The Public Art Trust began in 1995 when the public art program was restored by a new law. Chapter 8 of the Montgomery County Code, Article VI Works of Art in Public Architecture, Section 8-45 states: “Each year the County Council should consider appropriating funds for the next fiscal year to the Public Arts Trust in an amount equal to 0.05% of the combined total approved capital expenditures for the then-current fiscal year for County Government, Public Schools, Montgomery College and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.”
The precursor to the Public Art Trust began in 1983 when the County Art in Architecture Program mandated that 1% of certain County capital projects be set aside for the acquisition and commissioning of artworks. At the same time, separate public art programs were administered at Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the County parks system. More than 200 works were collected during these programs.
Today, the Public Art Trust continues to commission site-specific works and supports other public art projects throughout Montgomery County. The Trust is Montgomery County’s central program for managing and commissioning all public art on County-owned property.
AHCMC is proud to share our recently adopted Montgomery County Public Art Guidelines, a collaboration with our colleagues at the Montgomery County Planning Department. These guidelines both celebrate Montgomery County's existing collection of public art, commissioned by the County and private developers, and provide parameters for successful projects. Click here
The Trust is guided by a Steering Committee that includes artists, business representatives, at-large members of the community and staff from County departments and agencies, including the County Department of General Services and the Parks Department of M-NCPPC.
Gabriel Albernoz, Department of Recreation
Christopher Anderson, Department of Housing and Community Affairs
Marc Buenavista, Montgomery Parks
Barry Carty, Federal Realty Investment Trust & AHCMC Board member
Sean Gallagher, Montgomery County Public Schools
Susan Hoffman, Department of Recreation
Catherine Matthews, Montgomery County, Upcounty Region
Hamid Omidvar, Department of Planning and Implementation
Greg Ossant, Department of General Services
Molline Smith, Montgomery Planning Commission
Robin Riley, Department of Recreation
Claudia Rousseau, Montgomery College
James Song, Montgomery County Public Schools
Patricia Shepherd, Department of Transportation
Molline Smith, Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Shellie Williams, Gaithersburg Arts Barn
Betty Wisda, City of Rockville
Todd Bressi, Advisor & Public Art Consultant