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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

  • The Salt Lake Art Design Board announces a new public art opportunity, funded by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, to be located on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. The Salt Lake City Public Art Program uses the CaFE application and selection process here.
    Budget: $1,400,000 – Deadline: June 22, 2015

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • An RFQ is open for the City of Emeryville Public Art Program. The Emeryville Center of Community Life is a groundbreaking partnership model for an experiment in ‘community schools’, a new way of bringing public resources to bear on the quality of life and quality of education in the community. Multiple sites are proposed for art, including indoor as well as outdoor.
    Deadline: May 29, 2015 – Budget: $150,000
     
  • The town of Parker, Colorado Cultural Department is seeking qualifications from an artist or artist team interested in creating a public art master plan and at least one piece of public art for the Town’s new 1.4 acre EastMain Park/Plaza site. The artist selected for the master plan would conduct stakeholder meetings and generate a narrative with accompanying renderings that identifies recommended locations and provide design guidelines for the public art.
    Budget: $10,000 to $100,000 – Deadline: May 29, 2015
  • The Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) and the Nebraska Arts Council (NAC) seeks artwork for the Nebraska History Museum Renovation Project, 131 Centennial Mall North (15th and P streets) in Lincoln, Nebraska. The artwork project site will be located on the exterior of the building. The project plan is to create work that focuses on the Nebraska history exhibited and interpreted in the building, welcomes visitors, and creates a dynamic element to the facade.
    Deadline: June 1, 2015 – Budget: $46,000

  • New public artwork sought for the interior of the new downtown Police Headquarters in Oklahoma City to fill a large interior entry wall and serve as a focal point inside the lobby.
    Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: June 2, 2015
  • The City of Tampa Florida is seeking two public art projects for the final segment of the Tampa Riverwalk located in downtown Tampa.
    Budgets: $100,000 and $200,000 – Deadline: Friday, June 5th , 2015
     
  • The Regional Transportation District (RTD) of Denver, Colorado is the transportation agency for an eight-county area in Colorado serving a population of 2.8 million people. RTD is committed to increasing the number of original commissioned pieces of art throughout its district and is pleased to announce a series of commissioned art opportunities on the FasTracks I-225 Rail Line.
    Budget: $85,000 to $100,000 – Deadline: June 5, 2015
     
  • Art in Public Places (AiPP) on behalf of a public art initiative for the City of Bend seeks to commission a permanent, large scale sculpture for the roundabout (traffic circle) at Murphy Road & Third Street, and Reed Market & 15th Street in Bend, Oregon.
    Budget: $100,000 each – Deadline: June 8, 2015
  • The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (PCCF) announces an open, two-stage, national design competition to select an artistically exceptional design concept for a permanent commemorative work in Washington, D.C.  The commemorative work will honor the American ideals expressed and embodied in Peace Corps service.  The competition provides designers from all across the United States an opportunity to create a compelling, truly unique commemorative work of public art that is bold and inspirational.
    Deadline: June 12, 2015 – Budget: TBA 
  • The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites qualified artists to submit proposals to be considered for a commissioned public art project for the newly remodeled Vail Village Welcome Center.
    Budget: $25,000 – Deadline: June 12, 2015
     
  • The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites professional artists to submit their qualifications and images of previously integrated public art projects for consideration at Vail’s new skatepark.
    Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: June 12, 2015
  • The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Public Library, invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library.
    Budget: $44,335 – Deadline: June 14, 2015
  • The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)  invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library. Artists may propose for any public area of the library and grounds.
    Deadline: June 14, 2015 – Budget: $44,335

  • Goldsboro SmART Initiative – The City of Goldsboro with Arts Council of Wayne County (ACWC) and their SmART Initiative partner the North Carolina Arts Council seeks an artist or artist team to develop a conceptual plan and future vision for multi-disciplinary artworks that engage citizens and welcome visitors to downtown Goldsboro.
    Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: June 15, 2015

  • West Palm Beach Florida, Call to Artists for artwork to be installed at the Ball Park of The Palm Beaches. More information here.
    Budget: $800,000 – Deadline: June 15, 2015

  • Applications and guidelines are now available online for our 2015 Public Artist Roster. This competition, open to artists in the U.S. and British Columbia, establishes a roster of professional artists eligible for commissions of site-responsive works of art at K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies throughout Washington State.
    Deadline: June 23, 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:  4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 07, 2015
  • 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.
    Deadline: August 7, 2015 – Budget: $70,000
     
  • 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
  • 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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