For the last 16 years, Phil Shafer has run his successful art business, Sike Style Industries, while working full-time as a designer for the University of Kansas Medical Center. Shafer's creative practice includes fine art paintings, print graphics and murals. Murals allow Shafer to transform bland or vandalized surfaces with colorful, positive and uplifting imagery that inspire pride in the nearby communities. Shafer was commissioned by Kansas City Royals to paint a mural inside Kauffman Stadium to commemorate the 2014 ALCS win and the 2015 World Series win. Check out more of Shafer's art and process on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @sikestyle.
Major League Baseball's 2012 Hometown Heroes Artist and Buck O'Neil`s Legacy Seat recipient Alexander Austin once homeless climbed his way up to Kansas City's largest outdoor canvas in the Power and Light District. He began beautifying abandoned buildings in 1989 in the inner city and has since done portraits for the Metropolitan Bar Association, Murals at The Kansas City Zoo and has a charitable mural inside The City Union Mission that encourages and uplifts Kansas City`s homeless. His work includes fine art as well and has been seen in galleries and museums around the country. His 30 X 50 feet mural of local legend John 'Buck' O'Neil was used for the opening of the 2012 MLB All Star Game and televised worldwide on the FOX Sports Network. He has works in private and corporate collections in and outside of the USA. Catch up with Alexander at fb.com/AlexanderAustinstudios.
Known for his paint splashed style of large scale mural art, Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson has been defining his skills for over a decade. In 2015, ARCY announced his North American live event mural tour, where he took his skills on the road, painting 8' x 12' specifically formulated event walls in front of thousands of onlookers in many of the largest cities across the nation. ARCY has worked for the likes of The Smithsonian Institute, America's National Parks Service, and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. As he travels the globe, ARCY continues to demonstrate his growing desire to leave his mark wherever he goes.
Donald Ross also known as "Scribe" currently lives in Kansas City, Missouri. For 24 years the animated, public murals by Scribe are readily recognizable all over Kansas City, Children's Mercy Hospital where he has been the resident artist for the past 14 years and throughout different parts of the United States, Canada and down into Mexico where he has both painted murals and had gallery shows. Scribe incorporates a menagerie of animal characters developed over many years representing a particular, self-referential trait that he inserts in various scenarios. Scribe intersperses personal iconography, biblical and fairytale references, animation and metaphor in works intended as contemporary parables for public audiences, hence the use of his artist name and persona. His latest project includes a book for kids called The Scribble Squad published by Kansas City based company Andrews & McMeel and he has done projects with companies such as Kid Robot, VML, Samsung and many more. Follow more of his adventures on Instagram and twitter @scribeswalk, his website scribeswalk.com and facebook facebook.com/scribeDRoss75/.
This mural is a joint project between head artist JT Daniels and Mattie Rhodes Center Youth. JT Daniels is a KC native who began painting murals in 2013, where he was given his first chance to lead a small group of youth through their first community based mural project. Due to the success of his first mural, in 2014, he assumed the role of Quality Assessor for a local mural arts program while simultaneously working as a youth mentor in Jackson County. While combining art, mentorship & engagement, JT's work has made room for him to share his artistic voice. His work depicts overlapping faces, words and characters, which are a visual reference of all the people he's talked to and shared spaces with over time. Some of these spaces include ARTSKC, LIVE KC, Urbana KC, Art in the Loop & The KC Streetcar.
Mattie Rhodes Center is a community development organization dedicated to individual and family well-being through social services, behavioral health counseling and the arts celebrating 123 years of serving the Greater Kansas City community. We are committed to building a stronger city by working toward the vision of living in a vibrant community where all individuals and families are healthy, safe and have the resources to thrive. Mattie Rhodes Center provides a holistic approach to individual and family well being through social services, behavioral health counseling and the arts.
Mattie Rhodes Center Youth Development programming represents a targeted, multi-layered approach that supports youth through arts education, arts integrated character development opportunities and health and wellness education. Our staff of Art Educators, Coach/Mentors and Youth Engagement Specialists provides activities that engage youth around their interests, talents and goals and have a long-term impact â to be successful and productive participants in their community.
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Carpenter Collective is the design and branding studio of the husband and wife duo Jessica and Tad Carpenter. Carpenter Collectives focus is to bring powerful messages to life through branding, packaging, illustration and design. They have worked with clients ranging from Boulevard Brewing Co., Target, Coca-Cola, Macy's, Conan O'Brien, Adobe and MTV among many others. Carpenter Collective has worked with numerous bands on posters and tour campaigns for over 10 years, including John Mayer, Bob Dylan, Radiohead, Paul McCartney and Dave Matthews Band to name a few. Partner Tad Carpenter has written and illustrated over twenty children's books in our marketplace today intended for adults and children of all ages and also teaches graphic design at the two's alma-mater, The University of Kansas.
Jessica, Tad and Carpenter Collective continue to develop murals, experience design and identity systems throughout the country with the goal of developing impactful, memorable and unexpected brand experiences. Both Tad and Jessica were both Raised Royal here, in Kansas City and very much love the Kansas City Royals.