Monday, March 30, 2015

Minneapolis Foundation Street Painting in the IDS Crystal Court!

This is going to be a great time.  Looking forward to getting started next Monday.  Here is the information for the street painting project at the IDS Crystal Court.  


Date: Apr 6, 2015
Start Time: 12:30 pm
End Time: 08:00 pm
Event Type: Arts & Entertainment
Cost: Free
Contact Person: Brendan Kearin
Contact Phone: (612) 598-7667
Address: IDS Center Crystal Court 80 S 8th St Minneapolis, MN
Contact Email:
The Minneapolis Foundation Kicks Off Centennial Celebration
with Massive Street Painting in Crystal Court 
Award-winning Artist to Spend Two Days Creating 3D Vision of City’s Future to Commemorate
Foundation’s 100th Anniversary
WHAT: In a live art marathon that will kick off The Minneapolis Foundation’s 100th anniversary, award-winning artist Shawn McCann will spend two days creating a large-scale, indoor street painting depicting his vision of the future of Minneapolis. McCann’s image will feature an optical illusion to create a 3D effect when it’s viewed from a certain vantage point. The piece will remain on display on the floor of the Crystal Court for just a few days, creating a temporary “must see” for Twin Cities residents.
WHERE: The Crystal Court of the IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street, Minneapolis
WHEN: The Minneapolis Foundation will host a press conference at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6, as McCann begins work on the street painting. Foundation President and CEO Sandra Vargas and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges will deliver remarks during the event. McCann will work on the piece throughout the day and evening on April 6 and complete it on April 7. The street art will remain on display in the Crystal Court until the end of business day on Friday, April 10.
WHY: The Minneapolis Foundation, which is housed in the IDS Center, commissioned the 3D street painting to kick off a season of community events celebrating its Centennial. The Foundation was established in 1915 to enable residents from across the community to pool their charitable giving for greater impact. One of the first community foundations in the world, The Minneapolis Foundation was a pioneer in a philanthropic movement that now includes more than 1,800 place-based foundations worldwide. By the end of 2015, the Foundation will have granted an estimated lifetime total of $850 million to improve the lives of Minnesotans and people around the world. Learn more about the Foundation’s history and upcoming Centennial events at and in the enclosed press release.
WHO: Shawn McCann is a Twin Cities-based artist whose work encompasses street painting, murals, fine art, children’s books, installation art and commercial illustration. Learn more about his work at

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Robbinsdale Mural is complete!

It was an honor to have worked on the Robbinsdale mural over the course of September.  The fact that this is one that is my back yard is even better.  Special thanks to Lisa Botkin and Laurie Haycraft for the added help!  Here are the final pictures.  Also a huge thanks to Brett at the Robbinsdale Sherwin Williams who were kind enough to donate the paint for this project!  You guys rock!!!!!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Worthington MN Mural

The start of the mural summer kicked off this year with a great project in Worthington, MN for the 2014 Windsurfing and Unvarnished Festival.  This year it was the National Championships and it was a great time throughout the entire 9 days I was there.  Thanks to Gail Holinka, the VFW, and a grant thru the SMAC Arts in Legacy grant, this is what was able to be created.  Also thanks to Jasmine for helping out!

Wahpeton Mural

Well, I have officially worked on the largest mural I have completed to date!  This mammoth project was 2 years in the making and with partial funding from the National Endowment for the Arts "Our Town" grant and the remaining from the City of Wahpeton and their beautification fund, this 135ft long 35ft tall mural was completed a matter of 5 short weeks.  I couldn't have done it without Lise Erdrich and Circle of Nations School for helping secure the grant, the city and also my assistants, Elaine Klocke, Caleb Schmidt, Olivia Schmidt, Sam Klocke and even my mother Karen for helping create this lasting piece in my hometown.  It was such a great time creating the piece and really hope that the community enjoys it for years to come!

Monday, August 18, 2014

2014 Art in Bloom Street painting of "Mr. Bumble"

Well, it is always better late than never, so I will be updating my blog here with some recent projects. This first one was a fun street painting I did for the Art in Bloom Friends kids day at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.  This is a creation from the famed children's book "Mr. Bumble", original book by Kim and Doug Kennedy.    Had lots of fun creating this and the kids creating next to me was a blast as well.  Look forward to the next one next year!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Matisse Mural at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

After a busy last few months, it is good to get a post up finally.  I have been working on a number of different projects and am looking forward to sharing more about those soon.  In the meantime, here are the images from the completed Matisse Mural I did at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the new Matisse show that opened this last weekend.  It was a blast working on it and coming up with an image that was a mashup of some of his pieces.  Here is the completed mural which was 12ft tall by 25 ft in width.

Another fun element of the Matisse show was creating a fun photo opportunity featuring one of the paintings in the show.  Here is a detail of the photo booth!   Also here is a great writeup Tim Gihring  did.  Homage to Matisse: Shawn McCann channels the master to accent the exhibition

And this is how you have fun with the Matisse Photo Booth!  Love the poses Katie, Kim, Courtney and Emma!
Photo Courtesy of Katie Hill

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Great Draw

Wanted to share with you some really fun street paintings that I recently created in Dubuque Iowa.  The Great Draw was an amazing day long celebration of community and street painting sponsored and created by Outside the Lines Gallery.  Stormy and Connie were great hosts and there was much fun to be had!  Here are the two street paintings I did for the event.  The chalk box image was a 15ft x 15ft piece done on Friday and "Botticello" was 15ft x 28ft long and created for the event on Saturday!  This was another fun Art for After Hours project.