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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 no open projects at this time. We hope to have two projects coming up within the next few months. 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

There are no open projects at this time.

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places program seeks artist(s) to collaborate with the project’s design team to design and fabricate integrated artistic entrance features into the renovation of an existing facility which will become the new headquarters for Palm Beach County’s Tourist Development Council (TDC) and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Administrative Services.
    Budget: $180,000 – Deadline: August 22, 2014
  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC) are currently seeking the qualifications of artists for an exterior work of art for NVCC in Waterbury, CT.
    Budget: $240,000 – Deadline: August 27, 2014
  • The Horizon Drive District (HDD), a Business Improvement District in Grand Junction, Colorado, is seeking commissioned artwork for the Horizon Drive Corridor Improvements Project.
    Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2014
  • The Art in Public Places Program and the City of Jacksonville (FL) Office of Public Parking are accepting qualifications from artists (or artist teams) for a multi-site public art opportunity as part of Phase Two infrastructure enhancements at the city-owned Water Street parking garage in downtown Jacksonville. It is desired that the finished artwork(s) for this project be incorporated into the building’s exterior and physical site and should assist in creating an appealing, distinctive, safe, and accessible parking facility that welcomes commuters and visitors to the area night and day, 365 days a year.
    Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: September 5, 2014
  • The Urbana Public Arts Program in Urbana, Illinois is seeking artists to display sculptures in our community. Selected sculptures will be installed in the community metro area and will serve as major visual anchor points, community identity and a statement that creativity and art are of vital importance to our existence in Central Illinois.
    Budget: $2,000 – Deadline: September 5, 2014
  • The City of Richmond Public Art Commission seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along the James River adjacent to or within the project site for the Brown’s Island Dam Walk and Southbank Pathways.
    Budget: $200,000  Deadline: September 5, 2014
  • Calgary Municipal Land Corporation seeks an artist or artists’ team to create an artwork or artworks for the New Central Library (NCL) in Calgary, Alberta. CMLC encourages all locally, nationally and internationally qualified artist and artists’ teams to apply. The public art design will beautify, enliven and activate various spaces within the new public library complex. The successful artist/artists’ team will work with CMLC and the design firm Snøhetta/DIALOG to determine the best location for public art within the library complex. Click here to see the full RFQ.
    Budget: $2,000,000 – Deadline: September 15, 2014
  • The Art in Public Places Program and the City of Jacksonville Office of Public Parking is accepting qualifications from artists (or artist teams) for a multi-site public art opportunity as part of Phase Two infrastructure enhancements at the city-owned Water Street parking garage in downtown Jacksonville.
    Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: September 15, 2014
  • The City and County of Broomfield Public Art Committee (PAC) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create an original work of art for open space located in Broomfield Commons Community Park. The PAC will choose semifinalists who will be paid an honorarium for their proposals. The finalists will provide refined concepts, a maquette and work plans as requested. Installation is targeted for completion by May 31, 2015.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: September 22, 2014
  • On behalf of Tucson’s (AZ) January 8th Memorial Foundation, the Tucson Pima Arts Council invites designers to submit their qualifications and design interests to create a Master Plan Concept for El Presidio Park and to provide a schematic design for a January 8th Memorial.
    Budget: $90,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • 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 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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