Public Art Across Maryland (PAAM) Artwork Commissions is the state’s Percent-for-Art program.

For all new or renovated State-owned buildings, a percentage of the construction budget is set aside for public art. Independent artists and artist lead teams apply for a project through an open Call to Artists and are selected by an artist selection committee. MSAC manages the process from artist selection, through design, fabrication, and installation and the work becomes part of the State public art collection.

National Open Call: Artists interested in being considered for upcoming Artwork Commission opportunities through 2025 should apply to the new Maryland Public Artist Roster. 

Maryland Public Art Roster

For all new or renovated state buildings, 0.05% of the estimated construction cost is reserved to commission or purchase site-specific original artwork through a contractual agreement with an artist. For each Artwork Commission, an Artist Selection Committee composed of arts professionals, representatives from the user agency and the primary building occupant, the project's lead design architect and representatives from the Maryland Public Art Commission and MSAC Public Art Program staff consider opportunities for public art to be incorporated into the project.  

The Artist Selection Committee reviews a diverse pool of artist candidates drawn from the Maryland Public Artist Roster. Artists selected for a commission will contract directly with the unit of State Government responsible for the project and work directly with the project design team to ensure the artwork is intentionally and thoughtfully integrated into the project and accessible to the public.

The Maryland Public Artist Roster will be the primary method of artist selection for the majority of Artwork Commissions through 2025. However, a call for public artists may be issued as a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for particular individual projects. In these cases the Artist Selection Committee will review the applications submitted to that call.

MSAC anticipates initiating commissions for approximately six state projects per year. 

 

Artwork Commissions are permanent, large-scale, publicly accessible artworks integrated into the construction or renovation of eligible State buildings. Artists who receive a commission can expect to be committed to a project for approximately two to five years, depending on the scale and timeframe of the construction project. 

The artist's commitment begins when they enter a contract with the building's user agency and ends when the artwork is successfully installed and dedicated

Artwork Commission opportunities are open to all artists and artist-led teams who are residents of the United States.

  • The new Maryland Public Artist Roster will be open to receive applications from January 18 - March 31, 2023 
  • A panel of public art professionals will review all roster applications for eligibility 
  • Artists will be notified of application status by May 31, 2023
  • Artists accepted onto the Maryland Public Artist Roster will be considered for all Artwork Commissions through 2025

For any questions about the Artwork Commissions Program or the Maryland Public Artist Roster please contact program staff listed at the bottom of the page. 

The Maryland Public Art Commission (MPAC) oversees the Artwork Commissions program (formerly called the Maryland Public Art Initiative). The Commission meets quarterly, and meetings are open to the public. Find dates for upcoming meetings on MSAC's Meeting Notices page. 

Representatives from the Maryland Public Art Commissioner serve on the Artist Selection Committee of each project. Click here to meet the current Commissioners.