Art in Architecture

Screen at FDA by the artist Do Ho Suh.

Do Ho Suh, Screen at FDA, 2011
U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD

GSA reserves one-half of one percent of the estimated construction cost of each new federal building, prospectus-level modernization or repair and alteration projects to commission project artists. A panel composed of art professionals, civic and community representatives, the project’s lead design architect, and GSA staff meets to discuss opportunities for artists to participate in the building project. This panel reviews a diverse pool of artist candidates and nominates finalists for GSA to evaluate. Artists who receive federal commissions work with the project architects and others as members of a design team to ensure that the artworks are meaningfully integrated into the overall project.

Located in Washington D.C., the National Capital Region serves government customers in the Washington D.C. metro area, including Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland. NCR's Art in Architecture collection consists of 47 completed commissions.

The GSA Art in Architecture Program oversees the commissioning of artworks for new federal buildings nationwide. These artworks enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy of American visual arts. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States.

Artists interested in being considered for GSA 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.

Last Reviewed: 2018-02-20