GSA Launches Online Gallery of Public Art
More than 26,000 Works Now in Searchable Collection
Washington, DC - The U.S. General Services Administration (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. For the first time, people looking for information on these pieces will be able to find it online instead of thumbing through a printed book.
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.
“This new website gives instant access to America’s art and creates an exciting way to interact with government,” said Ann P. Kalayil, regional administrator for GSA’s Great Lakes Region, who led the team for the Fine Arts Collection initiative. “We’re proud to launch this site and share our collection with the American people.”
"No one has seen all of these works in person, but now we have the opportunity to understand the breadth of the collection. This site brings it all together for the first time and provides a portrait of America as seen by its artists," said Jennifer Gibson, director of GSA’s Art in Architecture and Fine Arts programs.
Since its founding in 1949, GSA has been commissioning and preserving great works of art by American artists. Signature pieces like Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo” sits outside the Kluczynski Federal Building in Chicago. GSA headquarters features “Kites” by Jacob Hashimoto. Paintings and murals created during the Great Depression as part of the Works Progress Administration hang on the walls of post offices, courthouses and federal buildings all across the country.
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.
If you would like to see an artwork and have questions about building access, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fine Arts Collection Infographic [PDF - 1.58 MB]
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"Flamingo," Alexander Calder
"Girl Sewing," Bernard P. Schardt
"Non-Sign II," Lead Pencil Studio