Roundtable discusses how to make public art more accessible
By Alex Randolph
The roundtable discussion with Bay Area art program professionals sought input and ideas on how
GSA’s public art program can be more accessible.
On the heels of Art Appreciation Month, Regional Administrators Ruth Cox (Pacific Rim) and Ann P. Kalayil (Great Lakes) hosted a distinguished group of art community stakeholders for an in-depth discussion of the upcoming launch of a virtual public art museum.
The online gallery will house the GSA Fine Arts Collection. It consists of permanently installed and movable mural paintings, sculpture, architectural or environmental works of art, and works on paper dating from 1850 to the present. These civic works of art are in federal buildings and courthouses across the United States. In addition, more than 20,000 small movable New Deal works of art are on long-term loan to museums and other nonprofit institutions. Maintained by GSA as a part of our national and cultural heritage, the Fine Arts Collection serves as a reminder of the important tradition of individual creative expression.
“I’m very excited that GSA will soon be able to share one of our nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse public art collections,” said Regional Administrator Kalayil. “Through technology, we’re putting our extensive collection directly in the hands of the American people. This gives them access to many works of art tucked away in some of our federal buildings, and helps build a community that embraces the creativity of countless artists.”
The roundtable discussion with Bay Area art program professionals sought input and ideas on how GSA’s public art program can be more accessible. The discussion included representatives of UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, UC Davis, the San Francisco and Oakland Arts Commissions, the Mexican Museum, and local artists.