Commissions & Creative Direction

Precise, personal, and purposeful custom art for you and your community

Commissions with an impact

Jenie Gao Studio is an anti-gentrification arts business. But what does this mean in practice?

It means understanding the cultural context that we’re creating work within and planning for the full lifespan of the art we introduce into the community.

If you believe in the earnest work that creates long-term, sustainable movements, then let’s start our conversation here. But if you’re looking for a quick and fast muralist / artist to capitalize on the trends of a social moment, then Jenie Gao Studio is not for you.

You’ve come to me because you believe in the power of art to inspire, catalyze, and lead a moment into a movement. That’s wonderful. Let’s work together to align your symbolic ideals with real, systemic change.


  • Murals designed to last 30+ years
  • Precisely crafted large-scale artworks with archival materials
  • Social and civic practice projects that center community participants' and artists' wellbeing
  • Ethics in community engagement and research
  • Storytelling, interviews, and oral histories
  • Bespoke illustrations for your initiative
  • High quality, archival giclee prints, including recommendations for the best quality materials and products to bring your project to life
  • Consulting on equitable best practices to support incorporating art into your mission

Commissioned by Building Brave as a gift of limited, hand-signed edition fine art prints to members as a thank you for supporting women in 2021.

Questions we start with:

  • What purpose does this serve for your organization?
  • What purpose does this serve for the people in your community?
  • What is the lifespan of this work in the community, and its potential impact on community wellbeing?
  • Does your project create any generative, economic opportunities? Is this a goal we can help you with?


  • Murals start at $10,000 USD
  • Large paintings (3 x 4 ft) start at $5,000 USD
  • Illustrations (commercial / promotional use) start at $5,000 USD
  • Illustrations (personal use, no licensing needs) start at $2,000 USD

Ready to work together?

Email with a summary of your project, organization (if representing one), timeline, dimensions (for murals / large paintings), and budget.

Every new project starts with a free 30-minute consultation and a quote. Quotes always have at least two options to cater to your unique needs.

Artwork for YWCA Women of Distinction Event 2021

Example commission process: sketch to final artwork concept to final mural commission at Lodgic Everyday Community


Example commission process: the final artwork design for Nourishment, mural commission at the Kombucha Shop

Intro to Ethics

Are you a business interested in working with artists as a part of your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative? Here’s an introduction video to working with BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ artists ethically and meaningfully.

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