Utility-Art-Box-ProgramSanta Maria is another step closer to beautifying five traffic signal control boxes in its downtown area with captivating and inspired imagery. Five finalists have been chosen for the first phase of this project.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for creative artists to let the community see their work with ties to the community’s’ social, cultural, and/or historical identity,” said Dennis Smitherman, Management Analyst with the Recreation and Parks Department. “Thousands of people will drive or walk by the utility boxes every day.”

In addition, photographs of the boxes will be displayed on the City website and other print and electronic media sources.

The winners are:

  • Matthew Betancourt – Santa Maria is Here
  • Edward Chavarria – The Ship of Dreams
  • Melissa Johnson-Barash – GLAD(iolas) to be in Santa Maria and Becoming Butterflies
  • Ruben Espinoza – The Autumn Dance

A reception and painting days, as well as a call for artists for Phase 2, will occur this spring.

Attached a draft of the winners’ artwork, which is subject to change before application to the utility boxes.

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and Community Development Department encouraged area artists to apply for this contest.

Department:                                        Recreation and Parks Department

Contact Person:                 Dennis Smitherman, Management Analyst

Telephone Number:                           (805) 925-0951 ext. 2263

E-mail Address:                               dsmitherman@cityofsantamaria.org