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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

  • Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center – Call for interested artist or artist team’s qualifications and letter of interest for the creation of site specific public art for the new performing arts center on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.The Performing Arts Center will be an iconic building that serves as the gateway to the east side of campus. It will become a gathering place and hub for the arts in the valley. The Committee hopes that the modern, elegant and timeless beauty of the building can be complemented with innovative, engaging, immersive and/or interactive art. Application being accepted via CaFE’
    Budget: $193,000 – Deadline to apply: January 30, 2017

    Projects in process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • No other Utah projects are registered with us at this time.

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The city of Aurora, CO is seeking an individual artist or team of artists to join the design team for a new recreation facility.  Integrating art elements that create a warm, welcoming and transformative experience as people enter the building is a primary interest.
    Budget: $400,000 – Deadline: January 8, 2017
  • The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the East Fortuna Staging Area Field Station Building Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork for East Fortuna Staging Area Field Station Building and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.
    Budget: Approximately $54,000 – Deadline: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
  • The City of Raleigh, North Carolina is seeking qualifications from artists interested in creating a fun and exciting site-specific gateway sculpture for the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, that also takes into consideration David Benson’s sculpture Acorn
    Budget: $97,000 – Deadline: January 20, 2017
  • The City of Knoxville’s Public Arts Committee seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for a permanent work of art to be located on the east wall of the 500 block of Gay Street, at the intersection of Gay Street and Union Avenue, in downtown Knoxville.
    Budget: $10,000 – Deadline: 5 PM – January 30, 2017

  • Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific, exterior public artwork(s) for the University of Northern Colorado’s (UNC) Campus Commons.
    Budget: $255,000 – Deadline: January 30, 2017

  • The Palo Alto Public Art Program is seeking the professional services of artists or artist teams working in diverse media who are interested in being considered for a possible commission in the Junior Museum and Zoo (JMZ), located at 1451 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, California.
    Budget: $150,000 and $200,000 – Deadline: February 1, 2017
  • The 7/20 Memorial Committee and the city of Aurora and are inviting applications from professional artists interested in creating a memorial to the to honor those whose lives were lost or changed forever as a result of the tragic events of July 20, 2012. During a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” a lone gunman killed 12 people and injured 70 at a movie theatre in the heart of the community.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: February 6, 2017
  • 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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