Austin Hojdar

Murals & Mosaics Intern
The artist watched reruns of the black-and-white sci-fi TV series to pass time amid COVID shutdowns. That led to her mural ‘Time Piece’ at 1014 S. Michigan Ave.
The artist says his inspiration was the generosity and charity that came after the hurricane ravaged much of Louisiana.
Growing up in Chicago sparked the artist’s interest in the ‘differences between people and the commonalities between one another.’
“The Radiance of Being” celebrates iconic Chicago structures with Art Deco elements, including The Rookery, the Palmer House and the Palmolive Building.
The Humboldt Park artist — who put aside her background in molecular biology to be an artist — painted the mural last year on a vacant building at 1704 N. Damen Ave.
The six-story mural at 844 W. Montrose Ave. aims to show ‘an overlap between nature and the urban environment . . . these two things that I feel like I’m kind of always wrestling with.’