Art Opportunities



Think Outside the Box - ongoing

Since 2007 individual artists, teams of artists, students, schools, community organizations of all ages and patrons have made neighborhood sidewalks and street corners a livelier experience for pedestrians thanks to their partnership with the City of Ventura Public Art Program. “Think Outside the Box” is a streetscape showcase for talented local artists and community members to transform street light utility boxes and boxes that house traffic signal controllers into new public artworks. Donor funding is needed to continue this project.  Artists and patrons may apply anytime as the project is ongoing as funding becomes available.

"Treasure Box" by Stefan Verstappen (right) evokes "the box of hopes and dreams" that Ventura's Chinese settlers brought with them to the New World.

View City of Ventura Public Art “Adopt-a-Box” presentation on YouTube.

Click links below for a:

Coastal Communities Cancer Center

Request for Proposals for Coastal Communities Cancer Center - accepted year round
The City of Ventura Public Art Program in partnership with Community Memorial Hospital invites area artists to submit proposals to exhibit original art at the Coastal Communities Cancer Center on Loma Vista between Brent and Joanne Streets. The primary goal of the artwork is to inspire residents and visiting patients alike with the inspirational qualities of art. The new gallery spaces at the facility are situated in the lighted glass windows on three of the exterior walls, each providing an exceptional gallery space for rotating exhibits. Each rotation will exhibit the work of three artists – one for each side of the facility. Selected works will be on display for a period of three months per rotation.

Mural Design Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in designing a mural for the City of Ventura (San Buenaventura). In order to effectively implement a successful mural program, which will ensure consistency and aesthetic value in the community, it is important that applicants adhere to the following guidelines, which will ensure the best possible results.

The application process and guidelines that follow are intended to provide mural applicants with a reasonable process that will safeguard the interests of the community, as well as those of the individual property owner. The following information is to assist you in your preparations.

Bell Arts Factory mural by MB Hanraham; photo by Jessica Lucas

To make an appointment for mural review or for further information

Please contact Community Partnerships Manager Denise Sindelar, at (805) 658-4793 or with the Department of Parks, Recreation & Community Partnerships. Click below for essential documents:

Mural Design Approval Guidelines

Artist Waiver for Murals

Visual Artists Rights Acts

Mural Design Information Form

California Art Preservation Act

Sign Regulations (City of Ventura Municipal Code)

Temporary Installations

Temporary Installations Checklist

Temporary Installations Application (fill-able save-able PDF)

The City of Ventura’s Public Art Program is offering a unique opportunity for local, regional and national artists to temporarily install their works in public spaces throughout the City. Temporary installations may be created with unusual media or installed in unexpected places. They may pique public awareness of an important or timely issue; or simply add momentary beauty to a site.

In response to several requests to provide outdoor exhibition space for area artists the City has developed a temporary art installation program and application process. Developed similarly to New York City’s Art in the Parks Program the Public Art Program is collaborating with the Parks Division to develop a climate for emerging artists to exhibit their work to a broad and diverse audience.

Temporary installations are defined by an exhibition period of less than one year. Prime locations for sculptural installations include the picturesque beachfront promenade and many local city parks. Upon installation the artist and artwork will be featured prominently on the City’s website and announced to local and regional arts media through a Citywide press release.

Sit Down and Play, 2015 installation by MB Hanrahan and Vita Art Center Teens

All proposals will be reviewed interdepartmentally and will be subject to approval by the Community Partnerships Division Manager in addition to the City’s Risk Management and Parks Permitting Offices. In preparing the application, the artist and/or sponsoring organization is responsible for funding, installation, insurance, maintenance, timely removal of the artwork, and restoration of the site.  The City reserves the right to reject any proposal if it presents a public safety risk or potential liability issues.

Artists wishing to exhibit work should download the application and checklist located at For application assistance please contact Denise Sindelar, Community Partnerships Manager at 805-658-4793.

City Hall Art Docents

The City of Ventura Public Art Program is looking for volunteer art docents to share their enthusiasm for Ventura’s fascinating Municipal Art Collection with our residents and visitors to City Hall.

Docents lead fun and fulfilling tours for groups of students and adults pointing out interesting details in historic City Hall’s architecture and the over 90 works by prominent Ventura County artists in the collection established in 1999.

You need not be an expert - we cover many topics of interest:

  - Architecture of City Hall
  - History of the Public Art Program
  - Works in the Municipal Art 

Interested?  Docents must be at least eighteen years of age and college students, parents, retirees, seniors, career changers or working men and women available for 2 hour shifts scheduled on alternating Fridays between 1 and 5 pm.

Learn more about the Public and Municipal Art Collections.  Call the Volunteer Ventura Coordinator at 805-652-4555 for City Hall art docent training and opportunities.

Ventura PLACE temporary public art during ArtWalk on July 18-19, 2015

The City of Ventura Public & Local Artists Creating Environments (PLACE) program has selected four proposals – by a sculptor, graphic designer, professional dance performance troupe and artist team – to create four temporary public art projects at sites during the July 18-19 ArtWalk, a two-daylong self-guided walking tour throughout the Historic Downtown and Westside Cultural Districts featuring over 200 regional artists at over 30 venues. PLACE aims to create new ways to appreciate shared environments, inspire creativity within a community and encourage conversation about the arts. “Temporary public art is powerful precisely for its non-permanence,” said Claudia Pardo, who is Chair of the Ventura Public Art Commission. “It demands that you remain present, it’s intensely personal, unpredictable, and the process of creating it takes precedence over the end result. I think that’s beautiful.”

The Whale’s Tail @California Plaza on the Ventura Beach Promenade near Aloha Steakhouse
Artist team Michelle Stevens, Ryan Kaercher and Tyrone McGrath plan to bring together EP Foster School children, the public and Surfrider Foundation to construct a full-scale whale’s tail by threading plastic bottles, slated for recycling but with the potential to end up in the ocean, onto the sculpture’s framework. Donate clean, empty plastic bottles before June 30 to the Refill Shoppe, 363 E Main St.

Spirit of the Sea Eschrichtius robustus-tomolus @California St Mini-Park, California & Santa Clara Sts
Sculptor Arnold Martin will install a thirteen foot long “skeletal hybrid inspired by the shape of the traditional tomol canoe [tomolus], once used by the Chumash people to row between Ventura and the Channel Islands, and the bones of a gray whale” (scientific name: Eschrichtius robustus).

Alive Ventura @California & Main Streets Art Pod and various vacant storefronts
Graphic designer Ben Blanchard will create “art for the people inspired by the people” by “using vacant storefronts in the downtown area as a space to show art, bringing life to these unused spaces.” His “type driven illustrations” will “act as words of encouragement … on digitally designed and printed/installed vinyl.” Look for them everywhere downtown.

Governing Bodies @City Hall lawn, 501 Poli Street
The Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre performs--on the facade and front steps of Ventura’s historic City Hall--a piece created for 3 dancers in Flamenco, West African & break dance style.  View 10 minute YouTube video


For more information contact Public Art Project Manager Tobie Roach at 805.658.4759 or