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Proposed public art site at Universities at Shady Grove. Design: Lake Flato, Cooper Carry, Mahan Rykiel.
‘Blue Sails of Annapolis’ by Anne Marie Esson. Courtesy of Anne Arundel Arts Council and Annapolis Art in Public Places.

Public Art

"Stochastic Interactions" Public Art Sculpture by Eric Peltzer Dedication on October 16, 2018 at 11 am

Artist, Eric Peltzer was selected through a national call to artists for the Maryland State Arts Council's second Maryland Public Art Initiative project. Peltzer's winning proposal was selected for the new Health Sciences Facility III Building on the UMB campus. The 30 ft. tall kinetic wind sculpture suggests the human form through the filter of a DNA molecule - the genome research taking place in the new building. The title "stochastic" is a term describing random processes related to genetics and molecular biology. The random patterns of the wind interacting with the mechanical movements of the sculpture are meant to suggest the random processes at work on our genetics. 

The dedication of this public art piece will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 11 am at the Health Sciences Research Facility III Plaza located at 670 W. Baltimore St. at Pine St.  The ribbon cutting ceremony will include First Lady Yumi Hogan. The public is welcome.


Michael Singer Studio Selected for Public Art Project

MSAC in partnership with the Universities at Shady Grove (USG) announces the selection of Michael Singer Studio for the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education Building (BSE) at the Rockville campus. When the building opens in 2019, the University System of Maryland’s research universities, University of Maryland, Baltimore, University of Maryland, College Park and University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will offer undergraduate and graduate degree opportunities in healthcare, biosciences, engineering and computational sciences.The BSE will provide state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, active learning classrooms, clinical training facilities, and innovation and product design labs for interdisciplinary student research projects. Read more here



Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI)

The Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI) sets aside a percentage of capital construction costs for the integration of public art in new or renovated state buildings or sites. State capital projects are identified for public art integration, and MSAC works with the state agency implementing the project to select an artist through a public solicitation Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process.

The artist is selected through an open call jury panel process and brought into the project design phase working collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team including architects, landscape architects, contractors and project managers.  The artwork is designed, developed and implemented in conjunction with the building project construction schedule.

Recent Maryland Public Art Commission Meeting was on July 19, 2018. Agenda can be found here


Public Art Across Maryland

The Public Art Across Maryland program awarded 12 grants to Maryland County Arts Councils. This one-time time initiative commemorated MSAC's 50th Anniversary, supporting public art celebrating the arts in local communities. The projects include a variety of murals, tile mosaics, sculputures as well as a unique and colorful surface painting of an outdoor basketball court for youth. Six awards for the Public Art Project program were also awarded to Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts. Projects include artist-designed wayfinding bike racks, as well as supplemental projects in parks and along trails complementing exisiting public art in A&E Districts. All projects have a one-year implementation period. Dedication events information will be shared in the coming months. Click here for the full list of grantees. The FY19 Public Art Project Guidelines will be available in the fall 2018.    


Maryland Commission on Public Art

Chaired by Catherine Leggett (Montgomery County), the Maryland Commission on Public Art (MCPA) oversees the Maryland Public Art Initiative and directs the strategic vision of the Maryland Statewide Public Art program. Meet the Commission.


9/11 Memorial of Maryland

The Maryland Commission on Public Art helped steer the concept and fundraising efforts for the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland at the World Trade Center in Baltimore, which honors the Maryland victims of the September 11th attacks and serves as a meaningful place for reflection. Learn more