An Installation at the 40th Street Artist in Residence Gallery
4007 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
"City Frogs" (work above)
18" x 22"
Woven and Painted Recycled Materials
This project includes a traveling installation revolving around the topic of climate change and alternative living structures and rituals.
a holistic interconnected
organization of space
inspired by the observation of nature:
the flight pattern of a butterfly,
shadows in the trees,
the wind blowing,
5’ x 50’
Central City Assembly, Tucson AZ
Artists: The process featured long time muralist Jos Villabrille who is a freelance artist with more than 30 years professional experience. Jos was accompanied by artist’s Sowmya Ghosh and Michael Schwartz . Additional murals created by youth in the Tucson Arts Brigade ACE’s program are in progress in the parking lot area. Two new murals were created by artists Alice Glasser and Jeanne Cohen.
Here you will find an archive of my projects for your enjoyment, and I hope inspiration. This is a great page to watch as I will be adding more projects as time allows. There are well over 150 projects to archive. Projects are the hallmark of my artistic life. They bring joy to me, and I hope to you as well. As a public artist this includes murals, discussions, sculptures, performances, writings, installations, happenings and more. The projects change and morph into new ones as I follow my life path. All of them seek to inspire, beautify, encourage, illuminate and transcend in some way. The public projects and my studio produced works are reflections of one another, woven together in a cycle. Spinning endlessly inwards and outwards. It’s like the cycle of life, of creation, of breathing in, breathing out a daily routine, series of rituals and aspirations. The secondary archive contains over 1400 works of visual art currently in my collection. This does not include the hundreds of works in collections worldwide, journals, writings and an assortment of smaller artworks, graphics and comics. These will be archived over the next several years.
Offering by the River
Acrylics on Brick
Size: 16’ x 188’
(one of seven exterior walls and nine interior walls)
Commissioning Entity: MDO City of Philadelphia/ Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
DVE Vibrations Music Fest Live Murals
6’ x 55’
Slaughterhouse, Tucson, AZ
The Artists Team included Aileen Boggs, Bryan De Los Reyas, Jacqi Garcia, Aria Pelayo, Juan Rey Rocha and team leader Michael Schwartz. Ream more about the project here.
The Great Turning Participatory Banners
Two 8’ x 10’ banners
Audobon Expedition Institute
Together We Thrive
316 N 4th Ave, Tucson
18' x 48'
"The Weaver", with details of Empire Market and Coronado Hotel
The theme of “Together We Thrive”, at its core, is about more than community during crisis. It’s about community in daily life, the community that continually shapes us. Though the vision for the “Together We Thrive” mural was born out of tragedy, it now seeks to celebrate Tucson’s history of thriving together as a community in the 4th Avenue district. Continue Reading Here.
Demonstration Project 2: Miracle Manor Neighborhood Mural and After School Program
Size: 14' x 61'
Acrylics, Parachute Cloth on Brick
Location: S & K Market, at 2520 N. 15th Avenue
Throughout this mural project people would come up and comment on our progress. Neighbors such as Jeff commented that the mural “really changes the place, it makes it look better, and brightens up our days”. Continue reading here.
Eagles Youth Partnership Murals
Size: 8' x 2400'
Location: Richard Wright Elementary School
©2005 Eagles Youth Partnership / Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Michael Schwartz
These images show details of a massive mural that was created over a 5 week period in the spring of 2005.
Located inside Richard Wright Elementary School the mural spans over 8,000 square feet. This includes the entire first floor, hallways, gym and half the second floor of the school. The first floor features the alphabet, illustrated A-Z, designed with input from students. The second floor is devoted to mathematics. It took a crew of three people working for five weeks to make this exciting project a success. The Eagles football team came and helped to paint during a huge community arts day facilitated by the amazing people at the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Afterwards we stayed on for several weeks to touch up the mural. The first floor has the entire Alphabet from A-Z illustrated. On the second floor are mathematical themes.
Sun Tran PLACE Project
PLACE, a Sun Tran Bus Poster project, Tucson, AZ
For lots more information, stories and images visit the project blog.
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Strange World Mural
6' x 22'
Acrylics on CMU
Location: Kirkbride Elementary School in Philadelphia
This mural was designed by 28 third graders at , and was part of the Fleisher Art Memorial Community Connections program. This project was one in a series completed over several years. You can read more about these residencies, including "Hello Tucson, Hello Philadelphia", a wonderful project between third grade classrooms, one in Philadelphia, and one Tucson.
Demonstration Project 5: Welcome To Tucson Mural
One wall, 20 pillars on oerpass.
Location: On Tucson Blvd. next to Esperanza Elementary School)
Sponsored by: McDonald's, Tucson Clean & Beautiful, City of Tucson
Special Thanks To:
Tucson area McDonald's Employees, Esperanza Elementary School, Cherry Avenue Neighborhood Association
Funded By: Southern Arizona McDonald's Operator Association, City of Tucson
Project Manager: Tucson Clean & Beautiful
© 2012 Tucson Arts Brigade
Lead Artist: Michael Schwartz, Lead Assistants: Victor Lopez, Samantha Novak, Juan Rocha, Pua & Leah Trice, Margarita Morales, Bryan Delos Reyas, Aileen Boggs
Tucson Hip Hop Festival Live Arts
8' x 8'
Six Hours of live painting, five compositions at this first annual festival celebrating the innovation of Hip Hop culture in Tucson.
R. W. Brown Community Center Mural
Acrylic Colors, Parachute Cloth, Gel
25’ x 160’
Location: 1701 North 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122
Commissioning Entity: Aramark Corporation, R. W. Brown Community Center
Ryetta's Harbor City
Monsoon Pop Up Art Space
127 N 5th Ave, Tucson AZ
Ryetta establishes a port city and gets a royal guard. This playful temporary installation invites viewers to Interact: Take a picture of yourself, your friends, or just the installation
Use Hashtags: #MBSarts #RyettasHarbor #MonsoonCollective
Graffitti-Art Mural Competition
5’ x 180’
2520 N. Oracle Rd
Arts for All, Tucson, AZ
Lead Artist Facilitator
Read about the project here.
Desert Flowers Cistern Mural
Location: Private Residence Foothills, Tucson, AZ
Size: Two 9’ x 9’ x 15’ Metal Cisterns
Acrylics on Metal
Funded: Private Commission
Seeds for Life
7’ x 7’ Acrylics on Wood
Private Family Garden, Tucson, AZ
This project involved 26 people in an inter-generational 12 week project. The mural depicts the four directions, four elements (water, air, fire, earth) and the genetic diversity of the Sonoran Bioregion. We discussed gardening, seeds, rotations of life, the moon and much more.
Public Art Projects
"Demonstration Project": Bronx Wash Community Mural and Workshops
Size: 8’ x 32’
Acrylic Colors, Parachute Cloth, Gel
4th Ave. and Linden, Tucson, AZ
Northwest Neighborhood Association, Pro Neighborhoods, Tucson Arts Brigade
A beautiful example of participatory arts, this wall depicted the passage from a world in chaos to communities in harmony with ecological diversity, 40 participants, this was a collaboration between the Tucson Arts Brigade, Tucson Pima Arts Council and the Dunbar Spring Neighborhood Association.
You can read the full poem here.
8' x 8'
Two assistants and I created a live art-performance Mural at Fit Works Cycling on Toole Avenue. The 8' x 8' mural featured the Cinelli Bicycle Logo and color scheme. There was also an auction to benefit TAB.
Check out the cool time lapse video.
Location: Camp Sabra, Eldon, MO
Size: 12’ x 12’
MDO Board, Acrylics, Gels
Funded: JCC St Louis
Menlo Park Archway
Location: Menlo Park Soccer Field, Tucson, AZ,
Size: 11’ x 7’ x 7’
CMU with brickface and handmade tile
Funded: Tucson Pima Arts Council Public Art Program
Set Your Goals Higher
26' x 40'
1725 N Park Ave.
Mural dedicated to setting and meeting your highest goals. Located at the "U at Park" apartment complex near the UA campus.
City Harvest Mural
53' x 19'
Riverside Correctional Center, Philadelphia, PA
By Michael B. Schwartz
© 2007 Philadelphia Mural Arts Program/ Michael B. Schwartz
Sponsored by: City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Prison System and The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Pathways to Building a Stronger Future
6’ x 10’
Philadelphia Freedom School
Fleisher Art Memorial Community Connections Program
Demonstration Project 4: Inside the Overpass and After School Program
29th St & Columbus Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Parachute Cloth, Acrylics
Click here to Read more about the 29th street mural projects, and ongoing efforts to provide arts education in East Tucson.
316 N 4th Ave, Tucson AZ
18' x 36'
TRUCE: Start the Peace End the Violence Mural
Size 84’ x 10
Acrylics on Brick and Wood
Read more about this restorative justice project here.
We Give Birth to Choice Each Day Mural Project
24’ x 40’
(Destroyed) 9th Ave & 5th St. Tucson, AZ
Sister Jose's Women Shelter Mural
18' x 44'
1050 S Park Ave.
This mural was commissioned by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona as part of their annual Mitzva projects. The shelter provides services for homeless women in Tucson.
The 4 B's
Size: 6' x 30
Acrylics on CMU
Wakefield Middle School, Tucson, AZ
For more details check out the blog!
Students from Wakefield Middle School in Tucson, Arizona created a service based mural for their school as part of their 6th period elective under the direction of teaching artist Michael B. Schwartz. What emerged is a beautiful 6’ x 30’ mural for all to see and enjoy in the 6th grade hallway. This project was initiated by Wakefield Middle School teacher Maricella Carranza with the assistance of principal Wade McRae. The theme, and title, of the mural is the 4 B’s; Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be a Learner.
26' x 40'
Located at the "U at Park" apartment complex near the UA campus
Ajo Street Alley Murals
28 x 28
A week long cultural animation initiative sponsored by the International Sonoran Desert Alliance
Read more about the project here.
Watch a video from the "Flip Out Flip Over Series" (in progress)
Mapping Philadelphia Mural
Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
Individual works on boards by third graders, painted and attached to a map of Philadelphia painted on the wall. This unit included story telling and walking tours.
Demonstration Project 6:
Amphi Action Mural and After School Program
Acrylics on Stucco
8’ x 31’
3455 1st Ave. Tucson, AZ
N Facing Wall
Public Art Program: TAB/Tucson Mural Arts Program.
Designed and Painted with youth from the neighborhood. Read more about this innovative demonstration project in the Arts Brigade blog.
I also wrote about our design process in an article called Amphi Mural Design: Reaching Community Consensus on the TAJ/AltSpace site
Size: 4' x 62'
Acrylics on Masonite
Location: The Rotunda, Philadelphia
To read more about this exciting project you can see blog entries here.
Collective Imprints Art Installation is a collectively-produced work of visual art that celebrates the life and history of The Rotunda, local history and folklore, and visions for future neighborhoods and communities. Collective Imprints, the first project of its kind in Philadelphia, is unique in that it employed dialogue, movement, music-making, and holistic collaboration from all participants. Never before has such a long term multi-faceted and inclusive project been open to the general public in this city. We believe that future projects will be born of this, fostering long lasting connections between disparate communities.
Demonstration Project 3: Barrio Centro Mural Project and After School Program
Size: 6' x 176'
Acrylics on CMU
Location: 2721 E 22nd St, Tucson, AZ
You can read more about the project and the people involved here.
Watch the unveiling here!
And enjoy an Arizona Illustrated story here.
And Paint day here.
A neighborhood civic engagement mural celebrating the life, people, ecology and history of Barrio Centro in Tucson, Arizona. The project culminated with the creation of a mural on 22nd St.