Every other year, each Senator is asked to select an artist who he or she feels best represents his or her district. In the past, they have been selected through school programs, senior centers, art galleries, and County art programs and arts councils. The result is a joint effort between the participating Senators and their artist.
These artists bring to the Capitol an extensive range of cultures, backgrounds and training. The media with which they work is also as varied-acrylics, oils, bronze sculpture, blown glass, mixed media, and watercolors. The talented, diverse and colorful selection seen at each show is a testament to the fact that contemporary art is alive and well in California.