P.O. Box 6015
300 S. Providence
Columbia, MO 65205
There are numerous opportunities for artists to submit their proposals for Columbia's public art projects. Please check back with us throughout the year to see how your work can be a part of Columbia's public art portfolio.
In 1988, a flag was created using the city logo in order to hold a flag exchange ceremony with representatives from Matto, Japan, now part of Hakusan, one of Columbia’s sister cities. Since then, the flag has been used at other official events and was displayed in the old Council Chambers. Our ambition is to have a flag that proudly represents our city, is used in an official capacity, and flies outside city buildings and throughout Columbia.
NAVA’s Five Basic Principles of Flag Design
2. Use meaningful symbolism
3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors (in our guidelines we restricted to 5 colors)
4. No lettering or seals (in our guidelines, using the city logo or city seal was optional)
5. Be distinctive
September 15, 2014: First announcement of contest to the public.
September 2015: City Council reviewed finalists, selecting its top three.
October 2015: Public comment open for top three finalists.
The public is invited to comment on its favorite of the top three finalists, as chosen by City Council. After a public comment period, City Council will evaluate the feedback from citizens and make a final recommendation on the flag with official action at a future Council meeting.
View designs and descriptions of the top three finalists in the contest. All follow the rules of good flags, convey strong symbolism, and are easy to recreate.
Artist: Jon Sheltmire
Flag Description: CROSS = Represents Columbia being at a crossroads in the center of the state of Missouri. BLUE = Represents Columbia’s many distinctive rivers, creeks and lakes.
Artist: Michael Bauer
Artist: Nicole Johnston
Visual art has been featured as the city's Commemorative Poster each year since 1992. The poster is intended to communicate the vitality and beauty of mid-Missouri, and specifically the City of Columbia, and the significance of the arts. The poster also serves as a way for the Office of Cultural Affairs to recognize and highlight the work of an individual artist. The official poster is unveiled in the fall at an exciting get-together known as the Poster Party for the Arts, and it is available for purchase year-round. An award of $1,000 is presented to the artist for the right to reproduce the artwork for the poster. All past posters can be viewed in our Poster Gallery.
Proceeds from the Poster Party for the Artssupport the Office of Cultural Affairs' community programs and services. Posters are sold year-round at the Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence, or at Deck the Walls in the Columbia Mall.
Each year the City of Columbia, Missouri invites artists residing in mid-Missouri to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes in the downtown area within The District. The goal of the project is to decrease the instances of graffiti on these surfaces while making them artful objects. Once addressed by artists, the traffic signal boxes have proven to be very resistant to graffiti and vandalism and contribute significantly to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape. To date, the program has been successful in stopping graffiti on these traffic signal boxes. See before and after images and videos of previous Traffic Box Art projects.