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Mila Sketch selected as 2018 ThunderCloud Turkey Trot Art Contest winner

August 9th, 2018

Local artist Mila Sketch has been selected as the winner of the 2018 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot Art Contest and received the grand prize of 365 ThunderCloud sub vouchers. Unlike some of our past winners who are astonished to see their artwork on 20,000 T-shirts at the beloved Thanksgiving Day event, Mila is no stranger to having her creations in the spotlight.

If you live in Central Texas, you’ve likely seen one of Mila’s original murals or designs around town. She created art for the Austin Parks Foundation, Boiler Nine Bar + Grill, CLIF Bar, Google, SXSW Festival, Mazda USA, X-Games, Lifeproof, IDEA Public Schools, Upbring Foster and Adoption Children Center, and many more.

Mila’s original outdoor murals in the area include “Howdy Austin” at E. 6th and Nueces streets, “These Walls Bring Us Together” (collaboration project) at 807 E. 4th Street, “Austin Beat” at 809 E. 6th Street, “Texas Map” at the Domain, and “Honoring the Past and Innovating the Future” at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown. Her artwork is also featured on one million cans of water produced by the CAN’d Aid Foundation.

She’s currently working on a massive mural project at Austin Bergstrom International Airport’s new terminal that will include murals on five walls illustrating the city’s connections between urban and nature— a common theme in Mila’s work.

Mila was born in Russia and began creating art when she was only 6 years old.

She met her wife Julia Dixon while participating in a group art show in San Francisco in 2014. A year later they moved to Austin together, and the city quickly became home to the couple.

Mila and Julia participated in their first ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot run last year, dressed in wine and cheese costumes. In addition to the Trot, Mila has run in the Austin Marathon and Austin Half Marathon.

The inspiration for her winning Trot artwork was the city of Austin. “Downtown Austin is very clean, fresh, and bright. We really love it here,” says Mila.

Mila lives three minutes away from the ThunderCloud Subs store at William Cannon and dines there often, and frequent other ThunderCloud stores around the area as well. Mila’s two favorite things about eating at ThunderCloud are the dog-friendly patios and polite, happy staff members—aside from the food, that is. (Her favorite sub is Tuna Salad, add cheese, on gluten free bread.)

To learn more about Mila Sketch and see more of her artwork, visit You can also follow Mila Sketch on Instagram , YouTube, and Facebook to see her latest creations and works in progress.

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