Art in Transit: West Hyattsville


Breaking the Horizon, 2017
Henry Portillo and Cory Stowers
Paint on concrete wall panels 

West Hyattsville
Breaking teh Horizon - 2017
"…residents, local officials and kids followed the lead of artists Henry Portillo and Cory Stowers to paint a community mural at West Hyattsville Metro Station. The event, "Bursting on the Scene," was organized by the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation (CDC) in collaboration with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. The community finished the base of the mural titled "Breaking the Horizon" that day, and the artists planned to add details to finish up the project. There were a few weather and scheduling delays, but the mural is now complete! The artists added details like the black border at the top and bottom of the mural, the eye-catching power lines, and outlines and details to make the mural pop." – via

Henry Portillo is a local artist from Hyattsville, MD. He has been a student of Cory L. Stowers for over a decade. Mr. Portillo designed the mural, Breaking the Horizon, which was his first public commission.

Cory L. Stowers is a local artist also hailing from Hyattsville, MD. He is the Founder & Director of ART B.L.O.C. DC, a non-profit, artist-based advocacy and facilitation organization. He also serves as Associate Director of DC Murals. Breaking the Horizon was Stowers' first sanctioned mural.