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Public Art

"Forum" (2014) by Thomas Sayre University of Maryland Baltimore County Performing Arts and Humanities Building
‘Blue Sails of Annapolis’ by Anne Marie Esson. Courtesy of Anne Arundel Arts Council and Annapolis Art in Public Places.

Public Art

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 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.

The next Maryland Public Art Commission Meeting is scheduled July 19, 2018. Agenda can be found here


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