New Murals by Local Artists Brighten Tucson Streets

Public art commissioned by Banner – University Medicine

What’s that floating whale doing on the corner of East Grant Road and North Campbell Avenue?

It’s one of five playful wall murals being installed this week on Tucson city streets as part of a public art project commissioned by Banner – University Medicine.

The Tucson-area artists and their mural locations are:

  • Joe Pagac, 2320 N. Campbell Ave.
  • Jessica Gonzales, 2425 N. Oracle Road
  • Ignacio Garcia, 246 N. Fourth Ave.
  • Lalo Cota, 3443 E. Speedway Blvd. and 3540 N. Oracle Road

“The city’s vibrant arts scene and colorful murals are part of what makes Tucson special,” said Chad Whelan, MD, CEO of Banner – University Medicine in Tucson. “We were looking for relaxing artwork that speaks to health, healing and togetherness.”

In Tucson, Banner – University Medicine is the academic arm of nonprofit Banner Health that operates Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, Banner – University Medical Center South and Banner – University Medical Group, the practice group of University of Arizona physician faculty.

Click here for more information on the artists and their murals.

About Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, nationally ranked as a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report, and Banner – University Medical Center South, are part of Banner – University Medicine, a premier academic medical network. These institutions are academic medical centers for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. Included on the two campuses are Diamond Children's Medical Center and many specialty clinics. The two academic medical centers are part of Arizona-based Banner Health, one of the largest nonprofit health-care systems in the country, with 28 hospitals in six states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit or