The Vermont Art in State Buildings [AISB] program helps support and promote the work of Vermont artists, and is designed to preserve and enrich the state's cultural landscape for its citizens and visitors. The program is administered by the Vermont Arts Council in partnership with the Department of Buildings and General Services and is dedicated to enhancing working environments by improving the character and quality of State-owned buildings and public spaces.
Since 1988, more than two dozen projects in different locations around the state have contributed to artistic environments of distinction that provide enjoyment to and are 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, in recognition of and in answer to the need to encourage the work of Vermont artists, to enhance and preserve our cultural environment, and to provide artistic enrichment for Vermont citizens and visitors.
The Art in State Buildings Act requires that $50,000 (total annual allocation for the acquisition of art from no more than two selected capital construction projects) be transferred to an Art Acquisition fund for the purpose of providing works of art in public buildings and facilities.
Artwork is selected by Art Selection Panels made up of agency and community representatives and visual arts experts. Art Selection Panels make final recommendations of artists' proposals to the Art in State Buildings Advisory Committee, a committee created by the Legislature to oversee the program.
The Vermont Arts Council is responsible for administration of the program and oversees art selection, fabrication and installation. The Council works closely with the Department of Buildings and General Services and user agencies at all levels of the process. The program especially emphasizes the education and participation of the communities and agencies that will live and work with the selected art every day.
Public art works are selected by direct acquisition, invitation and/or open competition and commission. Specific criteria are determined by project budget size and other factors.
Visual artists and artist teams in all media are eligible and encouraged to participate in the Art in State Buildings program. Previous experience in creating works of art in public places is not necessary. The Art in State Buildings program gives priority consideration to residents of Vermont.
For additional information about the Vermont Art in State Buildings program, deadlines, proposal information, guidelines or policies email Michele Bailey, VAC Program Director.