Murals

“Sharon has been fundamental in transforming our organization’s space. Her murals have helped make our space and the whole neighborhood a more welcoming place for Latinos and all Dane County residents. I strongly believe that few people have the skills and talent to do what she has been doing the last few years.”
Kent Craig, Director Centro Hispano of Dane County

The Williamson Street Art Center brings divergent people together through mural art projects. We help people with all levels of talent feel welcome and included.

  • 2013 Taqueria Guadalajara

  • 2013 UW Sellery Hall Hive Mural

    “What the Bees See” is a mural completed in the last 6 weeks at Sellery Hall on the UW campus. It is in a learning area called “The Hive.”

    “What the Bees See” is a mural completed in the last 6 weeks at Sellery Hall on the UW campus. It is in a learning area called “The Hive.”
  • 2013 UW Humanities Mural

    University of Wisconsin students involved in the Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee decided to “take art out of the gallery” and place it where it would be seen by more students. They approached Williamson Street Art Center director Sharon Kilfoy about working with them to create a mural that would be installed on the Humanities Building. The approval process was immensely daunting, but with great determination by the students, it became a reality!

    University of Wisconsin students involved in the Wisconsin Union Directorate Art Committee decided to “take art out of the gallery” and place it where it would be seen by more students. They approached Williamson Street Art Center director Sharon Kilfoy about working with them to create a mural that would be installed on the Humanities ...
  • 2013 “Story of Immigration” Mural at Centro Hispano

    The “Story of Immigration” mural tells the story of people who endured hardships so that their children could have better lives. It starts with migrant work on Wisconsin farms – milking cows, tending fields, hauling produce to local canning factories. We see a typical family going to Centro Hispano, where they receive help in adjusting to the new environment, language, climate, food and customs, in addition to assistance in finding housing, jobs and schools. Next we see the children – graduates of higher education – celebrating with their families. The following panels depict the “Dream Act” important legislation that will allow young people brought here as children to start on a path toward citizenship. The final panel’s quote from cesar Chavez offers a message about the importance of giving back to one’s communuity. Funding for the project was provided by Dane Arts and the Madison Arts Commission.

    The “Story of Immigration” mural tells the story of people who endured hardships so that their children could have better lives. It starts with migrant work on Wisconsin farms – milking cows, tending fields, hauling produce to local canning factories. We see a typical family going to Centro Hispano, where they receive help in adjusting ...
  • 2013 West High SAIL Mural

    Students from SAIL, a West High School alternative education program located at the Hoyt Building, are painting a mural that is installed in the West High School “cafenasium.” Students first surveyed the entire West High student body for ideas, and then listed and circled their favorites. They drew ideas, deciding to include local landmarks, ones from especially West High and Hoyt School.They took photos of the surrounding Hoyt Park rock formations to include in the mural. Students are pictured preparing the surface of the boards, painting the initial background of sky and a layer of a “dream landscape” that combines the beauty of Wisconsin with a contemporary look of current trends in the computer gaming world.

    Students from SAIL, a West High School alternative education program located at the Hoyt Building, are painting a mural that is installed in the West High School “cafenasium.” Students first surveyed the entire West High student body for ideas, and then listed and circled their favorites. They drew ideas, deciding to include local landmarks, ones ...
  • 2013 Leopold Neighborhood Mural Signing & Installation

    Leopold Neighborhood Association members, community members, and students at Leopold Elementary School sign mural panels that are installed at Leopold Park’s community garden. Community members and students also make mosaic stepping stones that are installed in the children’s garden.

    Leopold Neighborhood Association members, community members, and students at Leopold Elementary School sign mural panels that are installed at Leopold Park’s community garden. Community members and students also make mosaic stepping stones that are installed in the children’s garden.
  • 2013 Sherman Middle School Mural

    Williamson Street Art Center and UW Serivce-Learning-in-Art students help launch a mural at Sherman Middle School for Centro Hispano’s Juventud program.

    Williamson Street Art Center and UW Serivce-Learning-in-Art students help launch a mural at Sherman Middle School for Centro Hispano’s Juventud program.
  • 2013 Centro Hispano Play & Learn Mural

    Students from West High school’s SAIL (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning) program help create a lovely jungle-themed mural for Centro Hispano’s Play & Learn room.

    Students from West High school’s SAIL (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning) program help create a lovely jungle-themed mural for Centro Hispano’s Play & Learn room.
  • 2012 Leopold Neighborhood Artist-in-Residency

    Williamson Street Art Center worked with the Leopold Neighborhood Association to create a painted mural fence and mosaic stepping stones for the Leopold Park. We worked at Leopold Elementart School during their “open school house.” Funding for the project was secured by the nieghborhoos association through a city neighborhood grant program.

    Williamson Street Art Center worked with the Leopold Neighborhood Association to create a painted mural fence and mosaic stepping stones for the Leopold Park. We worked at Leopold Elementart School during their “open school house.” Funding for the project was secured by the nieghborhoos association through a city neighborhood grant program.
  • 2012 Fall – Prairie Phoenix Academy Murals – Phase 2

    This fall high school students at Prairie Phoenix Academy were joined by middle school students from Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School to finish beautifying the last side of the building. Students worked on mosaic sections reflecting prairie flowers and painted landscapes with inspirational sayings. Students also did much of the power washing of the building to prepare the walls for paint and mosaic. This phase of the project was funded by Dane Arts’ Power 2 Give.

    This fall high school students at Prairie Phoenix Academy were joined by middle school students from Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School to finish beautifying the last side of the building. Students worked on mosaic sections reflecting prairie flowers and painted landscapes with inspirational sayings. Students also did much of the power washing of the building ...
  • 2012 Center for Families Play & Learn Mural

    Play and Learn is a drop-in program for parents and their children who are age 5 and under. It is designed to offer kids who are not attending structured pre-school the opportunity to have fun while preparing for kindergarten success. Participants left ideas for the jungle-themed mural in a "drop-box." Suggestions included monkeys, a waterfall, and a Sri Lanka – looking jungle. All the animals in the mural are animals found in Sri Lanka – except maybe the butterflies!

    Play and Learn is a drop-in program for parents and their children who are age 5 and under. It is designed to offer kids who are not attending structured pre-school the opportunity to have fun while preparing for kindergarten success. Participants left ideas for the jungle-themed mural in a "drop-box." Suggestions included monkeys, a waterfall, ...
  • 2012 UW Technology & Arts Mosaics at Centro Hispano

    Students from UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Arts program make 3 exterior mosaics at Centro Hispano during the 2012 heat wave.

    Students from UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Arts program make 3 exterior mosaics at Centro Hispano during the 2012 heat wave.
  • 2012 Prairie Phoenix Academy Residency

    During the “We Rise Like the Phoenix” mural project, students from all 6 alternative programs helped create murals on 3 sides of the school building. The student-designed murals include important activities that happen at the school, inspirational slogans and mosaics. Funding for this phase of the project was provided by American Girl Fund for Children.

    During the “We Rise Like the Phoenix” mural project, students from all 6 alternative programs helped create murals on 3 sides of the school building. The student-designed murals include important activities that happen at the school, inspirational slogans and mosaics. Funding for this phase of the project was provided by American Girl Fund for Children.
  • 2012 San Pancho Mexico Mural Residency

    During our second mural residency in Mexico, we are at a secondary school that has a special focus on marine biology and other studies of the sea. All students did preliminary sketches with Indira, the art teacher from Entreamigos, the local community center. Then 15 students who showed interest and aptitude – and whose grades allowed them to be away from their regular studies for a week – were chosen by the administration to participate in the project. The group was wonderful – and was joined by a couple of community members who contributed greatly to the project. The mural is right on the main street into town. You can’t miss it when you visit San Pancho! (short for San Fransisco) Photos were taken by Wendy Schneider.

    During our second mural residency in Mexico, we are at a secondary school that has a special focus on marine biology and other studies of the sea. All students did preliminary sketches with Indira, the art teacher from Entreamigos, the local community center. Then 15 students who showed interest and aptitude – and whose grades ...
  • 2012 Guadalajara – Drexel Mural Dedication

    My friend, Carmen Perez, the principal of Drexel Bilingual Elementary School, knows how to dedicate a mural! We had a formal flag ceremony, speeches, the waving of streamers while the kids sang "We Are the World" – in English – and enough tres leches cake to feed one hundred! Some days I am the luckiest person in the world!! All photos were taken by Wendy Schneider.

    My friend, Carmen Perez, the principal of Drexel Bilingual Elementary School, knows how to dedicate a mural! We had a formal flag ceremony, speeches, the waving of streamers while the kids sang "We Are the World" – in English – and enough tres leches cake to feed one hundred! Some days I am the luckiest ...
  • 2012 Guadalajara – Drexel School Mural Residency

    Our first international mural residency was in January 2012 at the Drexel Bilingual Elementary School in Guadalajara Mexico. All photos are by Wendy Schneider.

    Check out the video of the project by Wendy Schneider

    Our first international mural residency was in January 2012 at the Drexel Bilingual Elementary School in Guadalajara Mexico. All photos are by Wendy Schneider. Check out the video of the project by Wendy Schneider
  • 2011 Omega School “Graduation Celebration” Mural

    This mural at Omega School, a high school equivelancy program in Madison, WI, was painted by community members and was funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

    This mural at Omega School, a high school equivelancy program in Madison, WI, was painted by community members and was funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.
  • 2011 Centro Hispano “The Journey of Our Food” Mural

    This mural in Centro Hispano of Dane County’s new kitchen is one of a series of murals at Centro Hispano in Madison, WI. It was painted by West High School SAIL (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning)students, UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Art students, and community members. It was funded by the Wisconsin Arts Baord and UW Office of Educational Opportunities.

    This mural in Centro Hispano of Dane County’s new kitchen is one of a series of murals at Centro Hispano in Madison, WI. It was painted by West High School SAIL (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning)students, UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Art students, and community members. It was funded by the Wisconsin Arts ...
  • 2011 Centro Hispano “My Beautiful Puerto Rico” Mural

    This mural is one of a series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It was painted by West High School SAIL (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning) students and was funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

    This mural is one of a series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It was painted by West High School SAIL (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning) students and was funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.
  • 2011 Freedom, WI “We Are All Freedom” Murals

    This is a series of 3 murals in the cafeteria at Freedom Elementary School in Freedom, WI. It was painted by 4th & 5th graders with parent volunteers and was funded by the parent group.

    This is a series of 3 murals in the cafeteria at Freedom Elementary School in Freedom, WI. It was painted by 4th & 5th graders with parent volunteers and was funded by the parent group.
  • 2010-11 Sun Prairie “Community Theatre” Mural

    This mural is on the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre rehearsal barn inSun Prairie, WI. It covers 2 sides of the barn. It was painted by SOAR (School of Alternative Resources) high school students and community members. It was funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

    This mural is on the Sun Prairie Civic Theatre rehearsal barn inSun Prairie, WI. It covers 2 sides of the barn. It was painted by SOAR (School of Alternative Resources) high school students and community members. It was funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.
  • 2010 “History of Labor in Madison” Mural

    This mural is at the Madison Labor Temple. It was designed by Marcus Nickel, who painted about 1/4 of it and then was completed by Sharon Kilfoy. It was commissioned by the South Central Federation of Labor.

    This mural is at the Madison Labor Temple. It was designed by Marcus Nickel, who painted about 1/4 of it and then was completed by Sharon Kilfoy. It was commissioned by the South Central Federation of Labor.
  • 2010 Omega School Child Care Center & Kitchen Mural

    These murals at Omega School, a high school equivelancy program in Madison, WI were painted by middle school students in UW Office of Educational Oppportunities Technology & Arts and College for Kids programs.

    These murals at Omega School, a high school equivelancy program in Madison, WI were painted by middle school students in UW Office of Educational Oppportunities Technology & Arts and College for Kids programs.
  • 2010 Centro Hispano “Heroes of the Hispanic World” Murals

    These murals are part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI.
    A panel of Latino community members chose heroes from the Hispanic world whose portraits inspire Latino youth. They were painted by Latino youth and community members. American Girl Fund for Children and the Wisconsin Arts Board funded the murals.

    These murals are part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. A panel of Latino community members chose heroes from the Hispanic world whose portraits inspire Latino youth. They were painted by Latino youth and community members. American Girl Fund for Children and the Wisconsin Arts Board funded the ...
  • 2010 Centro Hispano Dedication

    Centro Hispano dedicated the series of murals painted there with a fandango of dance and song featuring Sones de Mexico from Chicago. Community members played instruments and danced while others toured the building viewing the murals.

    Centro Hispano dedicated the series of murals painted there with a fandango of dance and song featuring Sones de Mexico from Chicago. Community members played instruments and danced while others toured the building viewing the murals.
  • 2009 “The History of Willy Street in the 70’s – Changing the World through Art” Mural

    This mural was painted by community members and youth participants at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and installed on the outside of the Social Justice Center in Madison, WI.  The project was funded by the MG&E Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission & the Madison Arts Commission.

    Check out the oral histories that accompany this project under VIDEOS.

    This mural was painted by community members and youth participants at the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and installed on the outside of the Social Justice Center in Madison, WI.  The project was funded by the MG&E Foundation, the Wisconsin Arts Board, the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission & the Madison Arts Commission. Check out the oral histories ...
  • 2009 Centro Hispano “Foods of the Hispanic World” Mural

    This mural is part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It covers all 4 walls of the kitchen. It was painted by high school students in the Work Experience Youth summer program and was funded by the American Girl Fund for Children.

    This mural is part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It covers all 4 walls of the kitchen. It was painted by high school students in the Work Experience Youth summer program and was funded by the American Girl Fund for Children.
  • 2009 Centro Hispano Family Resource Center “Apprendiendos Juntos” Mural

    This mural is part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It is in the child care area of the Family Resource Center. It was painted by Latino youth and community members. It was funded by American Girl Fund for Children.

    This mural is part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It is in the child care area of the Family Resource Center. It was painted by Latino youth and community members. It was funded by American Girl Fund for Children.
  • 2009 Centro Hispano “Volcano Room” and “The Beach” Murals

    These murals are part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI.
    They were painted by middle school students in the UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Art and College for Kids programs and by community members. UW Office of Educational Opportunities and the American Girl Fund for Children funded these murals.

    These murals are part of the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. They were painted by middle school students in the UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Art and College for Kids programs and by community members. UW Office of Educational Opportunities and the American Girl Fund for Children ...
  • 2009 Centro Hispano “Mi Casa es Su Casa” Mural

    This is the first mural in the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It is in the lobby. Students from UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Art program, Latino youth and community members painted the mural. It was funded by UW Office of Educational Opportunities, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the American Girl Fund for Children.

    This is the first mural in the series of murals at Centro Hispano of Dane County in Madison, WI. It is in the lobby. Students from UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology & Art program, Latino youth and community members painted the mural. It was funded by UW Office of Educational Opportunities, the Wisconsin Arts ...
  • 2007-9 Prairie Phoenix Academy “Diversity!” Mural

    This mural is at Angell Fireman’s Park in Sun Prairie, WI – the home of the Sun Prairie Corn Festival. It covers all 4 sides of the building. It was painted by SOAR (School of Alternative Resources) high school students and community members. It was funded by the Sun Prairie Youth and Family Commission and by United Way’s “By Youth for Youth” program.

    This mural is at Angell Fireman’s Park in Sun Prairie, WI – the home of the Sun Prairie Corn Festival. It covers all 4 sides of the building. It was painted by SOAR (School of Alternative Resources) high school students and community members. It was funded by the Sun Prairie Youth and Family Commission and ...
  • 2007 Center for Families “A Time for Kidz” Mural

    This mural is at Center for Families in Madison, WI. It was painted by middle school students in the UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology and Arts program.

    This mural is at Center for Families in Madison, WI. It was painted by middle school students in the UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology and Arts program.
  • 2005-2006 Williamson Street Art Center “Mural Magic Summer Camp” Murals

    These murals are on the studio at the Williamson Street Art Center in Madison, WI. They cover all 4 sides of the building and were painted by students during 2 summer camps. The students – mainly middle school students – ranged in age from 7 – 60.

    These murals are on the studio at the Williamson Street Art Center in Madison, WI. They cover all 4 sides of the building and were painted by students during 2 summer camps. The students – mainly middle school students – ranged in age from 7 – 60.
  • 2008 Prairie View Middle School “Welcome!” Mural

    This mural is at Prairie View Middle School in Sun Prairie, WI. It was painted by English as a Second Language students. The ESL teacher found funding for the mural through United Way’s “By Youth for Youth” program.

    This mural is at Prairie View Middle School in Sun Prairie, WI. It was painted by English as a Second Language students. The ESL teacher found funding for the mural through United Way’s “By Youth for Youth” program.
  • 2008 Tomahawk Elementary School “Conservation” Mural

    This mural at Tomahawk Elementary School in Tomahawk, WI was painted by students, teachers and parents. It was funded by the parent teacher group.

    This mural at Tomahawk Elementary School in Tomahawk, WI was painted by students, teachers and parents. It was funded by the parent teacher group.
  • 2006 Atwood Community Center “Peaceable Jungle” and “Atwood is the Hottest!” Murals

    These murals are at the Atwood Youth Center in Madison,WI. They were painted by middle school students in UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology and the Arts & College for Kids programs along with community members and children attending the summer camp and day care programs.

    These murals are at the Atwood Youth Center in Madison,WI. They were painted by middle school students in UW Office of Educational Opportunities Technology and the Arts & College for Kids programs along with community members and children attending the summer camp and day care programs.
  • 2006 Lakeview Elementary School “Our Community” Murals

    This is a series of murals at Lakeview Elementary School in Madison, WI painted by the students. The murals were funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.

    This is a series of murals at Lakeview Elementary School in Madison, WI painted by the students. The murals were funded by the Wisconsin Arts Board.
  • 2003-2004 Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center “Celebrating the Heart of a Neighborhood” Mural

    This mural, at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center in Madison, WI, commemorates Wil-Mar’s 30th anniversary. It was painted by community members, summer camp participants and after school children. It was funded by the Wisconsih Arts Board and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

    This mural, at Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center in Madison, WI, commemorates Wil-Mar’s 30th anniversary. It was painted by community members, summer camp participants and after school children. It was funded by the Wisconsih Arts Board and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.
  • 2001 – 2002 Lowell Elementary School “Pathways of Connection” Murals

    This is a series of murals at Lowell Elementary School in Madison, WI. They were painted by the students with parent volunteers, and funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

    This is a series of murals at Lowell Elementary School in Madison, WI. They were painted by the students with parent volunteers, and funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.
  • 1993 Madison Ice Arena “The Story of Skating” Mural

    This mural, at the Madison Ice Arena in Madison, WI, covers all 4 walls of the studio rink. It was painted by a combination of Work Experience Youth and figure skaters. It was funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission and Madison Citiarts.
    “Sharon’s dedication to this project has provided the city of Madison with a historical perspective of local skaters in an ice arena setting. The final product has been extremely well received by everyone who has seen it, and many are genuinely awe-struck. It is simply that good.”
    Fritz Kronke, Recreational Service Supervisor

    This mural, at the Madison Ice Arena in Madison, WI, covers all 4 walls of the studio rink. It was painted by a combination of Work Experience Youth and figure skaters. It was funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission and Madison Citiarts. “Sharon’s dedication to this project has provided the city of Madison with ...
  • 1989 Marquette Elementary School “We Are All Family” Murals

    These murals are at Marquette Elementary School in Madison, WI. They were painted by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The murals were funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.

    These murals are at Marquette Elementary School in Madison, WI. They were painted by 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. The murals were funded by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission.
  • 1982 Willy Bear Restaurant “My Willy Bears” Murals

    These murals were painted at the Willy Bear Restaurant in Madison, WI. They were funded by the owners of the restaurant.

    These murals were painted at the Willy Bear Restaurant in Madison, WI. They were funded by the owners of the restaurant.