Two-thirds of the State Arts Collection is now online
More than two-thirds of the State Art Collection’s 4,600 artworks are now online and available to explore via My Public Art Portal on the ArtsWA website. You can search the Collection or browse over fifty Web Exhibitions. And we are adding more art every week!
My Public Art Portalincludes current images of the artworks, as well as easy-to-read interpretive text and data about the artwork, exact geo-coordinates, and brief biographies of the artists. The Collection includes drawings, textiles, photographs, prints, sculptures, and videos. Most of the Collection is housed where students have regular access to the artwork: at K-12 public schools, colleges, and universities statewide.
Public art enhances architecture and promotes active engagement with the surroundings. This is particularly important in learning environments, where arts experiences have been shown to increase the potential for children to learn.
The Washington State's Art in Public Places Program was established in 1974 to acquire artwork for K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies, funded by ½ of one percent of the state's portion of construction costs. Today, the State Art Collection includes more than 4,600 artworks in public spaces across the state.