Iowa Arts Council - Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Art in State Buildings

ISU Alum Art in State Building Picture

Art in State Buildings brings art into the public spaces where Iowans study, work, visit and live.

For 35 years, the program has provided students, educators, workers and citizens, along with artists, architects and designers, with opportunities to participate in and experience public art. 

Each year more than 220,000 people experience art on the campuses of Iowa's public universities, while another 1300 Iowa students are served through class visits, school tours, and art-integrated curriculum.

Program Overview

Funding for Iowa’s Art in State Buildings program, provided for by legislation enacted in 1979, is generated from ½ of 1% (0.5%) of the state’s portion of total construction costs for new and renovated state buildings.  The State’s collection is concentrated in educational facilities and on the grounds of the three State Regents’ universities and within buildings serving the public across Iowa.

The Iowa Arts Council administers the Art in State Buildings program. The Iowa Board of Regents institutions and the Iowa Department of Administrative Services facilitate the acquisition, placement, and stewardship of artwork in state-funded building projects throughout Iowa.

Program Grid

Visit the Art in State Buildings collection archive at

Current Opportunities

For information on submitting your artwork to Art in State Buildings, visit the Current Opportunities for Artists page.

Contact Information

Iowa Arts Council:
Art in State Building Program, Matthew Harris

Program Representatives:


Iowa Art in State Buildings Program Artist Roster
Arist roster effective May 2015.

Iowa Art in State Buildings Artist Roster FAQ
Frequently asked questions regarding the Art in State Buildings Artist Roster.

Art in State Buildings Program Manual
Regents’ universities and State agencies impacted by the Art in State Buildings requirement should consult this manual for current program guidelines.

Art in State Buildings Program Overview for Artists 
Artists should review this for a high level overview of the program.

Design Contract Notification Form
The contracting agency /principal user of a project subject to the Art in State Buildings requirement must complete and submit this form upon awarding a design contract.