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Capitol Art Program
The program maintains the Capitol's collected works including: the Permanent Collection, the Loan Collection, the Biennial Senate Contemporary Art Collection, and an extensive antiques and statuary collection located throughout the Historic West Wing and East Annex
of the Capitol.


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The Capitol Collection
The collection evokes the essence of the state through images clearly recognizable as distinctive California scenery and people.
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Governors Portraits
Portraits of the governors are displayed throughout the Capitol and vary in style with the governor's chosen artist.
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The Capitol is home to two stunning murals, one is a 1914 depiction of California's past, present and future, the other depicts the origin of the state's naming.
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Antiques and Artifacts
Numerous furnishings, largely of the Renaissance Revival style, grace the Capitol's historic rooms and working offices.
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Contemporary Art Collection
Senators select artists from his or her district to display their work in offices located behind the Senate Chambers.
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Capitol Art Loan Program
More than 100 paintings, loaned from various individuals and institutions, are displayed in the West Wing of the Capitol.
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Capitol Family Art - Online Exhibit

The Joint Rules Committee and State Capitol Museum are proud to present for the first time “Capitol Family Art,” an exhibit of paintings, mixed media and sculpture by former legislators.
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Capitol Art


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