Mural Fest Artist - Tobias Studios

August 24th, 2020

Q&A with Tobias Studios - Make It Your Own Mural Fest Artist

Noble County | Albion

1. Why is public art important to a community’s quality of life?

Public art helps give voice to the culture and community. It provides an opportunity to share perspectives. It expresses the character of the people.

2. Why did you apply to install a mural in Northeast Indiana?

There is something vastly rewarding about making public work in the community you live in. It exhibits a vested interest in defining a sense of place.

3. What is it about installing/painting murals that you enjoy so much?

The entire process of mural painting is exhilarating.  My favorite part is going out at night and working in the early morning quiet. There’s a quiet space in the night.

4. What is it like installing a mural?

Installing a mural is a great challenge and exposes you and your process. The vulnerability means you have to stand by your work and be ready for criticism. It is oftentimes an uplifting experience that draws many supporters.

5. What else would you like Northeast Indiana residents to know about you and your artwork?

I would like Indiana residents to know that I believe I was born to be a mural painter, and it gives me a greater sense of purpose than any job I’ve ever had, besides parenting.

About Tobias Studios

Prolific regional artist, Jerrod Tobias, and his wife, Kara, started Tobias Studios in 2015 in Fort Wayne as a working art studio on their one-acre homestead. Tobias Studios is responsible for numerous murals across Fort Wayne, including the mural on East Columbia Street near Three Rivers Apartments, the one depicting Native American folklore on the side of the Brass Rail along Sturgis Street, and rainbow trout at Hop River Brewing Co., just to name a few. In the past 5 years, the artists have hosted art camps, workshops, curated exhibitions and produced some of the largest murals in Northeast Indiana. Click here to learn more about Tobias Studios.

See examples of Tobias Studio's previous work below!


Make It Your Own Mural Fest worked with 11 muralists from around the country to install murals in Northeast Indiana's 11 counties. Want to learn more about the Mural Fest artists?

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