GSA Highlights Contemporary Architecture and Art in Exhibit
February 2, 2007
Contact: Maryanne Beatty (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – A new exhibit highlighting the wide-ranging extent and evolution of federal architecture from custom houses, courthouses, and federal buildings to contemporary laboratories and ports of entry through architectural models, original works of art, and graphics opened today, the U.S. General Services Administration announced.
“Throughout the past decade, GSA’s Design Excellence Program has been changing the image of government with an innovative process for the selection of architects and their designs for new federal buildings. Design Excellence exemplifies the government's goal to commission inspiring civic architecture that reflects and promotes American ideals, as well as preserving our past through over 400 federal historic properties” said David Winstead, Commissioner of GSA’s Public Buildings Service.
Through architectural models, original works of art, and graphics, GSA’s new exhibit, Growing Country, Growing Needs: Federal Architecture and Art, provides the American public with a selection of Design Excellence projects including new U.S. border stations, and showcases the new U.S. Courthouse designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, currently under construction in Richmond, Virginia.
The exhibit is augmented by the story of GSA’s Fine Arts collection that has been integral to the design of federal buildings. The exhibit is produced in sponsorship with the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond, Virginia, where it will remain until May 27, 2007.
For more information on GSA’s Design Excellence Program and Fine Arts Collection, visit
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 170,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, acting as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to Federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and e-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did you know? GSA has commissioned 307 works of art through its Art-in-Architecture program and has over 17,000 works in its Fine Arts Collection.