Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Public Art

Artist, Judy Sutton

The Public Arts 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 Arts 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 Arts 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.

View a map of Public Art in Montgomery County

NOTICE: Removal of Camp Seneca Totem Pole
The Camp Seneca Totem Pole, created in 1988 by artists Terry Boquist and Hobart Reitan, will be removed in late August 2019. The intention of Montgomery Parks and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) was to conserve this work and re-install it. Under the direction of AHCMC, a professional conservator conducted an assessment of the condition of the artwork. Deterioration at the core has completely compromised the structural integrity of the artwork due to major wood decay. The wood at the base of the sculpture is extremely degraded and will not support the weight of the sculpture for much longer. After consulting experts across the country on best practices for the preservation of totem poles, it was determined that this sculpture is too degraded to be repaired and is recommended for removal before it becomes a public hazard. The Camp Seneca Totem Pole, created in 1988 by artists Terry Boquist and Hobart Reita is a public sculpture not a religious artwork and is not associated with any indigenous or native peoples.

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