ALUMNA PROFILE: TRACEE BADWAY
From street art to restaurant murals - making her mark
A sculptor, a portrait artist, a muralist and a landscape painter, Tracee Badway is one of Chicago’s most imaginative all-around visual artists.
Badway nurtured her artistic talent at the American Academy of Art, where she received her BFA with honors in 2007.
“You can find my paintings in restaurants, businesses, and private residences,” Badway shared. “But I strongly believe that art should be available and accessible to anyone who has even the slightest interest – hence my love of ‘street art.’”
Her latest custom murals can be found at the newly opened (March ’16) Imperial Lamian restaurant in River North. Each of the two custom murals spans a whopping 20 feet!
Active in Chicago’s public art scene, Badway has painted sculptures for Pigs on Parade (spinoff of Chicago’s 1999 Cows on Parade festival), “Fastest in the Nation” – a Great Chicago Fire Hydrant, and together with another Chicagoan artist, the “Boston Strong” globe – which paid tribute to the Boston Marathon as part of a public art exhibit by “Cool Globes”.
Last year, Badway made her newest landscape and portrait paintings accessible to the public in a series called “Sleeping With the Artist” – featured on the 16th floor of the posh Palomar Chicago, a Kimpton Hotel located in River North.
When Badway isn’t producing one-of-a-kind private commissions, murals or street art, she can often be found working in her space at the Fine Arts Building just down the street from the Academy.