Commissioned art generally engages with its immediate setting in either a critical or a service-oriented sense and it may thus be a qualitative contribution to the setting in which people work, study and meet. Until recently the Art and Heritage Commission (KEC), in trying to fulfill its tasks, was geared in particular to work from young artists from the EU-region, of which Maastricht is one of the urban centers. For some time now the KEC has been further developing the international dimension of its activities. It puts more emphasis on the view that to some extent art should be experimental, boundary-crossing or challenging our preconceptions. Also, the KEC seeks to stress the interrelationship of art and science or art and architecture. In its selections, this commission has an eye for up-and-coming artists who are (inter)nationally of distinctive significance in the field of fine arts.