The second phase of Santa Maria's utility art box project is about to get underway. 

The next five artists who will paint traffic signal utility boxes with murals have been chosen, and their finished artworks along Betteravia Road should be done by year’s end.

Thirteen judges reviewed all entries and the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Commission’s Public Art Committee approved the five winners. Their names and projects are:

  • Autumn Jennings -- "Ag and Art";
  • Laura Lozano -- "California Poppies";
  • Frank Dominguez -- "Above Santa Maria";
  • Angelina LaPoint -- "Wildflower Days"; and
  • Ruben Espinoza -- "El Charro and his bull."

“We saw a 35-percent increase in the number of entries as compared to phase one,” which created five artworks downtown, said Dennis Smitherman, management analyst with the Recreation and Parks Department. “All the entries were very creative and continue to demonstrate what amazing, talented artists we have living in our community. Although there is no funding for a phase three, we hope to see more public art in the future.”

The new art utility boxes are along Betteravia Road, starting west of the freeway.

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“While there could be a delay in getting these boxes painted during the construction near Bradley, College and Miller, we anticipate the boxes to be completed in the next few months,” Smitherman said.

To view all of the public art in Santa Maria, visit

For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 2260.


City Government Reporter