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
Click on the project name to download the PDF file containing the full project description and specifics for submitting qualifications.
- There are no open projects at this time.
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
- Salt Lake Community College Instructional and Administration Building
Artist commissioned: Volkan Alkanoglu
- University of Utah Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex
Artist commissioned: Takashi Soga
- The Center for New Media on the campus of Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City
Artists commissioned: KBAS + Stephan Koplowitz
Other Utah Public Art Opportunities
- The Salt Lake Art Design Board announces a Call for Artists for the fourth series of Flying Objects, a temporary public art project installed in downtown Salt Lake City. The Design Board is seeking artworks that will add color, shape, interest, and vitality to the downtown streetscape in a range of styles and materials.
Budget: $5,000 – Deadline: January 13, 2014
National & International Public Art Opportunities
- The City of Dublin, CA, invites individual artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for several upcoming public art opportunities to create permanently installed artwork at the Emerald Glen Park Recreation and Aquatics Complex.
Budget: $167,000 – Deadline: December 6, 2013
- Alameda – Contra Costa County Transit District (the “DISTRICT”) is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) as part of the process of establishing a Pre-qualified Pool of Supporting Artists and Artisans for collaborative work with a Lead Artist on artistic enhancements of station design elements included in the East Bay Bus Rapid Transit project (EB-BRT).
Budget: Various 1.5M – Deadline: December 9, 2013
- The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture seeks an artist or artist team for the public piers of the Seattle Central Waterfront. These piers will be rebuilt as part of Waterfront Seattle, a large-scale project to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct with 26 acres of new public space, streets, parks, and buildings.
Budget: $1,000,000 – Deadline: December 19, 2013
- The Public Art Committee of Johnson City, TN is seeking proposals for an art project that incorporates identifying signage for the new Founders Park retention pond project in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee.
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: December 20, 2013
- The City of Allen, TX and the Allen Public Art Committee (PAC) invite artists or artist teams to submit qualifications for the design and installation of enhancements to the Cottonwood Creek Trail Bridge.This project requires collaboration with the prime consultant for trail design and the manufacturer of a prefabricated bridge structure.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: December 23, 2013 5 p.m. EST
- Chattanooga, TN: Public Art Chattanooga is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission and installation of a work of public art on the lawn of Fire Station #1 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Up to five finalists will be selected to develop concept proposals for this project.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: January 10, 2014
- The City of Gladstone, MO is seeking artists to create an exterior art installation to be placed in the Gladstone downtown area.
Budget: $20,000 – Deadline: January 24, 2014
- Philadelphia’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit an application with the Public Art Artist Registry. We have an upcoming Percent for Art opportunity in Manayunk with an art budget of $134,000, and another opportunit this Fall. 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. Additional information online.
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