For Artists

Percent for Art

In 1983, the 48th Montana Legislature "... in recognition of its responsibility to create a more humane environment of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all its citizens and in recognition that public art is a resource that stimulates the vitality and economy of the state's communities and provides opportunity for artists to practice their crafts", enacted a law providing that, "capital project appropriations by the legislature shall include ... an amount not to exceed 1% of the amount appropriated for the use of the Montana Arts Council for the acquisition of art for new state buildings..."

The Montana Arts Council has administered this program since its inception in 1985, already placing art in more than 18 state buildings.

Please note: Unfortunately, the Montana Arts Council does not have the capacity to accept applications from, and contract with, artists living outside of the United States and therefore these artists are not eligible for Montana Arts Council Percent for Art projects.

MSP-Low Side Visitor’s Room
Deer Lodge, Montana 59722
Installation: November 20, 2014

Scope of the Project:
The Montana State Prison for men at Deer Lodge, MT has had renovations to a building that formerly housed maximum security inmates. This renovation was designed to offer a more appropriate visiting area for families of minimum security inmates. The building is the closest one to the administration building. This allows families, other visitors, and staff a fully-accessible and friendlier approach to this area of the prison grounds. The Selection Committee for this Percent-for-Art Program project has decided that “Images of Home,” photographs from all regions of Montana should be purchased from the portfolios of Montana residents. The images will both beautify the room and offer contemplative vistas for the inmates, visitors. It is the intention of the committee that these images will enhance the experience of the visitations between the inmates, their visitors and the Montana Prison staff. The large room will accommodate between 8-15 images. The selection committee will purchase the rights to the images and permanently install them. Each artist will be paid a flat fee of $550.00 per image. Multiple images from the same photographer will be considered. A single vendor will produce the prints and a professional art handler and installer will prepare the aluminum panels for installation, deliver and install them. Click here to view the completed project.

Future projects:

  • UM - Chemistry
  • UM - Law
  • MSU-B Life Science Building
  • MT Tech - Natural Resource Research Center
  • Missoula College - COT