Sac State Mural Application: A Place of Belonging


Deadline: December 31st, 2023


In 2021, Sacramento State made a commitment to be an antiracism and inclusive campus.

The 2022 BELIEVING Campus Murals event marked the beginning of a multiyear mural project to support the University’s Antiracism and Inclusive Campus Plan (AICP).

The first phase is BELIEVING we have challenges to overcome and collectively doing something about it. Phase two is BECOMING an antiracism, inclusive, and anti-oppression campus that transforms policies, procedures, perspectives, and practices so that our BEING represents our humanity in all of its beautiful splendor and conveys a true sense of belonging.

Created by students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni, and community members, the art on these walls is a living representation of our campus community on this journey and beyond. Each year, new murals will be created on Santa Clara Hall as we grow together.

Entry Requirements

No mural experience is necessary, but painting experience and an available portfolio is preferred.

Entries must include:

  • Artist portfolio, website or social media links (if applicable)
  • Examples of three completed artworks with a brief description, 50 words maximum, for each piece
  • A written statement of interpretation of the theme "Becoming" as it applies to our region and campus in terms of antiracism and inclusivity, 250 words maximum
  • Proposed sketch/design concept for the mural to be painted (murals are 7 x 30 feet horizontal)

Selection Criteria

Entries will be scored on:

  • Originality and artistry of completed artworks submitted
  • Impact of the written interpretation of the theme
  • Adherence to the theme in the proposed sketch
  • Creativity, uniqueness, and originality in the proposed sketch
  • Overall impression of the completed artworks and proposed sketch

Selection Process

A selection panel will independently score the submissions and the artists with the top scores will be invited to participate.

A minimum of two artists selected will be current students. The remaining four will be selected from the student, faculty, staff, and alumni applicant pool.

Artist Compensation

Each artist will receive a $1,000 stipend upon completion of their murals.

If you missed the artist submission workshop, you can view it at the link below. Presenters provided information about the submission and selection process and insights about the public art experience.

Important Dates

  • Application closes: December 31, 2023
  • Artists notified: TBD, 2024
  • Painting: March 25 - TBD, 2024

*Dates are subject to change


If you have questions, please email

This event is being coordinated by University Communications, the Division of Inclusive Excellence, the College of Arts and Letters, Facilities Management, and other campus stakeholders, in partnership with Blue Line Arts.

View Artist Submission Recording Here