Liv Novotny is a muralist, printmaker, and graphic designer currently working in Minneapolis. They graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2018 with a BA in Art and Journalism and a minor in Graphic Design. Liv has organized artist-led city tours and wrote for the 3x5 publication an intern at the Soap Factory from 2015 to 2017. They’ve shown work at the Soap Factory, Red Garage Studio, Southern Graphics Council International Conference, and is featured in the Protest Publishing and Art collection at Wilson Library. In 2018 they received a Grand Challenges Grant to travel to Bogotá, Colombia to work with activist theater group Teatro La Candelaria and the Mothers of Soacha to make collaborative paintings shown at the SEIU Local 26 Worker's Union.
For three years they worked as a contract painter and mosaic artist for GoodSpace Murals, an organization that promotes community development through mural painting. At GoodSpace murals they learned community engagement methods in both design and painting, apprenticing under muralist Greta McLain. With their background in journalism Liv is well versed in verbal and written communication, interviewing, and storytelling; skills that are important if the community is to have input in the design or the painting of a mural. They believe the value of murals lie in the conversations we create, the connections we build, and the relationships we foster along the way.
Liv currently teaches after school classes with Minneapolis Public Schools where they design and paint murals with students for their school. They also lead their own projects, organizing community-painted mural projects in the Twin Cities, as well as painting commercial murals and signs. They love to create collaboratively, having worked with 8 other muralists nationally and internationally. They are passionate about how murals can heal and transform communities, both in imagery and how they were created.
You can reach them at email@example.com for painting, graphic design, and teaching work.