2016: The Sepia Project

Chicago Public Art Group worked closely with members of the North Lawndale and Little Village communities to create a public art project on four BNSF rail underpasses walls, one at Cermak and Central Park, and the other around 2225 S. Trumbull. The Sepia Project was intended to unite community members in design and painting processes, and be a lasting testament to the unique spirits of those two neighborhoods.

Large-scale portraits of residents of Lawndale and Little Village were painted on the underpass walls that link the two neighborhoods. The source for portraits was photographs provided by community members portraying the warmth and capacity of the united 22nd ward neighborhoods.

The two artists worked with the community to develop the design and theme, which was approved by a Steering Committee comprising residents of Little Village, North Lawndale, and the Alderman’s office. The fabrication involved community members who wished to participate in workshops and community days.

The Lead Artists were Max Sansing, Rahmaan Statik Barnes, Bobby Price, Miguel A. Del Real, Elizabeth Reyes, Delilah Salgado, and Epifanio Monarrez, along with Abdul-Aziz Hassan, Assistant to the Alderman, 22nd Ward. 

Sepia project artist team working on the design.

Sepia project artist team working on the design.