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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

  • No projects are open at the moment.  Check back for upcoming projects with Salt Lake Community College and others.

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

  • No projects registered with our office at this time

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Scottsdale Public Art seeks existing work and new concepts for temporary artworks, participatory activities, and performances for future installation on the banks of the Arizona Canal during annual Canal Convergence events at the Scottsdale Waterfront.  Artist / artist teams from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington) and the Southwest (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah) are eligible.
    Budget: $2,000 – $15,000 – Deadline: June 29, 2015
  • The award winning Stapleton community announces a public art opportunity for the Sandhills Prairie Park in Denver, CO. The site of this public art project is a landscaped environment in north Stapleton that functions as a park and serves the storm water management needs of the community. A regional trail tunnel is of particular interest as a location for public art.
    Budget: $175,000 – Deadline: July 1, 2015
  • The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program on behalf of the City of Edmonton is seeking an Artist or Artist team to create a site specific public art sculptural installation at the Edmonton Police Services Northwest Campus.
    Budget: $450,000 CAD – Deadline: July 07, 2015
  • Two public art commissions for the new Brooklyn Park Library in Brooklyn Park, MN.  The new library will feature a monumental wall art project created by an artist in collaboration with a STEM educator telling the story of world culture and/or local geography through the lens of math and science.  In addition a collection of sculptural bike racks will be created for the plaza in front of the library’s main entrance, referencing the theme of the library in a unique and creative way.
    Deadline: July 7, 2015
  • The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) will partner with the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA) to select artists / artist teams to create two site-specific public art pieces recognizing the state’s 200th anniversary. The two unique site-specific sculptures will be located in the Indiana Bicentennial Plaza now under construction west of the Indiana Statehouse in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.
    Budget: minimum $150,000 for each sculpture – Deadline: July 13, 2015
  • Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artworks(s) for French Hall at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. This call is open to both indoor and outdoor 3D, sculptural, or installation-based artworks. Panel will consider free-standing works, as well as installation-based works that might be attached to a wall. The selection panel would like an artwork that draws people to campus – a statement piece that is a must see.
    Budget: $74,700 – Deadline: July 15, 2015
  • The Arden Place Neighborhood Association seeks to commission artwork and is seeking qualifications from those artists/artist teams interested in a commission to create in a minimalist style, a sculptural representation of the concept of a “constant gardener”.
    Budget: $12,000 – Deadline: July 15, 2015
  • Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artworks(s) for French Hall at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado.
    Budget: $74,700 – Deadline: July 15, 2015
  • The Lawrence Arts Center received an ARTPLACE grant award for the infusion of art into a city streetscape project along east 9th Street, from Delaware to Massachusetts, which will make the corridor more walkable and bicycle-friendly.The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) includes three commission opportunities for multiple artists which will be part of East Ninth, a streetscape project for East 9th Street in the city of Lawrence, Kansas.
    Budget: $1-2,000 Per project – Deadline: July 24th, 2015
  • The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), in collaboration with the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Department of Public Property announce a competition to commission a site-specific artwork at the new Public Safety Services Campus.
    Budget: $675,000 – Deadline July 24, 2015
  •  The Texas Tech University System, Lubbock Texas seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific interior sculpture(s) to be placed inside the two-story atrium in the new System Office Building.
    Budget: $265,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2015, 3 p.m. (Central)
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific interior sculpture(s) to be placed inside the two-story atrium in the new System Office Building. This sculpture will be seen from the outside through large exterior fenestration and inside to building visitors and staff. The building is scheduled to be complete by December 2016.
    Budget: $265,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2015
  • Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artworks(s) for Quigley Hall at Western Colorado State University in Gunnison, CO
    Budget: $151,600 – Deadline: July 31, 2015
  • Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artworks(s) for Auraria Library on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado.
    Budget: $166,400 – Deadline: July 31, 2015
  • An RFQ from artisits interested in creating site specific public artwork(s) has been made for Quigley Hall at Western Colorado State University in Gunnison, Colorado.   The Art Selection panel is looking to commission an outdoor, 3D sculptural artwork for the exterior of Quigley Hall, specifically outside the entrance to the building’s art galleries.
    Budget: $151,600 – Deadline: July 31, 2015
  • This construction project, slated to be completed in December 2016, is a renovation project to update the Auraria Library in order to better serve the changing needs of the students on Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado. Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artworks(s) for Auraria Library on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado.
    Budget: $166,400 – Deadline: July 31, 2015
  • City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture – Valley Metro Rail requests interested parties to submit Statements of Qualifications (“SOQ”) for Artist Services for the Gilbert Road Light Rail Extension Project.
    Budget: Four commissions ranging from $35,000 – $235,000 – Deadline: Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. (Phoenix time)
  • The City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts desires to commission a work of art for the Waianae Police Station Replacement building. This request for proposals is open to all artists, or artist teams, qualified to work in the City and County of Honolulu.
    Budget: $70,000 – Deadline: August 7, 2015
  • Atelier InSite, which is responsible for the administration of site-specific public art on the Clemson University (SC) campus, is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for the new Core Campus Facility project.  Atelier InSite seeks artwork for permanent installation in a high-traffic university environment. Artwork selected for the project will be reflective of the site’s internal programming, will take into account the building’s spatial and aesthetic properties, and encourage interactivity and/or functionality.
    Budget: $125,000 – Deadline: August 10, 2015
  • The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking artists or artist-led collaborations to develop innovative, original Art for the new Kansas City Police Department North Patrol Division Station located at 10610 NW Prairie View Rd., Kansas City, MO 64153, which is near the intersection of Vienna Road and Northwest Prairie View Road, near the Kansas City International Airport.
    Budget $75,000 – Deadline: August 21, 2015
  • This Call to Artists is for art that will be located on the south wall of the parking structure at McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.  The goal for the piece is to significantly beautify one of the primary pedestrian and vehicle passageways of the park. The park supports regional events and was designed in recognition of the legacy of the McEuen Park area.
    Budget: $45,000 – Deadline: August 28, 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

Questions?

Contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at fbaca@utah.gov or 801.245.7272

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