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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

  • The University of Utah School of Dentistry - Salt Lake City Requesting artist / artist team qualifications for the creation of site specific public art for the newly completed Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building in Research Park on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.  The Selection Committee believes this commission can be an important part of the inspiration and stimulus for clinical excellence, educational pursuit, research and discovery for faculty, staff, residents, students and visitors. Apply here.
    Budget: $169,000 – Deadline: January 16, 2015

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

  • The Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City announces a call for UTAH artists who are interested in submitting proposals for a public art commission in the Bingham Junction Project Area Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: January 30, 2015

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport – Terminal 3The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists to create signature works as part of the modernization of the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 3.
    Budget: $4,000,000 – Deadline: December 5, 2014
  • The San Francisco Arts Commission is seeking applications to create a permanent public artwork for the western facing façades of San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Polk and Hayes streets.
    Budget: $1,200,000  - Deadline: Monday, December 8, 2014 11:59 p.m. PST
  • Fire Station 35 at Denver International Airport -  The DEN Art and Culture’s Public Art Program is currently soliciting applications for an exterior commission for Denver Fire Station 35 – either an integrated work on the southern façade or a free-standing piece on the west side. Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: December 10, 2014

  • Broward County Council Public Art and Design Program Call to Artists for four projects at the Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport
    Budget: $1,670,000 all projects combined – Deadline: December 30, 2014
  • The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance in Oro Valley, AZ currently has a public art opportunity for sculptors and is requesting qualifications. The goal of the project is to develop a viable, permanent public art project for All Seasons of Oro Valley including its final installation at four different locations on campus.
    Budget: $175,000- Deadline: January 6, 2015
  • The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and install permanent, site-specific artwork(s) at Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library.
    Budget: $280,000 – Deadline: January 6, 2015

  • Call for international artists – The Rogers Place Arena Northwest Plaza in Edmonton, Canada Budget: $500,000.00 CAD (maximum, all inclusive) – Deadline: January 14, 2015

  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis seeks to establish a new pool of highly qualified artists and artist teams for a number of open calls and commissioning opportunities for outdoor murals (wall-based artwork) over the next several years.
    Budget: up to $100,000 – Deadline: January 16, 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

Questions? Contact Jim Glenn at 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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