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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

  • Seeing the rapid growth of bicycling in Salt Lake City and the desire to encourage more people to choose cycling as a transportation option, there is an essential need and desire for safe and secure bicycle parking. To that end, and in the ongoing effort to weave art into the fabric of our urban infrastructure, the Salt Lake Art Design Board is seeking proposals from Utah artists to design and fabricate bicycle racks that are identifiable, functional, and imaginative.
    Budget: $3,000 each – Deadline: April 18, 2014

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The City of Palo Alto, TX, Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams working in a variety of media to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities in 2014/2015.
    Budget: N/A – Deadline: April 21, 2014
  • The Minnesota State Arts Board requests proposals from professional public artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork within the new Bioscience and Health Careers Center at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.
    Budget: $81,000 – Deadline: April 22, 2014
  • The Texas Tech University System (Lubbock, TX) seeks to commission a professional artist to create a site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Gayle Grieve Hunt School of Nursing in El Paso, TX.
    Budget: $138,000 – Deadline: April 22, 2014
  • The Clackamas County Arts Alliance, in partnership with the City of Oregon City and Main Street Oregon City, seeks an artist or artist team to create site-specific commissioned art for Historic Downtown Oregon City. The main goal of the project is to create a series of unique aerial sculptures highlighting a gateway entrance and marking a pathway into and through Historic Downtown Oregon City.
    Budget: $12,000 – Deadline: May 1, 2014
  • The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. in coordination with the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut, seeks an artist or artist team for a commission (or purchase) opportunity for an exterior work of art, located at the town square and which reflects the greater Mansfield community.
    Budget: $65,000 – Deadline: May 1, 2014
  • The City of Raleigh invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create public art for Fire Station 12 in Raleigh, NC. Fire Station 12 is a new construction project located on Poole Road and Bus Way, near the City Transit Facility. There are a variety of opportunities for public art at the site, including the interior walls of the station’s foyer or apparatus bays, the garden, mosaic work of the station’s foyer, or a relief sculpture for the exterior wall.
    Budget: $41,625 – Deadline: May 2, 2014
  • The Durham Arts Council, NC (DAC), in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council (NC Arts Council) is seeking a 2-3-person artist-led team to create a plan and future vision for multidisciplinary artworks that enhance the arts and entertainment corridor of Blackwell-Corcoran-Foster streets in downtown Durham, NC.
    Budget: $25,000-40-000 – Deadline: May 2, 2014
  • The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) and Housatonic Community College (HCC) are currently seeking qualifications from artists for an interior work of art for the lobby of the new addition to Lafayette Hall on the campus of HCC in Bridgeport, CT. Must be registered in the Art in Public Spaces Registry.
    Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: May 7, 2014
  • The Regional Arts & Culture Council (Portland, OR) Committee to Honor the History of Williams Avenue (the Committee) is seeking artists or artist-led teams interested in developing permanent public artwork (the Honoring History project) as part of the North Williams Avenue Traffic Operations Safety Project (the Safety Project).
    Budget: $80,000 Deadline: May 16, 2014
  • California State University Chico is seeking applicants for a commissioned exterior artwork for the new Arts & Humanities building, currently under construction.
    Budget: $70,000 – Deadline: May 16, 2014
  • 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: June 2, 2014
  • The Adams County Visual Arts Commission (CO) has put out a Call for Entries for a $120,000 original and unique monumental sculptural piece to be placed in the entrance lobby of the two-year-old Adams County Government Center off of Sable Blvd. in Brighton, Colorado.
    Budget: $120,000 – Deadline: June 9, 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

Contact Jim Glenn at 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

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