Public Art - Table of Contents
1140 and 1166 Jefferson Avenue at Southampton Street, Buffalo, NY
On this page: Strong Solo
of Jefferson ... Jefferson
Jubilee ... Warp Speed
... Ancestor Watching Over ...
Jonathan D. Epstein, Five Big
July 2021 Photos
1140 Jefferson Avenue ... 1166 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
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.