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.

Percent-for- Art Project Update:
16 Photographs  have been installed
 in the
Montana State Prison – Low Side Visitor’s Room
Kim Baraby Hurtle, Percent-for-Art Program Director
January 26, 2015

16 photographic enlargements on aluminum panel were delivered to MSP in late November. We had a great day there with the MSP staff helping us to unload and layout the artwork in the visitor's room. These are images of "home" in Montana as seen and captured through the eyes of 15 Montana photographers. From all walks of life and levels of professionalism, our photographers were chosen for this permanent installation project by the MSP-Low Side Visitor's Room Selection Committee. Board Member, Arlene Parisot, our assistant Czelsi Kozak and I lended a hand to the professional art installer and artist, Tom Foolery with the oversized artworks.

Artists whose works were permanently installed:
Amanda Breitbach of Havre titled Prairie County Horses
Bob Christensen of Helena titled Reflections
Chris McGowan of Helena titled Morning Light on Square Butte
Dee Linnell Blank of Whitefish titled Little Belt Mountains
Jay Cross of Polson titled 5(0,000) Snow Geese Freezeout Lake
Melanie Handl of Livingston titled Big Horn Sheep
Misti Gaub of Billings titled Country Memory
Scott Wheeler of Butte titled Mountain Blue Bird
Steven Akre of Victor titled Makoshika
Steve Pickel of Polson titled Mission Mountain Farm
Steven Begleiter of Missoula titled Passing Storm
Tanner Johnson of Bozeman titled Montana Milky Way
Thomas Curry of Anaconda titled Pintler Wilderness and My America
Todd Klassy of Havre titled Braving the Rain
Tom Foolery of Dillon titled Big Hole River

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