Living up to its pioneering reputation, Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art legislation, placing works of art in public spaces throughout the state. Since 1975, Oregon citizens have taken part in the selection of artwork for their state's libraries, universities, and government facilities. The Arts Commission believes that public art promotes visually diverse and culturally rich environments that enhance the state's public spaces and contribute to the lives of Oregon’s residents and visitors.
How the program works
Passed in 1975, Oregon's Percent for Art legislation guides the acquisition of the state's public art collection, which includes more than 2,500 works of art. Learn more about the program.
View a list of public art resources.
Regional Public Art Programs
There are many public art programs in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about opportunities in Portland, Seattle and King County.