A wood sculpture displayed against the wall of galloping horses.

Public Art

MSAC's Public Art Across Maryland Program promotes and supports the inclusion of art in the everyday experiences of Marylanders.

What is Public Art? It can be work of any kind in any media, indoors or outdoors, temporary or permanent, free and accessible, that engages the community who will experience the work. Through direct commissions, grants, technical assistance, and professional development we support those planning, making, and caring for art in public spaces across the state.

In Fiscal Year 2023 only, the New Artworks grants increase to awards of up to $50,000. Artists and organizations, if you’ve been thinking about creating public art in your community, do apply!

Public art connects communities creating engaging public spaces for all to enjoy. Click here to read more about completed projects that highlight the Maryland Public Art Initiative

MSAC offers information on how to apply for projects, technical guidance, and professional development resources for artists and organizations planning, commissioning and creating public art. Click here for more information.


The Public Art Across Maryland Artwork Commissions program contracts artists to create artwork for new or renovated state buildings and public spaces throughout Maryland. Read more.
The Public Art Across Maryland program offers Conservation Grants to support the conservation and preservation of existing public artworks in Maryland. The Conservation Implementation Grant awards up to $50,000… Read more.
The Public Art Across Maryland New Artworks Grant offers funding to support the planning, creation, and installation of new local public art projects. Read more.