Eric Okdeh
ericokdeh@ericokdeh.com

(contact information available upon request)

Education
2001 BFA, Tyler School of Art, Graduated Cum Laude
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
1997 Phila. High School for Creative & Performing Arts Graduated with Honors in Painting

Commissions
2012 “Na Wai ‘Eha” Main and Market Sts. Wailuku HI
2012 “How We Fish” 8th and Cherry Sts. Phila PA
2012 “Family Interrupted” Germantown Ave and Dauphin St Phila PA
2011 “The Community Action Center” District Attorney’s Office Phila PA
2010 “Biomimicry” Poligono San Pablo Seville, Spain
2010 “Changing Seasons, Lasting Symbols” City Hall Courtyard Phila PA
2010 “Interactive Outdoor Classroom” 8th and Cumberland Sts Phila PA
2010 “Sacred Spaces” Dickinson and Marsden Sts Phila PA
2009 “This We Believe: Living in the Presence of History” Multiple Sites Phila PA
2009 “From Behind the Mask” 52nd and Master Sts Phila PA
2008 “Transformation” 41st and Market Sts Phila PA
2008 “Restoration” Lindley Ave, Hutchinson St Phila PA
2007 “Gault @ 40: Rights and Responsibilities” 18th and Vine Sts Phila PA
2007 “Forgiveness” 13 St and Erie Ave Phila PA
2007 “It Takes One Person (Rosa Parks Tribute)” 61st and Pine Sts Phila PA
2006 “All Join Hands: Myers Recreation Center” 58th and Kingsessing Ave
2006 “The Value of Family (NET)” 5th and Spring Garden Sts Phila PA
2006 “The Academy Oath” Christian Academy 58th and Kingsessing Av Phila PA
2006 “Our Brothers Place” 10th and Hamilton Sts Phila PA
2005 “La Cancion de Mis Recuerdos” 185 W Tioga Phila PA
2005 “The Royal Theater” 16th and South Sts Phila, PA
2005 “Civil Rights in Education” 19th and Federal Sts Phila, PA
2005 “Bike Works!” 39th and Locust Walk Phila, Pa
2005 “Seeds of Community” 7501 Woodbine Ave Phila PA
2004 “Rememberance” 26th and Ridge Ave Phila, PA
2004 “History In Motion” 3rd and Girard Ave Phila, PA
2004 “Keith Haring Mural” (2nd Restoration) 22nd & EllsworthSts. Phila. PA
2004 “Ridge on the Rise” 22nd and Ridge Avenues Phila. PA
2004″Presby Cares” Presbyterian Hospital 38th & Powelton Sts. Phila. PA
2003 “Mural In Motion: Tribute To Eduard Muybridge” Race St I95 Onramp Phila. PA
2003 “Lansing Knight’s Athletics” Roland & Lansing Aves. Phila. PA
2003 “Tribute to the Oxley Post Veterans” Torresdale & Decatur St. Phila. PA
2002 “Streets of West Philadelphia” 52nd & Market Sts. Phila. PA
2002″Allegory of a Young Man” 22nd & Pierce Sts. Phila. PA
2001 “Mill Creek Arts & Cultural Center” 46th & Lancaster Sts. Phila. PA
2001 “History of Frankford” Hedge & Plum Sts. Phila. PA
2001 “MLK Jr. Day of Service Banner” (Unveiled at the Spectrum)
2000 “Guardian Angels” 32nd & Reed Sts. Phila. PA
1999 “History of the American Flag” 8th & Kimball Sts. Phila. PA
1999 “Keith Haring Mural” (Restoration) 22nd & EllsworthSts. Phila. PA
1998 “Pathology of Devotion” (Restoration) Passyunk & Morris Sts. Phila. PA
1997 “Music of The Dell East” Ridge Avenue Phila, PA

Teaching Experience
2004-Present [SCI-Graterford Prison Mural Program]
Instructor, Lead Muralist

Leads a group of up to 20 inmates to design and create works of public art for the
City of Philadelphia as well as within the institution. Murals are painted on cloth panels inside
Graterford Prison and then installed at various locations.
• Developed a classroom/studio environment that enables and encourages
the men to work as a team and accept leadership roles within the group
• Extended the program to the Prison’s Mental Health Unit. Members of the class
volunteer to lead and facilitate weekly paint days with a revolving MHU population
• Created close to 20 works of public art within Philadelphia and inside the Institution

2003-2009 [Mural Corps Program]
Instructor, Lead Muralist

Led groups of 10 local High School students for 4 sessions of 10 week classes a year.
The goal is to create various personal and public works of art within Philadelphia.
• Prompted and encouraged Youth to work as a team toward a common goal,
and facilitate theme and design meetings within the communities we serve.
• Developed and implemented various lesson plans focusing on strengthening
internet literacy, teaching Photoshop and photography skills, as well as skills
necessary for conceptualizing and fabricating large scale multimedia works of
public art, and working with individual communities.
• Created 12 large scale multimedia murals throughout Philadelphia.

2003-2005 [Big Picture Advanced Program]
Instructor

Worked with 2 groups of 10 High School students, for 8 weeks sessions to to design
and paint large scale canvases of varying themes.
• Encouraged working together as a class toward a goal, and develop a sense
for constructive criticism among peers
• Developed a curriculum to teach the basics of Photoshop to a group of beginners,
then how to utilize those skills as a group to create a large scale work.
• Developed an advanced Photoshop Curriculum for returning students, promoting a
more professional design aesthetic.

2003-2004 [Big Picture Program]
Instructor

Worked with groups of middle school students (8-12yrs) from Philadelphia.
for just two 2 hour classes to learn Photoshop.
• Developed a lesson plan that first established basic computer and photoshop literacy
• Developed a curriculum to teach select basic skills of photoshop, providing a
clear understanding of the program and its possibilities, while creating personal digital collages

Commissions as Lead Assistant
2006 “Dewey’s World” 6th and Girard Ave Phila PA
2005 “Legacy” 7th and Chestnut Sts
2004 “Barrio Anita Project” (Josh Sarantitis) Tucson, AZ
2003 “Moving Towards Your Dreams” (Don Gensler) Lincoln Financial Field Phila. PA
2002″North Philadelphia Heroes” (Cliff Eubanks) Broad and Girard Sts. Phila. PA
2002 “Pathfinder in the Sun” (Josh Sarantitis) 32nd and Walnut Sts Phila. PA
2002 “River of Los Angeles” (Josh Sarantitis) Los Angeles, CA
2001 “Metamorphosis” (Josh Sarantitis) Broad St. and Ridge Ave Phila. PA
2001 “Gray’s Ferry Bridge” (Josh Sarantitis) 34th and Wharton Phila. PA
2000 “Dream in Flight” (Josh Sarantitis) 22nd & Point Breeze Ave Phila. PA
1999 “Gateway to Chinatown” (Josh Sarantitis) 11th and Vine Sts. Phila. PA
1999 “Secret Book” (Josh Sarantitis) 19th and Callowhill Sts. Phila. PA
1999 “The Journey” (Meg Saligman) 18th and Callowhill Sts. Phila. PA
1998 “Ballfield Mural” (Peter Pagast) 3rd and Dauphin Sts. Phila. PA

Exhibitions
2012 Family Interrupted Community Voices Gallery, Phila History Museum @ Atwater Kent Phila, PA
2009 Styles May Vary Urban Outfitters HQ Navy Yard Phila, PA
2009 Styles May Vary Anthropologie Gallery Rockefeller Center NYC, NY
2009 Albert M. Greenfield Restorative Justice Exhibition The Thomas Eakins House Phila, PA
2004 Self Portraits (Group Exhibition) Plastic Club Phila. PA
2001 Works on Paper Nexus Gallery Phila. PA
2001 Solipsist BFA Exhibition Tyler School of Art Elkins Park, PA
2001 Senior Studio Exhibition 2001 Market Street Corporate Building Phila. PA
1999 Exhibition of New Work Mentors Gallery Jim Thorpe, PA

Featured Appearances
2012 If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice
Author: Maureen H. O’Connell
Publisher: Liturgical Press

2009 Mural Art #2: Murals on Huge Public Surfaces Around the World from Graffiti to Trompe L’Oeil
Author:Kiriakos Iosifidis
Publisher: Publikat Verlags Und Handels Kg -Hardcover

2009 Visual Restoration
Author:Phoebe Zinman
Publisher: Roland Printing

2007 My North Philly: Neighborhoods. Murals. Stories.
Author: Maria Moller
Publisher: The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

2006 More Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell
Authors: Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Natalie Pompilio
Publisher: Temple University Press -Hardcover

2002 Philadelphia Murals and the Stories They Tell
Authors: Jane Golden, Robin Rice, and Monica Yant Kinney
Publisher: Temple University Press -Hardcover

Awards and Honors
2012 Hui No’eau Artist in Residence Maui, HI
2009 Citywide Mural Competition Winner
2004 Girard Crossing Finalist
2001 1st Annual Nexus Gallery Graduating Artist Exhibition Winner

References
Available Upon Request

©2013 Eric Okdeh