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This Handbook sets out the required process for acquiring artworks for your new state building through the Art in State Buildings ("ASB") Program. The Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs ("Division") has established the procedures and reporting requirements contained in this Handbook, which must be followed by your agency. This Handbook is incorporated in, and therefore part of Rule 1T-1.033, Florida Administrative Code, section entitled "Art in State Buildings Program."

About the Program

The Art in State Buildings Program ("ASB") was established in 1979 by the Florida Legislature. ASB requires that each appropriation for the original construction of a state building which provides public access shall include an amount of up to 0.5 percent of the total appropriation for the construction of the building, not to exceed $100,000, to be used for acquiring artwork for permanent display in public areas in the interior or on the grounds or the exterior of the building. See section 255.043, Florida Statutes, " Art in State Buildings."

The ASB Program applies only to buildings that provide "public access." Those facilities that the public does not normally visit are not eligible for the program (such as maintenance sheds, laboratories, secure areas or prisons). Artwork acquired through the Program is displayed only in those areas that the visiting public may view and enjoy and is not intended for private offices or employee-only areas.

The artworks within the state buildings that have participated in the ASB Program create a permanent art collection of great variety that is owned by the citizens of Florida. These works, both interior and exterior, grace the many different buildings that are used by state agencies and state universities throughout our state. Art and design are vital to construction projects - we can be proud that Florida law recognizes the value and benefits of providing public art.

Overview of the Selection Process

The head of each agency that receives appropriations to construct new buildings with public access ("User Agency") shall designate a person to serve as the Art in State Buildings ("ASB") Administrator for all of the agency’s eligible building projects, using the ASB Administrator Designation Form (pdf). Notifications of new eligible building projects shall be sent by the agency to the agency’s ASB Administrator and to the Florida Arts Council in care of the Division of Cultural Affairs using the Construction Appropriation Notification Form (pdf) The ASB Administrator shall oversee and administer the ASB selection process, which includes the following:

Local Art Selection Committee

The Art in State Buildings Program utilizes an open, transparent and community-based selection process. The local Art Selection Committee is at the heart of that process and is organized by the ASB Administrator. The Committee members represent a variety of stakeholders, including representatives from the local community.

The Committee is responsible for determining the site(s) for placement of artwork, reviewing submitted images of artwork, reviewing presentations and proposals, and making selections of artwork for the new facility. The Committee shall select artworks of high quality that are appropriate to the site and the nature of the agency, and address issues of safety, permanence, maintenance, and value.

Each Committee position shall be represented by a separate individual. Exceptions: in State University System projects, the User Agency Representative may also serve as the ASB Administrator. Also, more than one person may represent the employees of the User Agency as Co-Occupant Representatives.

A majority of Committee members must be present in order to hold a meeting and vote. Each voting Committee position shall have one vote, and the persons holding those positions must be present in order to vote. Committee members who are unable to attend shall send a person with comparable qualifications to replace them for that meeting. The number of required Committee members varies, as explained below.

Committee Members

The amount of a project’s art allocation determines the number of Art Selection Committee members. Agencies with project art allocations of less than $10,000 are not required to use the art selection process in this Handbook but may instead purchase artwork with the advice of the ASB Administrator and other design professionals associated with the project.

For an allocation of $10,000 - $30,000, the Committee shall include:

For an allocation of $30,001 - $100,000, the Committee shall include:

Up to five (5) non-voting members may be added to a Local Art Selection Committee to provide additional technical or advisory expertise. When the Department of Management Services builds a new facility and leases it to one or more other state agencies, the DMS agency head may appoint a voting member to the Art Selection Committee.

Committee members shall be ineligible to submit their own artworks for consideration. Members must abide by section 112.3143, Florida Statutes, entitled "Voting Conflicts" if they have any interest in those matters on which they are asked to vote.

Committee Position Descriptions

User Agency Representative - VOTING

The User Agency head, or his/her designee, shall be responsible for bringing the aesthetic, safety, maintenance or other concerns of the user agency to the Committee. This member may serve for one or more ASB projects and shall be designated using the User Agency Representative Designation Form (pdf).

Occupant Representative - VOTING

This member shall be an employee designated by the User Agency Representative, to represent the staff of the new facility and shall be responsible for conveying the opinions of other employees to the Committee. In turn, this individual shall describe the Committee's deliberations to fellow employees. At the discretion of the agency head, multiple employees may serve as Co-Occupant Representatives. However, the position shall only have one vote.

Architect - VOTING

This member is the professional who designed the new facility (or his/her designee) who shall present blueprints and/or a model of the facility, and shall discuss site placement, construction materials, lighting, dimensions, and aesthetic concerns with the Committee.

Visual Arts Representative - VOTING

This member shall be a local community visual arts expert who shall suggest media and potential sites for artwork, recommend specific artists to be solicited, and utilize his/her professional arts background to assist the Committee in judging the artistic quality of the artists' images, presentations, and proposals. The ASB Administrator may request the assistance of Local Arts Agencies in choosing appropriate community visual art experts to serve in this position.

Project Director - NON-VOTING

This member shall be the person in charge of the construction project for the user agency or its designee. The Project Director shall advise the Committee on matters regarding scheduling, purchase orders, contracts with artists, and installation of the artwork. State agency construction architects or university facilities directors, or their designees, may serve as the Project Director.

ASB Administrator - NON-VOTING

This member shall be the primary facilitator of the ASB process who, utilizing public art expertise and training, leads the Committee through facility evaluation, artist search, decision-making, and final selection of artist(s) and artwork(s).

Artwork Selection Process

The artwork selection process may begin as soon as the budget has been signed by the Governor and the agency receives authorization for Legislatively-appropriated funds for the new building. This will ensure that the selected artist(s) and members of the design team, such as the architect, have enough time to collaborate. The process begins with the agency’s submission of the project’s Construction Appropriation Notification Form to the ASB Administrator and to the Florida Arts Council via the Division.

The selection process shall reflect the national standards and best practices of the public art field. For example:

Art Selection Committee Meetings

For each project, the Art Selection Committee shall meet from one (1) to three (3) times, or more, to select artists and/or artwork. Depending on the amount of the project’s art budget, the Art Selection Process may be condensed.

Projects with art allocations under $10,000 may form a committee and utilize the selection process, they may condense the selection process to one meeting or they may save selection process time by purchasing existing artwork with the advice of the ASB Administrator and other design professionals associated with the project. Committees for projects with art allocations of $10,000 to $30,000 may elect to hold their first meeting via conference call.

The meetings of the Art Selection Committee shall be public meetings appropriately noticed by the ASB Administrator in accordance with Florida's "Government in the Sunshine Law" (see section 286.011, Florida Statutes).

Orientation Meeting

At the initial Orientation Meeting, the members of the Local Art Selection Committee shall:

The ASB Administrator shall complete the first page of the Committee Meetings Report within 14 days after the meeting and maintain it for the agency’s records.

Methods of Solicitation

The Committee shall solicit artist entries via Invitation or Open Competition.


Based on consultation with the Visual Arts Representative(s), the Committee shall recommend artists to be contacted by the ASB Program Administrator and invited to submit images of their work for the Committee's review.

Open Competition

To solicit artists via Open Competition, the Committee shall disseminate information about the project using various artist mailing lists which may include the Division's public art mailing list. The project may be advertised locally, statewide, regionally, nationally or internationally.

Artist Criteria

Artists shall meet at least two (2) of the following criteria to have their submissions presented to the Art Selection Committee. This ensures that artists have achieved a level of expertise and recognition in their profession. The ASB Administrator shall review all submissions and notify any artists that do not meet the required criteria.

Artist Submission Requirements

In addition to meeting the foregoing criteria, each artist shall submit the following.

  1. A brief letter of interest describing why his/her artwork is appropriate for the project and how the submitted images relate to the project requirements. Artwork that does not meet the project specifications shall not be considered; for example, when an artist submits images of sculpture when images of paintings were requested. Artists may also briefly describe their history, training, and experience.
  2. Current professional resume, with emphasis on public art experience.
  3. Ten (10) to 20 digital images of artworks .
  4. The Image Identification Sheet, which shall describe the submitted images, and be clearly labeled with the project number, project name, artist name, artist address, artist phone number, and artist email. For each image, the artist shall include a thumbnail of image, image number, title of work, date of work, medium of work, dimensions of work, price of work or amount of commission, and indication of artwork's availability for purchase (if applicable). For images of commissioned work, the artist may include a brief description or explanation.

Artists shall comply with these specific instructions in regard to their submissions. If the Committee receives an incorrect or incomplete submission, the ASB Administrator shall contact the artist and explain the issue. Artists shall be allowed to resubmit correctly, if this can be done in a reasonable time before the Image Review Meeting.

Image Review Meeting

At this meeting, the members of the Arts Selection Committee shall:

Image Review Procedures

Preliminary Blind Review

The Committee shall complete a preliminary blind review of a representative sample of images to get an overall sense of all the submissions. Artists shall remain anonymous and referred to by number only. No discussion shall occur at this point. The Committee may take brief notes.

Second Blind Review

The Committee shall complete a second blind review of the images based solely on demonstrated artistic excellence as determined by each Committee member in consultation with the visual art representative(s). Artists shall remain anonymous. Information regarding medium and scale shall be given. Other information may be discussed. The following elements shall be considered in the determination of artistic excellence and shall serve as a guide for consideration and discussion.

Third Review

The Committee shall discuss those artists who have been identified for further consideration; resumes may be reviewed. After consultation with the Visual Art Representative(s), the Committee shall eliminate those artists that do not meet the criteria for artist submissions, in that they do not possess adequate training or experience for the project.

The Committee shall proceed through as many rounds of review, discussion and elimination as necessary, to decide upon artwork(s) to purchase and/or 1 to 4 finalists from whom to request Proposals or Presentations.

Artwork/Finalist Selection

After the images have been reviewed, the Committee shall decide to:

Purchase of Existing Pieces

For each piece selected for purchase, the artist shall supply:

Finalist Review Methods

The Committee shall select one (1) of the two (2) following methods to review finalists. All finalists shall be reviewed using the same method, either Presentation or Proposal.

Artist Presentations
This method allows the Committee to take a closer look at the background, previous works, and artwork style of each finalist, i.e., the Committee reviews/selects the artist rather than the artwork. Finalist Presentations may be scheduled within two (2) to six (6) weeks of the Image Review Meeting, at the convenience of the Committee and the finalists. The Committee shall work with the selected artist(s) to develop a proposal and then choose the actual artwork for the site.
Site-specific Proposals
With this method each finalist shall present what he/she proposes to do with the site. This method reviews/selects the proposed artwork, rather the artist. Finalists shall be provided with sufficient information about the facility and its design, materials and construction to assist with the creation of their proposals. All finalists shall be given the same information and encouraged to confer with the Committee in the development of their proposals. Proposals shall be presented to the Committee no less than eight (8) weeks after the Image Review Meeting. During and after the Finalist Review Meeting, the Committee shall work with the selected artist(s) to finalize and implement the chosen artworks.

Submission Requirements for Finalists

All finalists shall submit the following items to be presented to the Committee in the Finalist Review Meeting:

For Artist Presentations, the artist shall include:

For Site-Specific Proposals, the artist shall include:

The Art Selection Committee may also supply additional instructions for the finalists, such as specifications for media, dimensions or themes.

Implementation Expenses

A portion of the project’s art allocation may be set aside for implementation expenses related to the acquisition of artwork. Examples of allowable expenditures include but are not limited to: advertising the project, publicity documents, educational materials, fees for artist presentations or the commissioning of site-specific proposals, signage, selection process administration, and any installation costs that are not the responsibility of the artist. The amount set aside for implementation expenses may be no more than 20% of the project’s art allocation and, of this amount, no more than 15% of the project’s art allocation may be used for selection process administration. This may include contracting with an outside source to administer the selection process. Implementation Expenses shall be reported on the Committee Meetings Report.

Finalist Review Meeting

At this meeting, the Committee shall:

Before the Proposals or the Presentations, the Committee shall review representative images of the finalists' artwork and their resumes. Each finalist shall be given the same amount of time to present his/her Proposal for artwork or to make a Presentation of their qualifications. This time shall include a question and answer period for the Committee. If a finalist presenting a proposal is unable to attend the meeting in person, the ASB Administrator may present his/her proposal; however, the finalist must be available to answer Committee questions (by phone, facsimile, email, etc.). After all Presentations or Proposals, the Committee shall attempt to reach a consensus decision through a thorough discussion of the artist(s) and/or artworks.

If a consensus cannot be reached, a vote shall be taken, with the majority carrying the decision. Each voting Committee position shall have one vote and all Committee members must be present in order to vote. Voting members who are unable to attend should send a qualified substitute, if possible.

Finalist Review Guide

The Presentations or Proposals shall be reviewed, considered, and discussed by the Committee, based on the following criteria:

After the artwork is selected, the ASB Administrator shall complete the Selection Detail Form, which provides the artist's name, address, telephone, and email, as well as a complete description of the selected artwork(s) and purchase price and/or commission amount.

The User Agency Representative may veto any selection made by the Committee. All Committee selections shall be approved by the signature of the User Agency Representative and the Project Director on the Committee Meetings Report. If no artists are selected, the art selection process shall start over from the beginning.

Project Completion

Upon completion of the Selection Process, the ASB Administrator shall:

The User Agency shall:

Label Format

All installed works of art should be labeled in the following uniform manner:

ARTIST (birth and death year)

Title, year completed

Medium, dimensions (HxWxD)

Purchased (year) with funds provided by Florida's Art in State Buildings Program (F.S. 255.043)


JAMES T. CARLSON (1941 - )

Yesterday's Memory, 1984

Oil on canvas, 48" x 62"

Purchased 1984 with funds provided by Florida's Art in State Buildings Program (F.S. 255.043)

This label format contains the minimum amount of information required by the Art in State Buildings Program. Expanded signage is encouraged to increase the viewers' understanding of the artwork and to convey more information about the artist. This expanded signage may consist of paragraphs added to the label, separate handouts, or some other format.

Artwork Maintenance Reponsibilities

Maintenance and security of the artwork acquired through this program shall be the responsibility of the User Agency of the facility where the artwork is sited. Artwork becomes the property of the User Agency and is placed in the agency’s inventory for insurance purposes.

If requested by the User Agency, the Division will offer its recommendations for any necessary maintenance, cleaning, or repairs, which will be based on written instructions submitted by the artist at the time of purchase or installation of the work, or on consultations with professional art conservators.

Legal References

Terms and Definitions


The architect assigned to the project or the architect’s designee(s).

Art Allocation

The amount set aside by the state agency that is responsible for the new construction, to be used for acquiring and installing artwork, which may be up to one-half of one percent (.5%) of the total construction appropriation, but may not exceed $100,000.

ASB Administrator

The person assigned by the User Agency head to administer and facilitate the Art Selection Process for that agency's eligible construction project(s). In the State University System, the User Agency Representative may also serve as ASB Administrator or they may appoint an ASB Administrator.

Blind Review

The initial review of artists' submissions based solely on artistic excellence and appropriateness to the site, where artists' identities remain anonymous.

Commissioned Work

A work of art that is site-specific, professionally designed for a particular location, and that is a specified medium, genre, size, or subject.


The project's local Art Selection Committee that is responsible for selecting artwork for purchase or commission, or both.

DMS Representative

The Department of Management Services agency head or an individual designated by the agency head when DMS is the builder and lessor of a facility occupied by one or more other state agencies.


The Division of Cultural Affairs of the Department of State

Division's Public Art Mailing List

A list that may be used by Art Selection Committees to solicit artists for projects. Artists may add their names to this list by setting up a profile in the Division's online mailing list system. ASB Administrators may request the most current version of this list from the Division.

Implementation Expense

The project expenditures for items other than artwork, such as proposal fees for the commissioning of site-specific proposals from artists, advertising the project, creating educational and publicity documents, and selection process administration.

Occupant Representative

An employee who will work in the new facility and is designated by the User Agency Representative to serve on the local Art Selection Committee. At the discretion of the User Agency, this Committee position may be held by more than one person (called Co-Occupants), but regardless how many persons serve, there shall only be one vote cast on behalf of the Occupant Representative.


One of the two methods chosen by the Art Selection Committee to select artwork. With the Presentation method, finalist(s) present their qualifications and examples of their previous artwork to the Art Selection Committee.

Primary User

In those buildings that will be occupied by more than one state agency, the agency that will occupy the largest amount of square feet in the new building.

Project Director

The individual managing the construction of a state building.


One of the two methods chosen by the Art Selection Committee to select the artwork. With the Proposal method, finalists submit a proposal for a site-specific artwork.

Proposal Fees

The amount to commission site-specific Proposals from artists or for artist Presentations. This expense is considered an implementation expense.

Public Access

Free access by the public to an area, in the interior of a building, during normal operating hours.

Public Areas

Those areas of a building or its surrounding grounds normally frequented by the general public without limitation of access during normal work hours.

State Building

An original construction project funded through the fixed capital outlay appropriation process.

User Agency

The state agency or university that will occupy the new facility. When multiple agencies occupy a facility, the User Agency is called the Primary User. When there is no Primary User or the User Agency has not been determined, the User Agency should be the agency that builds the facility.

User Agency Representative

The User Agency head or an individual designated by the agency head to represent the User Agency as a member of the Art Selection Committee.

Visual Arts Representative

A professional in such fields as art, design arts, art history, architecture, or architectural history.

Work of Art

Aesthetic objects or works produced by an artist as a result of skill and creative imagination which includes but is not limited to such items as architecturally integrated work, bas-relief, ceramic, craft, drawing, environmental piece, fiber, fountain, glass, kinetic, light sculpture, mixed media, mobile, mosaic, mural, painting, photography, print, sculpture, tapestry, wall hanging or digital media created by a professional artist, artisan, or craftsperson. Reproductions and mass-produced items are excluded from this definition.

Art in State Buildings Forms (appended)

The User Agency is responsible for maintaining the record copies of all forms.

  1. ASB Administrator Designation Form (pdf, 19KB)
  2. Construction Appropriation Notification Form (pdf, 24KB) (must be submitted to the Florida Arts Council, care of the Division of Cultural Affairs)
  3. User Agency Representative Designation Form (pdf, 19KB)
  4. Committee Meetings Report (pdf, 82KB)
  5. Selection Detail Form (pdf, 36KB)
  6. Artist Declaration Form (pdf, 17KB)
  7. Project Completion Form (pdf, 24KB) (submit a copy to the Division for informational purposes)

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