Calls for Artists

Mural at Wonder World Park

The City of San Marcos supports public art and graffiti-abating murals through various grants. Calls for artists for projects will be listed below as they become available.

Calls for Artists: Traffic Box Mini Murals - SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

The City of San Marcos has issued two calls for artists to provide original artwork to be applied as “Mini Murals” on traffic signal control boxes: as series of boxes on Hopkins Street and a single one on Sessom Drive.

Both calls close Thursday, Dec. 30 at 5 p.m. and must be submitted electronically. Full descriptions and details are available in the links below. 

Hopkins Street

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

Hopkins call for artists (series of three boxes)

Sessom Drive

The Sessom Drive call for artists involves a single box with a theme to be determined by the artist.

Sessom Drive call for artists (single box)

The chosen designs will be digitized and printed on vinyl wraps to be applied to the traffic control boxes, creating exciting public art for pedestrians and drivers alike to enjoy while deterring graffiti and vandalism. 

This successful program has placed art on City-owned traffic boxes along Ranch Road 12, Sessom Drive, and other spots around San Marcos. 

Questions should be addressed to Arts Coordinator Trey Hatt at

2021 call for artist selections

  • Downtown Traffic Boxes: Stephanie Riggs and Ann Tarantino
  • Downtown Outdoor Gallery: Sydney Bonnin, David Rey Perez, Rene Perez, Hannah Purvis, Christopher Al Rodriguez, Lisa McPike Smith, Furly Travis and Darin Wood

2020 call for artist selections

  • RR 12 Traffic Control Box Mini Murals: Ksenia Nation 
  • CM Allen Bridge Barrier Walls Mural: Felipe Gomez & Buddy Pajak artist team
  • Cheatham St. Bridge Barrier Walls Mural: Sarah Farah & Topher Sipes artist team
  • Bishop at Hopkins Street Traffic Control Box Mini Mural: Jake Prendez
  • McCarthy at Barnes Street Traffic Control Box Mini Mural: selection in process

2019 call for artist selections

  • Sessom Drive Retaining Wall Mural: Jake Wagoner
  • Conoco Gas Station Mural: Jennifer Khoshbin
  • Wonder World Mural: Christopher Rodriguez