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Stochastic Interactions by artist Eric Peltzer, 2018, UMB, Health Sciences III Building

Public Art Programs


COVID-19 Program Updates and Resources

In response to COVID-19, the Maryland State Arts Council convened on March 25, 2020 and approved the following changes for the Public Art Across Maryland Grant:

1. All match requirements have been suspended until further notice.

2. The Final Report deadline for FY20 funds is November 30, 2020.

3. Use of FY20 funds may be extended until November 30, 2020 by submitting a request to

Find all other MSAC COVID-19 information here. 


The Maryland State Arts Council offers two types of public art programs:

Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI) is the state’s percent-for-art program that commissions artists to design new, original and site-specific public art integrated in state capital construction projects, such as new or renovated buildings. Calls-to-Artists for MPAI projects are posted on this page.

Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) are community grants awarded to Maryland organizations or local government to support the planning and/or implementation of a public art project.


Public Art Webinars

Public Art 101 for Organizations PDF Presentation 

Link to YouTube Webinar Recording 

Envisioning: Purchasing Artwork for State Buildings

Attend one or both listening sessions, discussing Maryland's percent for public art program, will begin a program to purchase existing works from Maryland artists to be on permanent display in State owned buildings. In this listening session we will gather feedback for a proposed artwork purchasing program and how it may benefit painters, photographers, mixed media, sculptors, and more…, interested in selling work through this program. Attendance at Session 1 is not required to participate in Session 2.  Registration is free!

Monday, July 6, 4-5 PM, Session 1 Register here

Monday, July 13, 4-5 PM, Session 2 Register here

Envisioning: New Public Art Supported by the Public Art Across Maryland Grant 

This information session will discuss the Public Art Across Maryland program that offers Grants to support the planning and implementation of new public artworks at the local level.  Artists, Non-Profits, and Local Governments in Maryland are eligible to apply for Planning Grants of up to $5000 and Implementation Grants of up to $20,000 for new artworks. The grant deadlines are quarterly.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Register here

Envisioning: Public Art Conservation Supported by the Public Art Across Maryland Conservation Grant

The Public Art Across Maryland Conservation Grant supports the conservation and preservation of locally owned public artworks across the State. l.  Artists, Non-Profits, and Local Governments are eligible to apply for Conservation Planning Grants of up to $5000 and Conservation Implementation Grants of up to $50,000 . Conservation teams must include a professional conservator.  The grant deadlines are quarterly. 

Thursday, July 16, 2020, Register here


Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM)

There are two types of PAAM Grants available: New Artworks and Conservation Grants 

New Works:

  • The New Artworks Planning Grant awards of up to $5,000 to support the community visioning process including the identification of a site location for the artwork, articulation of artwork goals and themes, administration of a Call-to-Artist solicitation, artist selection process, and artist honorariums for the development of concept proposal(s) for new public art.

  • The New Artworks Implementation Grant awards of up to $20,000 to support the fabrication and installation of new public artwork. The artwork concept must be fully developed including identification of the artist(s) creating the work. The public artwork may be in any media, temporary or permanent, and inside or outside. The artwork must be free and publicly accessible to all. The proposed public art location must be in Maryland, and the selected artist(s) must be a resident of Maryland.

PAAM FY21 New Works Guidelines

Click here to apply

Conservation Grant

  • The Conservation Planning Grant awards $5,000 to support artwork conservation planning efforts including: project administration, consultancy fees, community engagement, and collection management services and technology.

  • The Conservation Implementation Grant awards up to $50,000 to support the conservation of permanent public artwork. The conservation project must be fully developed including identification of the project team and support and approval of the owners of the artwork and the site where it is located.

PAAM FY21 Conservation Grant Guidelines

Click here to apply


Application deadlines for all Public Art Across Maryland Grants:

August 17, 2020

November 12, 2020

February 12, 2021

May 12, 2021


Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI)

Forum by Thomas Sayre, 2014, UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Stochastic Interactions, at UMB by Eric Peltzer

Upcoming MPAI Public Art Projects:

  • Catonsville District Courthouse

  • Salisbury Animal Health Lab 

The Maryland Public Art Initiative (MPAI) sets aside a percentage of capital construction costs for the integration of public art in new or renovated state buildings or sites. State capital projects are identified by the Department of Budget and Management for public art integration, and MSAC works with the state agency implementing the building project to select an artist through an open call public solicitation Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process. An artist selection panel is appointed, including staff of the new building, architect and/or landscape architect, MPAC Commissioner, and art professional/community member.

The artist selection panel reviews all eligible applicants and narrows the pool to three semi-finalists who travel to the site for in-person interviews. The finalist selected contracts with the state agency implementing the building project and commences artwork concept development working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team including architects, landscape architects, engineers, project managers, and contractors. The artwork is designed, developed, and fabricated and installed in conjunction with the building project construction schedule, typically a two-year process or more.


Maryland Commission on Public Art

The Maryland Public Art Commission (MPAC) oversees the Maryland Public Art Initiative.  The Commission meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public. The next meeting is September 10, 2020.