Who We Are:
Mix Masters Murals is the creative collaboration of artists Dustin Harris and Lea Pinsky. Together, we have a passion for working for and with communities to beautify spaces with art. Since 2005 we have led numerous large-scale mural projects in schools, community centers, and public spaces around Chicago. Projects include CTA El walls, the Fourth Presbyterian Church downtown, four Chicago Public Schools, Columbia College Chicago, the City of Evanston, and community parks. In our collaborative work with youth, we strive to build a learning environment where participants can express their creativity freely within a structure that also supports professional standards for the artwork, and with beautification as a primary goal. Working with a central theme for each mural, the students contribute creative decisions in every step of the design and painting process, and are treated as collaborators as well as student apprentices.
Since 2009, we have also served as Lead Project Managers for the Rogers Park Business Alliance’s “Mile of Murals”, which annually creates a new block-long mural for the Glenwood Avenue CTA walls, each one 2200 square feet. As Project Managers, we have devised themes for each wall, led rigorous selection processes, supervised 13 professional artists in their designs, managed budgets of $30,000, and overseen painting from start to finish.
In 2016, we developed new public art initiative called Evanston Mural Arts Program, as a program of local non-profit Art Encounter. EMAP provides curatorial leadership and project management support across all areas of making public murals, towards the shared goals of community enrichment, civic engagement, economic development, and beautification.
Beyond our mural work, Dustin is a deejay and Lea is an arts educator.
Selected Mural Projects:
Evanston Church and Darrow , 2016 Two murals: Trust Your Heart, Live Your Dream
CTA Wall in Rogers Park, 2015 Glenwood and Estes underpass: It Starts With You
Willard School, 2014-15 Entrance and Library Murals
Howard St Wall, 2015 Howard and Hoyne: Our Time Is Now
Howard St, Metra Wall, 2014 Metra underpass, Love Now
PADS Wellness Center, 2012. Four murals for center. Theme: Transitions
Orrington Elementary School, 2012. Auditorium. Theme: School values
Justin Wynn Fund Mural, 2012. 25th Anniversary mural. Theme: community service youth program.
CTA Wall in Rogers Park, 2010 Glenwood @ Greenleaf/Lunt. Theme: Think Local
CTA Wall in Rogers Park, 2009 Glenwood @ Estes/Greenleaf. Theme: Rogers Park’s Past
Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, 2009 Skate Park and Art Farm Murals
Columbia College Chicago, 2009 Music studio murals. Theme: Chicago artists
Boone Elementary School, 2007-10 Playground, History, Lunchroom. Various Themes.
Children’s Rooms, 2007-09 Homes in Evanston, Downers Grove
Fourth Presbyterian Church, 2006 Youth room
Pulaski Fine Arts Academy, 2005-09 Auditorium, Lunchroom, Library
Dustin Harris and Lea Pinsky, firstname.lastname@example.org.