Mural Guide: MISS CHELOVE

A woman’s head and shoulders are partially obscured by leaves, flora, and abstract graphics. She has medium-light skin tone and black hair worn in a high bun, and she looks up and to the side in a regal pose.
Explore NMWA’s self-guided mural tour in conjunction with our public art installation series on the museum’s exterior during its renovation.

This online guide features a selection of murals located around Washington, D.C., by local artist MISS CHELOVE, a.k.a. Cita Sadeli. Part of NMWA’s Lookout: MISS CHELOVE project, check out the mural map and accompanying images, descriptions, and artist audio stops. Share your experience by posting your favorite stops with #MissChelove and tagging @MissChelove and @WomenInTheArts.

Mural Map: Suggested Route

Self-Guided Tour Stops

MISS CHELOVE, Reseeded: A Forest Floor Flow (installation view), 2022; Printed mesh, 60 x 48 ft.; Commissioned by the National Museum of Women in the Arts with support provided by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; © 2022 MISS CHELOVE; Photo by Kevin Allen

1. Reseeded: A Forest Floor Flow

In this newly commissioned work for NMWA, MISS CHELOVE depicts a woman with traditional Javanese adornments, surrounded by botanicals native to the islands of Indonesia. The ornamental elements around the figure’s arm and behind her head are inspired by Javanese wayang kulit, flat, hand-painted shadow puppets. Javanese magnolia flowers with elongated petals echo the exaggerated forms of traditional Javanese dancers. Leaves from the jackfruit, a staple in tropical diets, wrap the figure in a blanket of cultural sustenance. Through her imagery, the artist reflects on recovery and resurgence in the natural world, and the centering of women in this regrowth.

Exterior mural at the intersection of 13th NW, H St NW, & New York Ave NW

National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Get there by public transportation:
  • Closest metro stop is Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines)
  • Closest bus route stops on the 543, G8, MC-100, RS, 3F, 3Y, 16Y, X9 lines

Curator’s Introduction Transcript

Reseeded: A Forest Floor Flow Transcript

A woman with light skin, dark hair in two loose braids, a headdress, and a dark hoodie faces straight ahead and reaches out with upturned palms. Dark leaves and red fruit surround her.
MISS CHELOVE, Kamboja Prayer, 2019; Latex and acrylic paints, 14 x 11 ft.; Photo courtesy of the artist; © MISS CHELOVE

2. Kamboja Prayer

In this image, a central female figure wears a dark hoodie and traditional Javanese headdress as she reaches out with upturned palms, a gesture of prayer and reverence. Her headpiece is adorned with kamboja, or frangipani flowers. The dark leaves and red fruit of the coffee plant surround her, in a fitting motif for this mural, sited at Dua Coffee DC, the first Indonesian specialty coffee shop in D.C.

Interior mural located at Dua Coffee DC

923 15th Street NW
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Get there by walking:

0.4 miles from NMWA

Get there by public transportation:
  • Closest metro stop is McPherson Square (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines)
  • Closest bus route stops on the 3Y, 32, 33, 36, 601, 611, D-100, G8, L-100, S2 681, 881, 883, X2 lines
Additional Information

Visit the Dua Coffee DC website, opens in new tab for updated information on hours, food and drink, restrooms, and seating.

Special discount! Check out the mural inside Dua Coffee DC, then post your pic and tag @DuaCoffeeDC, and provide it to the barista for 15% off your food and beverage purchase. Offer valid on Fridays and Saturdays, March 25 through July 31, 2022.

Kamboja Prayer Transcript

Two women stand tall in profile, holding spears and looking out. The woman on the left has medium-light skin tone, a long dark and gray braid, and silver earrings while the woman on the right has dark skin tone, a dark bun, and a gold breastplate.
MISS CHELOVE, Guardians of the Four Directions, 2020; Latex and enamel paints, six stories high; Photo by Laura Hoffman, NMWA

3. Guardians of the Four Directions

This monumental mural, rising six stories on the side of Thomas Circle’s Hotel Zena, portrays two women of color looking out in opposite directions over downtown D.C. Grasping sleek spears and posed with straight backs and fierce gazes, these warrior women stand guard over their city. Radiating strength, resilience, and a bond of sisterhood, they celebrate women as powerful leaders.

Exterior mural at Hotel Zena at the intersection of Thomas Circle, 14th St NW, & Massachusetts Ave NW

1155 14th Street NW
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Get there by walking:

0.3 miles from Dua Coffee DC

Get there by public transportation:
  • Closest metro stop is McPherson Square (Blue, Orange, and Silver lines)
  • Closest bus route stops on the 52, 54 lines

Guardians of the Four Directions Transcript

A young woman with dark skin with pink sunglasses gazes at a thistle flower that she holds in her hand. Several doors, two people, and the words “all my hopes & dreams” surround her head.
MISS CHELOVE, All My Hopes & Dreams, 2019; Enamel spray paint, 30 x 20 ft.; Photo courtesy of the artist© MISS CHELOVE

4. All My Hopes & Dreams

This colorful mural depicts a young Black teen gazing at a thistle flower that she holds in her hand. Several doors surround her head, representing different paths she could take in life. Cool shades of blue in the background that signify tranquility and groundedness lead into bright yellow, indicating a bright future. Her rose-colored glasses, a symbol of optimism, reflect the pink-hued blossom in her hand and suggest that she, too, is in bloom.

Exterior mural in the alley on the side of Cloak & Dagger, just past 14th NW & U St NW

Alley next to 1359 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009, opens in new tab

Get there by walking:

0.9 miles from Thomas Circle

Get there by public transportation:
  • Closest metro stop is U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green and Yellow lines)
  • Closest bus route stops on the 52, 54, 59, WP-AM, 90, 92, 96 lines

All My Hopes & Dreams Transcript

Colorful icons of people, animals, and objects set against a black background. The words “every day I see something new” are painted in brightly colored graphic text spread throughout the mural.
MISS CHELOVE, Every Day I See Something New, 2011; Latex and enamel spray paints on concrete, 30 x 40 ft.; Photo by Laura Hoffman, NMWA

5. Every Day I See Something New

This vivid, icon-based mural was MISS CHELOVE’s first public art commission, as part of the MuralsDC program. Referencing local favorites such as Malcolm X Park, Julia’s Empanadas, and 18th Street’s record stores and live music venues, MISS CHELOVE pays homage to the people, events, and businesses that make the Adams Morgan neighborhood a culturally rich and diverse hub in the city.

Exterior mural at Champorama Park at the intersection of Champlain St & Kalorama Rd NW

1740 Kalorama Road NW
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Get there by walking:

0.7 miles from U & 14th St NW

Get there by public transportation:
  • Closest metro stop is U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo (Green and Yellow lines)
  • Closest bus route stops on the 90, 96 lines

Park bench accessible.

Every Day I See Something New Transcript

A child with medium-light skin tone, a bearded man with dark skin tone and a baseball cap, and an older woman with medium skin tone and a head wrap with “welcome” written in five languages all smile. Sunset and foliage are in the background.
MISS CHELOVE, You Are Welcome, 2018; Enamel spray paint, 48 x 18 ft.; Photo by Laura Hoffman, NMWA

6. You Are Welcome

This mural exemplifies MISS CHELOVE’s careful consideration of local surroundings in her site-specific works. Painted on the side of the Unity Health Care building in Columbia Heights, three smiling, multi-generational figures greet passersby. The luminous sunrise and bright flowers suggest renewal and growth. “Welcome” appears in five languages (English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Swahili, and Amharic) on the woman’s headwrap, greeting the diverse cultures and peoples sharing the neighborhood.

Exterior mural at Unity Health Care Upper Cardozo on 14th St NW between Irving St NW & Columbia Rd NW

3020 14th Street NW
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Get there by walking:

0.9 miles from Champorama Park

Get there by public transportation:
  • Closest metro stop is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow lines)
  • Closest bus route stops on the 52, 54, 59, D32, H2, H4, H8, WP-AM lines

You Are Welcome Transcript


More Murals to Check Out

Several black-and-white figures wear masks and ride bicycles, led by a figure on horseback. The background features red and white stripes, blue, and pink flowers.
MISS CHELOVE, Crossroads (detail), 2014; Latex and enamel paints, 21 x 60 ft.; Photo courtesy of the artist; © MISS CHELOVE

Crossroads

Location Information

Exterior mural near the intersection of S St NE & 4th St NE on the Metropolitan Branch Trail 

Metropolitan Branch Trail, closest street address: 

1800 4th Street NE 
Washington, DC 20002, opens in new tab

Three black-and-white figures against a blue background. In the center, an adult man with medium skin tone wears a black fedora and smiles. Behind him, an adult man and young woman with medium skin tone hold microphones to their mouths.
MISS CHELOVE, From DC to the World, 2016; Enamel spray paint, 18 x 70 ft.; Photo courtesy of the artist; © MISS CHELOVE

From DC to the World

Location Information

Exterior mural in the alley on the side of Kiss Lounge cutting through Florida Ave NW & T St NW

Alley next to 637 T Street NW
Washington, DC 20001, opens in new tab

The head of an older woman with medium skin tone and white hair that is partially obscured by a yellow flag that says “votes for women.” Behind her, a black-and-white figure wears a black, hooded cloak by a red bird. “Lifting as we climb” is painted in white against a dark purple background.
MISS CHELOVE, Lifting as We Climb, 2020; Latex and enamel spray paints, 12 x 9 ft.; Photo courtesy of the artist; © MISS CHELOVE

Lifting as We Climb

Location Information

Exterior mural  

2027 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20020

Exhibition Sponsors

Lookout: MISS CHELOVE is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The project is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts.