Public Arts Program

Public Art Program



The purpose of the City of Chico Art in Public Places Program is to expand the public experience with the visual arts, to promote the artistic and cultural development of the community, and to encourage the active participation of all citizens in making art a valuable aspect of their daily lives. This Program represents a key supporting element for the achievement of the goals and objectives of the City’s Arts Master Plan.


A successful public art program, through a variety of approaches to site-specific art projects, seeks to achieve the following goals:

  • Humanize the built environment through “place-making” symbols of civic pride and community identity, and through artistic statements that create a vibrant sense of place in public spaces.
  • Make art accessible to the community so that the public may expand its experience, awareness, sensitivity, enjoyment and understanding of art; that the lives of our citizens and visitors will be enhanced through interaction with public art.
  • Foster the concept of artists as “aesthetic decision-makers” to be recognized and actively utilized in the development and planning of the built and natural environment, and by encouraging collaborations between artists, urban planners, building and landscape architects, engineers and other designers.
  • Provide diverse and challenging employment opportunities for contemporary artists from all ethnic communities to ensure that a broad cultural heritage will be reflected in the community’s public art collection.

Resource List of Pre-Qualified Artists

July 2009-July 2012

This list will be made available to the City’s project managers and consultants as a method of selecting artists to be hired, as part of a design team, if needed, to assist with the inclusion of artistic architectural elements into Capital Improvement Projects such as the construction or remodel of public facilities and/or public infrastructure projects paid for wholly or in part by the City of Chico. These artists will remain on the Resourse List of Pre-Qualified Artists for three years.

Dayton Claudio, Chico CA
Elizabeth Devereaux, Chico CA
Richard Deutsch, Davenport CA
Gordon Huether, Napa CA
Janice Hofmann, Chico CA
Susan Larsen, Chico CA
Jeff Lindsay, Chico CA
Margo Majewska, San Francisco CA
Tony Natsoulas, Sacramento CA
Gregg Payne, Chico CA
Eric Powell, Berkeley CA
Glen Rogers, San Jose CA
Jos Sances, Oakland CA
Vickie Jo Sowell, Emeryville CA
Diana Walker-Smith, Sacramento CA
Ann Weber, Emeryville CA

Information Available to Download and Print

Downtown Art Benches Walking Tour Map and Brochure
Art In Public Places Policy
Private Developer Program

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