Comparative Studies Undergraduate Student, Amy Gutmann Fuentes, Helps Create Murals in Cincinnati

October 8, 2018
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Amy Gutmann Fuentes describes her experience of the working with the Cincinnati non-profit, ArtWorks.

"I became an apprentice for ArtWorks in 2015 and have been working there in the summers ever since. I started out just drawing and painting on my own time, then doing pottery, making stencils, and eventually ended up teaching myself how to make stop motion videos to sell for music videos. A lot of the kids at ArtWorks don't have a formal education in art, but are extremely passionate about it and are willing to spend hours a day practicing on their own time. The murals are unique to their locations and have a special significance according to the buildings they're painted on. The Silverton Mural (with the three women on it) was painted on the Women Writing for a Change building in Silverton, it was designed by artist Erin Barker and is supposed to represent creativity, strength, and wisdom, and also depict the essence of Silverton's urban forestry through the foliage in the design. The Windsor Mccay mural (with the cartoon strip) is a historical mural that remembers the famous comic artist Mccay and his time spent in Cincinnati, where he developed the "Little Nemo Adventures in Slumberland" comic. The last mural I sent is the Cincinnati Toy Heritage Mural, designed by Jonathan Queen, which shows the various iconic toys that were created in Cincinnati by Kenner Toys. The mural features a care bear, C3PO, Easy Bake Oven, Spirograph, and Strawberry Shortcake to list just a few".

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Cincinnati Toy Heritage mural

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Silverton mural

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Windsor Mccay mural