Local Students Sought To Participate In Rosemont Art Project


By: Diane Turner-Hurns
Journal & Topics Reporter

The Rosemont Park District seeks at least 12 resident art enthusiasts aged from 16 through 22 to design and paint an expansive new mural.

Village leaders last April approved the development and painting of a series of murals on the ground floor of Rosemont’s William Street parking garage to begin this summer.

Rosemont Recreation Center Program Director Omar Camarillo said students in high school or college who live in Rosemont should contact him by Friday, May 27 if they would like to participate in the mural project. Camarillo can be reached by phone at 847-298-1965, by email at or at the rec center, 7128 Barry St.

Camarillo said the position is considered a paid summer job with the Village.

“Once students talk to me they will then meet with artist Rahmaan Statik Barnes and then fill out an application,” Camarillo told the Journal this week. “We hope to get the project started by mid-June.”

Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens, Camarillo, Barnes and park district leaders along with several local students have led recent efforts to add art to the Village. This has resulted in the creation of two colorful murals located near the recreation center on Barry Street the past two years. Each of the massive murals has added art and color to the area, which is surrounded by unassuming industrial buildings and apartments.

The last mural, unveiled last summer, features a burst of sport activities and lines up against the new turf field at the rec center.

Barnes also created and painted the green eyed wolf mural located near Allstate Arena on Lunt Avenue for the Chicago Wolves.

More recently, Barnes completed a mural of famous musician Prince in downtown Chicago. Prince died in late April.

Rosemont trustees approved a proposal in April to pay Barnes $65,000 to create the work of art that will cover the west interior wall on the garage’s ground floor.

According to Mayor Stephens, the new mural will be able to be viewed by motorists traveling through the garage between Bryn Mawr and Balmoral avenues. Stephens said the mural will be done in conjunction with restoration work of the garage that’s located directly east of MB Financial Park at Rosemont.

Camarillo said the project should begin in mid-June and be completed by the end of the year. He said the design will be developed once the new team gathers together.

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