Fine Arts Program

The Federal Reserve Board's Fine Arts Program was established in 1975 by former Chairman Arthur F. Burns in response to a White House directive encouraging federal partnership with the arts. In a 1971 letter from the White House, Richard Nixon wrote, "It is my urgent desire that the growing partnership between Government and the arts continue to be developed to the benefit of both and more particularly to the benefit of the people of America." Chairman Burns saw this as an opportunity to both enhance the working environment at the Board and to provide its visitors with a memorable visual experience. He created the Fine Arts Program to collect and care for artwork and to organize exhibitions for display in the historic Marriner S. Eccles building.

As with all federal agencies, the Board may receive gifts of artwork, as well as funds to purchase works of art. The Board is dependent on these donations to build its collection, which includes drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, and sculptures.

Fine Arts Program Exhibitions

Part of the mission of the Fine Arts Program at the Federal Reserve Board is to organize exhibitions to educate Board staff and outside visitors. These exhibitions are displayed in the Eccles building. Exploring America: From Sea to Shining Sea is on view from February 27 through November 17, 2017. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except federal holidays. Reservations are required at least five business days in advance. For reservations and further information, please use the Contact Us form.

Permanent Collection

View a gallery of the Board's permanent collection

Robert Kushner - "American Tapestry," 2008, oil, acrylic, metallic leaf on canvas
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Last Update: April 13, 2017