Art in Public Places
The Mission of the Public Art Program
Our mission is to ensure that the City of Eugene’s public art collection be of the highest quality and, when possible, of historical significance.
The City of Eugene established its commitment to the Visual Arts through the Percent for Art Ordinance of 1981, which states that it is an appropriate function of government to foster arts and the development of artists. Visual arts contribute to and provide experiences which enrich and better our social and physical environment. The commissioning of art works in public places, in addition to furthering the policy of fostering art and developing artists, enriches public perception of government buildings, parks, and other public spaces.
The City of Eugene’s Public Art collection can be seen in many places throughout the city.
View the City of Eugene’s Public Art Plan.
Art at the Hult Center
The Hult Center for the Performing Arts is the home of many treasures of public art. Art at the Hult includes a permanent collection on display, as well as work that is architecturally integrated throughout the building.
The Hult Center is remarkable for the extent to which visual arts have been architecturally integrated and the variety of the art works themselves. Ranging from hand-painted tiles in the restrooms to the house curtain in the Silva Concert Hall, works by 30 artists and crafts people were planned and executed in concert with the building construction. These collected art treasures help to make the Hult Center a popular visitors’ attraction in Eugene.
Other places to see public art include the Eugene Public Library, the Eugene Airport, City parks, and the City’s Public Works Division.