Damon Lamar Reed

The 2024 Heroes Breakfast artwork was created by Chicago-based artist Damon Lamar Reed for a mural featured on the Wintrust Mural Building on the Kennedy Expressway in December 2023. Upon partnering with Damon, he was given the tough task of representing all 5 lines of service of the American Red Cross mission without using words. We are honored to feature his beautiful and moving mural artistry for this year's Heroes Breakfast.


CBS 2 News Story about Damon     Footage of Wintrust Mural


As an artist, Damon strives to create messages that reach the depth of the human condition. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has an impressive career as an artist and entrepreneur. To date, he has created almost 400 public art projects including: works for Showtime (The Chi), Gatorade, Ticketmaster, Sears, and more. His work is highlighted in, Kym Pinders', Painting the Gospel. Revolt tv news named Damon their "Revolutionary of the week" citing the impact of his Still Searching project, where he uses art to raise awareness about missing women in Chicagoland. The BBC also did a feature on the impact of Damon's art and he has been featured in stories on News Nation, ABC, CBS, WGN and NBC. He is filming a documentary, backed by Hulu, Kartemquin and Still I Rise Films, about the Still Searching project, and in 2022 did a TedX Talk about his motivation behind the Still Searching project. 

For more info visit www.damonlamarreed.com or @damonlamarreed on social media