Public Art Program

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The City of Vista offers a robust Public Art program encompassing many programs ranging from Kites Over Vista, the Vista in Bloom Utility Box mural program, downtown murals and the Civic Gallery exhibits.

Public Art Programs

  • Interactive Public Art Map featuring current Kites Over Vista exhibition, murals, and other public art.
  • Public Art Proposal Form - This form is to be used by those seeking to donate artwork to the city for display in a public area.  NOTE: There is a 30-day notice for public comment before recommendation from the Public Arts Commission, and a 30-day notice for public comment before final approval from City Council.

Vista In Bloom Program 

  • In 2000, the City of Vista launched a new project to help enhance the beauty and vibrancy of Vista and to deter graffiti on utility boxes.  Vista in Bloom is a utility box mural project sponsored by the City of Vista and the Vista  Public Arts  Commission. There is a call to recruit additional volunteers willing to spruce up the unpainted utility boxes in Vista, in an effort to help beautify and improve the aesthetics of the city. Proposals are welcome at any time.
    Vista in Bloom: Traffic Signal Box Beautification Project.


Civic Gallery

The Civic Gallery is located on the second floor of the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and every other Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Exhibition Applications
Interested in exhibiting your art at the Gallery? Complete an application.

Exhibition Calendar
The 2019 calendar is available here.





Exhibition Juror:
Maria Mingalone
Executive Director, Oceanside Museum of Art

Reception for the Artists:
Saturday, August 3, 2 pm - 4 pm
open to the public

Vista Visions 2019, the sixth annual all-media art exhibition sponsored by the City of Vista’s Public Arts Commission, will be on view at the Civic Gallery July 9 through August 22. Twenty artists exhibiting 34 total pieces will be featured. Serving as exhibition juror is Maria Mingalone, Executive Director of the Oceanside Museum of Art. The public is invited to a free reception for the artists on Sat., Aug. 3, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments and entertainment are included. The gallery, located at the Vista Civic Center, 200 Civic Center Drive, is open weekdays from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, and every other Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Artists selected for the exhibition: Richard Armstrong (Carlsbad), Michael Chapman (Oceanside), Joy Chen (Oceanside), Susan Coppock (Vista), Craig Sneha (San Diego), Bin Crow (Oceanside), Kevin Daly (San Diego), Don Fike (Vista), Joanne Geroe (Carlsbad), Phyllis Gifford (Carlsbad), Rosario Glezmir (Chula Vista), Linda Kelson (San Diego), BJ Lane (Fallbrook), Jim McAdory (Vista), Charlene Meeker (Oceanside), Kelly Moncure (Vista), Carolyn Robertson (Vista), Catherine Singer (Laguna Hills), Bonnie Tucker (Oceanside), and Lee Tung (Carlsbad).

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