Oregon Percent for Art

Passed in 1975, Oregon’s Percent for Art legislation mandates that 1% of the direct construction funds of new or remodeled state buildings with construction budgets of $100,000 or more be set aside for the acquisition of art work. The Oregon Arts Commission oversees the Program and maintains archives of slides, photographs and related documentation for the works of art selected.

Encompassing over a 30-year period, the database offers access to over 5200 items. The collection offers glimpses of 1545 unique artwork creations, visual narratives of the creative process, and documentation.


This project is a collaboration between the Oregon Arts Commission and the University of Oregon Libraries.

It is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, and is administered by the Oregon State Library.

Institute of Museum and Library Services