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Public art or percent for art programs currently exist in 27 states. Information presented here about these programs comes from publicly available information, including state legislation and websites. Legislation is available upon request. In the text below, SAA = state arts agency.



 

Alaska

Percent for Art

Contact

Andrea Noble
907-269-6605

Year Established: 1975

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA may use funds to:

(1) commission or purchase a work of art that is to be made a permanent part of, or placed on loan in, a building or facility owned or leased by the state that has substantial public use; and

(2) meet expenses for a commissioned work of art for a building or facility that has substantial public use if the cost of the work of art exceeds the amount $250,000.

Funding Source

Up to 1% of capital construction costs of public buildings are set aside for acquisition and permanent installation of artwork and deposited into a fund managed by the SAA.

Artist Selection

Artists are selected by the architect and approved by the Department of Transportation in consultation with the SAA and principal user of the facility.

Other Information

The program is managed by Department of Transportation. Preference is given to Native art objects and Alaskan artists.

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Colorado

Art in Public Places

Contact

Deana Miller
303-892-3840

Year Established: 1977

Role of State Arts Agency

Acquisition of artwork forms the state art collection, which is developed and administered by the SAA. The SAA is a member on eight-person selection committee, posts calls for entry, reviews committee recommendations and provides final approval.

Funding Source

Each capital construction appropriation for a public construction project shall include as a nondeductible item an allocation of not less than 1% of the state funded portion of the total capital construction costs for use in the acquisition of works of art.

Artist Selection

A committee determines artist selection. This committee is made up of at least eight members and includes: the project architect, a representative of the state agency with jurisdiction over the site, a tenant or daily user of the building, a citizen representing the host community, a professional artist, a member of the SAA, and one member each from the Colorado Senate and the House of Representatives.

Other Information

Upon installation the artwork becomes property of the state.

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Connecticut

Art in Public Spaces

Contact

Tamara Dimitri
860-256-2720

Year Established: 1978

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA aides in determining the artist, type, and specific location of the artwork and the allocation of the State Buildings Works of Art account expenditures.

Funding Source

Ten percent of the 1% allocation is apportioned to the State Building Works of Art account for all projects bonded under the 1% statute. The SAA retains the flexibility, however, to raise the allotted amount to the full 25% of the 1% allowed by the statute, when it determines that the interests of the state can best be served by the application of 25% to the State Building Works of Art Account and 75% to the 1% account for that particular project. In the general fund there exists a State Building Works of Art account that is separate and nonlapsing to purchase works of art from Connecticut artists and for artwork repair.

Artist Selection

The SAA makes artist recommendations, often using a selection panel.

Other Information

Artists registered with the Image Bank are continuously considered for every public art project. The SAA maintains an inventory of all artwork in state buildings.

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District of Columbia

DC Creates!

Contact

Rachel Dickerson
202-724-5617

Year Established: 1986

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA reviews and approves all proposals and recommendations made by the committee.

Funding Source

An allocation exists in the capital budget of up to 1% for the commission and acquisition of artwork.

Artist Selection

A selection committee reviews submissions and recommends one finalist to the SAA for final approval.

Other Information

Professional artists residing in D.C. with site-specific and/or public art experience are preferred.

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Florida

Art in State Buildings

Contact

Lee Modica
850-294-5445

Year Established: 1979

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA is notified upon receipt of appropriations for original construction and the amount for purchase or commission of artwork.

Funding Source

Up to 0.5% of the construction appropriation is used to acquire artwork for permanent display in the interior or exterior of public access facilities. The amount is not to exceed $100,000.

Artist Selection

Artists are solicited by either invitation or open competition. A selection committee determines placement, reviews submissions and makes selections. Committee responsibilities depend on the size of the allocation.

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Hawai'i

Art in Public Places

Contact

Catherine Seah
808-586-0304

Year Established: 1967

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers the artwork and selects the artwork in conjunction with comptroller and tenant of building.

Funding Source

One percent of all state funded appropriations for capital improvements is designated for the construction costs, provided this transfer applies only to capital improvement appropriations designated for the construction or renovation of state buildings. Funding is used for acquisition costs, site modifications, maintenance, and storage and transport of artwork.

Artist Selection

The comptroller and the SAA, in consultation with the tenant agency, determine the artwork to acquire or commission.

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Illinois

Art-in-Architecture

Contact

Linda Norbut Suits
217-782-9561

Year Established: 1977

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA chair is a member of the selection committee.

Funding Source

One-half of 1% of the construction appropriation is set aside for the acquisition of artwork for all new and renovated public buildings financed by state funds.

Artist Selection

The location and "character" of the artwork is determined by the architect. A Fine Arts Review Committee recommends three artists or works of art to the Capital Development Board, which makes the final decision.

Other Information

A Public Arts Advisory Committee exists to advise the Board regarding technical and aesthetic issues; both committees are part of the Capital Development Board.

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Iowa

Public Art and Design

Contact

Bruce Williams
515-281-4006

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA provides grants to support public art initiatives for nonprofit organizations, schools, tribal councils, government agencies and individual Iowa residents. It also acts as primary administrator for the selection of artwork in consultation with architect to ensure integration into construction.

Funding Source

Not less than one-half of 1% of the total estimated cost of such building or group of buildings.

Artist Selection

Selection is made through public competition. Preference is given to Iowa artists (living or deceased).

Other Information

The SAA also maintains a registered public artist directory.

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Louisiana

Percent for Art

Contact

Dana LaFonta
225-342-8180

Year Established: 1999

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA manages and oversees all aspects of the program. It acts as a facilitator and serves as nonvoting chair on the selection panels.

Funding Source

If the state building construction (new or renovation) budget is equal to or greater than $2 million, then 1% is designated for the creation of artwork.

Artist Selection

The final selection is determined by the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cultural Development, in consultation with the primary building tenant, the SAA and the architect. Preference is given to Louisiana artists.

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Maine

Public Art

Contact

Greg Parker
207-557-2563

Year Established: 1979

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA consults with the architect regarding selection of art, approves the artist selection process and develops maintenance standards.

Funding Source

In the construction of public buildings, a minimum amount of 1% of the construction appropriation is used for acquiring, transporting and installing works of art.

Artist Selection

Artist and artwork selection is made by the SAA.

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Maryland

Commission on Public Art

Contact

Susie Leong
410-767-6544

Year Established: 2005

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA staffs the Commission on Public Art.

Funding Source

A mandatory appropriation not to exceed $1 million each fiscal year is placed in the state budget for the Maryland Public Art Fund. Grants made to local governments must be matched.

Artist Selection

The Commission establishes separate panels to recommend artists and artwork.

Other Information

The Commission consists of 11 members and manages all elements of the program. All artwork funded by the program is owned by Maryland Historical Trust.

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Minnesota

Percent for Art in Public Places

Contact

Erin McLennon
651-215-1626

Year Established: 1984

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers the program.

Funding Source

State building projects (either new or renovation) with budgets of $500,000 or more are encouraged to use 1% of the total construction budget for public art.

Artist Selection

The SAA organizes a committee that determines artwork and location. The committee is made up of building tenants, the architect and artists. Preference is given to artists residing in Minnesota.

Other Information

The SAA purchases existing work or commissions artists for new work for the state building. The SAA also maintains an artist registry.

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Montana

Percent for Art

Contact

Kim Baraby Hurtle
406-444-6639

Year Established: 1983

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers the program, allocates funding and advises throughout the process.

Funding Source

Capital project appropriations by the legislature include at least 1% of total appropriation for use by the SAA to acquire new works, maintain existing works and pay for administration costs.

Artist Selection

The SAA appoints a three-voting-member selection committee (architect, building representative, local artist) to determine the artwork chosen.

Other Information

The state has sole ownership of all acquired artwork.

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Nebraska

Percent for Art

Contact

J.D. Hutton
402-595-2142

Year Established: 1978

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA determines the funds available for art purchases for each project in addition to the selection and execution of the artwork.

Funding Source

At least 1% of the original construction appropriation for state buildings is used in the acquisition of artwork and any administrative costs related to the artwork.

Artist Selection

A committee is organized to help select the artwork and consults with the SAA in making its recommendations. Preference is given to Nebraska artists.

Other Information

All artwork becomes the property of the state.

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New Hampshire

Percent for Art

Contact

Julie Mento
603-271-0790

Year Established: 1979

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA acts as steward for all artwork.

Funding Source

Half of 1% of the first $15 million bid contract price for new or renovated buildings is set aside for the acquisition of artwork.

Artist Selection

A committee is organized to help select the artwork and consults with the SAA in making its recommendations.

Other Information

Eighty percent of funded amount is used toward the artwork; the balance is used for related administrative costs.

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New Jersey

Arts Inclusion

Contact

Tom Moran
609-292-6130

Year Established: 1978

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA acts as consultant in determining artwork for inclusion in building design.

Funding Source

Up to 1.5% of the state financed construction budget is allocated for the commissioning and installation of artwork.

Artist Selection

The artwork is selected by the architect and contractor in consultation with the SAA and building tenant. The SAA has the flexibility to determine selection criteria for the process, including through public competition. Preference is given to New Jersey artists.

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New Mexico

Art in Public Places

Contact

Ben Owen
505-827-6490

Year Established: 1986

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers the program and Art in Public Places Fund, and sets the selection and acquisition policies for artwork.

Funding Source

For each $100,000 appropriated in capital expenditures, a nondeductible amount is allocated that is equal to 1% or $200,000 (whichever is less). If the total amount is not required for the artwork then it returns to the Art in Public Places Fund and is used to acquire artwork for existing state buildings. This money is not swept but remains in the Fund after each fiscal year.

Artist Selection

The selection of original artwork or large-scale projects is made by two community panels: the Regional Buying Committee for projects under $40,000, the Local Selection Committee for projects above $40,000.

Other Information

For budgets under $40,000, there are two initiatives (New Mexico Only Purchase Initiative and Acclaimed Artists Series) to acquire original artwork. For budgets above $40,000, site-specific artwork is integrated into the building's architecture.

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North Carolina

Public Art and Community Design

Contact

Brendan Greaves
919-715-0834

Year Established: 1982

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers and maintains the artworks for state buildings.

Funding Source

The state's budget office approves funds "determined appropriate" for the acquisition of artwork.

Artist Selection

The SAA coordinates all aspects of the selection process, including committee coordination, artist contracts and maintenance reports. Artwork is owned by the state via the SAA.

Other Information

Artworks for State Buildings was begun in 1982, with the last contracted project for a state building in 2000. The Creating Place Program was initiated in 2001 and provides grants for public art projects.

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Ohio

Percent for Art

Contact

Ken Emerick
614-728-4421

Year Established: 1990

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers the program, acts as a liaison between the artist and state agency (both contracts and pays the artist) and participates as a nonvoting member on the selection committee.

Funding Source

If a capital project is appropriated more than $4 million, then 1% of the total appropriation is allocated for the acquisition of artwork. The contracting agency purchases the artwork from the SAA.

Artist Selection

The SAA makes the final decision in the selection process, but the state's contracting agency coordinates the initial selection committee. Artists are chosen through open competition, juried invitational or curator selection.

Other Information

Public buildings can also purchase artwork outside of this program.

The SAA maintains an artist registry.

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Oklahoma

Art in Public Places

Contact

Debby Williams
405-522-8959

Year Established: 2004

Role of State Arts Agency

The Oklahoma Historical Society administers the program in cooperation with the SAA. The SAA appoints an artist to the Oversight Committee.

Funding Source

One and one-half percent of capital construction costs above $250,000 are allocated for artwork with a maximum, single project assessment of $500,000. This money is transferred to a revolving fund administered by the Historical Society. If private money is provided, the amount goes into a subaccount for each project and does not replace the state's allocation.

Artist Selection

Public notifications for artists are made on both the Art in Public Places and SAA websites. The SAA executive director is member of the Oversight Committee, which has final decision in artist selection. Site committees recommend placement and three to five artists for selection.

Other Information

All artwork becomes property of the state.

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Oregon

Public Art

Contact

Meagan Atiyeh
503-986-0084

Year Established: 1975

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA manages the program, oversees the selection and installation process, and educates other state agencies on the need for public art.

Funding Source

No less than 1% of direct construction funds for new or remodeled state building budgets above $100,000 is set aside for the acquisition of artwork; if the total allocated is not used, the SAA and contracting agency can negotiate ways to use the remaining funds.

Artist Selection

The artist is selected by a committee made up of the architect, artists and building tenants. It is chaired by the SAA's public art/visual arts coordinator.

Other Information

The SAA maintains a prequalified-artist registry.

Artist maintains all copyright unless otherwise noted in contract.

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Rhode Island

Public Art

Contact

Elizabeth Keithline
401-222-3882

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers the program, contracts with the artists, authorizes expenditures from the public arts fund, appoints selection panel members, directs maintenance, and submits an annual report.

Funding Source

At least 1% of construction costs is appropriated for the inclusion of artwork. If construction costs are less than $250,000, any funds for artwork can be transferred for other buildings.

Artist Selection

The final selection is determined by the SAA in consultation with a selection panel.

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South Carolina

Percent for Art

Contact

Harriet Green
803-734-8762

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Utah

Public Art

Contact

Jim Glenn
801-533-3585

Year Established: 1985

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers all aspects of the program including design of grant procedures, contracts with artists, and maintenance of artwork.

Funding Source

One percent of all state building construction costs (new or renovated) is allocated for existing or commissioning of new artwork. Any funds not used are considered nonlapsing and do not revert to the general fund.

Artist Selection

All artwork is screened by a committee, with final decision made by the director of the principal user of the facility. Preference is given to Utah artists.

Other Information

Work is owned by the state.

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Vermont

Public Art

Contact

Michele Bailey
802-828-3294

Year Established: 1988

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA establishes the selection criteria and artist contract guidelines. A member of the advisory committee oversees the art acquisition fund and administration of the program. The SAA appoints persons to the art selection panel.

Funding Source

Up to $50,000 is transferred each year from capital funds already appropriated for projects above $500,000; the amount remaining in the art acquisition fund does not revert to general fund.

Artist Selection

An art selection panel of peers determine contractual and payment info, and installation and placement of artwork.

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Washington

Art in Public Places

Contact

Mike Sweney
360-586-2422

Year Established: 1974

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA administers the program, including the selection, conservation and loaning of artwork, and aids in forming advisory and selection committees.

Funding Source

Half of 1% of capital appropriations for new construction (and renovation projects exceeding $200,000 for universities and colleges) is allocated for the acquisition and conservation of artwork. Capital projects include K-12 public schools.

Artist Selection

The option exists for use of a selection committee, whose decisions are final.

Other Information

The SAA manages a public artist roster.

All artwork becomes a part of the state art collection, which is managed by the SAA.

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Wisconsin

Percent for Art
Wisconsin's Percent for Art program was eliminated effective July 1, 2011. Any arts commission or project within this program that was not under contract by June 30, 2011, will not be realized.

Contact

Chris Manke
608-266-9737

Year Established: 1980

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA solicits all artist applications, organizes the advisory committee for artwork selection and contracts with the artist.

Funding Source

At least 2/10 of 1% of all appropriated capital projects greater than $250,000 are used to acquire artwork.

Artist Selection

All artists are solicited through applications. If project budgets are less than $8,000, then finished artwork is directly purchased. For projects above $8,000, an artist is commissioned for original work.

Other Information

All artwork must be displayed for at least 25 years.

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Wyoming

Art in Public Buildings

Contact

Rita Basom
307-777-7742

Year Established: 1991

Role of State Arts Agency

The SAA designates an advisory panel for the artwork selection and provides public education programs on such artwork.

Funding Source

One percent of new state construction costs is allocated for acquisition of artwork, not to exceed $100,000.

Artist Selection

The artist is selected by a committee that determines the location, method of acquisition and type of competition. Preference is given to Wyoming artists.

Other Information

Upon acquisition the artwork becomes the property of the state art collection.

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