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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

  • Salt Lake Community College South City Campus in partnership with the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management and the Utah Arts Council’s Public Art Program requests resident UTAH artist or artist team qualifications for the creation of site specific and/or placement of existing artwork(s) for the Salt Lake Community College Bruin Fitness Center being constructed on the South City Campus in Salt Lake City, Utah. Apply here.
    Budget: $21,000 – Deadline: August 14, 2015
    Only resident Utah artist(s) are eligible for this commission.

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

  • 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: August 6, 2015

  • The College of New Jersey seeks art work for an exterior wall adjacent to the Brower Student Center. Artists working in all mediums are invited to submit images of previously completed work which are relevant to the proposed location and campus setting.
    Budget: $120,000 – Deadline: Aug 3, 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.
    Budget: $70,000 – Deadline: August 7, 2015 
  • The Louisiana Percent for Art Program is seeking artists or artist teams to design and implement a site-specific, large-scale work of art or sculptural installation of original design that integrates with and enhances the Union’s exterior elements (at the entrance facing the Parade Grounds) of the Louisiana State University (LSU) Student Union in Baton Rouge, LA.
    Budget: $543,579 – Deadline: Aug 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 Roswell Arts Commission on behalf of the City of Roswell, GA is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate, and install original outdoor artwork for a new Fire Station.  This public art project will be the first for the City of Roswell.  The opportunity to compete for this project is open to individual artists or design teams.
    Budget $76,000 – Deadline: August 19, 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 
  • Are you ready to apply for several art-in-architecture commissions spearheaded by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in metropolitan Boston or, to join a simulcast Placemaking seminar in New York or Boston? The selection process will result in the identification of up to four artists who will create up to 22 designs in color for the Downtown Chelsea station’s porcelain enamel panels.
    Budget $17,500 – Deadline: August 24, 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 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. The College is interested in commissioning work(s) of art that are meaningful in the context of its time and one that resonates with the members of the surrounding community. We welcome the possibility of kinetic or solar-powered elements and we are open to a variety of mediums and techniques provided that the artwork is durable, vandal and weather resistant (for exterior pieces).
    Budget $96,000 – Deadline: September 20, 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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