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Mural by George Gist - Pittsburgh, PA

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

George Gist is considered one of the top African American muralists in the country. His three panel mural on the New Granada Theater pays tribute to its rich history of jazz.

The New Granada Theater is located in the Hill District neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, built in 1927 and 1928. This art deco theater was designed by architect, Louis Arnett Stuart Bellinger, and originally was a Pythian Temple, a meeting place for the Knights of Pythias.

Muralist, George "Sonny" Wellington Gist, was born on June 15, 1951. He was a professional portraitist and jazz musician (and former television-news courtroom artist) who studied painting in college. He resided in the Hill District in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a bass player with Jazz Incorporated, a band he co-founded with the late drummer Ron Bey.

Gist made a living for 40 years as an artist in Pittsburgh. His painting, sculpting, jewelry making, and murals are all well respected across the country, specifically in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and in his most recent city of residence, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

George passed away on July 29, 2020. The Pittsburgh community lost an extraordinary artist.

To view more of George's murals, visit

Murals are located at: 2007 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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