Mural created by Frank Hyder and four students covers Northern Liberties building

  • Paul Loftland Photography

For Immediate Release
September 9, 2009

(Philadelphia, PA) There’s some colorful new artwork greeting passersby in Northern Liberties.

A mural created by Frank Hyder, Professor, Fine Arts and four students in his Mural Painting class now covers the walls of Bell Floor Covering Company on North 2nd Street. Hyder himself is a longtime Northern Liberties resident.

The students who signed up for the class include Lauren Bergrud, Shannon Toale and Courtney Mendenhall from Moore, and Amanda Lewis, a student from Lower Merion High School. The class ran five days a week from July 7-22. It was part of the main BFA session as an elective offered during the summer.

Students began work on the 30-by-16 foot mural at one of the studios at Moore. Under Hyder’s direction, using a unique process developed by the Mural Arts Program, the students painted the mural on unwoven textile, which was then brought to the site of the mural, where it was glued to the wall. The mural, the image of koi in a pond, was completed on August 3.

“Working on the mural was an amazing experience,” Toale said. “Having signed up with no previous knowledge of the process of mural making, I left having learned the skills to continue working in the field on my own. I will continue to involve myself in mural arts programs which work so hard to transform surrounding communities and support artists.”

Plans for a mural dedication will be announced in the near future.

The mural was featured on August 26 in an article in The Fishtown Star titled, “Longtime No. Lib’s artist brightens up 2nd Street."

Click here to read the artcile at Philly.com


                                                              ###                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.

September 9, 2009
There’s some colorful new artwork greeting passersby in Northern Liberties.
A mural created by Frank Hyder, Professor, Fine Arts and four students in his Mural Painting class now covers the walls of Bell Floor Covering Company on North 2nd Street.  

Published on September 9th, 2009