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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

  • There are not open projects with Utah’s Public Art Program at the moment. Please check back.

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

  • The City of West Sacramento, in an effort to further their community vision as a livable and sustainable city, is seeking all artists or artist teams residing in the United States with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of outdoor public artworks to submit their qualifications along with an initial design concept to be considered for a public art project to be installed in the new Joseph (Joey) Lopes Park, West Sacramento, Ca.
    Budget $70,000 – Deadline:  August 30, 2015
  • The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a public art opportunity for Mecklenburg County’s Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center. The artist(s) will be invited to create an engaging and inviting experience to the entry of the new Double Oaks Aquatic Center site.
    Budget $85,000 – Deadline:  August 31, 2015
  • Johnson County, Kansas has a request for proposals for public art at the Arts & Heritage Center in Lawrence.
    Budget $220,000 – Deadline:  September 1, 2015
  • The City of Inglewood, California invites professional artists to apply to Inglewood Growing Artists Projects (IGAP), creative services contracts supporting original artistic projects providing a cultural benefit to the City of Inglewood.  The City is seeking proposals from visual artists to create one or more unique works of permanent art for the City Art Collection.
    Budget $12,500 to $25,000 – Deadline: September 2, 2015
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of Maddox Engineering Research Center. The building is scheduled to be complete by summer 2016.
    Budget $243,000 – Deadline: September 3, 2015
  • The Borough of Narberth, Pa., just outside of Philadelphia, is seeking an artist to create a site-specific, integrated artistic enhancement in conjunction with the construction of the new Narberth Avenue Bridge.
    Budget $35,000 – Deadline:  September 4, 2015
  • The City of Hutchinson’s Public Art Design Council invites artists nationwide to submit qualifications to create public art for the Hutchinson Arena Renovation Project (formerly known as the Sports Arena) in Hutchinson, Kansas.
    Budget $230,000 – Deadline:  September 4, 2015
  • The Public Art Virginia Beach Foundation invites experienced artists or artist teams to provide site-specific public art for the Lesner Bridge Replacement Project.  Up to five finalists will be selected to develop a conceptual proposal for the project.
    Budget $350,000 – Deadline:  September 9, 2015
  • A Call to Artists for the Florida Keys (Monroe County) Art in Public Places! Public Art artists are encouraged to submit an application to become eligible to submit requests for proposals for upcoming projects in the Keys. Once an artist has become qualified –they receive opportunities for 5 years.
    Budget TBD – Deadline: September 10, 2015
  • The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee (LSC) for Dona Ana Community College seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project to be situated at the center of the campus.
    Budget $183,500 – Deadline: September 11, 2015
  •  The Tampa International Airport recently broke ground on the largest construction project in its history. Artists are invited to be part of the efforts to craft a unique experience for millions of travelers. Multiple works will be sought for placement, and artists are invited to build their profiles in CaFE, in advance of the call being published on August 17, 2015. In addition, there will be an Artist Outreach Conference on August 14, 2015.
    Budget $3.5 mil – Deadline: September 14, 2015 
  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) are currently seeking the qualifications of artists for an exterior sculptural work of art for SCSU in New Haven, CT.  Artists must register a portfolio in the Art in Public Spaces Registry. The committee may consider additional locations and opportunities for art that relate to the larger installation.
    Budget $305,000 – Deadline:  September 15, 2015
  • The City of Charlotte is continuing to expand transportation options in the region and the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) is seeking professional artists living and working in the U.S. to integrate art into the City LYNX Gold Line – Phase II (Gold Line).  CATS will select 3-5 artists to incorporate art into the Stops and along the Corridor.
    Budget $700,000 – Deadline: September 19, 2015
  • Central Oregon Community College desires to commission a work(s) of art for the Redmond Technology Education Center at the Redmond Campus, in Central Oregon. This request for proposal is open to all artists, or artist teams, residing in the United States with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of public artworks. They welcome the possibility of kinetic or solar-powered elements and we are open to a variety of mediums and techniques.
    Budget $96,000 – Deadline: September 20, 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 Center City District (CCD), Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR), and the Friends of the RailPark announce a competition to commission site-specific artwork for the Viaduct RailPark.  The commission is part of the $9.6 million Phase I renovation and re-purposing of the Viaduct RailPark.
    Budget $33,000 – Deadline:  September 23, 2015

  • The City of Denver Public Art Program and the Brighton Boulevard Art Selection Panel has released a Request for Qualifications for artists who wish to work on a public art project for the Brighton Boulevard Redevelopment Project. The ultimate vision establishes Brighton Boulevard as an engaging, connected, multimodal corridor meeting the needs of a wide variety of users. The public art component will be integrated with the overall design of the improved streetscape and serve to enliven the corridor with artworks that enhance the unique character of the neighborhood.
    Budget $250,000 – Deadline:  September 25, 2015
  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis, on behalf of the Building Authority of the City of Indianapolis / Marion County, Indiana and in collaboration with Indianapolis’ Sister Cities International Committee, requests the qualifications of artists interested in completing a permanent, exterior artwork in Indianapolis’ newly-redesigned City-County Building Plaza (construction beginning early 2016) honoring Indianapolis’ Sister Cities relationships. The goal of the artwork is to acknowledge the various Sister Cities in a contemporary and imaginative way in order to call attention to the ongoing program.
    Budget $46,000 – Deadline:  September 28, 2015
  • The Tennessee Arts Commission on behalf of the Tennessee State Capitol Commission and the Tennessee General Assembly requests qualifications from professional artists to create a bust to commemorate David Crockett. This memorial four-foot bronze bust will be displayed on the 2nd floor of the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville for visitors to appreciate.
    Budget $45,000 – Deadline:  September 30, 2015 
  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts and Asnuntuck Community College (ACC) are currently seeking the qualifications of artists for an exterior sculptural work of art for ACC in Enfield, Connecticut. Artists must register a portfolio in the Art in Public Spaces Registry.
    Budget $75,000 – Deadline:  September 30, 2015

  • The City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) Public Art Program and the El Paso Zoo are pleased to invite professional artists/teams living in the United States to submit qualifications for a percent-for-art commission for the Chihuahaun Desert Habitat at the El Paso Zoo that addresses the themes of connection and wonder.
    Budget $300,000 – Deadline:  September 30, 2015
  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and Gateway Community College (GCC) are currently seeking qualifications from artists for purchase and/or commission opportunities for GCC in New Haven, CT. The college is developing an Art Collection and will be considering a variety of new acquisitions, including, but not limited to, paintings, sculptures, and site-specific wayfinding installations throughout the new campus building.
    Budget $475,000 – Deadline:  September 30, 2015
  • The Yountville Arts Commission is pleased to begin the much anticipated underpass mural project.  Upon completion, this newest addition to Yountville’s public art display will provide an introductory statement to the town’s artistic environment. The general guidelines for a theme will be created around the idea of celebrating all things Yountville, from what inspired settlers to choose the location, to the unique industry of wine and vineyards, and its culinary fame.
    Budget TBD – Deadline: October 1, 2015 
  • Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program has a new project near Sarasota: the FL Dept of Transportation Manatee Operations Center. The Art Committee has selected four potential sites where artwork could be sited. They will likely choose purchased or commissioned work for one, maybe two, of those sites.
    Budget $25,287 – Deadline:  October 2, 2015

  • Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, CA has released a Request for Qualifications for Phase 1 of the Chollas Creek Gateways Public Art Project. The RFQ is open to any professional artist/artist teams, authorized to work in the United States, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex and all locally and federally protected categories.
    Budget $150,000 – Deadline:  October 2, 2015
  • Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, WY is building a Career & Technical Education Center. The first new building on campus in many years will feature a southern-facing plaza entry area and distinctive lobby area.  There will be two calls for entry: one for an outdoor sculptural piece and the other for indoor works.
    Budget $50,000 – Deadline:  October 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

  • This is a call for the inclusion of public art collections in the Public Art Archive, an online database of public art powered by WESTAF. To be considered for inclusion, you must be a professional artist who has completed and installed public artwork, or an administrator of an established public art program in any of the 50 United States or Canada.
    Deadline:  Rolling

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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