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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

  • There are no projects open at the moment. We do have exciting projects in development and will be posting here soon.

Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • No projects listed with our office at this time

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The City of Saint Paul Public Art Ordinance Program is pleased to announce an open call for the City List of Qualified Public Artists (List). The City is seeking to establish a new pre-qualified List to be referenced for upcoming City plans and capital projects. The List will be referenced by public art project committees; City department project managers; proposers responding to City Request for Proposals (RFPs) for plans that require a public artist team-member; capital project design teams that require a public artist; and/or the City Artist program for artists to join their team. Artists may apply online through Call for Entry at
    Deadline: October 28, 2016
  • The City of Norfolk, VA is commissioning an artist to design and create public artwork for the Lafayette Gateway. The Lafayette Gateway is a centrally located round-about in one of the many established neighborhoods in the City of Norfolk.
    Budget: $80,000 – Deadline: October 13, 2016.
  • The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional Artists or Teams of Artists in response to a significant public art opportunity for Mecklenburg County’s Freedom Park in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    Budget: $145,000 – Deadline: November 4, 201611:59 p.m. EDT
  • Public Art for the Enoch Pratt Hampden Branch he Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Baltimore City Department of General Services seeks a professional artist or artist team to design and produce unique, site specific public artwork for the interior of the soon to be renovated, Enoch Pratt Hampden Branch.
    Budget: $20,000 – Deadline: November 6, 2016
  • Colorado State University – Chemistry Building and Science Quad –  Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating a site-specific exterior public artwork or series of artworks for Colorado State University’s new Chemistry Building and Science Mall.
    Budget: $284,000 – Deadline: November 7, 2016

  • Hillsborough County is interested in receiving submissions from artists demonstrating their ability to provide completely realized artworks appropriate for an integrated indoor floor art installation.
    Budget: $40,000 – $45,000 – Deadline: Nov. 11, 2016

  • Hillsborough County is interested in receiving submissions from artists demonstrating their ability to provide completely realized artwork appropriate for a Memorial to the USCG CUTTER TAMPA at the Tampa Bay History Center.
    Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: Nov. 11, 2016
  • The City of Lancaster, PA seeks to commission an artwork to be permanently installed in the lobby of the new Water Bureau Administration Building.
    Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: 4 pm, November 17, 2016
  • River City Company is seeking multi-disciplinary artists + design teams’ qualifications. Up to three teams will be selected and awarded $5,000 stipends to develop site specific proposals (design concepts) for the re-design of the First Street steps and incline area from Market St. to Cherry St. in Chattanooga, TN.
    Deadline: Friday, November 25, 2016 by Noon. Budget: $750,000 (fundraising goal) 
  • The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a significant public art opportunity at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
    Budget: $950,000 – Deadline: December 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.
  • 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 or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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