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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

  • 4th District Courts – Provo – In collaboration the 4th District Courts, the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management, and VCBO Architecture the Utah Public Art Program has released a Request for Qualifications for artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public work for the new Courts facility in Provo, Utah. The Selection Committee is intent on working with an artist who will contribute to this important new facility for the State of Utah and the community of Provo. Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $330,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, West Valley City – The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing this new store in West Valley City at 5600 West 6200 South. It is the intention of the Art Committee to commission new work or purchase existing art. This public artwork may draw inspiration from or derive context from the community of West Valley City and/or the services offered by DABC, the architecture, the diverse cultures of West Valley City, the history and/or the magnificent Utah landscape. This project is open to artists residing in the western United States to include (Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming.)
    Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $17,000 – Deadline: April 7, 2017
  • Check back soon for projects with Southern Utah University and Utah State Archives.

Projects in process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • The Salt Lake City Public Art Program invites Utah artists or artist-led teams to submit proposals and applications for a public art commission at Fire Station #14 located at 3800 West California Avenue. The new net-zero station will support firefighters’ day-to-day experiences in an urban and industrial district. Building materials will respond to the environment while providing a welcoming glow to the public.  The project budget is inclusive of all artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, fabrication, insurance, transportation, permits, and installation.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: March 21, 2017

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $37,000 competition to commission a site-specific artwork for Fishtown Recreation Center. This commission is part of the $1.5 million Lederer Pool Replacement at Fishtown Recreation Center by Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.
    Budget: $37,000 – Deadline: March 29, 2017
  • The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Children’s Park Public Art Project and the Cañon Street Pocket Park Public Art Project. Artists or artist teams are sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artworks and consult during installation of artworks at the sites by the City.  One artist or artist team will be selected for the Children’s Park project and another artist or artist team will be selected for the Cañon Street Pocket Park project.
    Budget: $30,000 & $56,000 – Deadline: March 30, 2017
  • The CitySites Public Art Program is seeking an artist or artist team with experience creating a site-specific art installation that integrates into a suburban environment and a transit corridor. The artwork should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a dynamic streetscape with substantial vehicular traffic and minimal pedestrian traffic, exposure to vehicular pollution and can be easily cleaned and maintained in the event of graffiti or other defacing.
    Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is creating an artist roster of approximately 160 emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be pre-qualified for future art projects at city utility facilities, parks, street rights-of-way and other locations. This roster will be one method of selecting artists to develop temporary permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of forms, sizes and complexities, outdoors and indoors. This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States.
    Budget: up to $175,000 – Deadline: April 12, 2017 
  • Public Art Chattanooga is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission and installation of a mural at Milliken Park in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Up to three finalists will be selected to develop concept proposals for this project. Each finalist will be paid a $500 stipend for concept designs. The Oak Hills Mural will provide a transformative and dynamic visual anchor to this neighborhood park.
    Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: April 13, 2017
  • The Arts & Cultural Council of Decatur County in partnership with Main Street Greensburg are seeking artists or teams of artists to design and execute two murals in downtown Greensburg, Indiana. These murals are part of a larger project which consists of 3 art installations, streetscape and wayfinding signage. Two different artists/artist teams may be selected for each mural.
    Budget: $5,000 – Deadline: April 15, 2017
  • San Francisco International Airport is currently carrying out a replacement terminal and concourse facility. From the onset of the planning and design of the remodel, Arts Commission staff have been working closely with the Airport Design Team, representatives from the Bureau of Design and Construction, and the Airport Museums to ensure the effective incorporation of art into the building’s overall design. The artwork will act as an iconic landmark; both ticketed passengers and the public will be able to view the artwork from both the ground floor and mezzanine levels.
    Budget: $820,000 – Deadline: April 17, 2017
  • Public Art Chattanooga is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission and installation of two murals on the East and West entrances of the Wilcox Tunnel located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Up to three finalists will be selected to develop proposals for this project. Each finalist will be paid a $1,000 stipend. The Wilcox Tunnel Murals will provide a transformative and dynamic visual anchor and entry into the Eastdale neighborhood and surrounding communities.
    Budget: $53,000 – Deadline: April 20, 2017
  • The City of Richmond’s Public Art Commission is seeking qualified artists to create outdoor artwork for the Hull Street Library. The site is in the front of the library within the existing brick circle. Existing plantings and signage will be relocated prior to artist installation.
    Budget: $51,000 – Deadline: April 20, 2017
  • Public Art Chattanooga and the Steering Committee for the Fallen Five Memorial seek artist led multi-disciplinary design team’s qualifications to commemorate the fatal shootings of five servicemen on July 16, 2015, through a permanent memorial in Chattanooga’s TN Riverpark. Up to three teams will be selected as semi-finalists.  Each semi-finalist will be awarded a $5,000 stipend to develop a site specific proposal.
    Budget: $750,000 – Deadline: April 27, 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 | | 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton | | 801.245.7270

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