Phase #2 Utility Art Box Winners Announced

Even more colorful public art in Santa Maria is a step closer. The next five artists who will paint traffic signal utility boxes with murals have been chosen from a field of applicants, and the finished artworks along Betteravia Road should be done by year’s end.

Thirteen judges reviewed all entries into the Phase #2 Utility Art Box project and the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission’s Public Art Committee approved the five winners. Their names and projects are:

Autumn Jennings – Ag and Art

Laura Lozano – California Poppies

Frank Dominguez – Above Santa Maria

Angelina LaPoint – Wildflower Days

Ruben Espinoza – El Charro and his bull

Mockups Murals can be found on page 2 Here

“We saw a 35 percent increase in the number of entries as compared to phase #1,” which created five artworks downtown, said Dennis Smitherman, Management Analyst with the Recreation and Parks Department. “All the entries were very creative and continue to demonstrate what amazing, talented artists we have living in our community. Although there is no funding for a phase #3, we hope to see more public art in the future.”

The Phase #2 Utility Boxes that will be painted are along Betteravia Road, starting west of the freeway.  “While there could be a delay in getting these boxes painted during the construction near Bradley, College and Miller Roads, we anticipate the boxes to be completed in the next few months,” Smitherman said.

To view all of the public art in Santa Maria, visit the City’s website at

Questions about the Utility Box Art Program or Public Art may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.