Press Release


JULY 18, 2014

Capitol Area Development Authority & Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission:


SACRAMENTO – Twenty-eight utility boxes located primarily in the Capitol Area Development Authority’s (CADA) district between 7th and 17th Streets and L and S Streets in downtown Sacramento will be covered with art beginning July 21, 2014. These “utility box wraps” were designed by 20 Sacramento area artists for the Capitol Box Art Project, a public art project conceived and directed by Todd Leon, CADA R Street Development Manager in collaboration with the Arts Commission.   CADA intends on maintaining the boxes for a minimum of 3 years.

“This idea isn’t new it’s just new to Sacramento. Hopefully this project helps to inspire more public art in Sacramento and help the city in building its own image and identity,” said Todd Leon.

Shelly Willis, SMAC Public Art Program Director, said, “The project will transform and define the CADA district, while exposing thousands of people every day to the work of artists – most of which are new to the public arena.” Willis added that it is likely this project will also do something very practical — discourage vandalism.

CADA and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC) invite the public to attend its Second Saturday artists’ reception August 9th, 2014 in honor of the 20 participating artists who were selected for the Capitol Box Art Project. The reception will begin at 4pm at the Courtyard located at 1322 O Street (corner of 14th and O next to Sam’s Market). In addition to meeting the artists, attendees will be provided walking tour brochures, which detail the location of all 28 art boxes.

Participating artists include mixed media artists: Laura Caron, Nathan Cordero, Julia Couzens, Gioia Fonda, William Ishmael, Melissa Uroff, Bryan Valenzuela, Roma Devanbu, Susan Silvester, and Kerri Warner. Painters: Mark Emerson, Sandy Hernandez, Brenda Louie, Jim Piskoti, and Arturo Romero. Photographers: Janine Mapurunga and Donald Satterlee. Illustrators: Dante Declarador, Erik Hosino, and Sam Sellers

For more information about the project, visit: or

Todd Leon: 916-508-4272
Shelly Willis: 916-996-0793

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission is devoted to supporting, promoting and advocating for the arts in the region. For further information on programs and opportunities through the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission go to: SMAC is funded by the City and County of Sacramento.

CADA is a unique public agency charged with creating new urban infill housing; managing residential and commercial properties owned by the state; and enhancing the State Capitol environment.  CADA functions much like a private property management and development company.  It is a “joint powers authority,” created by a partnership between the State of California and the City of Sacramento.  Its revenue is used to manage the state residential and commercial property portfolio; initiate private development of new housing; and to enhance the Capitol area for the enjoyment of the state workforce, local residents and visitors to the Capitol.  For more information, visit the CADA website:

Artist: Laura Caron