The Collection d’oeuvres d’art de l’UQAM includes some public works spread across the University’s campuses. They result from institutional orders or are carried out within the framework of the Québec Policy for the Integration of the Arts into Architecture. Adopted in 1961, this government measure stipulates that approximately 1% of the budget for the construction or development of public buildings and sites must be reserved for the creation of works of art designed specifically for them.
There are 25 public artworks in the Collection d’oeuvres d’art de l’UQAM. Some are made by great Québec artists (Françoise Sullivan, Alain Paiement, Pierre Ayot, Roberto Pellegrinuzzi, Michel Goulet), while others have become icons of UQAM and meeting points for the university community. A few examples from UQAM’s collection of public works can be found within Art public Montréal, an initiative of the City of Montréal aimed at bringing together, within a unique partnership, the numerous owners of public works of art on the Montréal territory.