Students in Ray Patlan's Temescal Mural Project classes produced mural panels which were installed at a PG&E sub-station building located at 52nd and Shattuck. Through research for the design of the murals students gain insight into the various histories and narratives that make up Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood and share that back with the local community through the installed paintings.
About Ray Patlan
Ray Patlan is a major figure in contemporary mural history, as both artist and organizer. Educated at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Academia San Carlos in Mexico City, Ray attained his MFA at CCA. He learned fresco technique in Mexico in the 1960s from teachers who had worked directly with the great Mexican muralists. He was part of the American mural renaissance of the late 1960s–70s in both Chicago and subsequently in the Bay Area. In 1984, working with Patricia Rodriguez, he organized a marathon mural project on Balmy Alley in the Mission district. From January to September of that year 36 artists made 25 murals on the theme of peace in Central America. This project established Balmy as a preeminent mural cluster, the direct inspiration for Clarion Alley, and many other projects worldwide.
Since then Ray has kept watch over Balmy Alley, sponsoring many subsequent murals there. He also worked for 15 years as the founding director of Creativity Explored, a studio program for developmentally disabled adults. Among Ray's own significant murals that can still be seen are the ILWU mural sculpture (downtown San Francisco), Berkeley's La Peña cultural center, two murals in the student center at San Francisco State University, a famous small mural on Balmy Alley, and a pair of stairwell murals at New College of California. Ray teaches Public Art and Community Collaboration at CCA within the Community Arts Program.