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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.


Sparking Creativity: an exhibition of artwork by SMUD employees

Opens Friday, July 25, 2014
FREE reception on Thursday, July 24, 4:00 - 6:00 pm

The exhibition showcases the artwork of the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District’s employees.  A variety of media are featured, including photography, colored pencil, intaglio and watercolor. 

Participating artists:  Kimberley Adams, Leilani Boyer, Desiree Burk, Robin Kaminski,
Ron Lehman, Judy LewLoose, Christine Meighan, Scott Pierson, Sheila Raya,
Bastian Reinhardt, and Frank Weber.

SMUD Show July 2014

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”

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

March 25, 2014 – September 9, 2014

Defining Character: an exhibition of portraits by Sacramento area artists, opens at the Robert T. Matsui Art Gallery, City of Sacramento City Hall (North entrance) 915 I Street, Sacramento on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The public is invited
to meet the artists at a FREE reception on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and mixed media portraits by 8 area artists: Laura Caron, Maren Conrad, Debra Hardesty, Fred Dalkey, Troy Dalton, Frank Ordaz, Annie Murphy-Robinson and Jerald Silva. The exhibition illustrates the many different approaches, styles, media and techniques artists use to create a portrait.

Trained in illustration, Frank Ordaz paints in a realistic and narrative style that allows the viewer to experience the subject matter as if they were there. The subject of his oil painting titled “The Traveler”, looks as though one could reach out and touch the subject’s dirty-blonde, jewel-adorned dreadlocks. Through a similar hyper-realistic approach, Annie Murphy-Robinson’s large-scale charcoal renderings, titled “Wedding Dress” and “Mascara”, depict the bitter-sweet journey of a girl’s entry into womanhood.

In contrast, Jerald Silva’s painterly approach achieves a luminous quality through the unconventional process of painting transparent watercolor on sized paper. This technique prevents the pigments from staining the paper, allowing the artist to scrub out passages he might reconsider. In his ambitious self portrait, a pentaptych titled “Chalkboard in Five Stanzas”– he uses watercolor to depict chalk renderings of his likeness on a board – progressing to the crescendo of a fully realized self portrait in color.

Maren Conrad’s portraits of the wives, girlfriends and mistresses of California governors gain depth, transparency, and dimensionality through multiple applications of oil paint, metal leafing, and resin. “Christine Larsen”, one of several portraits from Conrad’s ‘Politically Vulnerable’ series depicts the feminine paradox of strength in vulnerability.
Another example of mixed media in portaiture is Laura Caron’s portrait of her grandmother, titled “Daisy Chain”—a combination of painting, textile and paper which captures the essence of spirit through vivid color. Though each of the featured artists have vastly different approaches to their work, they achieve a common goal by defining the characters they paint.


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.