Art in Transit Program

The sensitive use of art and design in transit systems has long been recognized as a tool that gives vibrancy to public spaces and presents images of the local culture and architectural heritage. Transit systems throughout the world illustrate the contribution of public art and its role in establishing relationships with the community. The Federal Transit Administration, through a policy statement, has noted that “the visual quality of the nation’s mass transit systems has a profound impact on transit patrons and the community at large. Good design and art can improve the appearance and safety of a facility, give vibrancy to its public spaces, and make patrons feel welcome.”

In an effort to augment transit capital projects, rehabilitation projects, or local shelter enhancements, the VIA Art in Transit (AIT) Program advances the role of VIA in its quest for design excellence throughout the VIA service area, and links agency-wide transit facilities and amenities through public art and placemaking opportunities.

A collaborative approach to public art results in better integration of the artistic influence on materials selection, spatial considerations, and overall design approach to a transit facility.

CURRENT ART IN TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES

Prímo transit project on Zarzamora St./Military Dr. Art Contest: Shelter Windscreen Graphics – Submittals due February 1, 2018

The VIA Metropolitan Transit (VIA) Art in Transit Program seeks to engage community residents, artists and other interested persons to create site-specific art in two-dimensional graphics, to be incorporated as part of the new Prímo transit project bus shelters, along Zarzamora Street and Military Drive. VIA staff will manage a process that will translate the selected graphics from this art contest into laser-cut metal panels, and integrate the panels as artwork in the shelter windscreen component, to promote local culture and influence transit use, enhancing both VIA and the local community.

Instructional Workshops

Attendance at a workshop is not required to submit an entry, but highly recommended to ensure your entry meets all requirements.

December 5, 2017
December 6, 2017

January 8, 2018 (TBD)
5:30-7:00 p.m.
Location TBD

The same information will be presented at each workshop.

Submittals may be submitted in person, by email, by mail, or online.

Art Contest Information, Application Materials (PDF)
Art Contest Panel Format (PDF)
Submittal Document Checklist (PDF)
Workshop PowerPoint (PDF) available on December 15th
Application/Workshop Q&A (PDF) available on December 15th

Art in Transit - Art Contest
Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Contact Information

If different than above, please enter the name and address of the parent or guardian.

Design 1

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Maximum upload size: 10MB
Identify the top three Primo Station locations in priority order, where, if selected as a winner, you would desire to have this graphic artwork displayed, as a windscreen panel.

Design 2

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Maximum upload size: 10MB
Identify the top three Primo Station locations in priority order, where, if selected as a winner, you would desire to have this graphic artwork displayed, as a windscreen panel.

Design 3

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Maximum upload size: 10MB
Identify the top three Primo Station locations in priority order, where, if selected as a winner, you would desire to have this graphic artwork displayed, as a windscreen panel.

Acknowledgements

FUTURE ART IN TRANSIT OPPORTUNITIES

Art in Transit Artist Roster (Spring 2018)

VIA ART IN TRANSIT INSTALLATIONS

Coming soon