North Connector Banner Design Competition
North Connector Banner Design Competition
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We asked and you answered – 67 artists submitted to our call for artists! With stakeholder input, we’ve narrowed it to 8 artists who were paid to create design proposals. You can check out their designs below.
Thank you for sharing your input on these 8 artists’ designs below during the comment period.
Guided by this community feedback, our Banner Art Working Group will choose 4 artists whose work will be installed on temporary streetlight banners along Grand Avenue from Natural Bridge to Cass. The banners will mark a segment of the Brickline Greenway: North Connector, which will begin construction in 2025.
Check out the artists’ designs!
JAMIE BONFIGILIO | @iam_jamietheartist
About the Artist: Jamie Bonfiglio is a self-taught visual artist and muralist whose work is characterized by vivid colors, bold brushstrokes, and dynamic compositions. Born in New York City and raised in Mobile, AL, Jamie developed a passion for art at a young age. But her path went in a different direction.
Initially headed towards a forensic science career, a trip to the art store would eventually change everything. A few paint tubes, canvases, and brushes set Jamie’s naturally artistic spark ablaze. From never having painted before to being featured in USA Today, Jamie’s work has found a home with art collectors all over the world.
About the Concept: I’ve lived in North St. Louis for over a year now. Thanks to my neighbors’ stories, I learned how Leon Spinks used to walk the neighborhood as a youngster challenging anybody to a fight. I had to depict Crown Candy, a long-standing staple that’s provided sweet treats for years. Music is such an integral part of the city, so I created Jazz Man to represent creativity and artistry. The buildings and parks here are amazing. When researching Fairground Park, I learned about the bear exhibit as well as the dark, racist history surrounding the public pool. The image of the girl blowing a bubble in front of the old zoo entrance counters that dark history. She represents the beauty of the people and the bubble gum conveys child-like, carefree energy. Each art piece is meant to portray the nostalgia, history, creativity, and beauty of this neighborhood.
JEN EVERETT | @jeneverettart
About the Artist: Jen Everett is an artist and teacher from Southfield, Michigan, currently based in Saint Louis, Missouri. Her practice moves between lens and time based media, installation and writing. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally at art spaces including Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Saint Louis Art Museum, Krannert Art Museum, The Baltimore Museum of Art, and SCAD Museum of Art. As a resident of St. Louis for almost twenty years, she is interested in highlighting the rich and often overlooked legacies of Black communities in St. Louis through her collection of found photographs.
About the Concept: My banner designs appropriate found photographs of Black people sourced from St. Louis are thrift stores. The snapshots have been cropped to focus on figures outside a home or in a neighborhood. There is a sense of pride in these pictures but also something unknown and inaccessible. I hope these images compel viewers to consider the complexity and beauty of the communities we inhabit and to affirm that they have a place here, even in the midst of uncertainty and change.
PETE HOLOHAN | @pete.holohan
About the Artist: Pete Holohan is a printmaker living and working in Saint Louis City. In addition to his art practice which is based out of a storefront studio space on the southside, Pete is a volunteer and instructor at Central Print, a non-profit letterpress shop located in Old North. He is also the Instructional Technician for both the Printmaking and Book Arts Studios at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Art at Washington University. When not carving woodcuts, he can probably be found pedaling his bike around any number of GRG greenways and trails and he can’t wait to ride the Brickline!
About the Concept: I strove to create banners that reflect the beauty, diversity, determination, and uniqueness of the neighborhoods through which the Northern Brickline Connector will pass, as well as celebrate all the different walks of life one may encounter along the trail. This meant both imagining the different types of trail users who will benefit from the construction of the Brickline, but also studying the unique architecture and building forms that those trail users will experience as they ride. You may recognize some landmarks: the Griot Museum, the North Grand Water Tower, and the Fairground Park Bear Pits, as well as rowhouses and other dwellings common to Saint Louis City. The image is a two-color relief print – each color is printed from a hand-carved plate, much like a large stamp. I intend to create a total of 4 images, this being 2 of them. The others will be the same style but instead of the view North, those will present the view South towards midtown.
ANDREA HUGHES | @andrearealartjunkie
About the Artist: Andrea Hughes, a self-taught artist, also the director of the 14th Street Artist Community and the Zuka Art Guild president. A native St. Louisan, she was raised in the Fairground Park community, currently residing in Old North St. Louis. Andrea is an alum of the Community Arts Training (CAT) program sponsored by the Regional Arts Commission. She facilitates virtual art classes for senior citizens and paints murals for the “Doors of Old North” with local organizations. She was chosen “Community Impact Artist of 2022” by The St. Louis Visionary Awards, and muralist for the Delmar Street Mural Project.
About the Concept: My connection to the North Corridor Neighborhood is not just a physical location; it’s a vibrant tapestry of people, stories, and shared memories in the neighborhood where I grew up on Fair Avenue, my grandparents owned a Laundromat on W. Florissant Avenue, and members of my family lived within a block of one another’s home. Back then, small businesses provided many daily needs with little need to go outside the district. For me, art is a beacon of hope that can transcend limitations and bring back feelings of positivity. My artwork seeks to emulate the changing seasons, the way this approach of a vintage legacy provides a visual link to the past, present, and future. I enjoy creating artwork throughout St. Louis City, and the community has become more of a welcoming place for residents, businesses, and visitors.
MEE JEY | @mee_jey
About the Artist: Mee Jey is a multidisciplinary artist from India with an MFA degree in visual arts from Washington University in St. Louis. Mee had solo exhibitions and performances at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Bruno David Gallery (St. Louis), Middlesex University (London, UK), India Habitat Center (New Delhi), and group shows in Athens (Greece), New York, London (UK), San Jose Museum of Quilt and Textiles (CA), Michigan, Miami, St. Louis, Alton (IL), and New Delhi (India). Mee Jey was Artist-in-Residence at the Laumeier Sculpture Park (MO, 2022), Procreate Project (London, UK, 2023), Craft Alliance (2022-23) and Resident-Teaching Artist at Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2022-23). Currently she is the Creative Lab Fellow 2023 at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and A.I.R at Forsyth School, St. Louis. She recently won Mother Art Prize (UK, 2023) and St. Louis Visionary Emerging Artist Award (2022).
About the Concept: St. Louis represents a racially, culturally, sexually and creatively rich and welcoming community. My forms, colors and composition of forms represent the richness of this oasis that North St. Louis is.
BYRON “BE ART” ROGERS | @be_a_unique_creation
About the Artist: Accomplished Artist and Educator for over 23 years, also the founder of Be Art Gallery and Studio, which is a non -profit art organization focused on providing art workshops and guided instructions to youth in the St. Louis Area. Byron Rogers is a native of St. Louisan. He has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Webster University, a Master’s Degree from Fontbonne University in Studio Art, and an additional Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. He has taught fine arts on the collegiate and secondary level. He is committed to educating and sharing the arts with his community as a tool to create self-identity and pride while inspiring a new love and appreciation for the arts.
About the Concept: My four pieces are representative of a collection of experiences growing up in the Jeff Vander Lou (JVL) neighborhood during the 70’s and 80’s. My goal was to share this sense of community we experienced during this time. Our neighborhood was full of people supporting one another. The main themes I chose to portray are the prominence of the church, barber shop, and spirit of the neighborhood. The church was important and served as a community resource. The barbershops and beauty shops were meet-up places and where you were able to get the latest news (gossip) or hookups. During this time kids played outside until street-lights came on and you could play ball (basketball) late into the night and had no fear of getting criminalized. It was a great time. These works are just a small glimpse of those experiences.
SIMIYA SUDDUTH | @spiritscapesss
About the Artist: Simiya is a mother, multidisciplinary artist, and art educator. She maintains a fluid creative practice that primarily manifests in the realm of public art and social practice. Her work explores the intersections of healing, ecology, social justice, and spirituality. Simiya’s expansive creative practice ranges from digital illustration, designing and painting murals to experimental sound healing performances. In addition to maintaining her art practice, Simiya is a full time K-6 art educator. Her work in the 2023 Counterpublic Triennial was featured in the New York Times and PBS News Hour.
About the Concept: These four banner designs celebrate the unique and iconic old-skool car and roller skating culture of Fairground Park. The designs are inspired by the multi-generational gatherings spaces of the outdoor skating rink on North Grand Blvd., and the Sunday afternoons when folks gather together and bring out their old-skool cars to be in community with one another. The designs are unified by a hot pink background, with a bright floral wallpaper style pattern composed of various flower species that are native to the Missouri prairie landscapes. The goal of these designs is to unite the human and non-human: to celebrate the cultural strongholds of the Fairground Park neighborhood while celebrating the natural beauty, and ecological diversity that the greenway will bring to the area. I spent a lot of time in the Fairground Park area during my childhood, my dad lived in a house on Prairie Ave. My paternal grandmother still lives in a nearby neighborhood. As a public and social practice based artist, I believe in the power of artwork to transform public spaces, and unite communities. I believe the acts of creating, viewing, embodying, and experiencing art, are modes of healing within themselves. I believe in the power of public art to cultivate greater accessibility to fine arts and creative practices, and the power that public art holds to raise awareness around some of our most pressing cultural and environmental issues. I aim to use that power to promote visibility, and hold space for healing, joy, and justice.
MARQUIS TERRELL | @Artbymarquisterrell
About the Artist: Marquis Terrell is a self-taught artist from St. Louis, Mo. He is skilled in graphite, colored pencils, pen, watercolor, spray paint, acrylic and oil paints. He co-founded Battle of the Arts which was a program designed to provide youth – particularly those that are either underrepresented – with safe, fun, and free art programs. His passion for helping younger artists stems from his personal experiences of overcoming doubt when he was a youth artist. He is also a former board member of St. Louis Artworks. He currently serves as the art curator for the Believe Project. My goal is to create a banner that will bring nostalgia to older people of the community– and also encourage the youth to research the history of their community.
About the Concept: The purpose of my design is to highlight the people who have been a part of the communities surrounding the Greenline Brickway North Connector. My goal within my design is to capture the feeling of the past, present and the future of this community. I grew up less than 5 miles away from the area of the North Connector. My fondest memory about that area was attending the annual Annie Malone parade before it was relocated to downtown. The origins of St. Louis being a baseball city began in North St. Louis. The St. Louis Cardinal played at Sportsman’s Park which was located where Herbert Hoover Boys Club is currently located. Grand Boulevard is one of St. Louis most popular streets and has been an entertainment hub since the 1800’s. My goals with each design was to capture the essence and beauty of North St. Louis.
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