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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

  • 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
  • The City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) Public Art Program and Parks and Recreation Department seek to commission a professional visual artist or artist team to design, fabricate, and install artwork for the Westside Pool Project.
    Budget: Unknown  Deadline: September 25, 2014
  • The Art in Public Places Commission of the City of Longmont announces a Call to Artists to design and enhance the restrooms in the new auditorium of the Longmont Museum with permanent artwork. The Commission is seeking an artist who is able to design and fabricate something unique, timeless and permanent that will add fun and vitality to the restrooms in this new facility.
    Budget: $20,000 – Deadline: September 26, 2014
  • The City of Reidsville, NC is accepting qualifications from artists for a public art opportunity at the roundabout/intersection of Morehead and Scales Streets in downtown Reidsville. It is desired that the finished project integrate well with the entire downtown area, including common architectural concepts already found in the downtown area.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: September 29, 2014
  • The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, seeks to commission a professional visual artist, or artist team, to design, fabricate, and install artwork for the Terminal/Apron Expansion and Improvements Project at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Professional visual artists, or artist teams, who live in the United States are eligible to apply.
    Budget: $1,000,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2014
  • The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, seeks to commission a professional visual artist, or artist team, to design, fabricate, and install artwork at the entrance(s) to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. Professional visual artists, or artist teams, who live in the United States are eligible to apply.
    Budget: $2,000,000 – Deadline: September 30, 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 Percent for Art program in the Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy has announced three opportunities for commissions – all at the Philadelphia International Airport. These are for permanent installations with project budgets ranging from $25,000-$44,000 each.
    Budget: $25,000-$44,000 Deadline: October 1, 2014
  • ART SPACES, INC. is issuing an RFQ for a sculpture to be located on the Arts Corridor in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana.
    Budget: $16,000 – Deadline: October 10, 2014
  • The Pinedale Fine Arts Council’s (WY) In-Site Ex-Site (ISES) Public Art Program, Main Street Pinedale (MSP), and Sage and Snow Garden Club have joined forces on a new gateway project into Pinedale. The project is expected to include “Welcome to Pinedale” signs that incorporate sculptural and water-wise landscape elements placed at each end of Pinedale on Highway 191.
    Budget: $85,000 – Deadline: October 14, 2014
  • North Carolina State University is seeking proposals from artists/teams to create a themed Wolfpack art installation for Reynolds Coliseum.
    Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: October 15, 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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