Signed into law in 2004, the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act requires that eligible state capital improvement projects have 1.5% of their budgets invested in public art that represents the history and values of the state. The program augments state economic development goals and enhances public spaces for residents within their respective communities. Currently, 27 states and territories administer percent for art programs. More than 350 public art programs exist across the United States.
The Oklahoma Art in Public Art Places program was initially administered through the Oklahoma Historical Society. In 2015, Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation placing the program under the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Requests for Proposals
There are no current requests for proposals. Projects for which we seek artist proposals will be listed below.
How does the program meet Oklahoma’s needs?
The Oklahoma Art in Public Places program augments the state's economic development goals and enhances public spaces for Oklahomans within their respective communities. Benefits of the program include:
- Fosters local and state pride
- Invests in the state's infrastructure
- Strengthens Oklahoma’s image
- Appeals to businesses and families
- Conveys community vibrancy
- Supports cultural tourism
- Enhances property values
Public Art Locations
Locations that may benefit from state public art projects include:
- State buildings
Pre-Qualified Artist Pool
In accordance with the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act, the Director of Art in Public Places manages a pre-qualified artist pool for eligible state public art projects. Artists qualifying for the pool may be considered for public art projects with budgets of up to $6,000. Applications for the pre-qualified artist pool are accepted every two years.
For more information, or to request program guidelines, contact our Director of Visual Arts and Capitol Collections.