The Dufala Brothers (Philadelphia, PA):
Whether you know them for the Funeral For a Home project, their infamous Toilet Tricycle Race, or as former members of the band Man Man, the Dufala Brothers have made a name for themselves as two of the most exciting young artists in Philadelphia.
Sam Durant (Los Angeles, CA):
Sam Durant has used art to engage with the most pressing issues of politics, culture, and history in some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Now, he’s coming to Philadelphia to use our model of engagement to create a sculpture about the criminal justice system.
Shepard Fairey (Los Angeles, CA):
Celebrated as the creator of the OBEY GIANT art campaign and clothing company, the Andre the Giant has a Posse sticker, and the Obama HOPE poster, Shepard Fairey’s work has become some of the most ubiquitous iconography of any living artist.
JR (Paris, France):
For 15 years, JR has wheatpasted his distinctive black and white photographs on streets from Paris to Rio de Janeiro. Since winning the TED Prize in 2011, he has become an international icon for the next generation of street art, muralism, and social advocacy through art.
Ernel Martinez & Keir Johnston (Philadelphia, PA):
As members of Amber Art & Design, Ernel Martinez and Keir Johnston have left their mark on Philadelphia through a series of beloved murals and public art installations. If you know Philadelphia, chances are you know a mural by Martinez or Johnston too.
MOMO (New Orleans, LA):
Widely regarded as the standard-bearer for abstraction in street art, MOMO has since transitioned into creating large-scale murals in countries all over the world, including as a perennial participant in Italy’s legendary FAME Festival.
Jonathan Monk (England, UK):
The modern master of the art of appropriation, Jonathan Monk’s work simultaneously skewers and pays homage to the greats of contemporary art.
Odili Donald Odita (Philadelphia, PA):
Odili Donald Odita’s murals and installations are recognized the world over for exploring color both in the figurative art historical context and in the sociopolitical sense.
Michelle Angela Ortiz (Philadelphia, PA):
As a muralist, Michelle Angela Ortiz has positioned herself as both a fantastic visual artist and one of the foremost experts on using public art to bridge social and cultural divides. With Open Source, she’ll be tackling the issue of immigrant rights.
Sterling Ruby (Los Angeles, CA):
Known as a “bad-boy” of contemporary art, Sterling Ruby as wow-ed the art world time and time again with his monumental installations that fly in the face of minimalist traditions.
Jennie Shanker (Philadelphia, PA):
Jennie Shanker, a founding member of Philadelphia’s Vox Populi Gallery and a professor at the Tyler School of Art, is known throughout Pennsylvania for using art to bring nuanced conversations to tough issues like fracking, the criminal justice system, and now urban development.
Shinique Smith (Catskills, NY):
Shinique Smith has built an international reputation for bridging the gaps between art education and contemporary art, art and craft, painting and fashion, and public art and canvases.
Swoon (New York, NY):
From her start as a young activist and street artist in New York City, Swoon has found her way into major museums such as MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum, all while developing a unique model to combine her public art, activism, charity work, and studio practice.
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