary School students just completed a mural project with the help of artist Chicho Lorenzo.  Adrienne Dent and Doris Simpson, parents of Johnson Elementary school students, initiated the project by hiring Chicho Lorenzo.  The Charlottesville Mural Project funded the project, paying for supplies and an artist stipend.

Over the course of three months, Adrienne and Doris arranged for Chicho to work in the classrooms with students, brainstorming mural themes by drawing pictures and sharing stories.

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St. Anne’s Belfield Mural is complete!

The St. Anne’s Belfield Mural was completed last week–just in time for the last day of school.   Mrs. Cox and the 8th grade class made a final push to have everyone paint their hand print on the tree and leave their mark.  The “foliage” has filled-out in the last week, and over the years, as other 8th grade classes add their hand prints, the tree will grow into a mature, multi-colored spectacle.

I was very impressed with the dedication from the art kids.  The mural fills the expansive wall of the basketball court area, and offers a more interesting visual landscape.  It’s hard to believe such a mural was completed in only a short series of 45-minute class periods!  Major props to Mrs. Cox!

The mural could not have happened without technical help from Blue Ridge Paint and Decorating, Benjamin Moore, Andrew Lettner Painting, and the on-site assistance from artist Patrick Costello.  I hope to see STAB continue the mural tradition in years to come!
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New murals in the works!

The Charlottesville Mural Project is working on four murals for 2012.

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