Original murals by artist Teresa Parod have transformed a residential alley in Evanston, Illinois into a vibrant drive-through gallery. The artist and educator has traveled widely and reimagines elements from a range of traditions in her paintings, collages, and textiles.
Parod uses garage doors as large-scale canvases, taking advantage of both the corrugated and flat textures. Her projects began after she painted a mural on her own garage door, and neighbors then asked her to paint their doors, too.
Parod has exhibited throughout the United States and created public art including the Mardi Gras Bead Mosaic in New Orleans; the Wesley Kramer Memorial Mural in Evanston, Illinois, and an outdoor mosaic in Fusterlandia, a village near Havana, Cuba, where she will return in March 2020.
Entire communities have assisted in these works, which Parod often makes at her own expense and with donated materials. The projects transform neighborhoods with light, color, and creative energy.
Know Before You Go
The Evanston garage-door murals by Teresa Parod are located in the 2300 alleys between Thayer/Isabella and Thayer/Park. Visitors can drive through and are welcome to take photos and post with the hashtag #TeresaParodPublicArt.