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
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- 2nd District Ogden Juvenile Court – The Juvenile Court of Ogden is requesting qualifications and a letter of interest from artists interesting in creating public artwork for this new facility in Ogden, Utah. The Court is motivated by a vision to mend, protect and strengthen families and the community. It is the desire of the Art Selection Committee that this artist installation(s) will reflect the court’s motivation for service to children, families, and the community. Applications are being accepted online at www.callforentry.org or with the Utah Public Art office (details in the Juvenile Court RFQ link above). This project is open to legal-resident American artists.
Budget: $208,000 – Deadline: March 7, 2014
- Tracy Hall Science Center, Weber State University – Weber State University Tracy Hall Science Center is requesting qualifications and a letter of interest from artists interesting in working with the design team to create public art installation(s) for this new science facility on the campus of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The Selection Committee is interested in working in collaboration with the artist toward a project of melding science and art. The commission will be awarded based on interviews with the finalists. Applications are being accepted online at www.callforentry.org or with the Utah Public Art office (details in the Tracy Science Center RFQ link above). This project is open to legal-resident American artists.
Budget: $472,000 – Deadline: March 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
- University of Utah Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex
Artists commissioned: Takashi Soga and Brian Kershisnik
Other Utah Public Art Opportunities
There are no other Utah public art opportunities at this time.
National & International Public Art Opportunities
- Denver Arts & Venues (CO) seeks to commission an artist or an artist team to create a site-specific artwork for the Northfield Uplands Park Project in Stapleton. The project is open to all artists in the U.S. working in all media and materials.
Budget: $340,000 – Deadline: March 9, 2014
- The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and Triad Development, is seeking three artists or artist teams to create large-scale murals for the construction fence surrounding the Civic Square future development site.
Budget: $25,000 – Deadline: March 9, 2014
- The City of Lauderhill, FL is seeking an artist or artist team to create a mosaic design for the outdoor terrace of the City’s new Performing Art Center, located at State Road 7 and Sunrise Boulevard, Lauderhill, Florida.
Budget: $19,000 – Deadline: March 11, 2014
- The Connecticut Office of the Arts, Art in Public Spaces program is using its Artist Registry to receive and review the portfolios of artists for these public art opportunities. With one registration, you will be considered for each project along with future opportunities. There is NO project-specific application. Register your portfolio on or before the specified deadline. Each project will convene its site committee, which will then shortlist a group of artists who will be invited to submit site-specific proposals.
Budget: $28,000-375,000 – Deadline: February 20 – March 12, 2014 (for various projects)
- The City of Lauderhill, FL is seeking an artist or artist team for three (3) wall artworks for the City’s new Performing Art Center, located at State Road 7 and Sunrise Boulevard, Lauderhill, Florida.The theme for the wall art should be related to the arts and/or nature.
Budget: $58,000 – Deadline: March 18, 2014
- The City of Lauderhill, FL is seeking an artist or artist team for a ceiling sculpture with lighting for the City’s new Performing Art Center, located at State Road 7 and Sunrise Boulevard, Lauderhill, Florida.The theme should be related to the arts and/or nature.
Budget: $49,000 – Deadline: March 18, 2014
- Art Spaces – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection (IN), Inc. is issuing a Request for Proposals for a site-specific project to be located on the campus of Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.
Budget: $38,000 – Deadline: March 28, 2014
- The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is working with the City of Toledo Department of Engineering Services and engineering firm URS to integrate public art and other infrastructure enhancements into the redesign of the major entry gateway to downtown Toledo, OH.
Budget: $500,000 – Deadline: March 28, 2014
- The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is soliciting proposals from U.S. residents for a major permanent interior abstract sculpture to be located in the entrance lobby of the new Brooks Rehabilitation University Crossing facility, now under construction on Beach Boulevard just west of University Boulevard and adjacent to the Brooks existing facility in Jacksonville, Florida.
Budget: $45,000 – Deadline: April 10, 2014
- 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.
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