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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 goes 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 the artists and architects who create them.

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:

The Davis Technical College Allied Health Facility – Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork for the Allied Health Building at Davis Technical College in Kaysville, Utah. This building will serve as a dynamic and engaging learning environment that will help students develop competence and confidence to provide life-saving care for the health and physical well-being of the community they serve.
This project is open to professional artists / artist teams.
Applications being accepted via or by other means identified in the above document.
Budget: $221,000 – Deadline: November 9, 2018

Projects in process:

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Artists commissioned: Day Christensen and Chad Farnes

Utah State University Life Sciences – Artists commissioned: Amy Landesberg, and Mark Pomilio,

Utah Department of Environmental Quality – Artist commissioned: Day Christensen

Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center – Artists commissioned: Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artist commissioned: Kana Tanaka

Uintah Basin Technical College – Artist commissioned: Scot Olson 

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Artist commissioned: Tim Watkins 

Dixie State University Human Performance Center – Finalists: Cliff Garten, Douwe Blumberg, Mark Aeling, and Roger Stoller

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

Martha Huges Cannon Statue – The Martha Hughes Cannon Statue Oversight Committee was chartered and commissioned by the Utah Legislature to oversee the creation and placement of a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. This project requires uncompensated completion of preliminary design(s) as part of the application process. 
Budget: $ 200,000 – Deadline: November 4, 2018

National & International Public Art Opportunities

Gateway Sculpture [Augusta, GA] Augusta, Georgia is soliciting statements of qualifications from qualified artists, or a team of artists, that are interested in providing professional services for the design, construction and installation of a Gateway Structure.
Total Budget: $225, 000 – Deadline: November 1, 2018

Collyer Park [Longmont, CO] Collyer Park is one of three of the original parks located within the original square mile of downtown Longmont. Surrounded by mature trees and historic homes, the neighbors to this park take great pride in their neighborhood as is evident with a walk in this Historic Eastside neighborhood.
Total Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: November 1, 2018

Convention Center Atrium [Oklahoma City, OK] The City of Oklahoma City announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for public art for the two atriums of the new MAPS 4 Convention Center currently under construction.
Budget: $1,300,000 – Deadline: November 7, 2018

Southeastern Louisiana University- Computer Science and Technology Building  [Hammond, LA] The Percent for Art Program is seeking artists or artist teams to design and implement two (2) site-specific sculptures or installations of original design for the Computer Science and Technology Building, Southeastern Louisiana University.
Budget: $50,000 & $100,000 – Deadline: November 8, 2018

39th Avenue Greenway and Open Channel [Denver, CO] The City of Denver’s Public Art Program, now in its 30th year, seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create multiple artworks for the 39th Avenue Greenway and Open Channel Public Art Project.
Budget: $400,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2018

Market and Bank Project [Morristown, NJ] The Town of Morristown, in collaboration with Morris Arts, seeks a professional visual artist or artist team, to create public artwork within one of the most prominent redevelopment areas in the Town.
Budget: $178,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2018

PDX International Airport [Portland, OR] The Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Port of Portland invite artists/teams living in the U.S. and Canada to submit qualifications for two permanent suspended art installations as part of the Concourse E Extension at PDX International Airport.
Budget: $600,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2018

Town Branch Park [Lexington, KY] LexArts, in collaboration with Town Branch Fund, is initiating an international RFQ selection process for public art to integrate artistic design into the landscape of Town Branch Park. InterACT will engage artists to tell the story of the history and ecology of Town Branch Creek using Arts, Culture, and Technology.
Budget: $25,000 for design – Deadline: November 15, 2018

MLK Jr. Rec Center [Denton, TX] The City of Denton requests artist qualifications from professional artists or artist teams interested in working with the Denton Public Art Committee and City of Denton Staff to design and create artwork(s) for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center reflect the Southeast Denton community’s collaborative spirit. Artists experienced in working with residents from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
Budget: $69,000 – Deadline: November 15, 2018

Pleasant Hill Roundabout [Des Moines, IA] The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation in partnership with The City of Pleasant Hill, Iowa is searching for professional artists to submit their qualifications for a public art project. The site is in a large and highly visible space, a roundabout, in the community of Pleasant Hill, Iowa.
Budget: $65,000 – Deadline: November 15, 2018

First Hill Park [Seattle, WA] The First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA) seeks an artist to create public art for First Hill Park, a Seattle Parks Department neighborhood park.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: November 16, 2018

Canyon Country Community Center [Santa Clarita, CA] The City of Santa Clarita (City) is accepting applications from artists or artist teams who would like to be considered for a permanent artwork at the new community center. The theme is ‘Gateway’. Santa Clarita’s new community center will be a gathering place to bring people together and create a sense of local cultural space.
Budget: $121,500 – Deadline: November 19, 2018

Key West City Hall  [Key West, FL] The City of Key West, Florida, invites artists to propose artworks for one or more of five identified public spaces (interior and exterior) at the recently restored and renovated Key West City Hall.
Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: November 28, 2018

Todelo Roundabout [Toledo, OH] The City of Toledo, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and Mercy Health have partnered to commission public art for newly constructed roundabouts as part of the Cherry Legacy Project. We are looking for artists that have experience working in, and with, diverse communities.
Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: November 29, 2018

Police Regional Training Institute [Loveland & Ft. Collins, CO] The cities of Loveland and Fort Collins, Colorado seek submissions to select an artist/artist team to design art concepts for a Police Regional Training Institute. This Request for Qualifications is a collaborative effort between both cities’ Art in Public Places programs.
Budget: $162,000 – Deadline: December 2, 2018

Entry Rotunda at Allen Event Center [Allen, TX] The City of Allen and the Allen Public Art Committee seek to commission site-specific artwork for the entry rotunda at Allen Event Center that will engage citizens as well as those who visit the facility to attend a wide array of concerts, sporting events and other community activities.
Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: December 10, 2018

New Hampshire State Archives [Concord, NH] The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, through the Percent for Art program, is requesting proposals for existing and newly commissioned art and craft work for public spaces.
Budget: $15,900 – Deadline: December 21, 2018


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