The Mural Project

The Mural Project expands the breadth of MadArt’s programming by activating the studio’s facade with newly commissioned murals. This initiative was developed to create opportunities that prioritize historically underrepresented BIPOC artists in our community. We are excited to add this program to our repertoire, advancing our objective of supporting artists in creating new, large-scale works while facilitating accessible art experiences, especially during pandemic limitations. Temporarily installed on the front of MadArt Studio, the murals are easily viewable from the street and sidewalk to passersby.

Coming Soon: Basket Tradition by Paige Pettibon

Paige Pettibon is a Tacoma-based artist who incorporates her Indigenous and Black culture into her work. She has long identified as a painter, but in recent years has added sewing, creative writing, digital art, and jewelry making into her repertoire. Her paintings lean towards a realistic style with a focus on portraits, though she also enjoys exploring new ideas and techniques. Pettibon’s studio practice centers around building cultural community and creating social change through creative expression by sharing our narratives. As a Lushootseed speaker, she practices the virtues carried out through this community, which are to be kind, helpful, and generous. Her work is formed with these good intentions, knowing that it is important to be careful with the content you create in the world.

Coming Soon: Urban Ndns by Megan McDermott

Artist Megan McDermott was born in 1994 and her mixed race background informs the ways in which she interacts with the world. She has an eclectic array of talents including painting, drawing, sewing, and beading, working in both contemporary and traditional mediums.

Rae, 2020
by barry johnson
Dec. 22, 2020 – Feb. 1, 2021


These empowered portraits of johnson’s daughter reflected the hope and encouragement of a new year.