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Art in State Buildings

The Vermont Art in State Buildings (AISB) program helps to support and promote the work of Vermont artists, and is designed to preserve and enrich the state's cultural landscape for its citizens and visitors. The program is administered by the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Buildings and General Services and is dedicated to enhancing working environments by improving the character and quality of state-owned buildings and public spaces. The most recent installation was The Origin of the River, a granite trout sculpture by Sean Williams at the Roxbury Fish Culture Station.

Background

Since 1988, more than two dozen projects in different locations around the state have contributed to artistic environments of distinction that provide enjoyment to and are a source of pride for all Vermonters.The Vermont Art in State Buildings Act (No. 267 of 1988) was passed by the State Legislature, with strong support from Vermont artists, communities and businesses, in recognition of and in answer to the need to encourage the work of Vermont artists, to enhance and preserve our cultural environment, and to provide artistic enrichment for Vermont citizens and visitors.

Funding

The Art in State Buildings Act requires that $50,000 (total annual allocation for the acquisition of art from no more than two selected capital construction projects) be transferred to an Art Acquisition fund for the purpose of providing works of art in public buildings and facilities.

Opportunities for artist commissions are posted on a project by project basis.  Our next “Call to Artists” is anticipated in the summer of 2021. Subscribe to Artmail for notification of upcoming applications.

Upcoming Meetings

June 23, 2021 3-5 p.m. online via Zoom
Art Selection Committee Meeting re: Zampieri State Office Building, Burlington
To obtain link for online meeting email Michele Bailey

June 28, 2021 1-3 p.m. online via Zoom
Art Selection Committee Meeting re: Department of Mental Health Recovery Residence, Essex
To obtain link for online meeting email Michele Bailey

Accessibility

Accessibility questions

The Council accepts grant applications via an online form. If you require an alternate format or assistance to access the application, please contact the grant program manager listed above or Michele Bailey, accessibility coordinator by email or at 802.402.4614. Voice and relay calls welcome.