May 8, 2009 – The New York Times
"An art show is about to transform the empty spaces of One Brooklyn Bridge Park, and if Mary Mihelic, a real estate agent and artist, has her way, some art lovers and artworks will find permanent homes here. Ms. Mihelic, an agent at Stribling & Associates with a masters of fine arts degree from Parsons the Nee School for Design, is the curator of the art show, cheekily called "spctclr vews.”
Novermber 8, 2016 – Artnet News
“We have had a lot of closet Trump supporters come up to us, from all walks of life.”
July 20, 2016 – Business Insider
“In the midst of the Republican National Convention, an out-of-the-ordinary Donald Trump campaign bus will roll into Cleveland. Rather than support the presidential candidate, this bus mocks him and his personal brand. ”
January 20, 2017 – Rolling Stone
“As Trump’s rhetoric amped up, so did t.Rutt’s efforts. After Trump said Muslims should be barred from entering the U.S., Mihelic and Gleeson scrawled "Make America Great Again across the rear in Arabic. When Trump said he supported the waterboarding technique in interrogarting terrorists, the artists tossed ropes around the bus at the New Hampshire primary and threw agiant black cloth on the windshield to represent a hooded prisoner. They scaled the top of the bus and dumped jugs of water dwon its front while asking questions."
Art Critic Joan Francesca Ainaud Discusses the Trump Wall Artworks on
Barcelona TV's Art Comment on "Les 10 Notices (BTV).
January 27, 2017 – BTV
This ten-minute segment takes an in-depth look at the Trump walls the artists built on the Mexico border. “In the midst of the Republican National Convention, an out-of-the-ordinary Donald Trump campaign bus will roll into Cleveland. Rather than support the presidential candidate, this bus mocks him and his personal brand.
July 13, 2016 – Brooklyn Daily
“This exhibit is gonna be huge! One of Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign buses is heading for Dumbo’s Smack Mellon gallery on July 30, but the two people behind the wheel are not supporters of the billionaire Republican — they have turned the bus into the country’s biggest, classiest rolling art installation against the candidate.”
January, 2017 – The Guardian
“At an anti-Trump rally this weekend, the film-maker Michael Moore took the stage to say the president could be taken down with political satire. “Let’s form an army of comedy and we will bring him down,” he said. “He is affected by ridicule.” That army of comedic artists has been pounding the pavement this weekend for a fresh crop of post-inauguration street art…
12 July 2016 – Univision
“Les han tirado huevos, insultado y pintado símbolos fascistas en su autobús, es por eso que tienen miedo y llevan chalecos antibalas para continuar con su proyecto artístico crítico con Donald Trump. Próxima parada: la Convención Nacional Republicana."
July 23, 2016 – TimeOut New York
“Would you be surprised to learn that the campaign bus Donald Trump used during the Iowa causes in February came equipped with a stripper pole? Yeah, us neither."
July 11, 2016 – Hyperallergic
“The beginnings of a wall with Trump’s name on it have emerged along the US-Mexico border, but it is not likely what the presumptive Republican nominee has in mind. Last week, art collective t. Rutt erected the 52-cinder block structure near Jacumba Hot Springs, California, a mere 20 yards away from an official, looming border fence, to contemplate the economic effects of restricting immigration from Mexico.”
August 4, 2016 – Good Magazine
"It's kind of a Trojan Horse. ”
October 13, 2016 – NJ.com
"Gleeson and Brooklyn-based artist Mary Mihelic, whose bus was denied entrance onto the Trump National Golf Course on Wednesday, are among a growing number, including ranking Republicans, who are trying to knock Trump out of a presidential race. Gleeson has challenged Trump to a $180,000 golf duel.”
July 11, 2016 – The Observer
“Artists start construction on Trump’s border wall, send Mexico the bill. David Gleeson and Mary Mihelic first made headlines last year when they purchased a former Trump campaign bus and turned it into an Anti-Trump artwork on wheels.”
11 January 2016 – Univision
“Dos activistas han construido una fase del muro fronterizo que reclama Donald Trump, una obra ubicada en California y que trata de mostrar el absurdo de los proyectos políticos del magnate. Los autores, siguiendo la idea del empresario, han enviado la factura de su obra al presidente de México.”
The Political Art that Trump and Clinton Inspired
November 8, 2016 – PBS Newshour
We hope this is the beginning of the process” of finding common ground between Democrats and Republicans…”
October 24, 2016 – The Sydney Morning Herald
“It is in fact a genuine Trump campaign bus, or at least it was until it was bought by a pair of artists early on during the primary campaign…”
September 23, 2016 – The Economist
“Two weeks ago, David Gleeson and Mary Mihelic travelled to Jacumba Hot Springs, California to install a section of Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border. Using ropes, ladders and shoes that they found nearby, they created a poignant piece inspired by the presidential candidate’s controversial immigration plan…”
July 2, 2016 – The LA Times
“A former Greyhound bus with “TRUMP” emblazoned along its side slowly made its way down the Pacific Coast Highway, trailed by the occasional honk, a burst of expletives or a show of thumbs — some up, some down.”
July 4, 2016 – Hyperallergic
"Trump has a micropenis. Trump is a pile of poop with a toupee. Trump is a barf bag. Trump has a face made of menstrual blood. When it comes to depictions of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, the more grotesque, the better.”
Les Etats Unis de Trump Murs Pour la Guerre Raciale
July 18, 2016 Liberation
“Dans le contexte post-Orlando, le candidat républicain a placé la convention de Cleveland sous le signe de la sécurité, attisant la haine des immigrés et des musulmans…”
August 5, 2016 – Deutschlandradio Kultur
David Gleeson und Mary Mihelic haben einen ausrangierten Donald-Trump-Bus gekauft und mit Slogans beschriftet, die ihn veräppeln. Aus “Make America great again” wurde “Make fruit punch great again”, statt “TRUMP” steht dort “T.RUMP”,wobei, “rump” für Arsch oder Hintern steht.
July 20 27, 2016 – FUJI TV
The bus was featured as the beackfrop for FUJI TV's live coverage of the RNC – in front of millions of viewers in Tokyo.
June 23, 2016 – Hyperallergic
“A few weeks ago, in Las Vegas, the T.RUMP Bus — a former Donald Trump campaign bus transformed into a traveling anti-Trump art project — got egged in a Walmart parking lot. Later, in Denver, a man spray-painted an inverted pentagram on its side. In Los Angeles cars tried to run it off the road. One driver followed it, swerving and honking and screaming 'Fuck Trump' until the bus pulled into a police station."
More Gold Than Donald's Hair. My Visit to the T.RUMP Bus.
June 15, 2015 – INLIQUID Art and Design
"If we are to change our world view, images must change. The artist now has a very important job to do."
June 1, 2016 – Las Vegas Weekly
“In fall 2015, Donald Trump’s former campaign bus went up for sale on Craigslist. Two artists purchased it, turned it into a roving anti-Trump contemporary artwork and hit the road."
February 23, 2016 – McClatchy D.C.
“Inside the bus, Mihelic just roped off and added black curtains to a row of seats, playing off Trump wanting to “Delay, delay, delay” replacing Antonin Scalia’s Supreme Court seat in order to thwart Obama’s nominee..."
May 30, 2016 – Dazed
"...REM’s Michael Stipe hunted us down to tell us how much he loved the art at the VOLTA art fair in NYC, and in Gary Indiana, we had pulled into an industrial plant, the USS Steel Manufacturing plant, to take photos, and we were swarmed by five security vehicles with lights flashing. 10 officers forced me to delete all the photos I had taken from my phone, which I did while watching them all take photos of themselves in front of the bus’ Manhood Measuring Station."
The Bus Made "The Best New Thing in the World" Segment on The Rachel Maddow Show
October 2015 – The Rachel Maddow Show
April 30, 2016 – The Plaid Zebra
"While the outside of the bus might give the senses a jolt, its creaking door opens up to a broken speedometer, a faulty gas gauge, and an odometer boasting over a million miles. The interior acts as a living record of the campaign with a Catholic shrine on the dash as a reminder of the Donald’s scuffle with the Pope, a double wide seat draped in black for the late Justice Scalia, a bathroom lined with degrees from Trump University, and a shrine-like exhibit dedicated to Trump’s discarded wives placed at the back of the bus..."
February 3, 2016 – Artnews
"The bus normally causes a stir wherever it goes. On the road, the artists regularly get Trump supporters taking selfies with the bus and Hillary supporters calling them Nazis – until each group realizes what the bus is actually saying.”
February 22, 2016 – The State
“On Saturday, as Donald Trump cruised to a victory in the South Carolina Republican primary, Mary Mihelic and David Gleeson were in Charleston behind the wheel of a big blue campaign bus ”
February 3, 2016 – The Atlantic
The Trump bus in particular seeks to complicate the public's understanding of the GOP's most controversial figure by using his own performative tactics against him ”
February 11, 2016 – NJ.com
"Gleeson and Brooklyn-based artist Mary Mihelic deployed their latest reponse to one of Trump's controversial comments by waterboarding the bus..."
February 9, 2016 – The Philadelphia Inquirer
"In the last few months, Philadelphia artist David Gleeson has been called a "fascist," a "Nazi" and simply "un-American," among other slurs. These are the hazards of driving a rehabbed Donald Trump campaign bus to political rallies and parking it outside party town halls. ”
January 31, 2016 – The Guardian
"...Hence the trick: before you stumble upon this kind of electric Kool-Aid acid test ride for these Trumpian times, the bus looks like it still might actually shuttle Trump from stop to stop... 'People come over and they’re all excited and they don’t even read that it says Make Fruit Punch Great Again,' said Mary Mihelic, an artist who is part of the anti-Trump bus project. “And they’re taking pictures and then you’ll hear someone say, ‘Honey, it’s a gag! It’s a gag!' And we just crack up. ”
October 7, 2016 – WOBM Radio
The Jersey Shore’s morning radio talk show host invites t.Rutt artist Mary Mihelic into the studio for the morning talk show to discuss her Running Girl Series and the Trump bus.
December 3, 2015 – The Miami Herald
"Donald Trump may want to fire the staffer who let his old Iowa campaign bus fall into the hands of a left artist from Philly..."
December 3, 2015 – Miami New times
"The fruit punch line is a reference to the candidate's assault on women and the Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly, whom Trump notoriously said "had blood coming out of her.
November 30, 2015 – Flagerlive
...There's no telling how the trump campaign feels about its ex-bus getting transformed into anti-Trump matter: The Des Moines Register tried to get the Trump campaign to comment. It didn't get anywhere."
February 1, 2016 – Hyperallergic
...what makes this piece of political art so intriguing and effective is precisely that it’s not immediately recognizable as political art. The changes to the bus’s original facade are subtle — “It’s not a crazy rainbow hippie art bus,” Gleeson says. That means that Trump supporters constantly come up at rallies and take selfies with the bus, only to have it slowly dawn on them that “Make Fruit Punch Great Again” isn’t their candidate’s actual slogan. Then, they tend to get pissed off. In this way, the bus doesn’t preach to a choir or operate in a liberal vacuum — it’s started some real dialogues between members of opposing sides. On the flipside, Trump haters on the road constantly give the finger out their car windows, not realizing the bus is also anti-Trump. “It’s this crazy artwork where you watch someone’s emotions shift from one moment to the next as they start to understand it,” Mihelic says.
May 11, 2016 – Omaha.com
“A rolling piece of art that has been following Donald Trump around the country made an appearance in Omaha on election day... A former Trump campaign bus, which replaced his slogan “Make America Great Again” with “Make Fruit Punch Great Again” and “Women Trump Trump,” was parked on Harney Street next to the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday evening.”
July 11, 2016 – Artforum
"The two artists erected a structure made of 52 cinder blocks. The beginning of the notorious border wall is located twenty yards from the fence dividing the two countries in Jacumba Hot Springs, California, seventy miles southeast of San Diego. They also thought it was time to test Trump’s belief that Mexico would pay for such an architectural feat. They mailed an itemized bill for $14,635.42 to the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and wrote Trump Tower as the return address. ”
BBC TV Movie – 2017
In this hour-long documentary, art critic and historian Alistair Sooke travels to America to see the impact Trump has on culture – and interviews Pussy Riot, the Trump bus artists and more...
November 7, 2016 – Artnet News
"We're far from hope."
December 31, 2016 – Hyperallergic
5. Anti-Trump artists thought they were having fun with the least qualified US presidential candidate in history, but then he won the electoral college and, well, things are getting scary. Soon after the victory, the Red Dot art fair in Miami pulled its invitation to an artist duo and their anti-Trump project.
January 26, 2015 – Artnet News
"A graduate of an all-girls high school, Mihelic began the series with a simple drawing of a girl in a school uniform. That running girl became a symbol of all the freedoms enjoyed by women in the West, by contrast to the stark realities of life for the schoolgirls of Chibok. The works 'are a way to remind everyone that we just can’t give up on these kidnapped girls.”
September, 2016 – Vice Documentary
“On this episode of Daily VICE, we hit the campaign trail with two inspired artists who purchased an old Trump campaign bus and transformed it into a vehicle with an anti-Trump message. ”
Running Girl 15
October 10, 2014 – National Catholic Reporter
The print edition featured an article on the Running Girl Series showing number 15 which comments on war under the guise of religion and using Catholic schoolgirls as suicide bombers.
November 4, 2014 – The Religous News Service
RNS featured a slide show of all the Running Girls completed to date in the series.
September 26, 2015 – Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"...the term “boko haram” means “education is a sin,” and the group believes that women should not be educated. Some of Mihelic’s 53 artworks incorporate text art and are setup as a book, symbolizing western education. Others include imagery of the terrorists, churches burning, schoolgirls hiding in the landscape and running shoe tread marks."
April 21, 2013 – The Ithaca Voice
"Grace Foundation for Education and Development and Cornell Women’s Resource Center co-host a reception and fundraiser at the Johnson Museum- featuring Mary Mihelic’s Running Girl artwork, inspired by the courage of the 53 Nigerian school girls who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists.."
October 10, 2014 – The Church Times
"An artist in the United States has created a series of paintings of the 53 girls who evaded capture when the Islamic militant group Boko Haram stormed into their school in Nigeria earlier this year..."
December 2017 – New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education
According to Mark Wilson, Director of Cultural Affairs at Ocean County College, the idea for this project began when he met Joan Osa Oviawe, an immigrant from Nigeria, co-founder/executive director of Grace Foundation-Nigeria, and professor at Cornell University, and Mary Mihelic, a painter who’s “53 Running Girls” exhibit was inspired by the girls who escaped Boko Haram. “Their stories and work inspired me to collaborate with colleagues from Georgian Court University and the Toms River Library,” he explained.The print edition featured an article on the Running Girl Series showing number 15 which comments on war under the guise of religion and using Catholic schoolgirls as suicide bombers.
February 15, 2015 – The Jersey Tomato Press
"With 223 Nigerian schoolgirls still missing after a kidnapping perpetrated by terrorist group Boko Haram, artist Mary Mihelic's Running Girls Series seeks to convey the strength and courage of those who escaped..".
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November 16, 2014 – The News Nigeria
Mary Mihelic, an artist based in Brooklyn, New York in the United States has made 53 artworks to celebrate the heroism of the 53 Chibok schoolgirls who escaped from their Boko Haram abductors last April.