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Substitute Senate Bill No. 397

Public Act No. 08-78

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE BUILDING WORKS OF ART ACCOUNT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 4b-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2008):

(a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings: "State building" means any building or facility owned or leased by the state of Connecticut and open to the public or intended for such use, exclusive of any shed, warehouse, garage, building of a temporary nature or building located on the grounds of a correctional institution; "proposal development expenses" means the cost of preparing a detailed drawing, model or plan as determined by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism; and "work of art" means art work which is to be an integrated part of such state building, including but not limited to, fresco, mosaic, sculpture and other architectural embellishment or functional art created by a professional artist, artisan or craftsperson, and any work of visual art which is not to be an integrated part of such state building, including but not limited to, a drawing, painting, sculpture, mosaic, photograph, work of calligraphy or work of graphic art or mixed media. Work of art as used in this section shall not include landscape architecture or landscape gardening.

(b) The State Bond Commission, in the allocation of proceeds of state bonds for purposes of construction, reconstruction or remodeling of any state building, shall allocate for works of art, with respect to each such project and for the purposes of subsection (c) of this section, an amount from such proceeds not less than one per cent of the total estimated cost of such construction, reconstruction or remodeling, exclusive of (1) the cost of any land acquisition, (2) any nonconstruction costs including the cost of such work of art, and (3) any augmentations to such cost, provided any such allocation for work of art as provided in this section must be approved, prior to authorization of such allocation by the State Bond Commission, by the Commissioner of Public Works in consultation with the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism. Such allocation may be used to reimburse any artist, artisan, craftsperson or person who creates a work of art, for proposal development expenses when the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism requests such proposal development or to compensate persons who, at the request of the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism determine whether such works of art require proposal development.

(c) There is established within the General Fund a state building works of art account, which shall be a separate, nonlapsing account. The moneys within said account shall be used (1) for the purchase of works of art from distinguished Connecticut artists, which shall be placed on public view in state buildings, (2) to establish a bank of major works of art, from which individual works of art may be circulated among state buildings, public art museums and nonprofit galleries, and (3) for repair of all works acquired under this section. The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Works, shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, which shall (A) indicate the portion of the one per cent allocation under subsection (b) of this section, up to one quarter of such allocation, which shall be deposited in the General Fund and credited to said account, (B) set forth the manner in which the moneys in said account shall be allocated and expended for the purposes of this subsection, and (C) establish procedures to ensure accountability in maintaining the integrity of such bank of works of art.

(d) There is established a subaccount within the state buildings works of art account, established pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, to be known as the "maintenance account" to be used solely for the conservation, repair and cleaning of artworks commissioned and purchased for state buildings pursuant to this section. The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism shall determine what percentage of the one per cent allocation pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, up to ten per cent of such allocation, to credit to said subaccount.

[(d)] (e) The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism shall, with respect to a work of art in any project under subsection (b) of this section, be responsible for the selection of any artist, artisan or craftsperson, review of any design or plan, and execution, completion, acceptance and placement of such work of art, provided any work of art to be located in any building under the supervision, security, utilization and control of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management shall be approved by said committee. The Commissioner of Public Works, in consultation with said commission, (1) shall be responsible for the contractual arrangements with any such artist, artisan or craftsperson, and (2) shall adopt regulations concerning implementation of the purposes of subsection (b) of this section and this subsection.

Approved May 27, 2008