GSA Launches Fine Arts Collection Website

GSA is the owner of one of our nation’s oldest and largest public art collections with more than 26,000 paintings, sculptures, video installations, and more. In the Mid-Atlantic Region, we have 97 artworks installed and 3500 New Deal artworks, produced under four separate federal programs that operated from 1933 to 1943, on loan to institutions.  The public will now be able to explore information about these pieces online.

The Fine Arts Collection is an interactive website that allows researchers, historians, students, and art lovers to quickly find works by their favorite artists, or discover what works are in their state or hometown.  "No one has seen all of these works in person, but now we have the opportunity to understand the breadth of the collection,” said Jennifer Gibson, director of GSA’s Art in Architecture and Fine Arts programs.  “This site brings it all together for the first time and provides a portrait of America as seen by its artists."

Since its founding in 1949, GSA has been commissioning and preserving great works of art by American artists.  An example of these signature pieces in Philadelphia is Louise Nevelson’s “Bicentennial Dawn” in Philadelphia.  Louise Nevelson was a sculptor known for her monumental, monochromatic, wooden wall pieces and outdoor sculptures.  “Bicentennial Dawn” was commissioned through GSA’s Art in Architecture Program in 1976. This sculpture is made from painted wood and spans 30 feet at the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia.

The Collection serves as a reminder of the important tradition of individual creative expression, and GSA is proud to share it with the world in a whole new way.  We invite you to explore our Fine Arts Collection online.  If you have questions about building access to view an artwork in person, please email

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Last Reviewed 2015-12-15