Explore Salem’s Public Art Collection


The City of Salem public art collection encompasses works from a wide variety of media and spans more than 50 years of regional art history. The Salem collection includes a variety of materials, styles, and periods of art making in Salem and Oregon. The majority of works in the City of Salem’s public art collection date back to the original Mayor’s Art Invitational at the 1972 Civic Center opening and the 1976 Mayor’s Art Invitational exhibitions. Additional works have been donated individually at various times. More recently, several pieces have been acquired through the City of Salem’s half-a-percent for public art program, which applies to eligible City-funded capital construction projects.

​Locations of public art

From your smart phone or your desk, you can take a self-guided tour​ of the public art collection on display throughout the Civic Center, on the lawns and plazas, in the corridors and meeting rooms of the Library and the City Council Chambers, in downtown Salem and at the Salem Public Library. As you navigate the map, you’ll find information about each piece and the artist who created it.

Some of the art works featured are pieces on public display but are owned by other parties, such as the Salem Public Library Foundation.

Donate art

The Salem Public Art Commission is charged with overseeing the City’s public art collection, including acquisition, maintenance, cataloguing, and deaccessioning art within the collection. To that aim, the Commission acquires art​—through donation or purchase​—of exceptional quality and enduring value, with a preference for Oregon artists wherever possible. For more, see Salem Revised Code. Contact us if you would like to donate art for the City’s collection.

Contact us

Courtney Knox Busch
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
555 Liberty ST SE RM 220
Salem OR 97301