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The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Gallery Program provides visual arts experiences in public locations at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Gallery and the Robert T. Matsui Gallery (Sacramento City Hall). This ongoing series of free public exhibitions showcase the artistic and cultural resources of the region.

All aspects of the Gallery Program are administered by Arts Commission staff.

The Gallery Program:

  • Provides opportunities for local and regional artists at all career levels to exhibit their artwork in public venues.
  • Provides artists, curators, and others with an interest in producing exhibitions the opportunity to present their ideas to the public and to advance their curatorial skills.
  • Meets the public goal of enhancing the quality of life for visitors and residents,
  • Supports the Arts Commission’s efforts for community inclusion and diversity.

Exhibition Guidelines and Application Procedures

Proposals for exhibitions at the Robert T. Matsui Gallery (Sacramento City Hall) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) are accepted year-round. Proposals are reviewed by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission staff. Staff makes recommendations for exhibitions and then determines the schedule of exhibitions for each venue. Annual exhibition schedules are reviewed and approved by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Art in Public Places Committee.

Proposals may be submitted throughout the year and are reviewed upon submission. For more information on each venue, and how to apply, please see the SMAC Exhibition Program Policy and Procedures

SMUD Art Gallery
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Customer Service Center
6301 S Street at 65th Street, Sacramento, CA 95817
Hours:  Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
Located in the first floor lobby.
The SMUD Art Gallery is a partnership between the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission with additional funding from the City and County of Sacramento.


Decades: an exhibition about the generations

Opens Friday, September 19, 2014
FREE reception on Thursday, September 18, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Decades: an exhibition about the generations, opens at the SMUD Art Gallery, 6301 S Street, Sacramento, on Friday, September 19, 2014.  The public is invited to meet the artists and view their work at a FREE opening reception on Thursday, September 18, from 4 to 6 p.m.

The exhibition showcases artwork about  the characteristics of different generations over the past 7 decades.   The exhibition is the focus of this year’s SMUD Awareness Series Program.  This series, sponsored by SMUD’s Office of Inclusion, is designed to expose and educate SMUD employees about what it means to be part of a generation, as it relates to their colleagues and the community they serve. The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, embroidery and mixed media artwork, by Sacramento area artists:  Margaryta Chaplinska, Kinzie D’Brav Davis, Dante Declarador, Paul Dessau, Leslie DuPratt, Ianna Frisby, GOS”, Matt Jurach, Melanie Marchant Meschery, Patrick Marasso, Frank Ordaz, Darby Patterson, David Peterson, and Abigail VanCannon.  The work explores issues and ideas that span more than 7 decades from pop culture icons to the women’s movement. 

pictures from generations exhibit

Images:Top left: "Semper Fi – Grandpa Dee", Kinzie D’Brav Davis, spray paint and acrylic on canvas, 2011, 23”x25”
Top right: “Let Them Eat Cake” Leslie DuPratt, oil on canvas, 2012, 48”x30”
Bottom left: “Ebay: Eagle Eye G.I. Joe”, Patrick Marasso, oil on linen, 2004,18”x18”
Bottom right: “When Johnny Played with the Dark Side”, Frank Ordaz, oil on canvas, 2014, 48”x36”


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Robert T. Matsui Art Gallery
City of Sacramento City Hall (North entrance)
915 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
(Located in the H Street lobby of the new City Hall building.)
Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

CURRENT CITY HALL EXHIBIT: A Vision for Broadway: Ideas for one of Sacramento's Major Corridors

SMAC and the Urban Land Institute & Greater Broadway Partnership present A Vision for Broadway.  The exhibition opens at the Robert T. Matsui Gallery (at City Hall) on Tuesday, September 9th.  The public is welcome to join us for an artist reception on September 9th from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.  More information at

Vision for Broadway postcard


Airport Gallery
With the opening of the New Terminal B, the Airport Gallery program has closed. Find out about the new public artworks at the airport here.