Street art can be a powerful form of communication. Since the 2010 financial crisis in Greece, the city of Athens has become a virtual gallery, with images and words in dialogue with the world’s most pressing matters. In Iran's capital Tehran, artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo's building murals number in the hundreds—and they were commissioned by the government.

The Global Graffiti Project—a partnership between the Institute for the Humanities, Modern Greek Program, and the History of Art—intends to engage the campus and larger community with international artists who offer a global perspective on street art. We want people to see, photograph, share, and meet these artists, to express their opinions, and to have a scholarly conversation about this important world cultural phenomenon.


Watch the Artists at Work

Sep 12-15: Mural painting by Greek artist Olga Alexopoulou, Panera Building, 777 N. University

Oct 14-TBD: Mural Painting by Greek/French artist Cacao Rocks, Panera Building, 777 N. University

Oct 9-15: Mural painting by Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, Thayer Building atrium, 202 S. Thayer, times TBA


Join Us in Conversation

TBD: “Street Art in Athens” discussion with Greek artist Cacao Rocks

Feb 8: Panel discussion with artists and screening of video by filmmaker Donald Harrison documenting the Global Graffiti Project, Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer, 4:30pm


Sponsors include: Institute for the Humanities, the Modern Greek Program, History of Art