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South Grand Boulevard

Come out and see local artists transform the concrete pots and jersey barriers along South Grand Boulevard into bright, fun, graphic works of art during a one-day painting extravaganza on Saturday December 12th starting at 7:00am! Four St. Louis artists have been selected by the South Grand Community Improvement District to paint the pots and barriers with unique designs that will beautify the urban landscape along South Grand from Arsenal to Utah for the coming year.

The pots and barriers will be in place for just under a year to demonstrate the changes being made to the street as part of South Grand’s Great Streets Streetscape Initiative.  The Initiative will result in a more pedestrian-friendly South Grand Boulevard , with shorter crosswalks and wider sidewalks.

Artists Craig Downs is a St. Louis artist, muralist, and sign painter known for his bold, allegorical style. He designed the official poster for the Dogtown neighborhood’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His work has been shown at venues across the city, including Hartford Coffee Company and Felix’s Restaurant.

Carrie Gillen is a local artist with a degree in painting from Loyola University . On South Grand she will be working with abstract stencils that she will rotate and combine in different ways to create various interlocking designs.

Katie Johannes Millitzer, an artist and filmmaker living in Tower Grove East, has created art for the St. Louis Marathon and for streetscape projects in Ohio .  Her work on South Grand will be inspired by the stained glass windows in local houses.

Peat Wolleager is a well-known St. Louis street artist who will be working with stencils and spray enamels on South Grand. His work can be seen around the city and across the country. He has exhibited at international events, including Art Basel Miami and the Melbourne Stencil Fest.

Location South Grand Boulevard just north of Arsenal Street to Utah Street
Funding The project is being paid for by the South Grand Community Improvement District. Their mission is to cultivate a robust supportive business climate on South Grand in order to make the Tower Grove neighborhood the strongest and most appealing in St. Louis . The South Grand community is known for their eclectic flair and affordable ethnic cuisine.
Process An open call to artists was sent out and four artists were chosen based on the strength of their proposals by a jury of community members, business people, and arts professionals from the South Grand area.
Contact Meridith McKinley


Rachel Witt

Executive Director

South Grand Community Improvement District