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.


Montana Arts Council
Percent-for-Art Program
State of Montana
Missoula College
University of Montana
Missoula, Montana


WHO: U.S. Citizens who are not degree-seeking students and who are over 18 years of age are encouraged to apply.
WHAT:  RFQ {Request for Qualifications} and direct purchase of completed artworks. Many mediums and styles will be considered.
WHEN: Applications open Wednesday, September 16, 2015
WHERE: Artwork(s) for Multiple Sites: Exterior and Interior at Missoula College campus
HOW: Online application process via
BUDGET: $157,000 with up to (3) $1,000 design stipend awards to Semi-Finalists.  Call also for Finished/Completed artworks by direct purchase.
DEADLINE: Friday, November 20th, 2015 at Midnight MST
TO APPLY:  and more project information available at:


Missoula College is under construction and is located across the river from the main campus of the University of Montana and Washington- Grizzly Stadium.  This building will replace the current facilities of the Missoula College of Technology.  The 5-story modern building will house the Culinary Arts program with an indoor and outdoor café and coffee bar to attract Missoula residents and tourists and a state-of-the-art Health Sciences Professions program, which will have practical labs alongside academic courses.  Other degree programs include: Applied Arts and Sciences, Applied Computing and Engineering Technology, Bachelor of Applied Science, Business Technology and Industrial Technology.


For technical questions contact: or
For project questions contact: Kim Baraby Hurtle at or 406-444-6639


Apply at
Once inside the Slideroom’s portal, select and click on the project name you are interested in. Review the project before starting an application. $15.00 will be charged when an applicant submits the completed 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.