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In 1967, Hawai'i established an Art in Public Places program, which appropriates a portion of capital construction money for the purchase of artwork for public buildings and projects. Over the years, other states adopted similar programs, also known as public art or percent for art. Currently there are 25 states with active programs that foster access to the arts and increase the aesthetic value of public places. (North Carolina and Wisconsin had but no longer have programs. Information about the former programs is available upon request. Oklahoma's program is on hiatus.) The role of state arts agencies varies and may include serving as an advisor, managing artist rosters, maintaining the state art collection, commissioning artworks and selecting installation sites.

  • Table of contact information (also downloadable as an Excel file)
  • Summary of State Percent for Art Programs. For each state listed, this page includes a description of the artist selection process, where funds come from and the state arts agency role as well as links and contact information.
  • The Percent for Art Policy Brief summarizes state level percent for art policy and program trends. It is designed to equip arts leaders, cultural advocates and policymakers with a succinct overview of how these policies can work and what factors should be taken into account by any state considering changes to its current policies.
  • Legislation for each state's program is available upon request.

Artists looking for more information should directly contact the programs listed below.

State Name of Program Year
Program
Began
Contact Person
Alaska Percent for Art 1975 Andrea Noble-Pelant
907-269-6605
Colorado Art in Public Places 1977 Deana Miller
303-892-3840
Connecticut Art in Public Spaces 1978 Tamara Dimitri
860-256-2720
District of Columbia DC Creates! 1986 Tonya Jordan
202-341-8771
Florida Art in State Buildings 1979 Lee Modica
850-294-5445
Hawai'i Art in Public Places 1967 Dianne Cripe
808-586-9950
Illinois Art-in-Architecture 1977 Linda Norbut Suits
217-782-9561
Iowa Art in State Buildings 1979 David Schmitz
515-242-6195
Louisiana Percent for Art 1999 Dana LaFonta
225-342-8176
Maine Public Art 1979 Julie Horn
207-287-2790
Maryland Commission on Public Art 2005 Lucas Cowan
410-767-6544
Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places 1984 Ben Owen
651-215-1613
Montana Percent for Art 1983 Kim Baraby Hurtle
406-444-6639
Nebraska 1% for Art 1978 J.D. Hutton
402-595-2142
New Hampshire Percent for Art 1979 Lynn Martin Graton
603-271-8418
New Jersey Arts Inclusion 1978 Don Ehman
609-984-7023
New Mexico Art in Public Places 1986 Chuck Zimmer
505-827-6490
Ohio Percent for Art 1990 Ken Emerick
614-728-4421
Oklahoma* Art in Public Places 2004 Amber Sharples
405-521-2853
Oregon Public Art 1975 Meagan Atiyeh
503-986-0084
Rhode Island Public Art 1987 Elizabeth Keithline
401-222-3882
South Carolina Percent for Art 1981 Harriet Green
803-734-8762
Utah Public Art 1985 Jim Glenn
801-533-3585
Vermont Public Art 1988 Michele Bailey
802-828-3294
Washington Art in Public Places 1974 Mike Sweney
360-586-2422
Wyoming Art in Public Buildings 1991 Rita Basom
307-777-7473

* Oklahoma’s program has been on hiatus since 2011, when the state legislature enacted a three-year moratorium on it. As of September 2013, program operations were suspended.

Current as of September 2013

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