Local students have another opportunity to not only work with Chicago-based artist Rahmaan Statik, but to create art while being paid during the 2017 Rosemont Summer Mural Project.
Statik said 15 students will be selected for this summer’s project. The group will create another mural in the Williams Street parking garage on the long back wall that leads to the entrance of MB Financial Park. This is part of the multi-year Rosemont Mural Initiative. Last year, students completed murals in the front area of the garage.
Statik is accepting applications and art samples from students through his website at statikone.net Students selected will be part of the paid internship program expected to run from June through August. Statik requests five pieces of original artwork be submitted.
A few years ago the village launched the mural initiative through the park district. Since then, 43 colorful murals have gone up around the village including near the Rosemont Recreation Center, and inside the Williams Street garage between the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center and MB Financial Park.
Prior to painting the murals, Statik meets with selected students to discuss ideas, take suggestions and work out a final plan for building the murals. Once an idea is approved by village leaders and finalized, the process begins of drawing and then painting the mural.
“We know public art, even in unexpected places like a parking garage, help to make those spaces more inviting and pleasant,” Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens said.
Students participating in the program over the years have included those from Maine West High School, East Leyden High School, Oakton Community College, Columbia College and the American Academy of Art.