Art in Public Places Program

The Art in Public Places (APP) Program acquires completed, portable works of art, and commissions artists to create works of art for specific locations. Works of art are displayed in over 640 sites statewide including schools, libraries, hospitals, airports, state office buildings, the State Capitol and at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM). The APP Program also supports excellent arts education programming in schools during the school day, out-of-school arts education for pre-K students and lifelong learning for adults. 

Percent for Art Program

In 1967, Hawaiʻi became the first state in the nation to adopt a percent-for-art law. The purpose of the law is to beautify and humanize our state buildings and increase public access to the arts.

Explore the Collection

View artworks in the Art in Public Places Collection online.

Recent Additions to the Art in Public Places Collection

Artworks purchased by or gifted to the Art in Public Places Collection, fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023).

Date of ApprovalArtist NameArtwork TitleArtwork MediumYear CreatedAcquired From
7/20/2022Emily McIlroyThe Lilies How They Grow (I)oil and pastel on paperHonolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center "The Lilies How They Grow: Emily McIlroy"
7/20/2022Emily McIlroyThe Lilies How They Grow (II)oil and pastel on paperHonolulu Museum of Art at First Hawaiian Center "The Lilies How They Grow: Emily McIlroy"
7/20/2022Emily McIlroyFeather Woman Wailingink and pastel on paperSFCA Art in Public Places 2020 Covid Call for Art
7/20/2022Darius HomayounpourIndigo Rag Painting No. 5cast-off textiles, indigo-dyed"Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Fiber Hawaiʻi 2022" at Downtown Art Center (Honolulu)
7/20/2022Rd ManzanoArtisan Slavecartoneria, cartapesta, papier mache"Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Fiber Hawaiʻi 2022" at Downtown Art Center (Honolulu)
7/20/2022Liz TrainRed Hot Mamawool and silk woven on a welded steel framework"Hawaiʻi Craftsmen Fiber Hawaiʻi 2022" at Downtown Art Center (Honolulu)

Fiscal Year 2022 Additions to the Art in Public Places Collection

Artworks purchased by or gifted to the Art in Public Places Collection, fiscal year 2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022)

Date of ApprovalArtist NameArtwork TitleArtwork MediumYear CreatedAcquired From
11/17/2021Drew Kahuʻaina BrodericInextinguishable Torchbamboo, display case2020SFCA Art in Public Places COVID Call for Art 2020
11/17/2021Debra DrexlerGold Streamacrylic on canvas painting2019"AbstractionX3" exhibit, Maui Arts and Cultural Center
11/17/2021Don BernshouseWeathermixed media on paper, framed2018"AbstractionX3" exhibit, Maui Arts and Cultural Center
11/17/2021Don BernshouseHead with India Printed Paper and Korean Calligraphymixed media on paper, framed2018"AbstractionX3" exhibit, Maui Arts and Cultural Center
11/17/2021Don BernshouseBird (and Man)mixed media on paper, framed2018"AbstractionX3" exhibit, Maui Arts and Cultural Center
11/17/2021Tom LieberContactoil on canvas painting2020"AbstractionX3" exhibit, Maui Arts and Cultural Center
11/17/2021Bernice AkamineKapa Moe: Hae Hawaiʻikapa (Hawaiian bark cloth)2020"Midsummer Art Celebration 4th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibit 2021" exhibit at Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Tobias BrillJust Thinkingacrylic painting2020"Midsummer Art Celebration 4th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibit 2021" exhibit at Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Jazmine Cokefour out of fivebeeswax, gouache paint2021"Midsummer Art Celebration 4th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibit 2021" exhibit at Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Carl F.K. PaoKiʻi Kupuna: ʻo ʻAilaʻau - Maka 2020acrylic and shellac on canvas painting2020"Midsummer Art Celebration 4th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibit 2021" exhibit at Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Carl F.K. PaoKiʻi Kupuna: ʻo ʻAilaʻau - Maka 2021acrylic and shellac on canvas painting2020"Midsummer Art Celebration 4th Annual Statewide Juried Exhibit 2021" exhibit at Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Charlene AsatoUnder Coverartist's book2021"Abstract Only 11th Annual All Media Juried Exhibit" exhibit, Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Lynn GratonHonaunautextile wall hanging - overshot weave with sashiko embroidery2021"Abstract Only 11th Annual All Media Juried Exhibit" exhibit, Wailoa Center
11/17/2021J. GriggsOur Firm and Fleeting Worldphotograph2020"Abstract Only 11th Annual All Media Juried Exhibit" exhibit, Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Cheri GroomLandmarkmixed media with oil and cold wax2020"Abstract Only 11th Annual All Media Juried Exhibit" exhibit, Wailoa Center
11/17/2021Joanne HopperFennel and Radish - Pukalani Farmer's Marketwatercolor painting"Hawaii Watercolor Society Open Exhibition 2021", Downtown Art Center
11/17/2021John KrenikHaleakala Highwatercolor painting"Hawaii Watercolor Society Open Exhibition 2021", Downtown Art Center
11/17/2021Bernice AkamineHuakaʻi 2021kapa, earth pignments, pen and ink drawings2021"Na Kapa Kuʻina", Donkey Mill Art Center
11/17/2021Roen HuffordKa papa honua (Strata of Earth)kapa2021"Na Kapa Kuʻina", Donkey Mill Art Center
11/17/2021Roen HuffordKumu lipo (Source of Life)kapa2021"Na Kapa Kuʻina", Donkey Mill Art Center
11/17/2021Roen HuffordPi'i ka mauna (Ascending the mauna)kapa2021"Na Kapa Kuʻina", Donkey Mill Art Center
11/17/2021Dalani TanahyHe Kumu Wai 'Olekapa2021"Na Kapa Kuʻina", Donkey Mill Art Center
11/17/2021Ann OkadaStarlight Thru Ebony Moonglass (fused iridescent and opaque)"Inspirations - 2021 Biennial Juried Exhibition", Downtown Art Center
11/17/2021Joan NamkoongSymmetrytextile wall hanging - handwoven cotton/6-shaft satin on a drawloom"Inspirations - 2021 Biennial Juried Exhibition", Downtown Art Center
11/17/2021Lynn Martin GratonSurf Rising Itextile wall hanging - painted warp Ikat, cotton, bottom weights (fuchin) of polymer clay"Inspirations - 2021 Biennial Juried Exhibition", Downtown Art Center
11/17/2021Ghislaine ChockThe Forgotten Coverlet of 1862textile, Merino wool and cotton"Inspirations - 2021 Biennial Juried Exhibition", Downtown Art Center
11/17/2021Jean CharlotEarly Cultural Exchangesfresco mural1966Gift of First Hawaiian Bank

Request Artwork

Artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection are displayed in state government sites across the state. To request artwork for a state government site, or to request that artwork at a site be moved, please click the “make a request” button below.

Invite Committee

Artworks for the Art in Public Places Collection are selected via an Acquisition Award Selection Committee (AASC) from juried or curated exhibits statewide. An AASC visit must be requested by the exhibition organizers.

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum (HiSAM)

Engaging the public with the arts online and in downtown Honolulu.

Purpose and History​

Enriching the public sphere through the arts since 1967.

Art in Public Places Video Gallery

Short videos featuring artists talking about their artworks in the Art in Public Places Collection.

Short videos featuring artworks from the Art in Public Places Collection.