Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places
What is the Percent for Art program?
The Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program
acquires works of art to be exhibited in and around state
buildings in areas regularly accessible to the general public.
The program is administered by the Minnesota State Arts Board
in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Administration. Percent
for Art secures artwork in two ways: by purchasing existing
work, or by commissioning artists to create new work especially
for the state building or site. In order to reflect the rich
diversity of the citizens of Minnesota, the Percent for Art
program chooses artwork that represents a wide range of social,
cultural, and historical values. The work also must be enduring
and thought provoking, as well as fiscally responsible and
appropriate for the space.
How to be included in the Percent for Art artist registry
The Minnesota State Arts Board Percent for Art Artist Registry is a free online public service provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board. Its purpose is to provide a nonjuried listing of both artists who create public art, and images of their artwork. The term "public art" means any work of visual art created by an artist that is located in a location that is freely accessible to, and used by, the public.
The Arts Board hopes that the registry will be a valuable resource for architects, designers, public or private organizations, or community groups that wish to identify and/or contact artists for the purpose of commissioning or purchasing works of public art. Persons may use the registry in two ways. Eligible artists may list their work in the registry after completing and submitting an application. Other persons may view the contents of the registry after registering.
The registry is now open for enrollment.
In more than 100 locations around Minnesota -- from the International
Wolf Center in Ely to the Minnesota Judicial Center in Saint
Paul -- significant works of art by contemporary professional
artists have been incorporated into our state buildings. In
the tradition of the nineteenth century, when sculpture, mosaics,
and murals were routinely part of a building’s architecture,
we are continuing to create meaningful and memorable public
places that enhance the lives of those who work in or visit
map, including photos and a brief description of over
130 public works of art from Percent for Art locations around
the state is available online.
How is the program funded?
Artwork is purchased with funds provided by Minnesota’s
1984 "Percent for Art" legislation, which encourages
state building projects with construction or renovation budgets
of $500,000 or more to use up to one percent of the total construction budget to purchase
or commission original artwork for the site. Minnesota's Percent
for Art in Public Places program is not unique; it is one
of 26 state (and over 90 municipal) public art programs around
the country that commission work to enliven our shared public
spaces, and provide opportunities for artists.
How is work selected?
For each site, the Minnesota State Arts Board convenes
a site selection committee made up of representatives who
are users of the building, the architect in charge of the
project, and artists or other arts professionals. The committee
examines construction plans and determines possible locations
for artwork, and then reviews the images of artwork by artists whose
work might be appropriate for the project.
For more information
Contact a program officer at the Minnesota State Arts Board.