Hydraulic & Georgetown Rd. Mural
The mural is located along the Westgate apartment community, on the retaining walls bordering the northeast and northwest corners (380 foot long wall facing Hydraulic and 85 foot long wall facing Georgetown). This project is a partnership between The Charlottesville Mural Project, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, Albemarle High School, The County of Albemarle, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and local residents. Funding for this project is possible through Westgate Limited Partnership, a Great Eastern Management Related Entity as well as The National Writing Project and John Legend’s LRNG organization which awarded Albemarle County Schools an Educator Innovator grant for the Let ‘em Shine project studying memorialization in the public realm.
During the 2017-2018 school year students working with AHS teacher Russell Carlock have been studying murals and monuments in the public realm. As a continuation of these educational efforts, The Charlottesville Mural Project (a program of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative) has worked with students to develop a call for muralists, including a description of appropriate styles and motifs. Students communicated a desire to see a bright, fun design highlighting the diverse people and geographic beauty of Albemarle and Charlottesville.
Emily Herr and Eleanor Doughty met in their freshman year Art Honors class at Virginia Commonwealth University, lived as housemates for several years, and traveled in Europe and South America together, all the while collaborating on numerous artistic endeavors. Herr and Doughty, currently residing in Richmond VA and Seattle WA respectively, will begin work on June 5th and are planning to finish the piece by June 9th, weather pending. Since their selection, Herr and Doughty have been collaborating with AHS students for design input and will welcome volunteer students interested in helping paint.
About the artists: Eleanor Doughty, originally from Vienna, VA, now lives in Seattle, WA. She graduated with a BFA in illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 and is proud to continue to work in her field as a freelance illustrator. So far, she has successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns related to drawing and traveling, and has completed sketching trips on 5 continents (most recently to South America). Her illustrations have been featured in publications such as Graphite Magazine, VICE, and the Boston Globe.
Emily Herr is a Richmond native who has been creating custom hand-painted murals at home and on the road under the name HerrSuite for the past 10 years. Painting murals is an excuse for Emily to explore new settings for illustrative visual art, work closely with an ever-changing variety of people, and push her physical and creative limits. As part of her creative practice she initiates ambitious projects that guide the shape of her client work – most recently designing and building a mobile artist studio, and then launching a traveling mural project called “Girls! Girls! Girls!” to better represent womxn in public art.
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