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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.


Seeing through the lens: Viewpoint Photographic Art Center

December 12, 2014 - March 3, 2015
FREE public reception on Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 4 to 6 p.m.

This exhibition features a portion of the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center’s annual Members’ Exhibit.  A range of photography highlighting diverse techniques, approaches and personal visions is featured.

Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is a nonprofit organization, which promotes the art of photography through exhibits of original photography by contemporary and historic photographers, lectures, workshops and educational programs.

Though the Members’ Exhibit has shown a general shift from traditional to digital photographic techniques over the years, Viewpoint members continue to explore methods such as traditional black-and-white darkroom printing, alternative processes such as platinum/palladium and van dyke printing, hand coloring, digital compositing, and hybrid traditional/digital processes as methods for their creative expression through photography.

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Photos: “Venice Canal”, Sern Kjellberg, archival inkjet, 20”x26” and “Crunched Aluminum Cans”, Henry Paine, archival pigment, 16”x20”

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 Exhibition:

Metamorphosis: RCAF artists Stan Padilla, Juanishi Orosco and Esteban Villa

December 3, 2014 - March 3, 2015
FREE reception on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

The exhibition honors the upcoming restoration of the historic Sacramento mural “Metamorphosis”, located on the eastern façade of the Downtown Plaza parking lot at 3rd & L.  Metamorphosis mural

Painted in 1977 by Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF) founding members Padilla, Orosco and Villa, the mural will be restored by its creators in 2015.  This exhibition features paintings, drawings, and mixed media by the three artists.

Originally known as The Rebel Chicano Art Front (RCAF), the collective was founded to foster the arts of the Chicano/Latino community, educate young people in the arts, history and culture, promote political awareness, and foster support for Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in the heavily-agricultural Sacramento-Davis area.  The name “Royal Chicano Air Force came about when someone inquired if the RCAF stood for "Royal Canadian Air Force” and one of the artists responded, "No, it means the Royal Chicano Air Force!”  From that point on the name stuck and the "Air Force" motif was used in the group’s artworks, programs, and activities.

The RCAF is best known for its mural paintings, poster art production, and individual artistic contributions.  It is a significant collective that has maintained a forty year history of engaging communities to express their Chicano culture, history and struggle for equal rights.

"El Jaguar", Juanishi Orosco, acrylic on plywood, 36”x48”

Above: “Metamorphosis”, Stan Padilla, Juanishi Orosco, and Esteban Villa, acrylic on concrete, 1977, 196’x65’ (each level), 34" x 48"