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Imagine a world without art. Ok, long enough. Now, picture your favorite city, street corner, building. Chances are, in one of those spaces you’ve encountered moving, captivating, eye-catching art that completely transformed your day.

We’re talking public art. Murals splashed across community hubs. Art that is inherently integrated, informed by, and influential in its particular space.

BU artists and alums are changing the faces of our cities, highlighting the heart of communities, and giving voice through their work. Here are a few of their stories.

Painting With Purpose Josue Rojas CFA Magazine

Painting with Purpose

Blending classic techniques with street art, Josué Rojas (CFA’15) represents his Latinx community with a unique voice.

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Murals are an external expression of a community’s internal values,” Rojas told Mission Local, a neighborhood news organization. “For our community to see that a mural is going up, even during these conditions, during the fires and pandemic. For them to see we are coming together, making something beautiful during this time, [that is important].


Sam Weinberger (CFA’21) in front of the mural he recently completed at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton.

Artist Sam Weinberger’s Project Pays Tribute to Frontline Workers

The 2021 CFA alum’s mural at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston honors hospital’s staff.

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The mural that Sam Weinberger (CFA'21) painted, depicting actual staffers from the St. Elizabeth's Medical Center.
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The Paintings on the Doors

How muralist Lena McCarthy (CFA’14) transformed a Victorian firehouse.

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One of the main things I love about mural painting is it’s so in your body. It’s so cheesy but it’s true: you become the tool. You’re the brush.


Lena McCarthy muralist CFA magazine
Lena McCarthy muralist CFA magazine

Court Artist

Get to know Maria Molteni (CFA’06), whose influences defy categorization, and who turns community basketball courts into massive works of art.

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WISEKNAVE Fine Art Documentation for Maria Molteni during Facebook Artist in Residence Program in Boston, MA 2018

Tormenta en la Cancha—Storming/Storm on the Court, in El Punto/The Point neighborhood of Salem, Mass.

I’m really into public space and the democracy and anarchy of community athletics… Public courts are a great place to ask neighbors to re-create the game according to their own visions and values.


Mia Cross Makes Her Mark Across New England

From a local brewery to Facebook’s Artist in Residence program to sidewalks across the state of Massachusetts, Mia Cross (CFA’14) and her color-filled, deeply personal artwork foster a pride of place.

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“We the People” paying tribute to the neighborhood on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston.

Cross and her 27’ mural commissioned by Facebook for their office in Cambridge, MA

Lincoln to Tubman to JFK, Alum Sculpts US History’s Most Famous Figures

Ivan Schwartz (CFA’73) tells stories about American history through his sculptures, which stand in museums and public spaces across the nation, depicting historical figures from Thomas Jefferson and the other signers of the Declaration of Independence to Abraham Lincoln to antislavery crusaders Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.

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Art at the Heart of BU

Artists work with unexpected canvases throughout campus. On a walk to class, or a run down Commonwealth Ave, you’ll encounter public art all around Boston University.

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Rebecca Wasilewski (CFA’07) designed a series of opaque panels for the lobby of StuVi-2 student housing. 

Josef Kristofoletti (CFA’07) designed the vibrant mountain of sneakers, titled Sneakerman, on the wall of the indoor running track at the BU Fitness & Recreation Center when he was a painting student at CFA. 

Public Art Is All Over Boston University. Stop and Appreciate It

Grad student’s website indexes artworks across BU’s three campuses to help people take notice

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