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.