Artworks For State Buildings
North Carolina's Public Art Collection
Folkway, 1999, Lisa Kaslow
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
The State of North Carolina purchased or commissioned artworks for state buildings beginning in 1982. Between 1989-1995, artworks were commissioned using one-half of one percent of a state building's construction budget. Through the Artworks for State Buildings Program, 61 projects around the state were completed. The last contracted project was installed in 2000. The program is documented in a catalog Creating Place: North Carolina's Artworks For State Buildings (6.6 mb).
The North Carolina Arts Council continues to administer and maintain the artworks created through the program. A Collection Management Handbook prescribes guidelines for assessing the artwork's condition, cleaning, and general maintenance, as well as contracting with conservation professionals when treatment is warranted. Conservation needs and priorities are set as funding allows.
Before, during, and after restoration:
Font (Lumbee River), 1995, Kenneth Matsumoto
Pembroke, North Carolina
Conserved by Theodore Monnich, 2003
Public art in North Carolina is not limited to those artworks produced through the Artworks for State Buildings Program; numerous communities invest in public art through percent for art programs or project-by-project commissions.
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