Murals

Call for the Palo Alto Mural Artist Roster

Deadline: Tuesday January 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (PT)

Calling all muralists interested in commissions in private development projects, municipal projects, and mural festivals in a wide range of scales and locations! Artists selected for the Palo Alto Mural Artist Roster will demonstrate artistic merit, ability and experience designing and painting murals. The Palo Alto Mural Artist Roster will provide a publicly available list of artists working in a wide range of visual styles and mural techniques. Artists who wish to be considered for the inclusion in the Roster starting February 2023 must submit their applications via SlideRoom by Tuesday January 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

All artist applications for the Roster will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit and originality of previously completed artworks
  • Demonstrated experience with materials and methods of mural creation

About the Palo Alto Mural Artist Roster

Any individuals, businesses, or property owners interested in placing a mural on an exterior wall, construction fence, utility box, or other location visible from the public right-of-way and within the City of Palo Alto, may commission an artist approved by the City of Palo Alto Public Art Program. All approved artists will be placed on the Palo Alto Mural Artist Roster available as a public resource to anyone wishing to engage an artist in commissioning an original mural for their site. The Roster, managed by the Public Art Program staff, will be refreshed regularly and available to the public on the Public Art Program website. Artists in the Roster may be considered and selected for specific private mural projects as well as Municipal commissions by project-based selection panels consisting of Public Art Program staff, arts professionals, and community members. Inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee a mural commission. Artists will remain on the Roster for five (5) years. Artists may update their work samples and related information at any time throughout the duration of the Roster. The Public Art Program staff will review the Roster every five (5) years and reserves the right to remove an artist from the Roster at any time for any reason.

Full call & guidelines(PDF, 244KB)

Apply Here!

Questions? Please let us know if you have any questions by sending an email to nadya.chuprina@cityofpaloalto.org or direct message us on Instagram at @publicartpa

 

Call for Mural Sites: California Avenue Murals Festival

The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is launching a pilot murals festival for the California Avenue District! We are seeking high visibility host sites for murals that will be painted in Spring/Summer 2023. Read full call and fill out the one page application form below, indicating your interest in having a mural painted on your wall (property owner must sign application). For more information, please contact the Public Art Program at 650-329-2227 or via email.

Full Call and Application Form(PDF, 200KB)

 

California Ave District Welcomes Four New Temporary Murals

A new series of four site-specific murals by California-based artists, commissioned for the construction safety barriers at 250 Sherman Ave, got installed in August 2022. Artists Alice Lee, Deborah Aschheim, Eva Struble, and Judy Lew Loose draw their inspiration from the unique character of Palo Alto’s California Avenue District, its diverse community, rich history, and iconic landmarks that make this neighborhood distinct. The murals, that together equal to over 900 linear feet of art, will remain on display through Summer 2023. Join the Public Art Program for a free public tour of the murals and meet the artists on August 25 and September 8 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. 

Greg Brown Scavenger Hunt

Find all the site-specific murals created by artist Greg Brown! Download the Scavenger Hunt(PDF, 3MB) or access the full map with locations and prompts on Mapme.

Public pictures posted on Instagram will be re-posted on our social media. Make sure to tag @publicartpa and @cityofpaloalto and use the following hashtags: #gregbrownmurals #upliftlocal #cpapublicart

The Greg Brown Scavenger Hunt event is part of the Council-supported Uplift Local initiative. 

 

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BLACK LIVES MATTER Mural Poster

The poster celebrating the BLM movement and depicting the temporary mural created by 16 local artists on Hamilton Avenue, is available for downloading here: BLM Printable Poster(PDF, 9MB) or email Public Art Program Staff to inquire about a poster at nadya.chuprina@cityofpaloalto.org

Featured Artists

B: Demetris Washington @bamr_theartist
L: Sasha & Ben Vu @sashavustudios
A: The Harker School Art Club led by artist Pilar Aguero-Esparza @harkerschool @pilar.aguero.esparza
C: Masuma Ahmed
K: Richard Hoffman @richardehoffman
L: Urna Bajracharya @fishing_for_fishies
I: Janet Foster
V: Sarah Joy Espinoza-Evans @iloniarts
E: Elizabeth D Foggie @elizabethdfoggie
S: Ann McMillan @annmcmillanart
M: Nico Berry @nicosprayitloud
A: Ruth Feseha @robin_laurance
T: Shiraaz Bhabha @shiraaz
T: Briena Brown @artbybriena
E: Cece Carpio @cececarpio
R: Stuart Robertson & Adam Amram @stewyrobertson @adam_amram_

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The BLM poster is designed by R+A Design Studio