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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

  • Southwest Applied Technology Allied Health and Technology Facility  - Cedar City
    The Utah Public Art Program in cooperation with the Southwest Applied Technology College is requesting resident Utah artist or artist team qualifications for the creation of public art for the new facility in Cedar City. The committee intent is to commission a public art installation(s) that honors and/or draws inspiration from the college’s technical education programs and the students it serves. The new building addition to the SWATC campus will house programs in welding, manufacturing, culinary arts, healthcare, and industrial maintenance, while continuing to build on expansive education and job skill training.
    Budget: $121,500 – Deadline: February 9, 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

  • The Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City announces a call for UTAH artists who are interested in submitting proposals for a public art commission in the Bingham Junction Project Area Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: January 30, 2015

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Blue Springs Downtown Alive! (Blue Springs, MO) issues a Call to Artists for pieces of metal sculptures that are site specific and incorporates existing “historic” metal materials. The theme for the exhibition is “Remnants Restored”.
    Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: February 6, 2014
  • The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department (EDD) seeks exceptional emerging and established artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for its 2015-17 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool.
    Budget: Various – Deadline: January 30, 2015
  • King County, WA + Troy Block Public Art Project - Touchstone and USAA are looking for an artist to create a site-specific artwork for the Troy Block development in Seattle’s exciting technology-centered neighborhood along South Lake Union
    Budget: $350,000 – Deadline: February 17, 2015, 5 PM
  • The City of Raleigh invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create public art for up to three bioretention basins.
    Budget: $71,250 – Deadline: February 27, 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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