Accessibility mode is enabled

Skip to Top / Tab to View Menu Options
Skip to Left Navigation / Tab to View Content


Deadline: November 16, 2020, 11:59 pm Pacific Time

Download full Call to Artists description here (PDF)

Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA) with the Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture (OAC) invite artists (and artist teams) who are 18 years or older, professional artists, and reside within 100 miles of Sacramento to be considered for CADA’s “Capitol Box Art Revival” to submit their qualifications for a new box wrap project in the downtown area of Sacramento.
CADA is the sponsor for this public art project. The original Capitol Box Art Project was launched in 2015. Selected artists were given a 3-year maintenance commitment with the understanding that after that time a new round of artists would be selected to refresh the downtown utility boxes. This opportunity will also give artists a 3-year maintenance commitment. Past artworks (as examples to review) are archived on the Capitol Box Art Project website:

This current opportunity will be in two phases and will commission artists for wrap designs on a total of 34 city owned traffic control utility boxes. A diverse selection panel will determine which artists are selected and for which phase. See timeline below for phase dates and project milestones.

Artists will be selected based on past work and paid $500 to create a design (or designs) that will be transferred to vinyl and wrapped around a City of Sacramento traffic utility box. The artist will be responsible for investigating their box location (provided after artist selection) on site and designing their box wrap to the specifications provided in the box wrap templates (to be provided). Artists should check how their design will fit on their box by physically visiting the site and verifying how their design will work on the particular box. OAC staff will be available for consultation and guidance. Separate project funds have been allocated for the box vendor, maintenance, and a graphic design consultant. There are no additional funds for transportation or other expenses.

The 34 identified utility boxes are owned and operated by the City of Sacramento and are primarily located in CADA’s project area in downtown Sacramento. The artist-designed wraps will be applied (by a licensed vinyl wrap vendor) using a standard fabrication and installation method. Artists can and are encouraged to use a variety of media; photography, painting, collage, and digital imagery to develop their designs.

10/1/20 – Call to Artists Launches
11/16/20 – Call to Artists Ends
11/30/20 – Panel meets to Review and Select Artists
12/4/20 – Selected Artists (Phase 1 and Phase 2) Notified
3/30/21 – Final Art due for Phase 1 artists
5/1/21 – Phase 1 Box Wraps installed
9/30/21 – Final Art due for Phase 2 artists
11/1/21 – Phase 2 Box Wraps installed

A diverse selection panel will review submissions and identify artists (artist teams) to undertake the project. The composition of the selection panel members may vary but will typically include a member of CADA (sponsoring organization), a curator or arts administrator, an artist, and a community stakeholder. OAC staff will facilitate and moderate the panel selection process but do not vote in selection of the artists.

If awarded the project commission, the selected artist may be required to attend periodic meetings in Sacramento and present concept proposals to the selection panel and CADA. The selected artist or artist team will be responsible for overseeing the design and installation of the commissioned artwork and for working cooperatively with the project stakeholders, city staff, and consultants.

The chosen artist / artist team will be selected according to the following criteria:
• Innovation, quality, and creativity in previous projects / artwork
• Experience and success in creating a public artwork in collaboration or cooperation with governmental agencies
• Interest in site specific installations, even if artist’s previous work is all studio based

The project is open to experienced professional artists over the age of 18. The final commission will be awarded based on the Artist Selection Criteria. Previous experience with public art or site-specific art is a benefit but is not required for selection. Artist teams should have proven experience and show artwork created together. Professional artists living in the Sacramento area are particularly encouraged to apply.

The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at . There is no application fee to apply or to use Submittable. To apply, register a username and password, and follow the instructions. The call is listed as the CADA, Capitol Box Art Project Revival! All requirements listed below must be met or the application will not be considered.

• Artist Statement: (Maximum 250 words) Include a general introduction to your work. Discuss the concepts and ideas you explore in your artwork and how these ideas and issues are presented. If you are applying as a team, the statement should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator. Teams may present an artist statement up to 350 words maximum.
• Resume: (Maximum 2 pages) Outline your recent experience and accomplishments as an artist. If applying as a team, each member may submit a separate one-page resume.
• Samples of your work - a maximum of ten (10) files: digital images in jpg, pdf, and tiff format are all acceptable with corresponding titles to match the Support Description list. Each file should highlight only one project.
• Support Description list: (Maximum 2 pages) For each image/file submitted, list the title, date, size, and medium for studio work. For public art projects include a description, location, budget, and commissioning organization (if applicable).
• References: Include the name, title, phone number, email, and mailing address of three references who are able to speak about your work.
• Interest in Site-Specific Design: (Maximum 250 words) Briefly describe your interest in site specific design and how you envision your work in this urban environment.

Donald Gensler, Project Manager, Sacramento Office of Arts + Culture, Art in Public Places, or call 916-808-8493.