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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 University of Utah School of Dentistry - Salt Lake City Requesting artist / artist team qualifications for the creation of site specific public art for the newly completed Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building in Research Park on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  The Selection Committee believes this commission can be an important part of the inspiration and stimulus for clinical excellence, educational pursuit, research and discovery for faculty, staff, residents, students and visitors. Apply here.
    Budget: $169,000 – Deadline: January 16, 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

  • The Alaska State Council on the Arts on behalf of the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is requesting qualifications from artists for interior artwork to be commissioned for the new Bethel Youth Facility in Bethel, Alaska.
  • Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: December 19, 2014
  • Fire Station 35 at Denver International Airport -  The DEN Art and Culture’s Public Art Program is currently soliciting applications for an exterior commission for Denver Fire Station 35 – either an integrated work on the southern façade or a free-standing piece on the west side.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: December 30, 2014
  • The Horizon Drive District (HDD), a Business Improvement District in Grand Junction, Colorado, is seeking commissioned artwork for the design of BRIDGE RAILINGS for the Horizon Drive Corridor Improvements Project.
    Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: December 31, 2014
  • The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance in Oro Valley, AZ currently has a public art opportunity for sculptors and is requesting qualifications. The goal of the project is to develop a viable, permanent public art project for All Seasons of Oro Valley including its final installation at four different locations on campus.
    Budget: $175,000- Deadline: January 6, 2015
  • 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”. The commission for each sculpture is $15,000
    Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: February 6, 2014
  • The goal of the project is to develop a viable, permanent public art project for the Stone Canyon Golf Clubhouse of Oro Valley in mediums including Steel, Bronze, Natural Materials, Metal, Wood, Ceramic, Stone, Concrete and Cast Stone, and glass with the possibility of lighting elements and features.
    Budget: $27,000 - Deadline: January 6, 2015
  • The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and install permanent, site-specific artwork(s) at Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library.
    Budget: $280,000 – Deadline: January 6, 2015
  • Public Art San Antonio, a division of the Department for Culture & Creative Development, has released a FY 2015 Call for Public Art Qualifications for Artists, Art Inventory Services, and Collaborative Partners for potential inclusion in a pre-qualified pool, providing opportunities to work on new and existing public art including capital projects, temporary installations, and opportunities for conservation/restoration.
    Budget: Various – Deadline: January 9, 2015
  • Texas State University invites professional artists, or artist teams, to submit qualifications to design and fabricate sculpture or sculptures for an exterior and/or interior public space on its campus in San Marcos, Texas. The site is a new residence hall complex, currently under construction on Moore Street.
    Budget: $358,508 – Deadline: January 15, 2014
  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis seeks to establish a new pool of highly qualified artists and artist teams for a number of open calls and commissioning opportunities for outdoor murals (wall-based artwork) over the next several years.
    Budget: up to $100,000 – Deadline: January 16, 2015
  • 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
  • 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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