Shelter Art Program

Local artists will be featured at 33 stations between Columbus State and the Northland community. The artwork will be incorporated into transparent panels on rear shelter glass. For almost two years, the artists worked with COTA, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus Art Commission, area commissions, elected officials and community leaders to develop designs that reflect the culture and history of the diverse neighborhoods along Cleveland Avenue.

CMAX Public Art from COTA BUS



  • 64 platforms total for the BRT service
  • 33 platforms with shelters that feature artwork
  • Community and local artists work with COTA to develop artwork
  • Selected artists will receive $500 commission and signature recognition on the shelter


  • Reflect the community in which the shelter will be located
  • Designed within good taste (i.e. no profanity)
  • Shelters within an Area Commission jurisdiction may carry the same theme or vary per station

Approval Process:

  • Concepts reviewed by the COTA Art Review Panel panel consisting of COTA staff, consultants, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD), Greater Columbus Art Council (GCAC) and Columbus Art Commission (CAC) members
  • The CAC had final approval for shelters within the city of Columbus. Clinton Township had final approval for shelters within their jurisdiction (Huy, Northern Lights, Cooke).


March & April 2015

  • COTA introduced program to Area Commissions at their regularly scheduled meetings

March - November 2015

  • COTA worked closely with Area Commissions as they developed conceptual art drawings
  • COTA provided updates on the process during general public meetings as well as Stakeholder and Advisory Group meetings

September 2015

  • Area Commissions presented draft conceptual art drawings to COTA review panel

October 2015

  • COTA provided comments back to Area Commissions on draft conceptual art drawings

November 2015

  • Area Commissions presented revised conceptual art drawings to COTA Art Review Panel

December 2015 - January 2016

  • Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) students submitted additional concepts

February 2016 - April 2016

  • Artists finalized concept drawings based on COTA's input

April 2016 - May 2016

  • COTA, CAC and Area Commissions reviewed final concepts
  • Artists developed final artwork

May 2016

  • COTA and CAC approved final artwork

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