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.

Current Calls for Art
UM-Law - Missoula: Budget: up to $16,000
UM-Chemistry - Missoula: Budget: up to $20,000

Call to Artists with the Montana Arts Council, Percent for Art Program, State of Montana. These calls are for direct purchase of artwork which is ready to install.

Information will be offered on the process to purchase art for UM-Law and UM-Chemistry, along with several other upcoming projects. All projects will run concurrently or consecutively. Each project may have a different start and end date. After reading the General Description and Application page there will be links to the Scope of Work pages for each individual project.  Here artists will find information on: selection criteria, identified sites, sizes, and budgets to help artists submit competitive applications. All of these projects will use the same process to purchase finished artwork for specified art sites and permanently install the artwork. Each project will have its own “portal” to our application vendor: There will be a different Selection Committee for each project.  Artists may apply to one or all of the projects using a simplified process.

Quick Facts:

Who: U.S. Residents, who are not degree-seeking students and who are over 18 years of age are encouraged to apply.
What:  Request for finished artwork. Many mediums and styles will be considered.
When: Applications open: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Where: Artwork(s) for multiple sites on Montana campuses.
How: Online application process via Applicants will offer a Cover Letter [500 words] and a Brief Bio [1500 words] and up to 25 digital images of finished works of art
How Much:  Art Budgets vary but all are under $25,000


  • UM- Law: June 3rd, 2015 MIDNIGHT. M.D.T.
  • UM- Chemistry: June 3rd, 2015 MIDNIGHT. M.D.T.

For Questions: Czelsi Kozak, Percent-for-Art Program Assistant, or Montana Arts Council, P.O. Box 202201, Helena, MT 59620-2201, 406-444-6639 or 406-444-6430 before May 20th, 2015.

NOTE: Application forms and process for UM-Law, UM-Chemistry and two other upcoming projects will be identical. Artists will find it easy to re-use information in the FORM tab of the application and to use images they’ve put into the Slideroom media library. Past applicants will find their images are still archived with Slideroom. Artists can add or delete from this library. Artists are responsible to manage their media library. There are no limits to the number of images archived. For these projects, all artwork submitted must be for sale. MAC will facilitate any difficulties with selection committees selecting the same artwork. 

Please read the General Description and requirements document.
Please read all of the specific instructions on the Scope of Work for UM- Law and Scope of Work for UM-Chemistry documents before beginning any project application.

Percent for Art Project Update:
16 Photographs  have been installed in the Montana State Prison – Low Side Visitor’s Room
January 26, 2015
Click here to view the completed project.

Future projects:

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