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"Think Outside the Box" Public Arts Opportunity

Post Date:August 16, 2018 3:48 pm

The City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program, in support of City Council goals to expand opportunities for local artists and the arts community, and develop strategies for innovative Creative Placemaking and future growth of arts and culture in Davis, is seeking artists to transform utility structures in our public spaces into lively pieces of art.

The City of Davis invites area artists to submit qualification for the upcoming public art installation series, Think Outside the Box. Selected Artists will contract directly with the City of Davis to create designs that will be transferred to vinyl and wrapped around a City of Davis utility or traffic control box. A number of boxes have been pre-selected to be included in the first phase for this project, and selected artwork will be paired with an appropriate box and location by the selection team.

Think Outside the Box will be similar to the already painted utility and traffic control boxes in downtown Davis, however the use of printed vinyl will provide opportunities to showcase the artwork of more artists and designers; in a wider range of media including paint, photography, graphic design, illustration, and mixed media.

The City highly encourages submission of artwork from artists who may have not created public art in the past. Due to the flexible nature of the vinyl medium, the boxes can accommodate a wide range of creative work. For examples, please see the Capitol Box Art Project in Sacramento.

A $500 honorarium will be awarded to each artist whose work is selected. Selected proposals will demonstrate high quality design and originality, with work that will enhance the surrounding areas of the boxes.

The application deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

The complete Request for Qualifications details the selection process and timeline, and can be found at

The City of Davis Arts & Cultural Affairs Program supports community-based arts projects, cultural opportunities, and education initiatives that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts. The program is the clearinghouse for all creative activity in the City of Davis government, and serves the entire Davis community. We develop community partnerships, explore best practices, manage the public art collection, and support Civic Arts Commission initiatives.

For more information, please contact Rachel Hartsough at or 530-747-5640.