Public Art
Del Mar’s New Outdoor Sculpture Program

The Foundation is pleased to partner with the City of Del Mar and its Arts Advisory Committee to implement an exciting new temporary outdoor sculpture program that will bring contemporary art to five highly visible locations in Del Mar’s downtown area for public display for 23 months. A Del Mar Art Walk Map will feature the selected sculptures, along with other artworks that are permanently displayed in Del Mar. Watch our website for information on opening festivities for the Del Mar community, visitors, and participating artists, and for a link to the Art Walk Map when it is available. The artworks are currently scheduled to be installed in Sept. 2021.

More information on this program and the Foundation’s past public arts programs is below.

This James Hubbell sculpture was the City’s first art acquisition in 1999, with fiscal sponsorship from the Del Mar Foundation.

2021 Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Program

Are you an artist interested in submitting sculpture for consideration for the temporary outdoor sculpture program described above? The Call for Art, issued on July 6, 2021, provides information on the program and how to submit artwork for consideration. The deadline for submission is August 6, 2021.  See/download the Call for Art.

Interested in the five sites for these artworks?  Check out this PDF which has maps showing each location, and photos of the sites.

Interested in seeing the sculptures once they are installed? To get the earliest notice of the opening events, availability of the Art Walk Map, and other activities relating to this program, sign up for our email list by clicking on the button at the end of this webpage.

Art: A DMF Mission from the Start

Arts and culture have been a core part of the Foundation’s mission from the start. The new outdoor sculpture program echoes one of the first arts programs the Foundation sponsored, consistent with its mission to to sponsor diverse cultural programs in Del Mar. Art In Public Places, a 1984 program, brought site-specific artworks for a two-month-long outdoor art display curated by art critic David Lewinson. Described as a contemporary art program for people “leery of most art since Impressionism,” it showcased works by four artists: Kenneth Capps, Christopher Lee, Mario Lara, and Eric Orr (with a performance art piece, “Three Pillars of Fire” lasting 20 minutes).

Other Foundation Arts projects: In 1998-99 the Foundation was the fiscal sponsor for the City’s first art acquisition, “A River of Time,” a James Hubbell sculpture installed in 1999 in front of the Library on Camino Del Mar. In 2002 and 2003, the Foundation (partnering with the Thoroughbred Club) produced Payasada, which placed artist-painted horses throughout town for temporary exhibit. And for the Mosaic Wall on Camino Del Mar in front of the Library, the Foundation provided fiscal sponsorship in 2002-03 for the original installation, and fiscal sponsorship plus a grant for extensive restoration in 2012. And the Foundation has supported many children’s arts programs throughout its history.