Established in 1974 under the leadership of former Governor Daniel. J. Evans, the Washington State Art in Public Places (AIPP) program mandates that one-half of one percent of the state’s portion of construction costs for state buildings is designated for the acquisition of public artwork. It is because of this program that we are proud to announce that the remodeled Parrington Hall will be home to a piece of art in the State Art Collection. This, thanks to the Washington State Legislature’s investment of $10M towards the remodel of this historic, state-owned building. 

The Washington State Arts Commission, a state government agency that runs AIPP, facilitates the public art program and guides entities like the Evans School through the artist selection process.  In early 2019, a committee was formed and includes the WA State Arts Commission Program Manager, the University of Washington’s Public Art Coordinator, two members of the Parrington Hall remodel architecture firm, Associate Professor Joaquin Herranz Jr., and Professor and Dean Sandra Archibald.  After reviewing the artists listed in the public artist roster, the Evans School artist selection committee - joined by two Evans School MPA students – interviewed three finalists, ultimately selecting Los Angeles-based architect and artist Lisa Little to create a public art installation for the new building. 

Little was deemed a good fit for the Parrington Hall project based on her experience working with universities, the integration of her engineering, architectural, and artistic background, and her passion for the Evans School’s mission to improve the public and nonprofits sectors through leadership and policy.

The Evans School community is invited to meet Lisa Little and to offer input on the qualities that are important for the creation of public art in Parrington Hall at a set of open meetings. Meetings will be held on July 12th for faculty and staff; and, on July 13th for a breakfast meeting with students.  Please save these dates – more details to come!