Art in Public Places works to conserve and maintain Washington’s State Art Collection.
ArtsWA staff evaluates the condition of the artwork “Jungla Encantada,” a 1992 painting by Alfredo Arreguin. Located at the Department of Ecology in Lacey, Western Washington. Click to learn more about this artwork on My Public Art Portal. Photo by ArtsWA. This artwork is part of the State Art Collection.

Care of the State Art Collection

ArtsWA is responsible for the overall care of the State Art Collection. This includes inventory, conservation activities, and record keeping. Our collections management policy ArtCare guides these activities. Artworks are under the day-to-day stewardship of the sites that host them.

The Collection includes nearly 5,000 artworks. They are located in K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies across Washington. ArtsWA collaborates with these entities to care for the artwork.

Collection Care Resources

Materials and Fabrication Handbook. Review our recommendations and requirements for materials, fabrication methods, and placement for artwork. This resource supports artists in their efforts to design works durable enough for a public environment.

ArtCare: Collections Management Policy for Washington’s State Art Collection. Review our collections management policies and procedures. ArtCare includes information about artwork conservation, deaccession, and rights and reproductions.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact: collections@arts.wa.gov.

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