The City of Vista offers a robust Public Art program encompassing many programs ranging from Kites Over Vista, the Vista in Bloom Traffic Signal Box mural program, downtown murals and the Civic Gallery exhibitions.
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.
Current Artist Calls
- Art Installation at the Paseo Santa Fe III Roundabout
- Kites Over Vista - 2020 Exhibition
- Vista in Bloom: Traffic Signal Box Beautification Project
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.
Interested in exhibiting your art at the Gallery? Complete an application.
2020 Gallery Exhibit Schedule
The 2020 Civic Gallery exhibition schedule is available here.
The Vista Public Arts Commission will host an exhibition at the Civic Gallery January 6 through March 11 featuring water on metal works by Krista Timberlake and the photography of Richard Tanko.
About the Artists
Krista is originally from Western Massachusetts, where she grew up in a family and community of artists and craftspeople and developed a love of nature and the outdoors. After attending UVM for pre-med and Savannah College of Art & Design, she earned her BFA in painting from UMASS, Amherst. Bicycling for more than 30 years has created a love and addiction that has contributed many ideas and themes to her art. As an avid cyclist, yogini, hiker, weightlifter, fitness enthusiast and former pre-med student, she has a great appreciation for the body as a machine. Artistically, she finds beauty in well-crafted machinery and likes melding mechanical elements with living things. In creating mechanical and more naturalistic pieces, she is inspired by line, texture and color, and is most drawn to using watercolor. She finds that the most interesting things happen in her work when “mistakes” occur, unplanned paint reactions that will never be able to be duplicated. She has a great appreciation for humor and enjoys incorporating whimsical elements into much of her work. Krista currently lives in Vista, works as the Entertainment Designer at The Upper Deck Company, and freelances as a graphic designer.
Richard started photography as a hobby many years ago and through the encouragement of family and friends, decided to put his work ‘out there.’ His work has been displayed at the Blue Mug coffee shop in Escondido, Salon 56 in San Diego, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, and now at the Vista Civic Art Gallery. His prints have been featured at the 2012 San Diego and Orange County Fairs. Richard was born and raised in Wisconsin but has been in the San Diego area for 19 years. He enjoys hiking and exploring and often takes advantage of the splendor that different areas have to offer.