Shira Walinsky

Contact Information

Phone: 215-260-3936

3105 Hamilton Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Food Trucks

Artist's Statement

The city is a connected web of personalities and histories which fascinate me. The network of family, neighborhood, immigrants and teachers are some of the subjects of my murals. By exploring lives which are either marginalized or often simply forgotten by society we represent and affirm a sense of identity and a place in history within these people. Within each network exists the individual story. An individual story can reflect so powerfully the experience of a group. I interview people about various subjects for each mural. These stories and images are small windows into particular views of history and places. I see these small views mirrored infinitesimally across the city. I see the immense possibilities that art has to illustrate, invent, record and create connections. I like being in the world, art as part of the living, breathing organism of the city. I like seeing art interact, changing perceptions and spaces.

I see the micro and macro in terms of individual and society and also as a form of visual exploration. In this regard the scanner has been my friend. Searching for symbols that represent both micro and macro has been a search for patterns and graphics worldwide, textiles, textures, maps, photos, signs, movie posters and record albums.

I have explored networks, patterns and individual stories through drawing, painting, printmaking and video.

Selected Exhibitions


Nicholas Santore & Shira Wallnsky, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA


Back on my Feet Benefit, Bridget Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Six Philadelphia Muralists, Arts Garage Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curators: Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof

Big nothing wall drawings, Arthur Ross Gallery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Best of Space 1026, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

PA Council on Arts Show, Main Line Arts Center, Haverford, PA

PA Council on Arts Show, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA

Five-person Show, Washington Art Association, Washington Depot, CT

2000 National Spring Open Juried Exhibition, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA
Jurors: Barbara Grossman and Quita Brodhead

Professional Experience

Co-instructor with Jane Golden, "Atelier studio" Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Co-instructor with Jane Golden, "Murals in Philadelphia," Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

2006 - present
Co-instructor with Jane Golden, "Big Picture/Mural Arts in Philadelphia," University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2003 - 2010
Adjunct Professor, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

2006 - 2008
Co-Coordinator and Instructor in BRIDGE program, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000 - 2007
Pre-College and Summer Program, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Adjunct Professor, Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA

2000 - 2006
Big Picture and Mural Corps Instructor, Mural Arts Program, Olney and Edison High Schools

2000 - 2004
Adjunct Professor, Delaware County Community College, Media PA

Awards and Honors

Special Opportunity Stipend, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Visual Arts Fellowship in the Field of Painting, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

Angelo Savelli Award for Outstanding Performance in any Medium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

College of General Studies Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Mabel Woodrow Wilson Award, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA


Artist Residency, Frans Masereel Centrum, Kasterlee, Belgium

Artist Residency, 40th Street AIR, Philadelphia, PA

Lectures and Talks

Guest Lecturer, Arts and Criminal Justice Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Lecturer, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA

Guest Lecturer, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Public Projects

Mural Arts Program projects
Designed and painted Pioneering Women A-Z mural, 4400 Haverford Avenue Philadelphia, PA

Designed and Painted four lunch trucks, Honest Tom’s, Koja, Candy Truck and Rami’s, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and painted mural, Alexander Wilson School, 46th & Woodland, Philadelphia, PA

Designed, Lʼdor V'Dor mural, the JCC Klein Branch, 10100 Jamison Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and painted silkscreen mural South Philadelphia Kaleidoscope, 8th & Christian Streets, Philadelphia, PA
In conjunction with the University of the Arts BRIDGE program

Tree of Life , 42nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and painted Building Connections, Thompson and American Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and painted Ethiopian Garden mural
With the University of Pennsylvania Big Picture class

Designed and painted The Journey from Vietnam to the United States mural, 13th Street & Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Panels created in conjunction with students of University of the Arts BRIDGE program

Designed and Painted Jewels of Mantua mural, 36th & Wallace Streets, Philadelphia, PA
In conjunction with University of Pennsylvania class

Designed and painted mural Kensington Avenue & E. Cumberland Streets, Philadelphia, PA
In conjunction with Anti-Defamation League and students from area High Schools and Congresso

Designed and painted mural 3rd Street & Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
In conjunction with the Philadelphia Museum of Art after school program

Designed and painted six exterior murals and mosaic bench, McKinley Elementary School, Diamond & Leithgow Streets, Philadelphia, PA
In collaboration with sculptor Jennie Shanker

Designed and painted mural, Spring Garden Street Bridge, 30th & Spring Garden Streets, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and painted aluminum books, Sculpture Garden, Philadelphia, PA
With Mural Corps high school students

Wyoming Branch Library, Broad Street and Wyoming Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and painted mural, Feltonville Recreation Center, Broad Street and Wyoming Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Designed and painted mural, 47th and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA
With students from the Lea School

Designed and painted mural, Cruz Recreation Center, 6th and Master Streets, Philadelphia, PA


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
MFA, Painting

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY
BA, Studio Art

Continuing Education

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA