Olivia Gude's Public Art Featured in "Murals and Mosaics"
The Murals and Mosaics series from the Chicago Sun-Times, which has been creating a virtual tour and interactive map of the hundreds of murals and mosaics dotting the city, featured Olivia Gude, Angela Gregory Paterakis Professor of Art Education, for her numerous contributions to public art. Focusing specifically on Gude's murals that provoke thought on racial inequality, one of the article's key phrases, "Why do people pick a group to pick on?" is a direct reference to the 1997 mural Fellows & Others, painted on the 120-foot-long facade of the Chicago Youth Center Fellowship House in Bridgeport by Gude and Assistant Professor, Adj. Juan Angel Chávez. The colorful mural depicts children confronting and defying various "culture machines" that perpetuate harmful stereotypes. About the piece, Gude said, "The question we ask ourselves is how we decide who's a fellow and who's an other, and how did people get separated in the first place."