Heartland Region Art in Architecture Program

President Kennedy’s Ad Hoc Committee for Federal Architecture of 1963 recommended that “where appropriate, fine art should be incorporated in the designs of federal buildings with emphasis on the work of living American artists.”

The process of commissioning art in federal buildings involves GSA, the architect of the building, artists and community advisors working together. For new federal buildings, or those requiring major renovation, the architect is required to consider incorporating 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.

Those interested in learning more about GSA’s Fine Arts Collection, including policy, examples and artworks from the Works Progress Administration can browse GSA's Fine Arts Program pages.

Artists interested in being considered for Art in Architecture commissions may apply to have their names placed on a registry, which review panels use when selecting artists for each new project.

For more information or help, contact Sylvia Augustus at sylvia.augustus@gsa.gov.

Last Reviewed: 2020-10-05