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The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) manages the Artwork Commissions percent-for-art program. In 2013, MSAC created the Artwork Commissions program (formerly titled – Maryland Public Art Initiative) that is overseen by the Maryland Public Art Commission. For all new or renovated state-owned buildings, a percentage of the construction budget is set aside for public art. MSAC public art staff work closely with the state agency partner constructing the project and manage the process from artist selection, through design, fabrication, and installation. The work becomes part of the state public art collection.
The new Public Artist Roster will be an inclusive and equitable process for selecting artists and the commissioning of new, original and site responsive public art. We seek a diverse range of artists to work with Maryland state agencies, colleges and universities across the state to create public art for new or renovated State buildings.
The Artwork Commissions program will use the Public Artist Roster to select artists for projects between $50,000 and $1,500,000. The budget covers all design, fabrication and installation costs. This includes materials, transportation, subcontractor fees, licenses, insurance, sales tax, studio space and all other expenses. The following outlines the types of public art projects open to Public Artist Roster artists:
The Public Artist Roster will be used for selecting artists for Artwork Commission projects between 2023-2025. For particular projects, MSAC and the state agency partner may choose not to use the Roster and issue an open call Request for Qualifications (RFQ).
The Public Artist Roster is open to:
Applicants to the Public Artist Roster:
Click here for more details and the guidelines.