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YEP Glendale Middle School

The Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) of the University of Utah is working with a class of students from middle school through high school to help them succeed and become leaders in their community. As part of this venture, they asked me to come and work…

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Tooele High School

In October 2014 I was approached by the student council of Tooele High School to design and paint a buffalo mural for the gym of the school. I came up with some design ideas, the students helped to pick their favorite aspects of each, and…

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Dual Immersion Academy Entrance Mosaic

When Dual Immersion Academy contracted me to add some visual interest to their school, my first objective was to make the entrance into the school an exciting experience. As such, I took the existing logo, transformed it into a round medallion shape surrounded by the…

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Dual Immersion Academy Bilingual Culture Mural

Traditional icons of United States and Latin culture are shown in this mural designed and painted by me for Dual Immersion Academy in Salt Lake City, UT. To depict Latin and U.S. culture, in cooperation with the teachers and administration of D.I.A. I chose the…

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SLC Art Gardening – Mosaic Art Sculptures and Installations

In September 2013, armed with an Arts Learning Grant from the Salt Lake City Arts Council and a 1300-lb donation of cement from Quikrete, I began collaborating with various youth organizations around the city to create large-scale mosaic installations in many of the city’s community…

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How to create a large-scale mosaic sculpture using EPS foam (expanded polystyrene) and Quikrete

How to create a large-scale mosaic sculpture using EPS foam (expanded polystyrene) and Quikrete

Before starting this tutorial, I would love to give a huge “thank you” to the Salt Lake City Arts Council for providing an Arts Learning Grant so I could create this project, and to Quikrete for graciously donating the Repair mortar and Fast-setting concrete mix…

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Children First Academy of Phoenix – History Mural

Children First Academy of Phoenix opened the doors of its new campus to students for the first time in late August of this year. Homeless youth in grades K-9 are brought to the school from a wide area of the valley for an educational experience…

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TURN City Center for the Arts – Mosaic sign

TURN City Center for the Arts – Mosaic sign

Mosaic sign I designed and created with the adults at Turn City Center for the Arts, a day program for adults with disabilities. The logo of Turn Services contains the word “TURN” in all caps, with a solitary leaf in the middle. I thought that…

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