Vermont Arts Council

Art in State Buildings


Since 1988, the program has commissioned artwork from over 60 artists to appear in 35 state-owned buildings and public spaces across Vermont, providing enjoyment and 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. The two most recently completed projects include The Origin of the River, a granite trout sculpture by Sean Williams at the Roxbury Fish Culture Station, and the installation photos by Carol Langstaff and a mural by Kathryn Wiegers at the newly built River Valley Therapeutic Residence in Essex.


On June 6, 2023, Act 50 was signed into law, providing much-needed updates to the program, including a new funding mechanism that sets a minimum appropriation of $75,000 (up from a maximum of $50,000) in the State capital budget. This is the first funding increase since the program was established in 1988. The Art in State Buildings Act requires that approved funds from the State capital budget be transferred to an Art Acquisition fund for the purpose of providing works of art in public buildings and facilities undergoing new construction or renovation, which may include an addition.

Opportunities for artist commissions are posted on a project-by-project basis.


Accessibility QuestionsThe 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.

admin-place August 8, 2014