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Public Art Legislation

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.

Public Art Events

RISCA's Public Art Director Elizabeth Keithline will conduct a workshop, Public Art 101, on Friday, June 20th at 12:30pm in Conference Room A at 1 Capitol Hill, 2nd floor, Providence, RI. For further information or to register, please email Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov.

Current Public Art Calls

RFQ for the URI Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences & Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences
Application deadline June 25, 2014 at 5pm EST

Past Public Art Projects

An archived list of past calls for artists can be found here.
For a full directory of RISCA's Percent for Art projects, visit our page at the Public Art Archive.
Information on past projects, including budget information, is available in this downloadable PDF.

Percent for Art Projects Map
Click blue markers for location, directions, and information on works.


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Other Public Art Opportunities

RISCA's Percent For Art commissions are national, but we also run two other programs that feature the work of Rhode Island artists only.

Contemporary Art at the State House features contemporary art in the public rooms of the RI State House, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903. If you wish to apply to have your work considered for this program, please email Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov.

Green Space at T.F. Green Airport and the Block Island Airport Gallery (http://www.arts.ri.gov/public/airports/) are exhibition spaces managed in a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The spaces present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.