Anthony Holdsworth, Oakland Chinatown, 2007, 50 x 60 inches, Oil on canvas. Artwork is part of the Alameda County Art Collection: Artwork Created by Alameda County Artists. Photo: Sibila Savage.
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Anthony Holdsworth, Oakland Chinatown, 2007, 50 x 60 inches, Oil on canvas. Artwork is part of the Alameda County Art Collection: Artwork Created by Alameda County Artists. Photo: Sibila Savage.

For Artists


Artist Registry
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (10:59pm Pacific Time)

Applications must be submitted online through the CaFÉ™ website. Search for Alameda County Arts Commission: Artist Registry 2016

The Alameda County Arts Commission (ACAC) invites artists and artist teams to apply for potential inclusion in an Artist Registry, a prequalified list of artists that will be used for upcoming public art opportunities. Many of Alameda County’s capital improvement projects include a Percent-for-Art Program in which professional artists are commissioned to make new artwork associated with these projects. Due to the upcoming schedule of new construction projects, artists will be selected from the Artist Registry. The opportunities may include outdoor and indoor projects with a range of project budgets and be appropriate for artists working in a variety of materials and styles. Many of the opportunities will be for artists to create a new series of smaller artworks in the studio; therefore, artists who make two-dimensional, low-relief, or wall sculptural artwork are encouraged to apply. Artists selected for the Artist Registry will always be notified prior to being placed into consideration for specific projects.

Upcoming public art project sites include: Community Identifier Murals (Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland/Cherryland), East County Hall of Justice (Dublin), Information Technology Department Headquarters (Oakland), Camp Sweeney Replacement Project (San Leandro), and other sites to be determined.

Public art opportunities for a wide range of artists such as:

  • Artists interested in collaborating with diverse communities and youth
  • Artists making large-scale, hand-painted murals
  • Artists who are interested in having their design concepts implemented in durable materials
  • Artists interested in creating artwork for modern civic office buildings
  • Established artists who have completed major public art commissions
  • Emerging artists creating small to mid-sized framed artworks such as: drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, quilts and mixed-media artworks


The Artist Registry is open to professional artists who live, are permanently employed, or rent/own an artist’s studio in one of the following 14 counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, and Yolo. For artists who are applying as a team, all team members must be artists from the counties listed above.

Review the full application for complete eligibility requirements. See the complete Call for Artists (PDF - 431kb) for more information.


Artists may attend these meetings to learn more about the Alameda County Arts Commission’s Public Art Program, the project opportunities associated with the Artist Registry, and to receive general information about submitting an application through the CaFÉ. Attendance is optional. The same information will be presented at all meetings.

Thursday, October 6, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley, 94546

Thursday, October 13, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Program Room, Dublin, 94568

Tuesday, October 25, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Firehouse Arts Center, 4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton, 94566

Thursday, November 3, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Lakeside Plaza Building, 1401 Lakeside Drive, Room 1107, Oakland, 94612
Please arrive before 5:45 p.m. Building doors will be locked at that time. Location is a short walk from the Lake Merritt BART Station.

All informational meetings are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.


Artists who are unable to attend an in-person meeting may view an informational video on YouTube from October 15 – November 30, 2016. Click here.


For questions regarding this opportunity, please Contact Us by email or by phone at (510) 208-9646.

For Nonprofit Organizations

FUND Grants Program
ARTSFUND grant applications are available each year in November. Click here for more information about the ARTSFUND Grants program.

The Alameda County Arts Commission welcomes proposals from Alameda County-based nonprofit arts and community organizations for exhibitions in our Exhibition Program. Contact us for eligibility information and an application form. Click here for more information about the exhibition program.

Contract Opportunities

There are no contract opportunities at this time.


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