Call for Artists! – Murals of Live Oak (Applications CLOSED!)

Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture (YSAC) is once again seeking artists to create murals in the City of Live Oak as part of its ongoing Murals of Live Oak project. The first murals of this multi-year project were created in 2017and since that time, ten large scale murals have been created. Thanks to additional funds awarded by the City of Live Oak and matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Live Oak will be further enhanced with outstanding new additions to its mural collection, literally an outdoor art gallery. 


YSAC works closely with businesses, government, educators, and other arts organizations within the Yuba-Sutter community to advocate for the arts. Facilitating the creation of public art is an important part of the work it does due to the positive impact it has on residents and visitors alike. 

Interested artists are invited to submit up to three renderings based on any of the following themes: 

1)Live Oak’s natural beauty including Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, the Feather River, and the Sutter Buttes. 

2)Native American heritage including native American design motifs or portraits from the Maidu photographs of Edward S. Curtis. (  Volume 14).

3)Live Oak’s early agricultural settlement, history, and ethnic diversity

In addition, all murals must incorporate the presence of an oak tree or oak trees in some form either small or large. All murals must also include a hidden object which may or may not be related to the general theme of the overall mural. All murals, whether hand brushed or sprayed, must be created using weather-resistant media and incorporate dynamic use of color to enhance visual impact. A final anti-graffiti coating must be applied as well. 

Artists should estimate the cost for their mural design based on a 15’x30’ wall to include artist labor, supplies and equipment needed to execute the mural. The final amount will be determined once final mural locations and sizes are determined.  The artist is responsible for the design and installation of the mural. The judging will be conducted by a committee appointed by the City of Live Oak and will also include the building owners. All decisions will be final. The selected artist(s) will be notified by telephone or e-mail. Public announcement of the selections will be posted by the City of Live Oak and on the YSAC website ( and shared with local and statewide press contacts.

The submission deadline is September 15, 2023, and the selections announcement will be made on September 29.  Submissions may be mailed or dropped off at the YSAC mailbox at 624 E Street, Marysville, CA 95901, attention David Read, or emailed to, subject “Murals of Live Oak.”

Call to Artists – Murals of Live Oak Handbook – Submission Instructions!