Rob Moriarty is an artist and teacher whose artwork explores the transformative power of art and community. He has been an art teacher for more than fifteen years; his curriculum is an amalgamation of contemporary art practices, visual culture and community development.
Moriarty actively engages with the school facilities, acknowledging and investigating the art teacher’s responsibility to realize a more personal and creative learning environment.
He received his B.F.A. in Art Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1996. He studied community-based public art with the Chicago Public Art Group from 1996 -2007. During that time, he organized several street art collaborations and lead several after school projects.
In 2004, he took the knowledge and love from those experiences with him as he moved back to his hometown of Lemont, IL. Since then, he has produced four large scale community built projects in Lemont. These include historically themed mosaic planters, the Stephen Street bridge mosaics and the painted “Pride of Lemont” mural. He is currently working on another painted mural about the quarry worker’s strike of 1885 due to be completed in the summer of 2014. These projects were created with much support from the local community.
Rob is also a founding member of the Lemont Art and Culture Commission. Moriarty is currently exhibiting studio paintings in the “Someday Painter” show at the Lemont Center for the Arts. The show runs from May 16th through June 29th, 2014.