American Murals

There are two distinct traditions in North American mural painting: works executed on walls inside a building, and works painted on outside surfaces. In general, interior murals depict  ideas and virtues that contribute to the spiritual health of the community. They can also celebrate the achievements of a particular community. 

William de Leftwich Dodge, Talents Diversified…

Hugo Ballin, The Four Freedoms

Murals on exterior walls are often expressions of social protest or appeals for humanitarian understanding and social justice:

Diego Rivera, Pan-Pacific Unity

Juana Alicia, La Llorona

James Burns, Finding the Light Within

Marc Nicely, We Are Still Here


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