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Percent for Art public art program has 10 installments, six to come

Sunday, July 18, 2010 | 10:42 p.m. CDT; updated 12:16 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 23, 2010
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The Percent for Art program, which started in 1997, allots 1 percent of all above-ground capital improvement projects exceeding $1 million to site-specific public art. The tenth project was installed at City Hall in May 2010. Select a location on the map to see details about the public art on display there.

*Not all capital improvement projects that exceed $1 million are eligible for the Percent for Art program. An earlier version of this story implied they are.

COLUMBIA — Art enthusiasts in Columbia can view a collection beyond the walls of a gallery or museum by touring the city’s publicly accessible art collection.

Ten completed installments to the collection since 1997 were funded through the Percent for Art program. In the program, 1 percent of the cost of certain capital improvement projects is set aside for the creation of public art at the site.

Future projects

The following installments are in progress:

  • City Hall, second floor interior. Artist: Lampo Leong. Commission: $11,000.
  • City Hall, third floor interior. Artist: Chris Morrey. Commission: $11,000.
  • Fire Station No. 9. Artist: Glenn Williams. Title of project: "Communitas." Medium: stainless steel. Commission: $14,500.
  • Fifth and Walnut Parking Garage. Artist: Stuart Keeler. Commission: $110,00.

Planned projects

  • City Hall, fourth floor interior. Local artist. Commission: $11,000.
  • City Hall, fifth floor interior. Local artist. Commission: $11,000.

Want to know more?

The city's Office of Cultural Affairs offers an online guide to the City’s publicly accessible art collection. The website offers photos and audio clips that give context to each project.



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The City Council votes to designate which projects are a fit for the Percent for Art program. *Projects eligible for that designation must be above-ground capital improvements projects that exceed $1 million. 

No more than three projects may be initiated during one fiscal year. Ten projects are completed, and six more are planned or in progress.

The art must be in a location that will enhance the public environment and civic pride.

Columbia and Kansas City are the only Missouri cities with a Percent for Art program, according to a previous Missourian article.

A portion of the amount dedicated to each project is designated for maintenance of the artwork. Of the 16 total installments, $556,600 has been set aside for artists’ commissions.


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