Public Art

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, 10 E. Baltimore St., 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD  21202

Public Art enhances the cityscape, quality of life and artistic and creative climate in Baltimore. It often encourages civic pride, provides opportunities for enrichment and sometimes sparks cultured debate. Public Art also supports our city's artists and promotes an awareness of the visual arts in the public environment.

Baltimore was the 2nd City in the country to pass a 1% for Art law in 1964. The Percent-for-Art model requires that the City allocate 1% of all Capital construction costs to go towards public artwork.  This model, is a common form of funding public art programs across the United States.  In 2007 Baltimore renewed it’s commitment to the Public Art program by updating it’s ordinance to require “at least 1% of eligible funds be used for the selection, acquisition, commissioning, fabrication, placement, installation, display and maintenance of public fine artwork; and the establishment of a nine member Public Art Commission.

As the City’s Art’s Council, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts works with all City Agencies and the City’s Capital Budgeting Process to administer to the Percent- for- Public Art Program and staff the Public Art Commission.

Follow these links to the Percent-for-Art section of the City Code and the City's Public Art Guidelines.

Public Art Opportunities

Please visit our Calls for Artist page to see all current opportunities for artists to apply for upcoming public art projects. 

General Information

Public Art Commission
Call for Artist  
Public Art Guidelines 
Gifts of Public Art Policy

For more information on Baltimore's 1%-for-Art Program and artworks currently in the collection or to sign up to receive e-mail notifications on upcoming art projects, please contact Ryan Patterson or Kim Domanski at 410-752-8632.

Recent Projects and Artist Selections

  • The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), in collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore City Department of General Services celebrate the dedication of Waverly Griots, the latest artwork commissioned through Baltimore’s Percent-for-Public Art program.  Waverly Griots is a typographic sculpture created by Ebon Heath. A dedication for the artwork was held on Friday, December 9, 2016 from 6 to 8pm at the Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 E. 33rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218. View the facebook event here. For more information, view the press release here
  • Sagamore Development Company and The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announced that Dean Brown’s “Cleat Bench” has been selected as the winning design proposal for the “Next Great Baltimore Bench.” Brown is a 25-year-old South Baltimore resident, and a designer for Baltimore-based architecture planning firm Design Collective. For more information, view the press release

 

Gifts of Public Art

On occasion a generous benefactor will propose a gift of public art to the City of Baltimore. While the City is highly appreciative of donations of artwork, it is not always able to accept these gifts and the responsibilities associated with owning an artwork. Conscientious ownership of public art requires a commitment to complete regular maintenance of the work and grounds that surround the piece, as well as a commitment to conserve and protect it. The City has developed Gift of Public Art Guidelines that must be considered before accepting any gifted works. For more information or to discuss a proposed gift please contact the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts at 410-752-8632.