For the first time in nearly 10 years, the Alaska State Council on the Arts has purchased art from 17 Alaska contemporary artists through the Art in Public Places program. This art will be added to the over 600 pieces in the Alaska Contemporary Art Bank and will be loaned to state offices as part of the council's Art Bank loan program.
The Alaska Contemporary Art Bank loans art to state offices including legislative offices, court rooms, the governor's office and the Alaska Congressional Delegation. This program, the only one of its kind in the U.S., provides the opportunity for public officials to enjoy art and supports Alaskan contemporary artists.
Art in Public Places is a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and is funded through the state Percent for Art program. The Arts Council hopes to purchase more art for the program next year, pending available funds.
For a list of artists, visit www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca.