Brandan “Bmike” Odums is a prolific visual artist and filmmaker whose stories and bold statements transform minds while turning images of blight into hope.
In 2013, Brandan completed a series of graffiti murals depicting iconic African American civil rights leaders in a public housing complex in New Orleans’ 9th Ward. Given the name #ProjectBe, the space received national attention bringing spectators from all over the country to see the powerful art before the complex was demolished. In 2014, Brandan collaborated with 30 artists to produce #ExhibitBe, another graffiti exhibit on a local blighted housing complex. #ExhibitBe, “a community-centered celebration of street art’s transformative energy,” became the largest street art gathering in the South, welcoming over 30,000 visitors.
Brandan has recently completed his first solo exhibition and the last of the Be trilogy, a 35,000 sq. ft. warehouse named #StudioBe in the ByWater.
Brandan is passionate about the New Orleans community. He is the founder and director of 2-Cent Entertainment LLC – a New Orleans based youth education social enterprise that uses pop culture to engage social awareness. He has been honored as one of “20 Artists You Should Know” by Complex.com, and is the recipient of the Presidential volunteer award from the White House as well the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship.