July 6, 2020

Out of the Box- Utility Box Mural Program

UPDATE: Program deadline was June 29th, 2018. No longer accepting applications. 

The City of Suisun City is excited to introduce its Utility Box Art Program, Out of the Box. This is a program to beautify the City, specifically the downtown utility boxes and celebrate local artwork. Artists who reside in Solano County may apply for Out of the Box to create their art piece on utility boxes located in Suisun City. The City has selected 8 utility boxes to be canvased. Artists will receive $300 for paint supplies and labor up-front upon application approval.

  Out of the Box- Call for Artists (181.4 KiB, 1,163 hits)

Entry Requirements

  1. Completed application- 

      Out of the Box- Application (164.1 KiB, 1,125 hits)

  2. Resume or Cover Letter providing an overview of your art experience
  3. Digital images of prior work
  4. Color rendering of your proposed artwork design for utility box- 

      Out of the Box- Design Template (175.7 KiB, 1,133 hits)

  5. Artist Agreement- 

      Out of the Box- Artist Agreement (171.1 KiB, 1,073 hits)

  6. Consent Form-

      Out of the Box- Artist Consent (131.4 KiB, 1,079 hits)

Media and Materials Guidelines

  1. Artwork must be original, created by the artist, and not previously used
  2. Artwork must be acceptable to the greater Suisun City citizenry and therefore may not contain advertising, religious art, sexual content, negative imagery, convey political partisanship, nor look-like graffiti
  3. Artists may use the following materials:
    a. PAINT TYPE: premium high solids 100% acrylic latex waterborne exterior wall and trim paint, low sheen, eggshell or satin finish; minimum 1.5 mil dry thickness per coat (recommended)

Selection Process and Criteria

  1. Selection Process: Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Out of the Box Review Committee within two-four weeks of submittal date. The application submittal deadline will be June 29, 2018. If the number of qualifying applications does not meet the number needed, then City staff may decide to reopen the selection process. Note: The City reserves the right to refuse all entries.
    The Out of the Box Review Committee will evaluate art submissions. Members of the committee will not be allowed to participate and submit an application. The committee will review all eligible applications, select the best proposed art and seek consent of the City of Suisun City, who will announce the selected artists on July 11, 2018.
  2. Criteria: The criteria for the selection of artists will include the following:
  • Artistic excellence; e.g. art that is imaginative, exhibits quality draftsmanship and execution;
  • Appropriateness of scale, form, content, color, and design relative to the site;
  • Relationship to the social, cultural and/or historical identity of the site;
  • Experience; e.g. previous works, awards, gallery representation, education, and execution of previous public art.

  Out of the Box- FAQs (495.4 KiB, 1,061 hits)


Waterfront: The City would like that the 8 boxes in the downtown area reflect a Waterfront theme. This could include birds, boats, kayakers, the marina, etc.

  Out of the Box- Location Map (297.4 KiB, 976 hits)

Timeline and Award Schedule

April 11, 2018 – Call for Artist
June 29, 2018 – Deadline for artists to submit designs
July 11, 2018- The Review committee will announce selected artist and design. Artist may start painting as soon they receive approval notification and complete all necessary paperwork.

Contact Information

Sajuti Rahman, Economic Development Analyst

701 Civic Center Blvd. Suisun City, CA 94585