Chicago K9s for Cops is a public art installation benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.  The program features life-size statues of German Shepherd & Labrador Police Dogs that are each artistically designed by local artists.

If you are interested in designing and painting a K9, please email Bridget. B.schuda@cpdmemorial.org

Below is information about the artists that have participated in the program to-date.

Our Artists

PETER BUCKS

United Service Companies
Michael A. Ceriale Foundation

018 District Horse

I have been drawing ever since I could hold a crayon. It fascinated me to create the illusion of something real or tangible and freeze it in time and two dimension. When I was in high school my art teacher encouraged me to enter a water color painting I was working on into an art competition for the 5th congressional district art contest. To my surprise I placed third.

After high school I was accepted at Ray College of Design now known as The Illinois institute of Art. I had a bunch of great instructors, and was well on my way with a fundamental academic approach to drawing and painting, and earned a degree in fine art/illustration. A few years out of college I was hired by a Chicago based company called Skyline Design. While working for skyline I was able to hone my skills and had the ability to learn many other trade craft skills.

When the Cows on Parade became public, Skyline was able to design and paint several cows. Most however were designed by other firms while skyline would execute the painting part of it. I had the privilege of being the person that painted all the cows that came through the door.

Time passed and I decided that I wanted to make art more personal. I wanted to pave my own road into the art world, so to speak. But I needed to take a break from creating commercial art at that point, and re-focus my thoughts on what and how to do it. So I changed full time job careers, in order to think outside the box, and I became a Chicago Police Officer. Being a police officer has allowed me to see more of Chicago and it’s people, which helped me focus more about what I want to do with my art. I believe that my art is another way to tell people a story or an image of beauty.

While in the academy I met Wendy, also a recruit in the training process. Wendy and I eventually married and we have two wonderful daughters. Wendy has always given me her full support to create art. Wendy has great managing skills and a good eye in efforts to help me pave the way I envision the art I create.

Thirteen years have gone by and within that I have done a few freelance jobs illustrating. Within the last year I have decided that I need to put more action into getting my art more publicized and specifically into competitions, juried shows, and galleries. I’m currently working on a theme of paintings to accomplish this. Last year I joined the American Watercolor Society, and I’m exited to be an associate member at this point, with ambitions of moving up to a signature member.

 

ERIKA VAZZANA

Wendella
CPD Mass Transit Bomb Dogs
Benihana
Sertoma
Guardian Security Inc

Erika’s artistic journey began while pursuing a BFA in Studio Arts at the University of Illinois at
Chicago. Erika has been painting murals and commissions for residential and commercial
clients throughout the Chicago land area. Her notable work, a Chicago White Sox mural in her
Chicago home, was recognized in 2005 on FOX Thing in the Morning LIVE with David Navarro
and Tamron Hall, and NBC5 News interview with Charlie Wojciechowski. Also appearing three
times on the Chicago TV, Chanel 26 TheU, talk show, You and Me. Most recent commercial
work can be seen adorning the walls of the operating rooms, therapy room, and Chicago White
Sox Playroom at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital. She also participated in the
2013 Great Chicago Fire Hydrant, while her painted 5’ hydrant earned the 100th Club and CFD
charities in over $2,000 at Live auction. Erika has continued her passion for public art and has
successfully attained her 7th horse with Horses of Honor, for her local community and neighbor,
Canaryville Flaggs Club representing fallen officer, Daniel E. Howard.
Through her continued success with the Horses of Honor, Erika, fell into a consulting position
and worked behind the scenes to get the K9's for Cops statue created.
Erika’s passion for art and her joy of sharing her talent is also reflected in CPS schools around
the city helping Chicago Cares create community murals. She tailors custom art parties to both
children and adult groups and works in the field painting murals, creating hand painted wine
glasses, shoes and custom canvas work.
Erika takes just as much joy and passion by the notion of donating her talent. She finds that
everything in life shall be done with purpose, no matter how big or small.
This belief has taken her to create a program she brings to sick children in the hospital, called
Painting with Patients. One day she hopes she can create a Non-for Profit status to help further
bring this great program to hospital patients readily.
Erika Vazzana looks forward to every art endeavor she attains, but her true masterpieces are
her 3 beautiful children; Mason, Phillip, and Lucia and her loving husband, Mark.

 

LORI MURPHY

Reni Zemlyak

Irish American artist Lori Murphy, a dual national is a resident artist of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago.  She has studied art and technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, sustainable building design at Harvard University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in Vermont. Painter, photographer and designer of energy independent buildings, her work lies at the intersection between the fine arts and human geography.

Engaging with the interaction of the body with the natural and built environment, her work focuses on the human experience of the world from a sensory phenomenological perspective. Subjects involve migration, place and displacement, the search for home and happiness, cross cultural identity, the syncretic and change over time. She is currently funded by a grant to teach studio art to a young adult with autism. Recent work has been shown in Boston, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago, London and Ireland.

 

TONY PASSERO

Hyatt Regency Chicago

Tony Passero is a mixed media artist and muralist, who not only paints on traditional canvas but also uses a wide variety of found objects (such as dumped doors, discarded windows, abandoned furniture, scrapped street signs, etc.) as the base for his works.

His work is often executed in series or set formats as he explores themes through repetition. The majority of his artwork is centered on a unique mash up of a Latin, Creole and Tribal tones blended with a bit of a linear organic cubist and expressionist styles. His work often has a textured quality as a result of building up of layers from the various mediums he uses (ink, oil, acrylic, custom dyes, etc.) and the various devices he uses to apply the mediums. With each new theme undertaking, Passero makes a point of exploring different and new painting techniques to aesthetically complete and compliment the theme of each project he engages.

From a mural perspective, Passero has conceived and painted his own murals at locations in Chicago such as the Whoot Mural on Belmont Avenue, the Manifest Mural at the Pulaski Blue Line exit, the CrossCuts Mural at the Addison Kennedy Expressway Exit, the Positive Babel Mural at the Irving Park Metra Station, the Jumbo Jet Mural along the Kennedy Expressway, the Spin Cycles at 6 Corners Shopping District,the Colorribean Mural on Chase Avenue and the Hep Cat Mural on Cicero Avenue. He has also participated as one of the lead artists on the Addison and Avondale Mural and Police Memorial Mural on Montrose.

 

COURTNEY BOATWRIGHT

The Skender Foundation

Courtney Boatwright is the Graphic Design Specialist, for Skender Construction, a General Contractor based in Chicago, IL. She is known for her innovative approach to design and her outlandish and obscure illustration style.
Originally, from San Francisco, Courtney got an early start in the industry at the age of 14 working for a luxury brad wholesale distribution company as their In-House Designer. From there, she set sail for Chicago, where she studied Graphic Design in Advertising. Having never graduated from college, a sore spot for her, she has been able to let her work speak for itself, proving that in a creative industry, a degree is great but your talent is the true testament. 

 

KEN KLOPACK

MILLENNIUM GARAGES

Ken has taught art in the Chicago Public Schools and continues to teach painting at all skill levels in Chicago.
Ken has exhibited at New York Art Expo and Galerie Hamptons in West Hampton Beach, Long Island. He has had a number of solo shows and exhibited in group shows in Chicago and Door County, Wisconsin.
Public art installations include "Cool Globes" and "The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants" in Chicago, "Eggstravaganza" in Egg Harbor, Wisconsin, and "Benches by the Bay 2016" in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
His art has been published in "Chicago Art Scene" (2000) and "A Published Gallery"(2009), art books featuring international artists.
Ken is the author of "Show Off Your Art" and a contributing author to "Arts & Activities" magazine, "School Arts" magazine, and "Best Classroom Practices: What Award-Winning Elementary Teachers Do".
Ken is a featured artist at SantaFeArt world.com

 

BRANDIN HURLEY

The Peninsula Chicago
Combined Insurance

Brandin Hurley is a Chicago based freelance fine artist who specializes in papercut and light pieces, site-specific installations, and murals. She has a BFA from CSU Long Beach in scenic design, and a MFA in scenic design from NIU. 

 

 

Artists of Insight Studios

Insight Studios

Instagram: insightstudios

Insight Studios began to manifest conceptually in June of 2005. The vision was to build a creative facility that was home to talented artists. Housed in glass block and polished diamond plate, the overall feel of Insight Studios is clean, professional, creative and comfortable. Your safety and comfort are top priorities at Insight Studios and we do our best to make each and every tattoo/piercing/removal experience a special one.

 

ANTIONETTE ALCAZAR

Marissa Leezar
Motorola Solutions Foundation
Loyola University Department of Military Science

I was born in Santiago, Chile. My family and I migrated to the U.S. when I was 11 years old as political refugees. We moved to Lawndale and Grand neighborhood. I am now married, mother to three amazing young women, and grandmother to the most precocious 3yr old granddaughter and 3-month old grandson. They are my world. Besides my daughters, art is one of my greatest passions. I am a self-taught artist, with no formal training; personal experience and passion have been my inspiration and guide. I studied Economics at the University of Illinois and currently enjoy a full time career in law enforcement with the Chicago Police Department, 011th District. I began painting about 16 years ago as an outlet for stress when one of my twins was diagnosed with Leukemia. The social worker at Children’s Memorial Hospital when my daughter was receiving treatment gave me a sketch book and pastels. I began creating images and have been doing it ever since, experimenting with different ways of making art besides pastel and paper. I have found that my favorite medium is acrylic on canvas. My ardor for painting continues to grow more and more each day, and I hope to someday make it my full time profession.
I paint because I love, I hurt, and I feel joy. I paint because the good Lord gave me the capability to bring to life all that I feel inside.  On canvas, I can bring balance to my world through my art. My approach is that a canvas is a place where imagination knows neither boundaries nor rules. Give attention to a child creating art. They dive right in and begin creating with no inhibitions, therefore making the outcome the purest in form, color and expression. That is the state of mind I enter when I paint to accomplish my objective.

 

RACHEL SLOTNICK

Garry & Debbie Eades

Rachel Slotnick received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010, and she is a full-time professor at Malcolm X College and adjunct faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a commissioned muralist for Chicago’s 35th, 39th, 46th and 47th wards, and recently collaborated with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to create two Horses of Honor, one of which was permanently placed in the 25th Ward Alderman’s office. Her work has appeared in Mad HatThrice FictionDriftwood Press, After Hours, Rain TaxiNewfound, and The Brooklyn Rail among others. Slotnick won Rhino Poetry’s Founder’s Prize and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2015. She is the author of “In Lieu of Flowers,” available through Tortoise Books.

 

LORNA LIGHTLE

Thomas Byrne

I have been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, even in school ditching technical drawing and picking up extra art classes.  
While nannying for a La Grange Family I had been asked to do some chalk art for a party at Ogden School. From there I was approoached by a member of the La Grange Business Association to paint a 12ft fiberglass giraffe for the pet parades summer art exhibit. That was in 2006 and I've been painting for the local merchants every year, every summer.
From that art, then came the goombay bash held at Navy Pier each year. This event raises money for cancer research. Each year I painted huge umbrellas that got auctioned off at the event after being displayed around the grand ballroom.
I was also honored in 2013 to be asked to Q-BBQ to paint one of the Great Chicago Fire Hydrants for CFD Exhibit, which was displayed outside the Hancock building.
I also design logos, create recycled pieces or paint items to bring like back into them. 
In 2013 I took the La Grange Citizens Police Academy class and have been a part of the alumni ever since. Donating my time to help the police at local events. 2017 I hope to also take the same CPA class with La Grange Park Police Department.
For the past 2-3 years I've helped at Magnificentmutts.org a wonderful foster rescue from HIllside that's run by Linda Hansen Latelle and many volunteers. All this and work as a FT nanny which Im very proud of, assisting families and helping to nurture over 25 children in my career.

 

Jennifer Jacobucci

American Knights Motorcycle Club

Jennifer Jacobucci is a Chicago native and an 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. She began her police career in the 015th District Austin neighborhood, where she served as a member of the Robbery/Burglary Mission Team, Tactical Team and Bike Patrol. She has been recognized by the department for her efforts with numerous honorable mentions, department commendations and complimentary letters from the communities she served.  She has also worked different detail assignments such as the Lakefront Bike Patrol in the 004th District South Chicago and is currently assigned to Unit 050 Airport Law Enforcement Section North. 
Prior to joining the Chicago Police Department, Jennifer carried out her love of art and design by working at an advertising agency and independent record label in the city as a silkscreen printer. She has mentored children and young adults as a sports educator and children's art specialist from California to Chicago. In her free time she is a substitute art educator and produces her own art to be displayed in galleries. 
Jennifer is constantly looking for ways to improve the lives and relationships within the communities she serves by taking part in higher education and training. In 2012 she earned her MAP at Adler with a focus in Police Psychology and has recently completed her MEd at DePaul University focusing on Secondary Education in Visual Art. 

 

SANDRA BACON

The Wilson Family

Sandie Bacon is a classically trained, vesatile artist whose artwork is shown nationally.
She has an MFA from Maryland Institute Graduate School of Painting. Recent exhibitions include:33 Collective, 4 Art, Dandeluon Gallery, Reinvent Gallery (all in the Chicagoland area), Projects Gallery (Miami, Florida), Artprize (Michigan) Sandra has done many fiberglass sculptures inclyding: Horses of Honor (Chicago), 4 ""Cool globes "" which have travelled throughout Europe, ""Pandamania"" in Washington DC and in front of the National Air and Space Musuen , for the zoo on Madison, and many more. . . I love the way public art honors its inspiration as well as engage the community.

 

SUSAN CLAUSEN

Park Hyatt Chicago
Chicago Police Memorial Foundation
Schwarber's Neighborhood Heroes

Lawdog Security

Susan is originally from Kansas City, MO, which is where her passion for art was originally nurtured. She studied art and art history at Creighton University and earned her B.F.A. with a focus in painting. Susan moved to Chicago in 2010 and has proudly called it home ever since.
Her work can be found in businesses throughout Chicago. Some of her favorite projects include painting life-sized horses for the Horses of Honor program, painting a giant golf ball for the Ryder Cup Tournament, and the Painted Ladies installation at ACME Hotel Chicago. 
Susan is currently working on a series of collages, exploring the variations of Koi fish. The hand torn pieces of paper create a unique texture while the magazine scraps add the element of surprise due to the hidden text and imagery that can often be found up close.

 

Jim Hetzler

Kim & Dave Burdakin

Jim Hetzler is a nationally recognized airbrush and pinstriping artist as well as custom automotive artist.  Jim and his wife Chris own and operate JC Hetz Studio in Muscatine, IA.  Jim has been the recipient of many awards and has appeared on TV and in many, many trade magazines.  Jim has been dedicated to the art of custom paint, pinstriping and airbrush for well over 45 years.  Jim left the corporate world almost 20 years ago to pursue his talent full time.  Jim spent 27 years in the corporate world doing projects for various customers in his off hours.  Jim has a Business Degree and International Marketing Degree but chooses to run his own business doing what he has always loved to do and constantly strives to raise the bar on every project he is hired to do.  Please visit him at www.hetzstudio.com.

The concept for the Donor K-9 came from his sister, Kim Burdakin having received a liver transplant 17 years ago.  Kim is very active with the organ donor network and Kim and her husband David Burdakin sponsored this K-9 with the organ donor theme in mind...who better to paint it than her brother!  With the organ donation theme in mind Jim created some custom House of Kolor paint colors to represent the colors of the organ donation logo and used his creative interpretation to best represent that theme.  Every bit of the dog is hand painted, hand lettered, pinstriped and airbrushed.

JENNY LEaRNER

Clune Construction Company

Chicagoan Jenny Learner has been making art her entire life. Classically trained at the American Academy of Art and self-taught in interior, surface design & photography. For over 30 years this multi-faceted artist has been designing custom room dividers, screens, hand-painted wall coverings, fabrics, murals, & site-specific art for interior designers and architects. She exhibits, teaches, curates, and juries locally and nationally. She has her studio and gallery at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport.
After an introduction to encaustic she fell in love with the ancient medium of fusing fire with beeswax and pure pigment. Encaustic became her elixir of life. Imagine painting and sculpting within the wonderful realm of flowers and honey. The medium’s luminosity, transparency, aromatherapy, alchemy, with the unexpected results constantly surprise her.She gains inspiration for her new work from earth’s multiple landscapes and wonders including raw gemstones, outer space, medicine, life, & dreams. Further curious and fascinated with evolution, anthropology, architecture and time, as an artist Jenny is grateful to be living in this digital age with resources at her fingertips. The photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and the Hubble telescope’s imagery of the Universe endlessly muse her.

 

Anoush BARGAMIAN

UBS

Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, I am an artist/art educator now living and working in Chicago, Illinois. I attended Massachusetts College of Art/BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago/MFA and the University of Illinois-Chicago/BFA. Selected exhibitions: Women Made Gallery, Midwest Open, Chicago, IL; Elmhurst Art Museum, Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art Exhibition, Transmogrification, Elmhurst, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Women and Anger: Resistance, Power, and Inspiration, Des Plaines, IL; Providence Art Club, Making Your Mark, Providence, RI; The Art Center-Highland Park, Beneath The Surface, Highland Park, IL; Koehnline Museum of Art, Beyond Rosie The Riveter, Des Plaines, IL; MoMa PS1, Printed Matter Book Fair, Long Island City, NY; Studio/Gallery Z, Providence, RI; Upstream Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY; Windsor Whip Works Art Gallery, Windsor, NY; and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL.

 

Emma Moss

Conway Mackenzie

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in 2014 from Lawrence University. While at school, I honed artistic skills in a variety of mediums, which I continue to utilize to date, including illustration, graphic design, sculpture and fabrication. I describe myself as a creative specialist, and an artistic 'Jack of All Trades." My creative inspiration derives from mythology, iconography, creatures (both real and mythical), and the absurdity of every day life.

 

Joseph Castillo

Cubs Charities
Chicago Blackhawks

I have always gravitate towards art and and have worked on our projects most of my life with friends or by myself last year I decided to open my own art studio and my first project public art work was the canine sculpture I was very proud to do this and very happy with the result

Keith Pollok

Ozinga

Born and raised in Chicago. Alumni of Gallery 37 and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Artistic style ranges from abstract to photo realistic natural and scientific illustration, murals and canvas to works on paper. An educator for various non for profits including after school matters.

 

Nino Rodriguez

National Association of REALTORS

I was born in Mexico in 1972, but raised in the Northside Uptown community in Chicago. I attended Nicolas Senn High School, the American Academy of Art, the University of Illinois at Chicago and I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College. I have in-class art teaching practice experience and I have utilized it at schools like Roosevelt High School, New Trier High School, Evanston Township High School, to name a few. My art has been featured on WGN, Fox, CNN, ABC news and LatiNation. Also, my other areas of expertise are in street art and cultural imagery and mural paintings, and it has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Redeye, La Raza and other media publications. My art has been displayed in Chicago galleries, on Michigan Avenue (three times) and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

 

Rich Greiwe

T-Mobile

High-end residential house painter since 1987 specializing in faux finish and artistic details. I have done two horses of Honor and four police dogs.