A Mural Rising at Russel Sage Junior High School
A long-awaited mural enlivens the courtyard at Russel Sage Junior High School 190 in Forest Hills, Queens. This in-person outdoor mural program is part of a special grant award made possible by the New York City Artist Corps. The large mural encompasses the spacious outdoor courtyard and conveys themes of unity, love, family, equality, respect and inclusion. The owl mascot and school’s name are enveloped by “heart-headed” figures which symbolize the universal idea of a loving humanity and serve as a reminder of the common bond amongst students and Queen’s dynamic cultural diversity. Individual student names are scribed amidst the mural as they leave their mark on their school community.
Mr. Sien Ide leads the mural design process and in class workshops to prepare the middle school students in the aspects of mural design, color theory, painting technique and details of aspect and ratio. Ms. Vanezza Cruz shares her artistic experience and expertise by assisting Mr. Sien Ide with both the mural application and the mural-making. Mr. Hemamset Angaza is creating a documentary with behind-the-scenes footage of the artists and students creating and unveiling the mural. Thank you to the school leadership team Principal Greggo, Assistant Principal Monahan, Assistant Principal Aulicino, and all the dedicated educators to help make this opportunity available to launch the new school year as we return from pandemic.
About the Artists:
SIENIDE is a multi-layered artist whose life and is inspired by life and art. Dozens of Sien’s masterfully illustrated murals are scattered throughout the five boroughs of NYC. His public works engage a younger generation of street art enthusiasts with abstract compositions and mood altering color. SIENIDE is an Illustrator, and Professor currently teaching Digital Media Arts at TCI College in New York City.
Vanezza Cruz is a mixed media artist, graphic designer and with an early education in fine arts and music, she graduated Cum Laude from FIT with a BFA in Graphic Design. After working as a graphic designer in the fashion industry, she pursued her MFA in Printmaking at Lehman College. Working as an Art Education Administrator, a freelancer and a muralist, she continues to explore her passions of drawing, binding books, taking pictures, creating collages, and other creative odds and ends. Her work explores ideas of body image and beauty, cultural identity and representations of women.
For more information, please contact Kiran Rajagopalan, Program Director:
Director of New York Programs
201-567-1766 ext. 113