Works of art are placed in public areas of the State Capitol as part of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts’ “Art in Public Places” program, which seeks to enhance the environmental quality of state public buildings and spaces not only for the sake of the public’s enjoyment but to cultivate awareness, understanding and appreciation of visual arts as it expresses creative interests and cultures of the people. The program was established in 1967, and was the first program of its kind in the nation.
Comprising over 900 pieces, it is the largest collection of artwork outside the Hawai‘i State Art Museum. With about 460 pieces showcased in 52 state lawmakers’ offices, including the Public Access Room and both governor and lieutenant governor’s offices, the evening is also an opportunity to talk story with your legislators. You’ll be asking, “Eh, senator, what’s on your wall?”