The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) has approved 17 finalists for the Golden 1 Center Public Art Program funded by a $1.5 million private donation – the largest commitment to regional artists in the history of the City’s Art in Public Places program. These finalists will be invited to submit design proposals for one of four sites at the arena. Nine out of the seventeen finalists chosen for the four sites live in a Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) county.

Four finalists will be invited to submit design proposals for the LED screens at the entrance to the Golden 1 Center:

Thirteen finalists will be invited to submit design proposals for one of the following sites: L Street, 5th – 7th Streets, and Escalator Wells:

The panel recommended that SMAC staff work with finalists to determine the site(s) for which they will create a design proposal.

The selection process for the purchase of artwork by regional artists began at the end of May 2015. The Arts Commission received 135 eligible applications by the deadline. The panel met on July 31 to select finalists for the project based on the quality of artwork presented and the applicants’ experience. In accordance with standard policies and procedures, SMAC, at their regularly scheduled meeting on August 10, 2015, unanimously approved the finalists. Additional opportunities for art will be available in the interiors of the arena.

The Art in Public Places Program of the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission was established by the City and County of Sacramento to provide visual art experiences in public locations. The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is devoted to supporting, promoting and advocating for the arts in the region. For further information on programs and opportunities through the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission go to www.sacmetroarts.org. SMAC is funded by the City and County of Sacramento.