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Public art is most commonly associated with a sculpture or painting in areas accessible or visible to the public, but it can and does go well beyond those media. Terrazzo floors, etched glass, ceiling panels, textiles, stair railings, risers, pavers, planters, landscape, fences and grates are just some of the possibilities for public art contributions to public spaces. The possibilities are as vast as the imaginations of artists and architects.

Utah’s Percent-for-Art Act

In 1985, the Legislature passed the Utah Percent-for-Art Act (Utah Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Sections 401-409), which designates 1% of construction costs of new and/or renovated state public buildings is added to the project for the purpose of commissioning, maintaining and conserving site specific art at, on, or in the facility. The collection includes a broad range of media from textiles and glass to stone and metal monumental works.

Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • Utah State University – Brigham City –  requesting qualifications from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork(s) for the inaugural project on the new campus of Utah State University in Brigham City, Utah.  This new building is designed to be unique, iconic, and timeless in order to serve as one of the community cornerstones, and the front entrance to new future campus. This community and site are at the confluence of a series of fascinating historical, cultural, agricultural, and geological features that served as great ingredients for the development of the project design.
    Budget: $62,500 – Deadline: May 22, 2015

The Utah State Legislature Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee reviews all capital projects for the State and approves or cuts public art funding for those projects. If you would like to contact the legislators on the committee to express your views on art in public places, the committee membership and committee schedule and contact information can be found online.

Projects in Process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • No other Utah projects registered with us at this time.

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Meridian International Center  is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Community Engagement through the Arts Exchange Program for American mural artists. Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Cultural Programs Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) with programming support from Meridian, four American artists will travel abroad to collaborate with local youth and underserved populations on community-based projects in the mural arts.
    Budget: Basic costs + $5,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2015
  • The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) from artists, artist teams, or artist representatives for artwork for permanent exterior installation on the site of the replacement Art Building.
    Budget: $386,000 – Deadline: April 2, 2015
  • Orange County Convention Center North Hall Public Art opportunity call for qualifications.
    Seeking an artist or group to develop artwork for the Orange County Convention Center’s renovated North Hall.
    Budget: $400,000 – Deadline: April 3, 2015
  • The City of Denver Public Art Program is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a public art project at the soon-to-be-renovated McNichols Civic Center Building located at 144 W. Colfax in Denver. The selection panel is interested in commissioning an artist or group of artists to collaborate with the design team to integrate artwork that can successfully connect the exterior/façade of the building with the interior activities, which include cultural and civic events, as well as private events.
    Budget: $145,000 – Deadline: April 5, 2015
  •  Monogram Residential Trust and managing agent, Urban Preservation Foundation are seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific permanent public artwork for their OM – On Mission development in San Francisco.
    Budget: $225,000 – April 6, 2015
  • The City of Hillsboro Public Art Program has a call to artists for a sculpture commission to be placed at the Shute Park Library, Hillsboro, Oregon. The library sits next to the oldest park in the city with towering Douglas fir trees, and has just been extensively renovated. The location is identified as a gateway to the downtown area, and is a hub of activity for the community.
    Budget: $78,000- Deadline: April 6, 2015
  • The OM – On Mission development has a request for qualifications. Monogram Residential Trust and managing agent, Urban Preservation Foundation are seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific permanent public artwork for their OM – On Mission development located at 1401 Mission Street in San Francisco, CA.
    Budget: $225,000 – Deadline: April 6, 2015
  • Sculpture Commission at Shute Park Library, Hillsboro, Oregon
    Artists are invited to apply for a commission in Hillsboro, seventeen miles west of Portland, Oregon, to create a permanent artwork adjacent to a blank wall at a newly renovated library. The commission is NOT for a mural.
    Budget: $78,000 – Deadline: April 6, 2015
  • The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional Artists or Teams of Artists in response to a significant public art opportunity for the City of Charlotte’s Joint Communications Center (JCC).
    Budget: $400,000 – Deadline: April 9, 2015
  • The City of Calgary (The City) Public Art Program and the Transportation Department – Trans Canada Highway/Bowfort Road interchange Calgary.  Solicitation Number: 14-1762 – Alberta Purchasing Connection ( All requests for clarification and questions regarding the RFP must be submitted via email to Dean Scott at or
    Budget: $500,000 CDN – Deadline: April 10, 2015 at 4 pm MST
  • East Water Treatment Public Art Project  – A public art project for the Boynton Beach East Water Treatment facility that delivers public education and demonstration about the City’s drinking and reclamation water systems.
    Budget: $260,00.00 – Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 3pm
  • The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center seeks artwork for three (3) distinct sites—two exterior and one interior. They are looking for art that will humanize the cancer center’s environment, as well as celebrate and honor the mission and industry of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
    Budget: $362,000 -  Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • The City of Overland Park, KS is accepting proposals for a public art project. Seeking an artist or artists to install two installations on each of two roundabouts within a high profile mixed use development. The two locations are traffic island roundabouts. Both sites require proposals that can be appreciated in not only 360 degrees but in all light conditions and all seasons.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: April 15, 2015
  • Bringing Tap Back public art project in Chattanooga, TN has a request for proposals. Public Art Chattanooga and the Tennessee Clean Water Network are seeking proposals for original two-dimensional designs that will be printed and installed (wrapped) on eight new outdoor water bottle refill stations. Fabrication and installation of the art wraps will not be the responsibility of the artist.
    Budget: $2,500 – Deadline: April 30, 2015
  • The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists, artist teams or artist representatives to submit their qualifications for the creation of artwork for permanent installation at the Seamans Center South Annex.
    Budget: $165,000 – Deadline: May 11, 2015
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. The registry allows artists to participate in all selection processes by maintaining a record of their work that will be consulted by Public art staff, panelists, architects, and City agencies as public art opportunities become available. The registry is open to all professional artists.
    Deadline: Ongoing


Contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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