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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

  • USU Eastern Central Instruction Building - Price, Utah
    Requesting artist / artist team qualifications for the creation of site specific public art for the new Central Instruction Building on the campus of Utah State University Eastern in Price, Utah.
    The design of this new building makes symbolic reference to the natural setting, to the cultural and economic history of the region, and to the continuing commitment of the College to serve the people in the region. Ideally, this public art commission will harmonize with and reinforce these key symbolic messages. Apply here.
    Budget: $148,000 – Deadline: November 14, 2014

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

There are no open projects at this time.

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • ART SPACES, INC. is issuing an RFQ for a sculpture to be located on the Arts Corridor in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana.
    Budget: $16,000 – Deadline: October 10, 2014
  • The Pinedale Fine Arts Council’s (WY) In-Site Ex-Site (ISES) Public Art Program, Main Street Pinedale (MSP), and Sage and Snow Garden Club have joined forces on a new gateway project into Pinedale. The project is expected to include “Welcome to Pinedale” signs that incorporate sculptural and water-wise landscape elements placed at each end of Pinedale on Highway 191.
    Budget: $85,000 – Deadline: October 14, 2014
  • North Carolina State University is seeking proposals from artists/teams to create a themed Wolfpack art installation for Reynolds Coliseum.
    Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: October 15, 2014
  • The art selection jury for the project intends to commission one art installation to be permanently installed on the front façade of the George M. Sullivan Power Plant located in east Anchorage (AK) along the Glenn Highway.
    Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: October 17, 2014 
  • The Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts is seeking artists to paint the Hawai`i Governor’s portrait.
    Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: November 1, 2014
  • The City of Oklahoma City announces this Call to Artists for submissions to be considered for one or more exterior works of public art for the new Police Headquarters Building in downtown Oklahoma City.
    Budget: $207,500 – Deadline: November 4, 2014 
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of the first building for the Research and Technology Park. Phase I of the Research and Technology Park is a new facility that will provide academic and business opportunities with the private sector.
    Budget: $278,000 – Deadline: November 5, 2014 
  • California State University Chico and the Campus Public Arts Committee seek a qualified artist or artist team to design and integrate artwork into two campus bridges to be installed in 2015. Artists with public art experience are asked to submit qualifications as outlined in the RFQ.
    Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: November 7, 2014
  • The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to individual artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts organizations. These funds are designed to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly “activist.”
    Budget: $25,000-$150,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2014
  • The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is seeking artwork for projects integrated into the design and infrastructure of the future Purple Line transit corridor in suburban Washington, D.C. This is a call to artists who wish to be considered for this work. This call is open to artists from a broad range of media, and will be used to generate pools of artists who could be selected to compete for specific projects in the future.
    Budget: TBD  Deadline: November 14, 2014 
  • The San Francisco Arts Commission is seeking applications to create a permanent public artwork for the western facing façades of San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Polk and Hayes streets.
    Budget: $1,200,000  - Deadline: Monday, December 8, 2014 11:59 p.m. PST 
  • 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

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

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