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Public Art/Percent for Art

Maine’s Public Art program shall promote civic stewardship, cultural vibrancy, creativity, aesthetic excellence, and appreciation-of-place through the enhancement of public spaces using the arts. The program will champion federal, state, and private support, and encourage relationships that advance the quality of physical environments in Maine.


About Public Art

Public art refers to artwork that has been planned and executed with the specific intention of being exhibited in the public environment. Civic statuary such as monuments and memorials are perhaps the most recognized forms of public art. The definition of public art is constantly shifting and evolving—not only do artists consider the physical placement of their work in public space, they also, just as critically, take into consideration the social, cultural and historical contexts in which the art work is situated. There is great interest, on the part of many artists, in fostering community involvement and civic collaboration during the process of creating public art. Sometimes public art is installed permanently. More often than not, art created for public spaces is temporarily on view, much like it would be if it were on display in a museum or gallery.


Percent for Art

Maine’s Percent for Art program sponsors public art for state buildings. The artwork commissioned through this program has taken many forms. Traditional representative sculpture, abstract wall-mounted works, projects that integrate artwork throughout the building in a holistic manner, mobiles, earthwork and new media are just a few of the categories that have been commissioned.

Current Percent for Art opportunities are listed on this page as they become available. 

An archive of the past projects is maintained by the agency. If you would like information about a past, Percent for Art project, please contact Julie Horn.

For more information please contact Julie Horn - 207/287-2790 -


Current Opportunities

PERCENT FOR ART CALL FOR PROPOSALS: University of Southern Maine, Gorham Campus, Gorham


The Maine Arts Commission invites all artists residing in Maine to submit proposals to design, create and install exterior artwork at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham Campus, Gorham Maine.

The total project budget is approximately $25,000.00 and the submission deadline is Friday July 31, 2015, 5:00 p.m.

All professional artists who reside in Maine may apply for consideration to this project. Artists who are employees of the Maine state university system are ineligible for Percent for Art projects at the location where they are employed, as are members of the selection committee and their immediate families. Students at any level are ineligible. The project is open to all artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disabilities.  Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.