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Public Art

Public Art

Metamorphosis is a public art piece by Jonathan Bonner for the Nazarian Center for the Arts at Rhode Island College

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts administers the state's 1% for Public Art Program. The legislative intent of the Percent for Art program, according to public law 42-75.2-2, is as follows:

The general assembly declares that the state of Rhode Island has a responsibility for expanding the public experience of art, and, it recognizes the necessity of fostering the arts and in developing artists and craftspersons. Art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens. The general assembly recognizes that public art also is a resource which stimulates the vitality and the economy of the state's communities and which provides opportunities for artists and other skilled workers to practice their crafts. The general assembly declares it to be a matter of public policy that a portion of each capital construction appropriation be allocated for the acquisition of works of art to be placed in public places constructed.

Current Public Art Calls

There are no open calls at this time.


1% for Art Projects Map (click blue markers for location, directions, and information on works)


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Past Public Art RFQs

  • Paul W.Crowley MET Center
  • Rhode Island College Dormitories
  • Dunkin Donuts Center
  • Kent Courthouse
  • Rhode Island Youth Development Facility (RITS)
  • TF Green Airport
  • Traffic Tribunal
  • University of Rhode Island College of Pharmacy
  • Rhode Island College Public Art Project - College Fine Art Center