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Eighteen artists included in Valley Regional Transit artist roster

The City of Boise is thrilled to share the list of artists selected for the inaugural Valley Regional Transit (VRT) Artist Roster. Eighteen VRT artists, among them 16 based in Boise, will be considered on a project-by-project basis for VRT infrastructure and community sponsorship opportunities for a period of five years.  Projects may consist of but are not limited to artist-designed vinyl wraps for transit shelters and transportation vehicles, bike racks, graphics, posters, and more. Individual project budgets may range between $500-$25,000. VRT will coordinate with community sponsors to identify opportunities and will contract with the artist(s) to complete the projects as funding becomes available.

Valley Regional Transit Artist Roster 

  • Antonia Hedrick – Mixed Media
  • Ben Konkol Illustration (Ben Konkol) – Digital Media
  • Cate Brigden – Painting, Drawing, Photography
  • Chad Erpelding – Digital Media, Painting
  • Chalk and Cloud (Odessa Kaufman) – Mural, Graphic Design
  • Christopher Michael Alvarez – Drawing, Painting
  • Geoffrey McCauley – Mixed Media
  • Idrewhim Studios (Andrew Hem) – Mural, Painting, Digital Media
  • Jessie Nilo Design (Jessie Nilo) – Painting, Graphic Design
  • Junnista (Justin Masi) – Drawing, Mixed Media, Digital Media
  • Madasci Studios – Steel
  • Muralmatics (Dustin Hunt) – Painting, Digital Media
  • Noble Hardesty – Painting, Digital Media
  • Ralph V. Matthews – Painting
  • Shawn Flanigan – Digital Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation
  • SideCar Art and Design – Glass
  • Stephanie Inman – Steel, Glass, Mixed Media, Digital Media
  • Studio Capacitor – Graphic Design, Illustration, Painting, Sculpture

Project Background 
The Boise City Department of Arts & History released a request for qualifications (RFQ) on behalf of Valley Regional Transit (VRT) on May 26, 2021. The City received a total of 21 applications by the July 9th deadline. A community-based panel composed of members of the Arts & History Commission, Arts & History Advisory Team, VRT, and representatives from the artist community independently reviewed and scored the applications pursuant to the City’s Purchasing guidelines and criteria to suit the RFQ. After meeting, the committee selected 18 artists.

About Valley Regional Transit 
The Treasure Valley Regional Public Transportation Authority was formed in January of 1999 when the Boards of the Ada and Canyon RPTAs formally voted to merge the two organizations. Valley Regional Transit (VRT) was adopted as the official name in 2004. VRT is the Treasure Valley’s premier public transportation authority and is responsible for the management of a variety of transportation solutions including public bus transit, specialized van services, paratransit, park-and-ride, and more. More information:

About the Boise City Department of Arts & History
The Department of Arts & History’s mission is to provide leadership, advocacy, education, services, and support for Arts and History to preserve Boise’s character and enhance our community’s quality of life. We envision a city where everyone has access to art and history, and the opportunity to pursue and experience Boise through a variety of cultural offerings. More information: