Chris Devins

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A Chris Devins mural at the A. Philip Randolph Museum in Chicago

Chris Devins is an artist/urban planner from Chicago, Illinois who engages in placemaking, which blends Art and Urban Planning. He is the creator of several outdoor Art initiatives in the Chicago area, including [1] Hyde Park Heroes, the Pullman Project (Briscoe 2015 p.A4), Chatham 2.0 (Mwachukwu 2016 p. 1) and most notably, Bronzeville Legends (Cholke 2014 p. 2).

He came under scrutiny in April, 2017 when he admitted to using an image created by Rhode Island art student Gelila Mesfin [1] for a mural of former first lady Michelle Obama [2] Devins raised $12,000 with the gofundme campaign for the creation of a mural, causing many negative news stories and social media pressure.[3]


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  2. ^ Okayplayer. "A Chicago Artist is Under Fire For Plagiarizing a Black Woman's Artwork For His Michelle Obama Mural - Okayplayer". Retrieved April 22, 2017.
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  4. ^ Briscoe, Tony (August 16, 2015). "Chicago Muralist Focuses on Everyday Hyde Park Residents". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  5. ^ Briscoe, Tony (July 2, 2015). "Mural Marks 1st Public Art Initiative for Pullman Monument". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Cholke, Sam (August 12, 2014). "Nat King Cole Mural Part of Man's Effort to Boost Bronzeville's Image". DNAInfo. Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2016.
  7. ^ Nwachukwu, Kezie (June 1, 2016). "Common Bond". Southside Weekly. Retrieved June 14, 2016.