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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

  • We have no open calls for artists at the moment.  Check back. We expect to have details about a new project for Utah State University in Brigham City soon.

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

  • Salt Lake City Arts Council   Has a call for artists open to all professional artists residing in Utah.  Redwood Meadows Park will undergo a complete renovation that includes artwork.
    Budget:$33,000 —  Deadline: March 2, 2015

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Connective Corridor in partnership with the Syracuse University College of Visual and Performing Arts invites artists to submit letters of interest and qualifications, along with initial concepts, to be considered for the commission of permanent artwork to be installed at various sites along the Connective Corridor in Syracuse, NY.
    Budget: $650,000 (6-10 tinstallations) – Deadline: March 1, 2015
  • Missouri Western State University  is accepting proposals for a sculpture to commemorate the university’s centennial. Regional, national, and international artists are invited to submit proposals for this permanently installed sculpture.
    Budget: $10,000 –  Deadline:  March 11, 2015
  • The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) from artists, artist teams, or artist representatives for artwork for permanent exterior installation on the site of the replacement Art Building.
    Budget: $386,000 – Deadline: April 2, 2015
  • The Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center seeks artwork for three (3) distinct sites—two exterior and one interior. They are looking for art that will humanize the cancer center’s environment, as well as celebrate and honor the mission and industry of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.
    Budget: $362,000 –  Deadline: April 15, 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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