Public Art - Table of Contents

Five Murals

1140 and 1166 Jefferson Avenue at Southampton Street, Buffalo, NY

On this page:  Strong Solo   ...   Elements of Jefferson   ...   Jefferson Jubilee   ...   Warp Speed    ...   Ancestor Watching Over   ...   Jonathan D. Epstein, Five Big Mural...

July 2021 Photos



1140 Jefferson Avenue    ...   1166 Jefferson Avenue




1140 Jefferson Avenue


1140 Jefferson Avenue
 Strong Solo, by Mark G. Pearce and Markenzy Julius Cesar    ...    Elements of Jefferson, by James Cooper III    ...    Jefferson Jubilee, by Gino Morrow and Princessa Williams






Strong Solo, by Mark G. Pearce and Markenzy Julius Cesar    ...    Elements of Jefferson, by James Cooper III



Strong Solo - Detail



Elements of Jefferson - Detail



Elements of Jefferson - Detail     ...   Artist's signature:  J[ames] Cooper III



Artist's signature:  J[ames] Cooper III





Jefferson Jubilee, by Gino Morrow and Princessa Williams



Jefferson Jubilee - Detail





1166 Jefferson Avenue


Warp Speed, by Kobie Barber    ...    Ancestor Watching Over, by Phyllis Thompson and John Baker








Warp Speed    ...   By Kobie Barber    ...    Also by Kobie Barber:  Dyke and the Blazers



Warp Speed - Detail


Warp Speed - Detail






Ancestor Watching Over    ...    By Phyllis Thompson and John Baker



Ancestor Watching Over - Detail



Ancestor Watching Over - Detail    ...    Artist's signature:  John Baker



Artist's signature:  John Baker





Partial reprint

Five big murals coming to new apartment building will brighten Jefferson Avenue

By Jonathan D. Epstein
Buffalo News, September 30, 2020



A set of five murals, designed by local artists and representing the history of the Jefferson Avenue community, will soon adorn a pair of new affordable housing buildings that just opened north of the Johnnie B. Wiley Amateur Athletic Sports Pavilion.

The vertical panels, commissioned by nonprofit People Inc. through the WNY Urban Arts Collective, will be installed on two corners of the Jefferson Avenue Apartments, at 1140 and 1166 Jefferson.

They will feature the work of five primary and two contributing artists, illustrating five central themes determined with community input, such as Juneteenth and community education.

"Our intent was to ensure that the community where the Jefferson Avenue apartments reside had input as to what would go on the buildings themselves," said Jocelyn Bos. "We're showing off the work of some of the local artists that may not even have a name for themselves yet, and the community at large gave us the categories they wanted to see."

The planned installation comes after People Inc. – the region's largest nonprofit social-services agency – completed and opened the $31 million complex, which features 89 affordable one- and two-bedroom rental apartments spread across two large buildings. The apartments are mostly occupied.

The project started in 2016, with People Inc. partnering with developer Nick Sinatra – who assembled the land in a series of deals. Contractor David Pawlik's CSS Construction began work in fall 2018, based on designs by architect Matthew Long's Long Associates. Funding came from the city, the Better Buffalo Fund, New York State Housing and Community Renewal and the state Housing Finance Agency.

The Art Mural component stemmed from a request by Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown for People Inc. to incorporate art into the project.






Photos and their arrangement 2021 Chuck LaChiusa
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