Renowned Chalk Artist to Commemorate 85th Anniversary of Berkeley College with Sidewalk Portrait in Midtown Manhattan


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Artist says work will depict the joy of ‘seeing your future in front of you’


On Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 12:00 p.m., sidewalk artist Hani Shihada will begin work on a piece of street art commemorating the 85th anniversary of Berkeley College and its role in helping students graduate to a better future. The chalk artist, who has honed his craft over 30 years, will create the portrait on the sidewalk in front of Berkeley College at 12 E. 41st St., New York, NY. 

“It’s all about inspiration and the celebration of success,” said Mr. Shihada about his work at Berkeley College. “The whole idea is to promote something positive, something energetic – the happiness and joy of graduating and seeing your future in front of you.” 

The portrait will depict a student with her hands raised in celebration on the graduation stage and the message “Graduate to a Better Future.” 

Mr. Shihada began painting on sidewalks while studying art in Rome in the late 1970s. He has completed works for Britney Spears, tennis star Roger Federer and Nickelodeon, and has received recognition from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, among others. 

Mr. Shihada said working on the streets of New York is challenging, but he is comfortable facing the crowded sidewalks where he has perfected his art over the past 30 years. Before he can use the sidewalk as a canvas, Mr. Shihada must clean the concrete, and said he plans to spend several hours scraping gum and washing the sidewalk.

“Many artists like to work in subdued, calm areas where they can be relaxed,” he said. “But I love it here. Art makes people more peaceful, more loving, more generous. Because I work on the sidewalk, they see the work belongs to them. No one owns it.” 

Watch the Artist Work: Mr. Shihada will begin work on the sidewalk portrait at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15, 2015, and will work until about 7:00 p.m. He plans to finish the piece on Friday, October 16, 2015, around 12:00 p.m. He will return on Saturday, October 17, 2015, for touchup, weather permitting. For more information,

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,000 students – including more than 900 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, the School of Liberal Arts, and the School of Graduate Studies, which offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management.

Berkeley College has three New York locations – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. In New Jersey there are six locations – Clifton, Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In January 2015, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the second consecutive year.  The website address

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Photo Caption: Hani Shihada (right) works with an assistant to prepare the sidewalk outside of Berkeley College on East 41st Street. On Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 12:00 p.m., Mr. Shihada will begin work on a piece of street art commemorating the 85th anniversary of Berkeley College and its role in helping students graduate to a better future.


Berkeley College Hani Shihada Chalk art

Photo Caption B: The street art, depicting a student with her hands raised in celebration on the graduation stage, slowly takes shape.

Berkeley College Hani Shihada chalk art

Photo Caption C: Hani Shihada has honed his craft over 30 years on the sidewalks of New York City.

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