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Utility Box Public Art Program

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The Utility Box Program started in 2010 as a pilot project initiated by The City of Calgary Roads. Initially conceived as a highly successful graffiti abatement measure, widespread popularity enabled the program to grow and become permanent in 2011. The program has since expanded to include community partners and engage more artists and citizens. Since 2010, over 200 utility box public artworks have been created by local artists throughout Calgary.

 

 Utility Box Gallery

 

Photo Gallery - Unclassified

  • Artists: Helen Young and Nikki Sheppy
  • Artist: Jackie Huskisson
  • Artist: Jack Bride
  • Artists: Emily Cargan and Jackie Huskisson
  • Artists: Mark Eadie and Emily Ursulaik
  • Artist: Andrew Tarrant
  • Artists: Jarett Sitter and Caitlynn Cummings
  • Artist: My-An Nguyen
  • Artists: Marek Pospiech and Caitlynn Cummings
  • Artists: Samantha Charette, Kathryn Dutchak and Eveline Kolijn at 5 Ave and 4 STSW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Scott Baird and Eveline Kolijn at 5 Ave and 5 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artist: Jacqueline Huskisson at 5 Ave and 6 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Eveline Kolijn and Sylvia Arthur at 5 Ave and 7 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Eveline Kolijn and Sylvia Arthur at 5 Ave and 8 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Marzieh Mosavarzadeh and Eveline Kolijn at 5 Ave and 9 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Sylvia Arthur, Kaylin Obst and Eveline Kolijn at 6 Ave and 8 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Sylvia Arthur and Eveline Kolijn at 6 Ave and 5 STSW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Sylvia Arthur and Claire Coutts at 6 Ave and 6 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artist: Sally Reesman at 6 Ave and 7 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artist: Eveline Kolijn at 6 ave and 8 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artists: Eveline Kolijn and Graeme Dearden  at 6 ave and 9 ST SW Downtown Core
  • Artist: Jason Scott Johnson and Nicola Yassel Johnson
  • Artist: Jason Scott Johnson and Nicola Yassel Johnson
  • Artist: Jason Scott Johnson and Nicola Yassel Johnson
  • Artist: Katie Green
  • Artist: Katie Green
  • Artist: Katie Green
  • Artist: Lyse Deselliers
  • Artist: Michelle Hoogveld
  • Artist: Michelle Hoogveld
  • Asrtist: Michelle Hoogveld
  • Artist: Michelle Hoogveld
  • Artist: Raghavendra Rao KV
  • Artist: Raghavendra Rao KV
  • Artist: Raghavendra Rao KV
  • Artist: Raghavendra Rao KV
  • Artist: Ricole Fedyna
  • Artist: Ricole Fedyna
  • Artist: Ricole Fedyna
  • Artist: Ricole Fedyna
  • Artist: Sarah Friesen
  • Artist: Sarah Friesen
  • Artist: Tina Moore
  • Artist: Tina Moore
  • Artist: Tina Moore
  • Artist: Sarah Friesen
  • Artist: Alexandra Haeseker
  • Artist: Alexandra Haeseker
  • Artist: Alexandra Haeseker
  • Artist: Alexandra Haeseker
  • Artist: Bram Timmer
  • Artist: Bram Timmer
  • Artist: Bram Timmer
  • Artist: Daniel J. Kirk
  • Artist: Daniel J. Kirk
  • Artist: Derek Michael Besant
  • Artist: Derek Michael Besant
  • Artist: Derek Michael Besant
  • Spring, Artist: Joel Monea
  • Summer, Artist: Joel Monea
  • Winter, Artist: Joel Monea
  • Artist: Lyse Deselliers
  • Artist: Michelle Wiebe
  • Artist: Negin Bagherneja
  • Artist: Aaron Navrady
  • Artist: Aaron Navrady
  • Artist: Anastasia Breeze
  • Artist: Cassandra Paul
  • Artist: Cassandra Paul
  • Artist: Cassandra Paul
  • Artist: Christian Frederiksen
  • Artist: Daniel Kirk
  • Artist: Daniel Kirk
  • Artist: Daniel Kirk
  • Artist: Daniel Kirk
  • Artist: David Brunning
  • Artist: David Brunning
  • Artist: David Brunning
  • Artist: Elena Busan
  • Artist: Elena Busan
  • Artist: Elena Busan
  • Artist: Elena Busan
  • Artist: Elena Busan
  • Artist: Elena Busan
  • Artist: Emma Bresola
  • Artist: Emma Bresola
  • Artist: Emma Bresola
  • Artist: Eveline Kolijn
  • Artist: Eveline Kolijn
  • Artist: Freek van den Beukel
  • Artist: Freek van den Beukel
  • Artist: Georgina Stone
  • Artist: Golriz Rezvani
  • Artist: Hugo Dubon
  • Artist: Hugo Dubon
  • Artist: Janice Blaine
  • Artist: Joan Shearer
  • Artist: Joan Shearer
  • Artist: Jolie Bird
  • Artist: Karen Klassen
  • Artist: Karen Klassen
  • Artist: Karen Klassen
  • Artist: Karylin Smith
  • Artist: Kathy Lycka
  • Artist: Kathy Lycka
  • Artist: Kathy Lycka
  • Artist: Katy Green
  • Artist: Katy Green
  • Artist: Kelly Matsalla
  • Artist: Kyle Metcalf
  • Artist: Kyle Metcalf
  • Artist: Lynn Day
  • Artist: Lynnie Wonfor
  • Artist: Lyse Deselliers
  • Artist: Lyse Deselliers
  • Artist: Martin Warszawski
  • Artist: Mary Leigh Doyle
  • Artist: Mary Leigh Doyle
  • Artist: Mary Leigh Doyle
  • Artist: Mary Leigh Doyle
  • Artist: Mary Leigh Doyle
  • Artist: Matthew Butel
  • Artist: Maya Gohill
  • Artist: Nathaniel Miljour
  • Artist: Nathaniel Miljour
  • Artist: Sam Hester
  • Artist: Sam Hester
  • Artist: Scott Clark
  • Artist: Scott Clark
  • Artist: Scott Clark
  • Artist: Scott Clark
  • Artist: Scott Clark
  • Artist: Sergio Legoretta
  • Artist: Sonia Geller
  • Artist: Sonia Geller
  • Artist: Sylvia Prochownik
  • Artist: Tammy Fischer
  • Artist: Treffrey Deerfoot
  • Artist: Treffrey Deerfoot
  • Artist: Vince VanDurme
  • Artist: Vince VanDurme
  • Artist: Wil Yee
  • Artist: Wil Yee
  • Artist: Wil Yee
  • Artist: Wil Yee
  • Artist: Wil Yee

The program is designed to use the funding for regular lifecycle maintenance of City assets in a creative way. Working with student artists, professional artists and community groups, the program allows for these street-level artworks to add vibrancy to our cityscape, while creating a sense of place and identity for communities. These public artworks are not intended to be permanent but a temporary canvas through which artists and community members can express themselves and their identity.

A project team, made up of representatives from five different City departments, works together to set the goals and priority locations for the program annually. Additionally, when specific community members would like to have a box that is not part of the priority list painted, they can fill out an application form to have the box painted. Painting a box that is not currently on the priority list requires a fee for service, and the requestor is able to select the artist from the Utility Box Program roster.

Utility Box Mentorship Program - 2018

Painting Our Borough

This summer, local artists created a series of artwork for utility boxes in Marlborough and area. Getting to know the community and the people who live here, they explored the theme of being at home here – discovering what home means to the residents of this neighbourhood and who the individuals are that call this place home.

This project was supported through the City of Calgary Public Art Program, in partnership with Liveable Streets. The boxes are placed along routes where Liveable Streets implemented complete streets to create a safer more liveable neighbourhood for those who call it home. Complete Streets is an approach to street design that strives to accommodate all transportation modes including walking, cycling and transit and driving.

Artist Mentor: Mary Haasdyk
Artists: Scott Clark, Debbie Lee Miszaniec, Jessica Semenoff, Lusine Manukyan, Emilija Angelovska, Ashley Oshiro, Sharon Fortowsky, Nicole Wolf, Michael Grills, Melisa Centofanti.

 

Indefinite Arts

local artist Andrew Tarrant has been selected to be our lead mentor, working alongside our artists to complete a public art project that will have several utility boxes painted with beautiful, unique artwork.

The project is funded by the City of Calgary’s Public Art Program. In addition to our mentor artist, all participating artists will receive a fee for the completion of their artwork.

The public art project is one of several ways the Centre is meeting the goals of its strategic plan, This is Our Moment. This is one of several special projects that will be open to artists over the coming months.

Artist Mentor: Andrew Tarrant
Artists: Brad McCaull, Tony Goodison, Amber Harriman, Debbie O’Gorman, Matt Carberry, Brian Ehnis, Lynn Cameron, Rhonda Kottusch, Paul Yue, Tom Martens, Jarret Quinn, and Rebecca Kimber.

2018 Mentors

 

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Utility Box Mentorship Program - 2017

The City of Calgary Public Art Program, in collaboration with Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112, facilitating a six-week long workshop series focused on the development and execution of temporary public art on utility boxes in the communities of Hillhurst – Sunnyside and the Kensington District in Calgary.

Ten selected mentees took part in this six-week long opportunity under the guidance of two mentors, visual artist Marek Pospiech and writer Caitlynn Cummings. The 2017 mentees chosen through a competitive selection process are Jack Bride, Emily Cargan, Mark Eadie, Jacqueline Huskisson, My-An Nguyen, Nikki Sheppy, Jarret Sitter, Andrew Tarrant, Emily Ursulaik, and Helen Young. The artists were involved in public engagement activities throughout these communities.

2017 Mentors

 

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More information

Contact Public Art at publicart@calgary.ca for more information on the Utility Box Program.

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