Cupertino Public Art
Welcome to Cupertino’s public art website, where you can explore the broad spectrum of public art in the Cupertino community. Photographs, video and write-ups are constantly being added, so check back often.
Quarter Percent for Art Program
In Nov. 2005, the Cupertino General Plan update added a requirement that new development over 50,000 sq. ft. must include a minimum of .25% of the project budget in the form of public art on the site, with a cap of $100,000. Ordinance No. 09-2037 formalized that requirement, and Developer Guidelines were created.
The details of various public arts in Cupertino with photographs and video, location maps, and artist.
Distinguished and Emerging Artist
Each year the Cupertino Fine Arts Commission presents a Distinguished Artist Award and an Emerging Artist Award to deserving artists in recognition of local talent. Each winner receives a $500 cash award and a plaque, which is presented at one of the local performances of Free Shakespeare in the Park.
Nominees for Distinguished Artist must live in or practice their art in the city, and be over 30 years of age. Nominees for Emerging Artist must be 30 years of age or younger, and must be residents, students, or employees in the city.
Distinguished Artist Nomination Form
Emerging Artist Nomination Form
Fine Art Commission
The Cupertino Fine Arts Commission is a group of citizens appointed by the Cupertino City Council, and their purpose is to foster, encourage and assist in the realization, preservation and advancement of fine arts for the benefit of the citizens of Cupertino.
Some of the commission's activities include: Distributing fine arts grants to individuals and groups; Selecting both a Distinguished Artist and an Emerging Artist of the Year; Overseeing the selection and installation of public art; Introducing new arts and cultural events to the community; and Working in partnership with local schools for student exhibits. Click here for more information on the Fine Arts Commission.
Fine Arts Commission Public Art Catalog
Fine Arts Grants
The Cupertino City Council authorizes the Fine Arts Commission to disseminate funds to individuals or organizations. A total of $15,000 is available annually for fine arts grants. Some of these funds are granted to the Euphrat Museum of Art on the DeAnza College Campus for their use in the museum and the Arts in Schools program. The remaining funds are granted to individual artists and art organizations during a grant cycle that occurs twice each year.
Proposals are evaluated on whether they serve a wide range of Cupertino citizens or groups not already served. Other evaluation criteria include how the grant would extend the range of fine arts activities in the community and how it would encourage diverse programs based on the needs and interests of Cupertino residents. All proposals must contain provisions for measuring success and financial accountability.