Hi. When sending calls for works on paper to be added to our collection, we added the following:


“This call is specifically for the purchase of original and unframed two-dimensional works of art that are contemporary and modern in style. These works may include, but are not limited to, paintings in various media, drawings in various media, photographs, mixed media, and limited edition prints. These artworks should help create inspiring spaces that foster innovation, creative excellence and personal reflection. The Public Art Trust is especially interested in artworks that reflect the unique and diverse character of Montgomery County.”




SELECTION CRITERIA Submissions will be juried into the collection based on the following criteria:

 Artistic Merit - The intrinsic quality and excellence of a proposed artwork.

 Diversity - Consideration will be given to the extent to which the artwork increases the inclusive nature of the collection in terms of artist background, materials, media and subject matter.


This did help both guide those submitting to the call, and the panel that determined which works to accept.


Hope you find this helpful.





suzan jenkins
chief executive officer




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phone: 301.565.3805

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Subject: Adding Diversity to your Collection




This might be an odd question, but I wanted to see what everyone’s strategies were for adding more diversity to their public art collection, both through the artists selected and the subject matter of the works. I’m not sure if this has been a session at the conference before, but it might be a good one to do sometime.


Thanks for your help and suggestions!






Emily Wilkinson, M.A., M.Ed.

Director for Public Art


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