Permanent Works of Art (PWA)

About the Permanent 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

  • Creating Kama‘āina” by Matthew Salenger and “Ho‘o Pōhaku” by Jerry Vasconcellos at Keahuolū Kona Judiciary Complex. Read more on our news blog: “Creating Kama‘āina” and “Ho‘o Pōhaku”.
  • E Huli I Ka ‘Ike (Look for the Knowledge)” at Kualapu‘u Public Conversion Charter School by Kazu Kauinana. Read more on our news blog: E Huli I Ka ‘Ike.
  • “Mr. Chickenpants” at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum by May Izumi. Read more on our news blog: Mr. Chickenpants.
  • “Ke Kukui Pioʻole (The Inextinguishable Torch)” at Lahainaluna High School by Randall Shiroma. Read more on our news blog: Ke Kukui Pioʻole.
  • “Hina and Her Family Return” at James B. Castle High School, Solomon Enos. Read more about this artwork on our news blog: Hina and Her Family Return and James B. Castle High School.
  • “Patsy T. Mink” at the Hawai‘i State Library, Holly Young. Read more about this artwork on our news blog: Patsy T. Mink.

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.

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.

Call for Artists

The SFCA posts calls for artists in the State of Hawai‘i for commissioned works of art in public buildings.  Artists 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 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 Program Director, via email at [email protected] 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 [email protected] or call (808) 586-9950.