The Bus Shelter art installations brighten the mundane with original works from Emeryville artists celebrating flora and fauna. The program started in October 2009 and is currently in its 5th iteration. Every four months a new artist has the opportunity to install four original works in four bus shelters. Artists have been chosen through a juried process and employ an amazing range of media, including pen and ink, digital collage, drawings, mixed media sculpture, oil on canvas, painting and collage, scanned plant material, acrylic and oil on panel, and neon sculpture. Selected artists are provided half sized copies of the four works and $1,000 per original image ($4,000). Future calls are expected as the program is ongoing. The next call is expected in Summer of 2020. View the prior call here.
The Exhibit Purchase Award Program has built the city’s permanent art collection through the yearly acquisition of an art work from the annual Celebration of the Arts. The first artwork for the City’s collection was purchased in 2006 and today visitors to City Hall, Senior Center and Police Station can see an array of works created by local artists; the City Hall exhibition alone contains a light sculpture by Therese Lahaie; a textile by Ana Lisa Hedstrom; paintings by John Wood, Canan Tolon, and Michael Murphy; sculpture by Po Shun Leong and William Schwob; and ceramics by Cuong Ta, Jeff Margolin, and Sara Paloma. The program reinforces the city’s commitment to the arts and, at the same time, expands the city’s main government buildings to another purpose. City Hall now serves as a showcase for the engaging works of local artists to the delight of all those who work and visit the building. Learn more about the annual show and the opportunity for inclusion in the show and consideration for the Purchase Award here.