Art in Transit Program


 bas relief by William MitchellBART values enhancing the rider and community experience though the arts. From the beginning, BART included art in its stations with notable mosaic works by Alfonso Pardiñas in Lake Merritt, El Cerrito Plaza and El Cerrito del Norte Stations and William Mitchell’s wall reliefs in Lake Merritt, Richmond, 16th Street and 24th Street stations; to the more contemporary works of art throughout the line extensions to the San Francisco and Oakland airports, and smaller community-oriented projects. The BART art collection is nearly 50 artworks including murals, mosaics, sculptures, relief work, and several very special youth tile projects at Rockridge, Powell, and Fruitvale. Yet more than permanent artworks are found in BART. Musicians, poets, puppeteers, dancers, writers, cartoonists, and dramatists add to the BART experience in creative ways.

BART realizes this is only the beginning for a region so rich in arts and culture. In August 2015, the BART Board unanimously adopted an Art Policy providing the vision, goals and strategies to guide the creation of an expanded Art-in-Transit Program. The priorities are to integrate art into the design of station improvements and leverage partnerships with other arts organizations and communities in the Bay Area and beyond. Further documentation regarding the development of the art policy can be found at the bottom of this page.

JOIN US

Throughout 2017, as part of a master plan process, the art program will be doing a series of outreach events to hear from the community. Sign up for the BART newsletter, then look under “BART programs” and select “BART Art Program” to be kept informed about the master plan. This is also the place to submit your name if you are an artist interested in hearing about upcoming projects.


RFQ - CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR MULTIPLE PROJECTS AND ARTIST POOL

Deadline March 5, 2018.

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is issuing Requests for Qualifications for artists for art projects in stations that are being upgraded. Five projects are currently selecting artists:

  1. Market Street Canopy Project
  2. Lake Merritt Plaza/Transit Operations Facility (TOF)
  3. Walnut Creek Station Access Improvements
  4. Dublin/Pleasanton Station - Iron Horse Trail Access Enhancement
  5. Concord Station Modernization

Artist may also apply to be in a pool for future projects seeking an artist as a design team member for station modernization projects.

These are some of the first projects for BART since the Board adopted the Art Policy in August 2015.

Applicants will indicate their interest in being considered for any of these projects, or for the artist pool only. Artists may submit to be considered for one or more of the five available projects, but will not receive a commission for more than one project (except as noted for the Market Street Canopy Project).

All artists will remain in a pool for up to three years, which will be used in the selection of artists for future projects, specifically when an artist is desired as design team member

Applications are available through CaFÉ; www.callforentry.org, an online application system for artist calls. There is no charge to artists for using CaFÉ.  You will need to register to use CaFÉ. Once registered search for "SFBART - Multiple Projects and Artist Pool."

All artists interested in submitting for this RFQ should familiarize themselves with the BOILERPLATE DESIGN AGREEMENT


STATION MODERNIZATION ARTISTS SELECTED

In 2016, BART issued three Requests for Qualifications for permanent art work to be integrated into Station Modernization improvements at 19th St Oakland, El Cerrito del Norte, and Powell Street stations. Through a highly competitive selection process judged by panels comprised of BART and city staff, local stakeholders, and arts professionals, the following artists were selected to create new artwork as part of the station modernization work. BART appreciates the interest and submittals of many talented California artists, and looks forward to engaging the artist community in future calls.

  • 19th St/Oakland: Through one call, two artists and one artist team were selected to create digital art that will be fabricated on permanent, illuminated polycarbonate panels in the existing wrap stairwells at 19th St/Oakland BART station. These artists are:

    • Lisa Banks and Hailey Payne Banks

Art Concept for 19th St. Station by Lisa Banks and Hailey Payne Banks

  • Phillip Hua

Art Concept for 19th St. Station by Phillip Hua

  • Ron Moultrie Saunders

Art Concept for 19th St. Station by Ron Moultrie Saunders

  • El Cerrito del Norte: Kyungmi Shin will fabricate two mosaic murals on panels to be installed at El Cerrito del Norte BART station.

Art Concept for El Cerrito del Norte Station by Kyungmi Shin

Powell St: Stephen Galloway will create art that will be fabricated on illuminated polycarbonate panels on the ceiling of the Hallidie Plaza/Westfield Entrance lobby at Powell St BART.

Art Concept for Powell St. Station by Stephen Galloway


BART’s Current Art Collection

As part of the Art Program initiation process, BART is completing a full assessment of its collection. There are nearly 50 works of art throughout the BART system, including sculptures, mosaic tiles, glass, photography, terrazzo, murals and other media. Our collection includes community initiated artworks as well as pieces commissioned from Bay Area, national and international artists.

Our collection is continuing to expand.  New works of art have been installed in both Oakland Airport Connector station, as well as the Warm Springs/South Fremont Station which features Sky Cycles by Catherine Widgery.

 


ART POLICY AND PROGRAM BACKGROUND

Some of the information shared with the BART Board during the policy development process is included below:

  • BART's Art Policy Consultants, Regina Almaguer and Jeannene Przyblyski, have completed an existing conditions and best practices report offering further background material on the above presentations. The executive summary offers a brief version of the report's recommendations.
  • On March 26, 2015, the Board of Directors reviewed the draft vision and goals for the policy, and discussed funding and staffing program alternatives. The Board received both the PowerPoint linked above as well as a memorandum with further detail.
  • On January 22, 2015, BART Staff presented the Board of Directors with a summary of the issues, opportunities and best practices, and the Board discussed their draft goals and objectives for an art program.
  • The Board directed BART Staff to consider an art policy in 2013. This presentation provides an overview of the direction provided at that time.
  • BART hired a full time art program manager, Jennifer Easton, who is responsible for developing and implementing the art program, creating program guidelines as described in the aforementioned report, and creating an arts master plan. She may be reached at jeaston@bart.gov.