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Alumnus Haywood Creates Mural as Part of Suburban Station Renovation

As part of a renovation to Center City’s Suburban Station, up and coming artist Arthur Haywood ’08 recently completed the mural “Ride the Sky,” celebrating the joy of riding trains at the 17th and JFK Blvd. entrance to SEPTA’s regional rail lines.

The mural depicts individuals of all ages riding clouds of steam emanating from an old Pennsylvania Railroad Baldwin train. Haywood painted, then scanned figures and parts of the train before he added the background and clouds and parts of the train digitally. The project was developed through the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and real estate firm Athenian Razak. Roe Fabricators printed and installed the digital version of the mural.

According to Haywood’s website, his murals and illustrations captivate science fiction and fantasy stories to “celebrate the wonder of stories,” and aim to inspire others and engage youth in reading. This ethos is exhibited in his book “The Great Library,” an overview of scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria in Egypt told through illustrations and text. 

Haywood, who is completing a mural at the Elkins Park School library (with sponsorship from Elkins Park School and Cheltenham School District Foundation) and has taken time to speak with students at school this past school year, was featured as one of “Three to Watch” in the September edition of Fine Art Connoisseur magazine, and his 4x6 oil painting “Cosmic Tales” was featured in the article. His work has also appeared in “Space and Time Magazine.” In addition to numerous commissions, Haywood has exhibited his work in New York and Pennsylvania. He specializes in creating library and school murals, and book covers. 

This fall, Haywood, who attended CSD’s Wyncote Elementary, will be developing murals to inspire a love of learning and cultural appreciation in Paris as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship from the Fondation des Etats-Unis. He will be working with students at Lycee Paul Lapie to create murals depicting diverse people reading the stories that have engaged them. 

He earned a B.F.A in illustration from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and studied classical drawing at Philadelphia’s Cambridge Street Studios and classical drawing and painting at New York City’s Grand Central Atelier