The five winners of San Francisco Beautiful’s Muni Project were announced Tuesday, with three of those artists having roots in the Mission.
Ariel Duntz-Johnson, the first place winner with 1,143 votes, was the previous curator at the now-closed Lexington Club. Her contribution, titled “SWAY– contemporary queer portraiture” will be featured on 10 Muni buses this fall. For her first place win, she will also receive $2,000.
“It is a huge honor to be the winner of this exciting public art contest and to SF Beautiful and SF Muni, thank you for your incredible support of the arts,” said Duntz-Johnson in a press release.
The other two Mission district artists, Reynaldo R. Cayetano Jr., a Mission High School graduate, with his piece, “Nostalgia – an awakening of monochromatic interpretation” and Todd Berman, a substitute teacher in the district, with “City of Awesome”, will both receive $1,250 and have their work featured on 10 Muni vehicles this fall as well.
Artists are expected to have their contributions completed by August 17 for installation on Muni busses this fall. The 50 Muni busses are expected to be completely installed with art by September 30th.