Local Arts Initiatives

  1. Poet Laureate
  2. Purchase Award Program
  3. Utility Box Program
  4. Banner Program
Bus Shelter

Current Installations


The City of Emeryville is installing six artists working or living in Emeryville for commission of four original works celebrating flora and fauna, for installations in four Bus Shelters located throughout Emeryville, for four months each.  The current phase will run from January 2017 to December 2018.  Works, after exhibited in the shelters may be displayed in City facilities. Selected artists are provided half size copies of the four works and $1,000 per original image ($4,000).  Future calls are expected, as the program is ongoing.  Look for the next call in Summer /Fall 2018 for expectations please see the call here.

Shelters Included


The Bus Shelter Public Art Program expands the reach of the City’s Art in Public Places Program to four bus shelters.  The shelters included in the program are at:

  • Hollis Street and 63rd Street (Southwest corner on Hollis south of 63rd Street)
  • 40th Street and Emery Street (Northwest corner 40th west of Emery Street)
  • Powell Street at Commodore Street (Southwest side of T intersection on Powell)
  • Shellmound Street at Bay Street (Southwest side of T intersection on Shellmound Street)

Flora & Fauna


Through a juried process, 9 artists were initially chosen to create images based on the theme of “Flora and Fauna,” a reference to the rich plants and wildlife that underscore Emeryville’s urban environment. After this first juried phase was completed a second phase was initiated in 2012 adding another 6 local artists to the program. For the art collection included in prior calls see here.

Current Installations


The City is currently displaying six artists living or working in Emeryville for four months each between January 2017 and December 2018.  The schedule for the Phase IV installations is as follows: 

Prior Installation - Artist Information



Phase III ran from
January 2015 to December 2016 was as follows:

Phase II ran from November 2012 to October 2014 was as follows:

  • Gail Tarantino, November 2012 - February 2013
  • Ann Holsberry, March - June 2013; Alternate website
  • Foad Satterfield, July - October 2013
  • Yvette Buigues, November 2013 - February 2014
  • Nick Sebastian, March - June 2014
  • Michele Théberge, July - October 2014
The exhibition period for the first phase, which ran from October 2009 to October 2012 with artist, media, and exhibition dates were as follows: