A story-inspired mural

Brian and the Bugs will welcome families to experience its vibrant colors and creatures that tell a story of connectedness.

Inspired by her illustrated children’s book, Brian the Wildflower,  Katie Ruiz’s Brian and the Bugs mural will be a visual story of connectedness that will transform over 1,000 square feet of the Museum’s walls on the main level. Flowers, butterflies, crickets and other insects from the story will be depicted in the mural under a pom-pom “rain shower” spilling from the ceiling overhead, reminding us that cycles of life continue, even in the face of adversity. The mural will welcome families returning to the Museum when it reopens in 2021 (date TBD), and offer hope for new growth.


Story Time with Katie Ruiz

Katie Ruiz reads her children’s book, Brian the Wildflower, for our Toddler Time at Home programming. Purchase the book on the Museum online store here.

Mural Mock Up

A mock up of the mural installation on the Museum's main level.

Mural In Progress

Artist Katie Ruiz working on the main part of the mural, scheduled to be completed in April.

Who Made This?

Katie Ruiz
1984, Los Angeles
lives in
San Diego, California

Visual storytelling is at the heart of Katie Ruiz’s work. She is known for her “blanket paintings” in which figures shelter under colorful weavings inspired by Ruiz’s Xicana heritage and her study of traditional Mexican textiles. Like the Otomí women in Mexico who have for generations told stories through embroidered animals and shapes, Ruiz draws on her Xicana ancestry and personal story to tell visual tales of love and loss. 

Member Reservations

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