2022 Putnam County Mural Fest

We are pleased to announce our first-ever Putnam County Mural Fest! This year's festival will run from September 11—24, 2022. We've selected five walls across the county, which are all accessible to the public. 

Community Block Party — Friday, September 23 @ 6—9pm

Come celebrate the conclusion of our mural festival during our community block party in downtown Greencastle. Live music, food, drinks, bounce houses, games, and much more!

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Putnam County Visitors Center Wall (Greencastle, IN)
Artist: Cameron Moberg, aka "Camer1" (San Fransisco, CA)

About the wall:

Located at 12 W. Washington Street, Greencastle, IN, this wall sits at the heart of downtown Greencastle. This will also be the location of our mural fest's block party celebration on Friday, September 23.

About the artist:

Born in Omaha and current resident of San Francisco, Cameron is no stranger to Indiana. In fact, he has curated a mural fest in Rensselaer, IN that has installed over 40 murals—six of which are works of his own. Cameron’s art is highly influenced by nature and community; resulting in murals that aim to bring hope and joy to anyone that experiences them.

Read Cameron's artist Q&A feature HERE.

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Artist's submitted rendering:

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Banner Graphic Wall (Greencastle, IN)
Artist: Isakov (Berlin, Germany)

About the wall:

Located at the NW corner of Greencastle's downtown square (158 S. Main St., Greencastle, IN), this future mural will be visible from the North on Route 231, as well as the neighborhood toward the West. The wall is only a walk away from our Putnam County Visitors Center wall, and a few blocks from the 2019 Greencastle Silos.

About the artist:

Born and raised in Germany by Ukrainian parents, Berlin-based Isakov travels the world installing beautiful murals that blend various architectural forms, ornamentation, and patterns that compliment the natural surroundings. Please join us in welcoming Isakov to this year’s mural fest!

Read Isakov's artist Q&A feature HERE.

Watch this short video of Isakov's first week HERE.

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Artist's submitted rendering:

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Tom's Cookies Wall (Fillmore, IN)
Artist: Holly Sims (Anderson, IN)

About the wall:

Centered between Fillmore Elementary and Fillmore Park is the Tom's Cookies building located at 158 S. Main Street, Fillmore, IN. This mural will be visible from the East and South, and is only steps from the Vandalia Trail bike & pedestrian pathway!

About the artist:

Holly has installed beautiful murals across Putnam Co and Central Indiana. She has a BA in fine art from Anderson University and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from New York Studio School. A former art teacher at South Putnam High School, Holly is currently teaching painting, drawing, and art history at Anderson University.

Read Holly's artist Q&A feature HERE.

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Artist's submitted rendering:

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Off the Rails Event Center (Roachdale, IN)
Artist: Anna Kell & Jonathan Frey (Lewisburg, PA)

About the wall:

Our Roachdale alley wall is located at the Northern part of downtown Roachdale on Railroad Street (3 Railroad Street, Roachdale, IN). This location is across the street from the annual Roachdale BBQ Festival, which will take place the final day of our mural festival.

About the artists:

Frey and Kell are based in Lewisburg, PA, where they are both professors of art at Bucknell University. They’ve exhibited their art around the world as solo and group artists. As muralists, they approach their work in a way that incorporates neighborhood context, history, and surroundings.

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Artist's submitted rendering:

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Roachdale Park Wall (Roachdale, IN)
Artist: Harriet Watson (Bloomington, IN)

About the wall:

Located directly North of Roachdale Elementary, our Roachdale Park Wall is situated in the heart of a community park South of Roachdale's downtown. 

About the artist:

Born in Indianapolis, raised in Greencastle, and now based in Bloomington—Harriet is no stranger to Putnam County. After graduating from Greencastle High School, Harriet went on to study art at Ohio Wesleyan and Herron School of Art & Design before finishing up a degree in Psychology from Indiana University. As an artist she enjoys painting and drawing, but is also building her mural portfolio. In 2020, Harriet was one of 18 artists selected to paint the Black Lives Matter street mural in Indianapolis, and was also interviewed/exhibited at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. She is a active member of the Eighteen Art Collective in Indy and runs her own business selling her art and clothing brand.

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Artist's submitted rendering:

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Last May, Putnam County Mural Project team members, along with our artist Holly Sims, engaged the students at Fillmore Elementary in an all-school assembly to learn about public art, murals, and, specifically, the mural that would soon be installed across the street. 

As part of this engagement, children were asked to provide input on the future mural's style and content. This input from the kids at Fillmore Elementary  is what Holly Sims used as inspiration for her final mural design. 

Our partnership with Fillmore Elementary continued on Monday, September 12 (just two days into our festival) when Holly invited the children to her wall to do a live demonstration of spray paint techniques and teach the kids more about the installation process. 

The students were overjoyed when they learned that they would be helping to paint the base coat of the mural! 
 

We believe the arts should be accessible to anyone and everyone in our community. Thanks to you and your gift, we are sparking curiosity and celebrating creativity within our local youth. 
 

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