About The Program

San Francisco Beautiful and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) present Muni Art 2018. Partnering with the Poetry Society of America (sponsors of Poetry in Motion®) and Supervisor London Breed, Muni Art 2018 will transform ordinary buses into art galleries and for the first time local poetry will be included. The 100 Muni Art buses will showcase this year’s theme, “The Art of Poetry in San Francisco”. Five preselected poems will be interpreted visually by this year’s winners.

Given the extensive timeframe for soliciting, judging, and selecting artists, we are seeking your investment now to ensure the Muni Art Project 2018 is fully funded. Click here for details to support Muni Art.

This project, which is a first for San Francisco, breaks down every barrier to traditional fine art galleries by enabling every Muni rider to encounter a real art gallery just by getting on a bus. “Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso

Muni Art 2018 Winners

Donavon Brutus
Seven by Siete by 七 by Pito by Bảy by семь by Sept
This series of geometric illustrations was created to show a sample of the diversity that exists in the Bay Area. The name is derived from the seven by seven square miles of the City, and the 7 most common languages spoken throughout the Bay Area. Many pieces have loud bright colors that contrast the subjects, which often are withdrawn and meditative. Check out www.DonavonBrutus.com for more.

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Mara Hernandez
WORDS UNFOLD is a series of visual poems that looks beyond the meaning of words, and examines their topography. The way in which the words of a poem unfurl across a canvas reveal a layer of meaning beyond the literal. Using acrylic, watercolor, and digital painting each piece explores a visual interpretation of a poem and invites you to explore the unseen. Visit maraphernandez.com for more info.

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Tsungwei Moo
From macro to micro, of San Francisco
San Francisco’s humanity informs my art. The diverse culture, and liberal thinking, has been my main inspiration since I first arrived here from my native Taiwan. From macro to micro is my view of San Francisco. I believe that together, through love, compassion, and hope, we can inspire each other to come together on Muni. www.moogallery.com

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Randi Pace
Lyrical City
Lyrical City is a series of watercolor/gouache paintings that explore emotion through portraits. Ranging from contemplative to exuberant, each portrait along with vibrant background colors seek to evoke memory. Some of the pieces include a collage of paintings to represent our journeys of growth, change, and an interweaving of the complexities within each of us. Find me on Instagram @randipaceillustrations

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Janet Rumsey
What If
Poetry speaks often of the invisible, while art is able to paint the invisible- a feeling, a moment or a bond. This series visually communicates feelings otherwise unseen. The use of simple lines, familiar monuments and abstraction will hopefully spark conversation, inspire kindness or ignite self-reflection. See more of Janet’s work and experiences at www.obtusedesign.com or follow her on Instagram @obtusewoman.

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Muni Art 2018 Poets

Brynn Saito
Selected poem: Traffic
Brynn Saito is the author of two books of poetry, Power Made Us Swoon (2016) and The Palace of Contemplating Departure (2013), winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award from Red Hen Press and finalist for the Northern California Book Award.

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Charif Shanahan
Selected poem: Love Poem Three Autumns Later
Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. He is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

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Diane di Prima
Selected poem: To a Student
Former Poet Laureate of San Francisco Diane Di Prima has authored more than thirty collections of poetry, including The Poetry Deal (City Lights Publishers, 2014) as well as plays, short stories, novels, nonfiction, and more, and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages.

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Juan Felipe Herrera
Selected poem: Thich Nhat Hanh I Step With You
Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera's numerous poetry collections include 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007, and Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008).

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Kay Ryan
Selected poem: Relief
Acknowledged as one of the most original voices in the contemporary landscape, Kay Ryan has published several collections of poetry, including Erratic Facts (Grove Press, 2015) and The Best of It: New and Selected Poems (Grove Press, 2010), for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2011.

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Our Partners

Sponsorship Opportunities

San Francisco has the third highest percentage of public transit commuters of any city in the United States. Public transit takes our residents to hospitals, schools, jobs and affords them access to the city’s plethora of cultural and arts events. Our Muni Art sponsors will have access to those 700,000 daily Muni riders.

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