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Beth Shadur has worked since 1975 as an Artist in Residency in various settings, such as schools, community centers, a prison, nature conservancies, and colleges. She leads participatory mural projects, in which her participants collaborate in every aspect of the mural creation, from choice of theme, to research, drawing, design and painting of the mural. Shadur has directed over 100 such murals for various sites, created with community input. She also does workshops for participants, students, teachers in other areas of drawing and painting. Her Artist in Residency work has taken her throughout the United States and Great Britain.

In 2007, Shadur did a residency with fifth grade students at the Lincoln Academy of Integrated Arts in Davenport, IA and directed a mural on the subject of immigration. The students learned, through the mural process, about the history of immigration in the Quad Cities area. To see more on this project, click here.

To view a selection of these murals, click here.

Students painting mural – Ridge Family Center for Learning

Students painting mural – Ridge Family Center for Learning

Residency Sites

  • Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale, AZ

  • South Elementary School, Des Plaines, IL

  • Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston IL

  • Village of Addison, Addison IL
    includes Fullerton Elementary School, Lake Park Elementary School, Indian Trail Junior High School
    and St. Joseph Catholic School

  • Walker School, Evanston, IL

  • Lincoln Academy for Integrated Arts, Davenport, IA

  • Centralia Junior High School, Centralia, IL

  • Ridge Family Center for Learning, Elk Grove Village, IL

  • Nashold Elementary School, Rockford, IL

  • Edwards Elementary School, Edwards, CO

  • Hollywood Park Elementary School, Hollywood, FL

  • Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida, Panama City, Fl

  • Beth Am Day School, Miami, FL

  • Miami Dade Community College, Miami, FL

  • Dave and Mary Alper Jewish Community Center, Miami, FL

  • Adlai Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL

  • Niles South Elementary School, Niles, IL

  • Central School, Wilmette, IL

  • Simpson College, Indianola, IA

  • Parkview Elementary School, Morton Grove, IL

  • WoodDale Jr. High School, Wood Dale, IL

  • Evanston Township High School, Evanston, IL

  • District # 108 Schools, Highland Park, IL (included Braeside, Lincoln, Ravinia, Sherwood, and Red Oak Elementary Schools)

  • Sacred Heart Academy, Chicago, IL

  • St. Thecla Catholic School, Chicago, IL

  • Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, Chicago, IL

  • Ryerson Conservation Area, Deerfield, IL

  • Johnson Elementary School, Bensenville, IL

  • Evanston Day Care Center, Evanston, IL

  • Daniel School, Danville, IL

  • City of Chicago Artist-in-Residence, Ravenswood neighborhood, Chicago, IL

  • Blaine Elementary School, Chicago, IL

  • Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL

  • Sullivan High School, Chicago, IL

  • Community Arts Team, Jack Kane Centre, Craigmillar, Scotland

  • Douglas Inch Psychiatric Centre, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Special Unit, Barlinnie Prison, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Alternatives, Inc., Drug Center, Chicago, IL

  • Glencoe Jr. High Youth Project, Glencoe, IL

  • Martin Luther King Lab School, Evanston, IL

  • Armstrong Elementary School, Chicago, IL

  • Talcott Elementary School, IL


Shadur leads drawing workshop. Daniel Elementary School, Danville, IL

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