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Joe Burns | Minneapolis, MN
Joe Burns, a former graphic artist, and current wrestling coach at Southwest High School has always been a keen observer of people. Much of his artistic inspiration came from the Museum of Russian Art and the paintings capturing the plight of the working people by the Russian Masters. Burns gained notoriety in the summer of 2013 after painting 57 portraits of neighbors in the Fulton neighborhood of Southwest Minneapolis where he lives with his wife Kris and their two teenaged children. As a 17 year block captain, he thought, "It would help me to get to know my neighbors even better and serve as a good gesture in community building.