Theme Paints Help Create a Stunning Public Art Mural in Savannah!

Here at Modern Masters, we enjoy coming across very special projects — and a 66′ tall exterior mural by artist Matt Hebermehl certainly qualifies!  Matt was gracious enough to chat with us about this very special commission, his process and how our Theme Paints helped him complete the mural creatively and durably. 

Savannah Public Art Mural with Modern Masters Theme Paints by artist Matt Hebermehl

matt hebermehl, as Photographed by Trevor Jenkins of 98 Productions

In the fall of 2013, I was commissioned by the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) to paint a mural on the exterior of Montgomery Hall, the home of SCAD’s digital art and animation department. Vice President Glenn E. Wallace and Director of Ideation Amy Zurcher directed me to create an energetic, vibrant, abstract representation of the creative spirit that swirls in and around Montgomery Hall.

Painting a Public Abstract Art Mural | Artist Matt Hebermehl using Modern Masters Theme Paints(above, below) photographed by Adam Kuehl for the Savannah College of Art and Design

Painting a 66' Public Art Mural | Savannah Artist by Matt Hebermehl | SCAD's Montgomery Hall

The wall itself stands at 66 feet high by 30 feet wide and the work took almost two months. Fellow artist Troy Wandzel and I primed the wall and then artist Tim Foster helped me lay out a grid and sketch of the mural with a chalk snap line.  When it came time to decide which paint to use, I wanted a product that offered a bright, rich palette and the durability to withstand the Savannah sun and humidity.

Montgomery Hall Exterior Art Mural | Modern Masters Theme Paints | Artist: Matt Hebermehl(Top LEFT) photographed by Adam Kuehl for the Savannah College of Art and Design. All remaining images by Matt Hebermehl


I called fellow artist Aaron Marable as well as several historic preservationists and they unanimously recommended Modern Masters Theme Paints. Paul Muto at Star Scenic in Orlando, FL supplied me with the paints and couldn’t have been more helpful and knowledgeable about the product. As I painted the mural, I was amazed at the paint’s coverage, flow, and vibrancy. I used the Hi-Hide White straight and everything else I customized to make my own color mixes.

Exterior Public Art Mural in Savannah, Georgia by artist Matt Hebermehl using Theme Paints by Modern Masters

Public Mural at the Savannah College of Art and Design | Artist Matt Hebermehl | Theme Paints by Modern Masters

When I completed the mural, my friend Tim Piccin helped me apply the MasterClear® Supreme Clear Protective Topcoat in semi-gloss for extra durability. The work resulted in a layered chronicle of the rhythms of life combined with an ongoing exploration of my natural, gestural stroke.

Timelapse Video of the SCAD Mural Project by Matt Hebermehl

We think it’s an incredible work by a very talented artist whose work we hope to continue to see! The project was also a collaborative effort between the school and SeeSAW (See Savannah Art Walls).  It’s the public art initiative that Matt co-founded in 2012, which creates opportunities for a more robust culture of murals and public art in Savannah. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about the process of this wonderful mural by Matt Hebermehl and the capabilities of our Theme Paints.  Please be sure to visit the Hebermehl website and follow Matt on the Hebermehl Facebook fan page and the SeeSAW Facebook fan page as well.  What do you think of the mural? Let us know in the comments!

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