Canvas City Murals

An ongoing and evolving FRONT Project

Experience all of the murals on the free VR FRONT Canvas City app. Developed by the CMA’s Digital Innovation and Technology Services team.

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Canvas CityFRONT International

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One of the first mural projects in Cleveland dates back to 1973?

The first phase of the ground-breaking civic art project City Canvases occurred in 1973, when ten massive murals were designed and executed in downtown Cleveland.

Carter Manor, Original 1973 Mural, From the collection of: FRONT International
Carter Manor, Julian Stanczak, From the collection of: FRONT International
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A direct bridge between City Canvases and Canvas City is the re-creation of Julian Stanczak’s abstract mural on the Carter Manor building on Prospect Avenue. Stanczak’s surviving sketches and color swatches from the original mural design were the basis for this iteration of his monumental vertical composition.

Constellation, Odili Donald Odita, From the collection of: FRONT International
DIVISIBILITY, Kay Rosen, From the collection of: FRONT International
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FRONT 2018: An American City continued the large-scale civic discourse set into motion by City Canvases forty-five years ago with Canvas City, a contemporary mural project involving several architectural planes in downtown Cleveland. Extending beyond the time frame of the 2018 exhibition with ongoing mural commissions, Canvas City will continue into future presentations of FRONT International.

Canvas City Print Portfolio by FRONT InternationalFRONT International

Canvas City Print Portfolio

A spectacular limited edition print portfolio set of six serigraph prints based on original mural proposals for FRONT 2018: An American City.

Including commissioned work by:

Untitled by Michelle GrabnerFRONT International


Michelle Grabner

One Can’t Be Aggressive and Think by Sarah MorrisFRONT International

One Can’t Be Aggressive and Think

Sarah Morris

Constellation by Odili Donald OditaFRONT International


Odili Donald Odita

DIVISIBILITY by Kay RosenFRONT International


Kay Rosen

Carter Manor (1973), 2018FRONT International

Carter Manor (1973)

Julian Stanczak

Hope Fear Fade by Heimo ZobernigFRONT International

Hope Fear Fade

Heimo Zobernig

Produced in collaboration with:

BRT Printshop
Amy A. Crist
Zygote Press

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