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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.

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.

Utah Public Art Program Opportunities

  • University of Utah Crocker Science Center – The Art Selection Committee for this project is interested in working with an artist(s) to create work for the public spaces that incorporates crosscutting themes in science concepts and provoke visitors and students to “think like a scientist” and “act like a researcher,” work that helps deepen the conceptual exploration of the Nature of Science.
    Budget: $280,000 – Deadline: June 29, 2016
  • Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus – In honor of and in keeping with SLCC’s desire to create a “state of the art” facility to serve the technical education needs of Westpointe, Salt Lake City and environs, the Art Selection Committee for this project is interested in working with an artist(s) that understands this pride of place and the earnest desire to serve the community.
    Budget: $309,000 – Deadline: June 30, 2016
  • Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence – The Selection Committee for this project wants to work with an artist(s) that reinforces this specialized facility as a warm, inviting, and soothing place; integrated with elements that inspire health and wellness; responsive to a diverse range of needs and abilities; a teaching tool for clinical research; accommodating to a variety of treatments for chronic physical, mental, and behavioral health conditions; comfortable and supportive to visiting families; and overall an environment that creates a sense of joy and hope.
    Budget: $81,000 – Deadline: July 8, 2016

Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • Salt Lake County is soliciting proposals from qualified artists, living in the state of Utah, to participate in an open competition for works of art for the new West Jordan District Attorney Office Building. This public art project presents an opportunity for a large exterior sculptural component. DA28318 WJ DA’s Office Bldg Public Art RFP_Final
    Budget  $75,000 – Deadline July 15, 2016

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Bernalillo County Arts Board solicits a call for artists to propose conceptual sketch ideas for “Outposts” outdoor sculptures to be located along highly visible avenues and boulevards within Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
    Budget  $20,000 – Deadline May 29, 2016
  • San Diego International Airport is pleased to announce a new public art opportunity at the parking plaza lobby stairs. The project is an opportunity for an artist or artist team to activate the exterior, terminal-facing sides of the plaza’s three lobby stairwells, which serve as pedestrian entry and exit points for the structure. For complete eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, and to apply for the opportunity, all artists must register in the Authority’s Vendor Database
    Budget  $550,000 – Deadline June 2, 2016
  • Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, WY is building a Student Services and University Center that will be the new focal point for student services on campus. The committee is seeking 2D or 3D artwork for the interior of the building, as well as a second call for exterior sculpture.
    Budget  $30,000 and $60,000 – Deadline June 3, 2016
  • The City of Sarasota, Florida is sponsoring an outdoor landmark sculpture for placement within a future roadway roundabout at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard in a downtown location. This project is related to a new public art initiative that is focused on acquiring public works of art that will be permanently displayed in numerous roundabouts that will be constructed during the next decade.
    Budget  $150,000 – Deadline June 5, 2016
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed on the grounds of the Jones AT&T Sports Performance Center.  Considerations are for artists that can create a piece that will stand alone, but could also be considered to create a companion piece for the next phase of the project.
    Budget  $150,000 – Deadline June 5, 2016
  •  The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create a mural to be placed on the wall near the entrance to the newly remodeled Industrial Engineering building. Ideal submissions will create a mural that celebrates Industrial Engineering.
    Budget  $33,500 – Deadline June 22, 2016
  • The City of San Diego is seeking applications from qualified artists to provide public art services for the East Village Green Phase 1 Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork for East Village Green Phase 1 and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.
    Budget  $475,000 – Deadline June 23, 2016
  • The City of Napa invites artists with experience in creative place making to submit qualifications for the Dwight H. Murray Plaza improvement project. It is the City’s intent to select one artist or artist team to conceptualize and produce unique art elements that activate the Plaza and serve as visual landmarks for this newly designed civic space.
    Budget  $200,000 – Deadline June 24, 2016
  • The Tarpon Springs Public Art Committee (TSPAC) is seeking designs for Phase I of its Art Bike Rack Project. This phase of the project will place artist-designed bike racks primarily along the City’s Art and History Trail. The intent of this call is for unique, original designs only.
    Budget  $500 per design – Deadline June 30, 2016
  • 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
  • This is a call for the inclusion of public art collections in the Public Art Archivean online database of public art powered by WESTAF. To be considered for inclusion, you must be a professional artist who has completed and installed public artwork, or an administrator of an established public art program in any of the 50 United States or Canada.
    Deadline:  Rolling


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

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