Art In Architecture

Robert Mangold Artwork in Federal Courthouse, Buffalo, New York
Robert Mangold Artwork in Federal
Courthouse, Buffalo, New York

The Northeast and Caribbean Region's Fine Arts Collection consists of 115 works.

The most recent addition to the Region's Art-in-Architecture Program collection is "Three Columns," a stained-glass installation by artist Robert Mangold for the new U.S. Courthouse in Buffalo, N.Y.  Other recent additions to the region’s collection include two new installations at the Federal Plaza complex in New York City.  Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing 746” is on loan to GSA at the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building and “Silent Struggle,” a cor-ten steel sculpture by Lucas Samaras is now also located at the James L. Watson U.S. Court of International Trade Building.  In addition, Alan Michelson’s “Third Bank of the River,” an art glass window panorama documenting several miles of international shoreline at the local border between the United States and Canada, has been installed at the U.S. Land Port of Entry in Massena, NY, and Anna Valentina Murch's tapestry "Reflections on Landscape" was installed at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York City. 

The region recently completed conservation of the work "Totemic Sculpture" by Jaime Suarez, located at the Federico Degetau Federal Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Other recent conservation projects have included: Cleaning of "Blind Justice" by Diana Moore and "Cornucopiae" by Stephen Robbin in Newark, NJ; cleaning of the painting “Renewal” by Tomie Arai at the Ted Weiss Federal Building in New York City; and conservation of the painting “Legacy of the U.S. Virgin Islands” by Leo Carty at the Almeric L. Christian Federal Building and Courthouse in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The process of commissioning art in federal buildings is a collaboration between GSA and the architect of the building, art professionals, community advisors and the customer agencies. For new federal buildings or those requiring major renovation, the architect is required to consider the incorporation of artwork into the projects as part of the overall architectural design service. GSA works with national, state and local art organizations during the selection process.

All artist candidates for Art in Architecture commissions are drawn from GSA’s National Artist Registry, which is a database of artists who have submitted digital images of their past work for review by GSA panels. The registry is open to all American artists (citizens or permanent residents of the United States). Instructions for joining the National Artist Registry are included in the link below.

Art in Architecture Program
Office of the Chief Architect
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20405

Additional Information:

File Format Size Date
National Artist Registry Instructions PDF 35k 12/2012
Art in Architecture Policies and Procedures PDF 227k 11/2010
Form GSA7437: Art in Architecture-National Artist Registry PDF 366k 06/2008


Last Reviewed 2015-03-03