Public Art Mural Project: July 20 – December 7

We are delighted to announce an important update to our ongoing public arts mural project, a collaboration between artists, community members, and arts organizations through the city of Harrisburg!  The mural Selection Committee met on October 15th to interpret the submitted proposals as well as the feedback from more than 1,000 community members. We are pleased to offer the project to artist and Messiah College professor Daniel Finch. Mr. Finch’s mural design (shown above) incorporates a combination of symbols “meant to serve as an image of beauty, hope, and optimism regarding Harrisburg’s future.”

Press release: SAM Mural Project Results- For Immediate Release


A heartfelt thank you is owed to each of our wonderful artists who submitted proposals to this project, we could not have come as far as we have without your enthusiasm and support! More news of the progress of this mural will be coming soon.


The Susquehanna Art Museum’s Public Art Mural Project is dedicated to fostering community collaborations and partnerships. The museum will open a brand new building at 3rd and Calder streets in January of 2015 that will be a cultural hub and and catalyst for further development in the Midtown district of Harrisburg. We have begun the mural project as a way of demonstrating our commitment to urban renewal and growth in our neighborhood. By establishing a visual public presence we hope that the community will join us in investing in the city’s future.


The process:

We collected feedback from the community through September and presented the community’s feedback, including all of the supporting comments, to a Selection Committee to analyze the responses. Selection Committee members included Cathy Harris, Director of Community Murals with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program; Stephen Fieser, mural artist, illustrator, educator; Nancy Mendes, artist, community arts organizer, SAM board member.



Thanks to pennlive.com for the following articles featuring SAM’s mural project!

Murals Enrich Community Life, June 11, 2014

Help Pick Harrisburg’s Next Signature Mural, September 23, 2014


Thank you to Hershey Harrisburg Visitor’s Bureau

for their generous sponsorship of the mural project!





The Susquehanna Art Museum held a Mural Arts Panel Discussion at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore on Sunday, September 14th during Gallery Walk to discuss the benefits of public art to our community, with special opening remarks from Mayor Papenfuse. Panel participants included Jeff Copus, mural artist; Elody Gyekis, mural artist; Wendell Murray, Founder/CEO of Barak Inc; and Lauren Nye, Exhibitions Manager at Susquehanna Art Museum. Listen to a podcast of this panel discussion HERE!



Other mural project supporters include:



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