Percent for Art: Interpreting Public Service
The State Art Fund was enacted by the New Hampshire State Legislature in 1979 and authorizes half of one percent of the capitol budget appropriation for new buildings or significant renovations to be set aside in a non-lapsing account for the acquisition or commissioning of artwork in state buildings. This has become know as the Percent for Art program, administered by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
The Percent for Art Program is dedicated to aesthetically enriching our state funded buildings, enhancing the effectiveness of the services provided in state buildings through the art that is displayed there, and making the arts more available to our citizens.
Each project has a Site Selection Committee made up of planners, architects, state employees, art professionals and private citizens who collaborate in the selection, commissioning or purchasing of works of art by artists and craftspeople. The themes developed by the committee and the artwork selected often help the agencies housed within the building to better meet their mission.
Spotlight on the New Hampshire Army National Guard, Building F, Concord
In 2010 the NH Army National Guard began a project to renovate and expand the existing State of New Hampshire vehicle maintenance facility. The new single story administration facility houses multiple private offices, open office areas, administrative support space, conference rooms, equipment storage and general core infrastructure. The Site Selection Committee reviewed proposals submitted by artists and choose to commission a sculptural wall relief by Kathleen Brennan and a mural by Matthew Patterson.
“The sculptural wall relief depicts the multi-dimensional role of the New Hampshire National Guard Army Engineer Regiment. The overall vision of the relief is to depict a highly disciplined core of men and women working in partnership through shared thought to design and deliver solutions to State, National and International engineering challenges.” -Kathleen Brennan, December 2011
“The goal of my mural is to tie the National Guard’s past history to the present century. The National Guard is the oldest component of the United States Armed Forces and the New Hampshire National Guard can be traced back to the year 1623. Today the New Hampshire National Guard continues its mission of protecting the life and property for the State of New Hampshire and the United States of America.” -Matthew Patterson, September, 2011
For more information on the State Arts Fund, see RSA 19-A:9 & RSA 19-A:10.
July 26, 2012