Ginny Sykes


Ginny Sykes is a visual artist and arts educator, curator, and muralist working in both painting and mosaics. She has worked with and trained numerous youth and adults in mural practice. Sykes has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and internationally. Sykes has been awarded many public art commissions and awards. Her work has been published in A Guide to Chicago Murals and Urban Art Chicago. Since 1992, she has also taught and conducted workshops through the Museum and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gallery 37, and Illinois Arts Council. Sykes has a BFA from Washington University and studied at Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy. She lives and works in Chicago.

Artistic Statement: 

Art enlivens the spirits of artists and audiences alike. I approach each community or school with an open mind and heart for discovery as each project has unique characteristics and individuals. Empowering participants involved in the artistic process while building community and trust through the transformative power of art can be almost magical. My desire is to create spaces of and for transformation, play, and joy by deeply engaging both the imagination and will. When we are all engaged by the process, the finished works of art reflect and carry on that energy. I believe that everyone has this inner capacity!

Residency Type: 
Individual Artist