The beautiful seaside town of Seward was officially designated, “Mural Capital of Alaska” in 2008 at the completion of the town’s 12th colorful mural. This achievement resulted from the enthusiasm and energy of a group of local artists and art lovers who began volunteering their talents in 1999 to paint the town!
Jennifer Headtke, Seward’s premier muralist, first brought artists together in a group experiment painting panels on the high school gym floor. The group has since grown into a “Society” of devoted muralists and has become the Visual Arts Arm of the non-profit Seward Arts Council.
The Mural Society paints to bring life to Seward’s unique historical characters and events and to celebrate the beauty and spirit of Alaska.
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Commissioned by the Alaska Railroad, this welcoming mural greets tourists as they enter the cruise ship terminal.
This mural is a celebration of the Alaska Railroad as well as Seward as the Railroad’s southern terminus.
This mural was designed in celebration of the U.S. National Park System’s Centennial, focusing on Seward’s Kenai Fjords National Park.
Without a prior design, Wyland collaborated with the Seward Mural Society on a 3‑hour, impromptu, outdoor creativity event. Together they designed and painted this mural of Resurrection Bay.
Mural by Mike Corona, 2006
This mural, the Society’s largest to date, pays tribute to Seward’s own Exit Glacier. The artist has captured the glacier, so its grandeur will never be forgotten as it receeds up the valley.
Sixteen artists came together to design and paint this colorful patchwork mural that celebrates the vibrant Alaskan wildflowers.
Mural by Justine Pechusal, 2009
This mural celebrates Alaska’s Statehood and focuses on the beauty of our state flag, which was designed by Benny Benson while he lived in Seward’s Jessie Lee Home.
Mural by Barbara LaVallee, 2010
This project commemorates Seward’s famous Mount Marathon foot race that is run each year on the 4th of July. Information about the race’s conception and the list of annual winners are included on the Mural.
Seward is honored in this mural as the beginning milepost of the historic Iditarod Trail.
This brightly-colored mural pays homage to the men and women who make their livelihood from commercial fishing off our vast coastline.
This colorful mural illustrates the beauty of Alaska’s wildflowers.
This mural was designed as part of Seward’s PARKS playground project.
Aviation has played an important role in Alaska’s history. This mural seeks to represent the individuals and numerous small air charter companies that have been part of Alaska’s growth and progress.
This rendition of a whimsical 1919 Rockwell Kent drawing was painted by 20 local artists.
This mural depicts the Native myth of the supernatural Raven creating the world.
This mural depicts the revered mythological creature called Raven.
This scrapbook-style mural was the first completed project in Seward. It depicts Seward’s 1903 founding at the southern terminus of the Alaska Railroad and includes representations of other historical photos as well.
Mural by J. Pechuzal & L. McElroy, 2011
Mural by Liza McElroy, 2012