The Maine Percent for Art law was enacted in 1979 to provide for art in public buildings. Under the law, an amount equal to one percent of the construction budget is set aside to purchase original works of art for new or renovated buildings receiving state funds. In the case of public schools, a maximum of $50,000 may be used for art purchases.
The art selection committee is made up of two representatives appointed by the contracting agency, two arts professionals appointed by the Maine Arts Commission, and the project architect. The committee recommends artwork to the contracting agency for final approval.
The selection committee may choose to consider only Maine artists, regional artists, or to keep the competition open to national and international applicants. The project is advertised in various media and in the Maine Arts Commission Newsletter, email listserv and website.
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