Since 2016, our mural project has brought beautiful art to our store exteriors and helped Indiana artists grow through their work. This mural project is part of our Growing People through Work initiative, a franchise-wide commitment to build up our employees and the communities where they live and work. The murals are presented in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
In 2019, the Jiffy Lube of Indiana mural project received the Americans for the Arts’ National Arts and Business Partnership Award. Jiffy Lube of Indiana is the first Indiana-based company to receive this honor since 2013.
“It is an exciting time to be part of a project like this,” says Steve Sanner, owner of Jiffy Lube of Indiana. “It’s positively impacting our business, but more than that, it is improving our communities and inspiring our people.”
This project has impacted more than twenty Indiana artists. Hear from the artists about how they’ve grown through their work.
Currently, 18 of Jiffy Lube of Indiana’s fifty locations feature impressive murals on store exteriors. In 2021, six new artists have been commissioned for murals across Indiana.
Alex Ann Allen is an abstract portrait and mural artist based in South Bend, Indiana. Alex’s work can be found across South Bend including recently completed murals at Tiffany Group Real Estate and Vivo Apartments. Alex is known for having fun with bold colors and shapes, as well as for creating impressive portrait work. Alex is creating Jiffy Lube of Indiana’s first South Bend mural at the intersection of S. Michigan St. and Ireland Rd.
Joy Hernandez has exhibited her work all over Indianapolis, including at the Harrison Center, the Arts Council’s Gallery 924, in the Flava Fresh exhibition series, and at the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. Her signature clean, graphic look with bright colors, smooth lines, and even tonal blends translates well to murals, which she completes on her own and with the Walldogs mural collective. Recently her “Bean the Astronaut” character has graced spaces all over the city. She will be painting a mural at our Broad Ripple location in 2021.
Dan Handskillz (aka Dan Thompson) started to create graffiti art in high school, then went on to study illustration and fine art at the Herron School of Art & Design, IUPUI. Today his primary practice is painting murals on commission for clients large and small including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyGo, Uber, Red Bull, and Subaru. A co-founder of the Indy-based crew called the Fantastic Aerosol Brothers (“FAB Crew”), Dan executed graffiti-style murals in Broad Ripple, Fountain Square, and Mass Ave.
Felix Maldonado is the owner of FLEX studio with more than 25 years experience in painting, drawing, and street art. In 2016, Felix was commissioned by the city of Gary, Indiana and RDAD to create the now iconic, four-story “Jackson 5” mural centrally located on 5th and Broadway Ave.
Ish Muhammad is a self-taught artist that was exposed to graffiti, hip hop, and street culture at a very young age. With works exhibited nationally and internationally He is known locally for his commissioned mural for Eskenazi Hospital (2012) and the Subsurface Graffiti Exhibition (2015). ISH led two artist apprentices, Jamahl Crouch and Matthew Cooper for our Three Kings mural (2019) at our Michigan Rd. location.
Nekoda (Koda) Witsken is a professional mural artist and the proprietor of Hue Murals by Koda. Witzken’s colorful and innovative murals can be seen all over central Indiana in public spaces and businesses, as well as in private residences. She also participates in school programs, provides paintings for charity art auctions, and performs exotic body and face painting. Her goal as an artist is to provide culturally-inclusive ways to bring more color and happiness to the world.