The Public Art program at USF focuses on commissioning site-specific projects by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists.
The USF Institute for Research in Art is recognized by the State of Florida as a major cultural institution and receives funding through the Florida Department of State, the Florida Arts Council and the Division of Cultural Affairs. Projects have been primarily funded by Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program, which allots a portion of construction appropriations for artwork to be permanently displayed in, on, or around all new public facilities that are built with state funds. Working with the director of the IRA and the Curator of Public Art, a local art selection committee makes decisions regarding the purchase and/or commission of artwork, following legislative guidelines. A separate committee is assigned to each project.
The USF Public Art Program was selected as one of the nation’s top ten university based public art programs, as published in the spring 2008 issue of Public Art Review, an internationally distributed magazine. The top ten list was produced by the Public Art Network, a national organization of public art professionals associated with American for the Arts.
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