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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

  • Salt Lake County, requests a letter of interest and qualifications from artists both local and national, working in a variety of media who are interested in participating in an open competition for exterior works of public art at the Calvin R. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Deadline: May 5, 2015 – Budget: $150,000

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • 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
  • CODAworks has a request for proposal for the Rotary Centennial Project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The opportunity is for a signature installation along the Mississippi riverfront.  Experienced artists, architects, landscape artists, and designers in the US and Canada are invited to submit.
    Budget: $340,000 – Deadline: April 30, 2105
  • Fort Worth Public Art (FWPA) seeks exceptional Local and National artists working in a variety of visual media for the 2015 Pre-Qualified List of Public Artists. This list will be the primary source for artist selection for upcoming public art projects.
    Deadline: May 7, 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
  • NuLu Art 16 and the NuLu Business Association (NBA) is seeking artists for projects that will be part of the future East Market Streetscape in Louisville, Kentucky. A call to artists is open to artists from a broad range of media, and will be used to generate pools of artists who will be selected to compete for specific projects in the future.
    Budget: $25000 to $250000 – Deadline: May 11, 2105
  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport  –  Establishing a strong mood and narrative thread is the overall design intent for the North Satellite, requiring architecture and art to interweave.
    Budget: Two at $ 350,000 each  AND Two at $30,000 each 
    Deadline: May 14, 2015 

  • Elevate 2015  the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs in Atlanta, is seeking creative and innovative proposals for public art projects to exhibit in downtown Atlanta during the month of October 2015. We welcome local, regional, national and international submissions for projects that consider the city of Atlanta as a muse. Artists working in a variety of mediums are encouraged to apply. Projects may include, but are not limited to: murals, site-specific installations, film, performance art, music, etc.
    Budget: $1,000 to $10,000 – Deadline: May 15, 2105
  • The City of Tampa is seeking bold, innovative and engaging public art projects for its largest event park in downtown Tampa, Julian B. Lane Park. All artists who work with sustainable materials are encouraged to apply.
    Budget: up to $900,000 combined – Deadline: Friday, May 15th
  • The Texas Tech University System, Lubbock Texas, seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of the Rawls College of Business building addition.Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
    Budget: $142,000 – Deadline: May 19, 2015, 3 p.m. (Central)
  • Edmonton, Alberta – The North East Transit Garage public art competition is open to all Local, National and International professional artists, and is held in accordance with the City of Edmonton policy “Percent for Art to Provide and Encourage Art in Public Areas”
    Budget: $1,000,000 CAD (all inclusive)  – Deadline: 4:30 pm, Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • Artists are invited to apply for a commission in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to create a family of permanent, outdoor, sculptural lighting artworks adjacent to City Hall, the Clark Memorial Hospital and the Claysburg Neighborhood.
    Budget: $55,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2015
  • Mather School Green Space Improvement Project in Dorchester
    Eligibility: Preference will be given to local and regional applications. This exciting Green Space Improvement Project will result in the creation of a permanent public art installation with surrounding landscape improvements.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2015 at 1:59pm EST

  • The City of Tampa Florida is seeking two public art projects for the final segment of the Tampa Riverwalk located in downtown Tampa.
    Budgets: $100,000 and $200,000 – Deadline: Friday, June 5th , 2015


    The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Public Library, invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library.
    Budget: $44,335 – Deadline: June 14, 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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