Add a touch of color: Art Commission is looking for artists for mini murals

Art in all its forms plays an important role in the diversity and uniqueness of San Marcos. Murals and paintings can be found in many places in the city. Two calls have been made by the San Marcos Art Commission for artists to contribute original artwork to be used as “mini murals” on traffic light control boxes on Hopkins Street and Sessom Drive.

“The city traffic area mini-murals add a splash of color and creativity in unexpected places while helping to deter graffiti,” said arts coordinator Trey Hatt.

Both calls close Thursday, December 30 at 5 p.m. and must be submitted electronically. Full descriptions and details are available online at

Three traffic control boxes on East Hopkins Street near City Hall, the San Marcos Public Library and the San Marcos Activity Center will have mini-murals installed in series.

Artists must submit designs for all three boxes. The city is looking for a design series that will adhere to a common theme determined by the artist.

The call for artists Sessom Drive concerns a single box whose theme is to be determined by the artist. The chosen designs will be scanned and printed onto vinyl wraps to be applied to traffic control boxes, creating public art for pedestrians and motorists to enjoy while deterring graffiti and vandalism.

This successful program placed artwork on city-owned traffic boxes throughout San Marcos, including locations on Ranch Road 12 and Sessom Drive.

For more information and submission guidelines, visit

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