Mary Mihelic, Artist.


Artists Begin Building Trump's Border Wall Sending Mexico the Bill

July 8, 2106  – The New York Times

“Ever since Donald J. Trump announced his plans to build a wall at the border, pundits and voters have been debating how it would work. Now a pair of artists have offered an example: They have built a wall — or the start of one, anyway — near the edge of Jacumba Hot Springs, Calif., a border town about 70 miles southeast of San Diego.




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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.”

Artists Spend Year on the Road Protesting Trump in his Original Campaign Bus  

Novermber 8, 2016 – Artnet News

“We have had a lot of closet Trump supporters come up to us, from all walks of life.”


After Buying Trumps Campaign Bus off Craigslist, 2 Artists Turned it into a Mobile Mockery of the Man.

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. ”

Golden Shower Heads Bloody Painting. Meet the Artists Fighting Trump  

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.

Art of the Wheel: Trump's Campaign Bus Rolls into DUMBO for Election Exhibit.

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.”


It's Going to Make Art Great Again.  The Street Artists Taking on Trump.

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…

El Peligro de Conducir un Autobus que Parece que Apoya a Donald Trump

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."

Artists Who've Repurposed Trump Bus as Art are Bringing it to Brooklyn

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."


Artists Start to Build Trump Border Wall, Using Anti-Trump Art

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.”


Meet the Anti-Trump Artists Driving His Campaign Bus Around the Country

August 4, 2016 – Good Magazine

"It's kind of a Trojan Horse. ”

Artists Visit NJ to Drive Trump out of Presidential Race

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.”

Artists Build Trump Border Wall, Banksy Mural Destroyed by Construction Workers.

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.”


California ya Cuenta con un Muro Fronterizo que lleva el numbre de Trump.

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…”

T.rump Bus Trails Donald Trump Baffling Fans Revelling in Absurdity of Campaign

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…”

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the Unlikely Muses

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…”

Former Campaign Bus Rolls into Los Angeles as Anti-Trump Protest Art

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.”

Can Anti-Trump Artists Make Protest Art Great Again?

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…”

Kunstprojekt Gegen Donald Trump Bus Sorgt Extreme

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.

Anti-Trump Bus Dons Disguise to Deter Attacks from Confused Trump Haters

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."

Now a Piece of Anti-Trump Art, the Donald's Old  Campaign Bus is Vegas Bound

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."

Artists Turn Former Trump Bus into Anti-Trump Art

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..."

The Artists on the Road in Trump's Old Campaign Bus

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

Trolling Trump Vol. 3: These Artists Are Using Trump's Old Bus to Redefine His Brand

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..."

The Atlantic Highlights Recent Wave of Anti-Donald Trump Art.

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.”

Artist Turn Former Trump Campaign Bus into Anti-Trump Art

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 ”

Can Art Trump Trump?

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 ”

See How a Philly Artist Hijacked a Trump Campaign Bus to Protest the Billionaire

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..."

Traveling Menstrual Show: Philly Artist Brings T.rump bus to NH

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.

Trump's Old Iowa Campaign Bus Turned into Satirical Art – Stripper Pole and All

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.

Wake Up With Jeremy Grunin

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.

Donald Trump's Old Campaign Bus is Now a Miami Art Exhibit

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..."

Former Campaign Bus Turned into Anti-Trump Artwork Rolls into Wynwood

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.

Trump Campaign Bus Rolls into Palm Coast, Transformed as Donald anti-matter.

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."

Artist Buy Trump Campaign Bus on Craigslit, Turn it Into Anti-Trump Art

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. 

Bus Protesting Donald Trump Campaign Aims to Make Fruit Punch Great Again

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.”

Artists Building Trump's Border Wall Send Bill to Mexico

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.

Trump on Culture.  Brave New World?  (TV Movie 2017)

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...

This is the Art that Mattered from the 2016 Presidential Election

November 7, 2016 – Artnet News

"We're far from hope."

The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2016 Edition

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.

Boko Haram's Kidnapped Schoolgirls Inspire Exhibition

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.”

Meet the Activists Who Turned Trump's Former Campaign Bus into an Art Installation

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.

Boko Haram 2

November 4, 2014 – The Religous News Service

RNS featured a slide show of all the Running Girls completed to date in the series.  

Bushwich Artist Creates Work Inspired by Boko Haram - Kidnapped Schoolgirls

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."


Running Girl Exhibit at Cornell

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.."  


Kidnapped Nigerian Girls' Plight Inspires Artist

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..."

Global Education for Girls Series Involved Students & Community

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.

Nigerian Girls Not Forgotten at Gallery Bergen

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..".

Feel Free to contact the artist with any questions or for additional information at mihelicm@icloud.com  

US Artist Dedicates Artworks to Chibok Girls

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.