Commissioned Works

About the Commissioned Works of Art

The Art in Public Places Program commissions original art projects for permanent installation at specific state public places. These project sites, such as state public schools, community colleges, libraries and airports, are identified and proposed for works of art by the SFCA. Funding is requested in the biennial budget, presented within the Executive Budget, to the Hawai‘i State Legislature. Upon approval of the budget, the APP Program convenes an Art Advisory Committee (AAC) for each building or space selected as a project site.

Recent Commissions

“Na Kalai Ola” at Innovations Public Charter School, Stuart Nakamura [Read more about this artwork on our news blog]

“Hokua” at Mililani Middle School, Henry Bianchini [Read more about this artwork in our June 2017 email newsletter]

“S.U.R.F.” at Sunset Beach Elementary School, Jodi Endicott [Read more about this artwork in our March 2017 email newsletter]

“Na Wao Ola A‘o Pi‘ilani (The Life Giving Forests of Maui)” at Pukalani Elementary School, Calley O’Neill [Read more about this artwork in our February 2017 email newsletter]

“Sweet” at the Aiea Public Library, Wayne Zebzda [Read more about this artwork in our November 2016 email newsletter]

About Art Advisory Committees

The role of the Art Advisory Committees is to make recommendations to the SFCA regarding the development and design of a given art project, including location, medium, distinguishing features of the artwork, and selection of the artist. The SFCA appoints members of the Art Advisory Committee from users of the facility and representatives from the community in which the facility is located. The committee chairperson is a representative of the state department, division or agency to which that state building or space is assigned. Others from the committee who serve as a resource or advisory member may include some or all of the following: the project architect, representatives of the state comptroller, representatives of state departments that are responsible for the construction or renovation, representatives of the APP Program, and as appropriate, SFCA-appointed artists or technical experts. The SFCA determines the method in which the art project should be commissioned.

Applying for Commissions

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts has instituted a new system of applying for public art projects through CaFÉ, an online application system for Calls for Entry. This user-friendly site was developed specifically for artists by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). The SFCA will post a call for artists in the State of Hawai‘i for commissioned works of art in public buildings.  Artists will submit their application online through the CaFÉ website, Applications will not be accepted in any other manner. There is no charge to artists registering on CaFÉ. If you are a first time user of CaFÉ, please allow adequate time to learn and use this system. We believe that there are many advantages to this new digital submission system in terms of artists’ accessibility, cost and environmental issues.  Artists will have access to other competition calls for entry, which are being posted on CaFÉ. We encourage you to visit to register and respond to current and/or upcoming SFCA calls.

Maintenance, Conservation, and Repair

Conservation and repair of commissioned works of art are services contracted by the APP Program as identified and budgeted by the SFCA. For more information about conservation and repair, contact Karen Ewald, Art in Public Places Manager, via email at or call (808) 586-9950.


For more information on the Commissioned Works of Art Program, contact Karen Ewald, Art in Public Places Manager, via email at or call (808) 586-9950.

Search for Commissioned Works of Art

The Art in Public Places Collection can be viewed online and searched by artist name, artwork title, type of media, and more: Search the Art in Public Places Collection. You can also search the Public Art Archive or the Locate Public Art web app for permanently installed artworks in the collection, such as sculptures at public buildings.