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President emeritus conributes to book about Dutch public art

November 22, 2011

There will be an Indiana State University connection to a ceremony in the Netherlands Wednesday recognizing the Dutch government's commitment to public art.

Lloyd W. Benjamin III, president emeritus and trustee professor of art at Indiana State University, contributed an essay from an international perspective for the jubilee book "Commissioned: Sixty years of the Percent for Art Program."

The book chronicles the history of the program and provides a comprehensive and richly illustrated overview of the works of art produced between 1951 and 2011. During that period the Government Building Agency in the Netherlands commissioned more than 2,500 works of art. The collection includes work by such artists as Marlene Dumas, Joseph Kosuth, Bik van der Pol, Jan Dibbits, Germaine Kruip, Monika Sosnowska, Simon Starling and Spencer Finch.

Benjamin was invited to contribute to the publication based upon his seminal 1983 book and exhibition, "The Art of Designed Environments in the Netherlands," sponsored by Stichting Kunst en Bedrijf and IBM the Netherlands.

"Commissioned," a 504-page book available in both Dutch and English, provides an account of developments in contemporary art and in society, and shows how art can sometimes anticipate social changes.

The publication will presented to the public Wednesday at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam in conjunction with a symposium on commissioned art. The event will examine such issues as the differences between commissioned art and other visual art forms, the distinction between percentage for art programs in the United States and the Netherlands, and the demands and expectations on both the client and the artist.

Contact: Lloyd W. Benjamin III, president emeritus and trustee professor of art, Indiana State University, 812-237-3373 or