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
There are no open projects at this time. We hope to have two projects coming up within the next few months. Please check back.
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
- Tracy Hall Science Center, Weber State University – Applications are being reviewed by the committee.
- Ogden Juvenile Court – Applications are being reviewed by the committee.
- University of Utah Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex
Artists commissioned: Takashi Soga and Brian Kershisnik
Other Utah Public Art Opportunities
- Salt Lake County, on behalf of its Fleet Management Division, is soliciting proposals from qualified artists living in the state of Utah to participate in an open competition for works of art for the new Fleet Building located at 7265 South 600 West in Midvale, Utah. Up to $35,000 has been designated for the art obtained through this process. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 385.468.7059, for full RFP.
Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: August 14, 2014
National & International Public Art Opportunities
- Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the State of Colorado’s arts agency, has several public art projects in 2014/2015 that will be utilizing a registry for the selection of artists. Only artists submitting a portfolio to the registry will be considered for State of Colorado public art projects through June 2015.
Budget: Various – Deadline: July 31, 2014
- The 515 DSM Public Art project has been created to commission a major public artwork on private property in the central business and financial district of downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
Budget: $5,000,000 – Deadline: July 31, 2014
- The private, nonprofit Farhang Foundation is looking for professional artists to submit their qualifications for a major public urban art opportunity in Los Angeles, California. This innovative project has been inspired by the unprecedented visit of the 2,500-year-old Cyrus Cylinder to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles during 2013.
Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: July 31, 2014
- Public Art Chattanooga (PAC) and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) are seeking proposals for original, two-dimensional designs that will be printed and installed on multiple sidewalks throughout downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Budget: $2,000 – Deadline: July 31, 2014
- Public Art Kingsport and Engage Kingsport request qualifications from artists or artist teams for the design and/or fabrication of art for the Centennial Ballpark in Kingsport, TN.
Budget: $30-40,000 – Deadline: August 1, 2014
- The Wyoming Arts Council is pleased to announce the call for entries for artwork for the new Yellowstone Building located at Northwest College. This new building provides state-of-the-art facilities for Criminal Justice, Nursing, Social Sciences and Communications. The selection committee for this Art in Public Building Project has identified two possible locations for artwork.
Budget: $83,700 – Deadline: August 1, 2014
- The Crescent Bend Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the City of Bloomington, is issuing a Call to Artists to submit proposals for consideration for a site-specific artwork commission for the Arlington Road and West 17th Street Roundabout in Bloomington, Indiana.
Budget: $12,000 – Deadline: August 1, 2014
- On behalf of the Oregon Zoo and Metro Regional Government in Portland, Oregon, the Regional Arts & Culture Council is pleased to invite professional artists/teams living in the United States to submit qualifications for a percent-for-art commission for the Education Center/West Plaza at the Oregon Zoo that addresses the themes of connection and wonder. The center is scheduled for completion in Fall 2016.
Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: August 3, 2014
- The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from artists and/or artist teams to work with the Park and Recreation Department and the Dallas Zoo to participate in the design, fabrication and installation of a work of public art near the entrance to the Dallas Zoo at the corner of S. Marsalis Avenue and the S. RL Thornton Freeway access road.
Budget: $262,000 – Deadline: August 8, 2014
- The City of El Paso Public Art Program of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-integrated artwork or artworks for the El Paso Zoo Plaza Area.
Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: August 14, 2014
- The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) are currently seeking the qualifications of artists for an exterior work of art for NVCC in Waterbury, CT.
Budget: $240,000 – Deadline: August 27, 2014
- The Horizon Drive District (HDD), a Business Improvement District in Grand Junction, Colorado, is seeking commissioned artwork for the Horizon Drive Corridor Improvements Project.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2014
- The City of Richmond Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown’s Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways.
Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: September 5, 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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