Artists urged to provide designs for new Salisbury Animal Lab


The Public Art Across Maryland Artwork Commissions program contracts artists to create new and original artwork for state buildings and public spaces across Maryland.

One of the latest sites is the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Salisbury Animal Health Lab at 27722 Nanticoke Road. Built in 1953 the lab building will be replaced.

The new facility is proposed to have two publicly accessible artwork locations for either the exterior or interior of the lab complex.

The exterior site is located within a landscaped median or “turn around” outside of the front building entrance. The location would lend itself to a freestanding three-dimensional artwork.

The interior location is a long wall within a large conference room. The wall will be viewable from the lobby through a glass curtain wall and visible to all employees and visitors. The conference room will be used regularly for public meetings, convenings of the agriculture industry and other uses.

For either the interior or exterior sites, the artwork will be seen by all employees and visitors entering and exiting the building. The exterior location will also be visible to those driving by on Nanticoke Road.

There is a $70,000 budget for a two- or three-dimensional public artwork. For more information on the projects click click here. The application deadline for both projects is 3 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021.

All professional artists or artist teams living in the United States may apply. “How to Apply” informational webinars will be held on May 7th and May 25th. Click here to register.

Proposed artwork must be original and unique to the MDA Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory with a contract signing anticipated to occur in October. The unveiling of the completed work is planned for the spring of 2022.