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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:

Dixie State University Human Performance Center – Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating site specific art for the public area(s) of the new Dixie State University Human Performance Center in St. George, Utah. The center is an innovative combination of three major campus functions: academics, recreation and athletics. It provides extensive opportunities for recreation, activity, and interdisciplinary academic programs. American and legal resident artists / artists teams are eligible to apply. Apply via post or
Budget: $204,000 – Deadline: August 3, 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,

Southern Utah University School of Business – Artist commissioned:  Gordon Huether 

Utah Department of Environmental Quality – Artist commissioned: Day Christensen

4th District Courts – Provo – Artist commissioned: Lyle London

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

Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus – Artist commissioned: Volkan Alkanoglu

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artist commissioned: Kana Tanaka

Uintah Basin Technical College – Finalists: Scot Olson, Dan Toone, John Coyne and Chris Coleman

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Artist submission in review

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

Tunnel Murals: McPolin Farm – This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processPark City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) seeks proposals from an artist or artist teams to create site specific artwork for Park City pedestrian and bicycle tunnels in the McPolin/224 connector.  Art on tunnel surfaces enhances the City Council’s goals for alternative transportation, walkability, and community vibrancy
Budget: $10,000 – Deadline: July 20, 2018

Public Art for Creekside Water Treatment Plant – This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processPark City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) with the support and recommendation from its Public Art Advisory Board
(PAAB) seeks proposals from an artist(s)/team that will create and build a structure that represents PCMC’s dedication to water conservation and sustainability in distribution. We expect 80% of the installation to be made with the up-cycled materials being donated by Public Utilities Department.
Budget: $13,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2018

LiveDAYBREAK Community Sculptural Art Project – Spiral
This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processThe Sculptural Art project for the Spiral is intended to create a unique outdoor art piece that reflects the vision and feel of the community. Along with being aesthetically pleasing, this piece could also be suitable for a kinetic and/or a lighted sculpture. The Spiral is a prominent landscape feature at a central location within Daybreak.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: July 31, 2018

South Summit Services Building Interior Artwork Project – Celebrating multicultural heritage and the stunning natural environment in Summit County. The Summit County Public Art Advisory Board (“SCPAAB”) is seeking artists to propose a concept for highly creative three-dimensional artwork to be placed ​in​ the interior ​hallway ​of the ​newly constructed ​South Summit Services Building​ in Kamas, UT​.
Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: August 3, 2018

Moab ArTTrails is seeking sculptors to submit works to be considered for its second annual sculpture exhibition. Up to ten artists will be selected to display their sculptures in downtown Moab, Utah for a year. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium and two nights lodging the weekend of October 12-14. A Purchase Award for a piece valued up to $10,000 and a $1000 Peoples Choice prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.
Budget: Total awards $16,000 – Deadline: August 18, 2018

National & International Public Art Opportunities

Main Street Reimagined Public Art & Streetscape Design – The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition request professional artistic design & fabrication services for various furnishings & streetscape art issued by the City of Worcester Executive Office of Economic Development. The City seeks proposals for 5 different public art categories.
Budget: Various – Deadline: July 13, 2018

Canyon Country Public Art Project – The City of Santa Clarita  is accepting applications from artists or teams of artists who would like to be considered for a permanent sculpture or installation artwork for a local community park. The overarching theme for this call is ‘reflection’ as in meditative, contemplative, and the calm that comes with being in nature.
Budget: $25,000 – Deadline: July 13, 2018

Sheridan College Technical Education Center – Sheridan College in north-central Wyoming is currently building a new Technical Education Center. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, the college is seeking artwork for both the interior and the exterior of the building.
Budget: $58,5000 – Deadline: July 13, 2018

Coral Gables Public Safety Building – The City of Coral Gables requests qualifications from professional working artists for consideration to create an iconic artwork for the City’s new Public Safety Building. Artwork is sought that serves as a memorial to and honors our public safety professionals.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: July 18, 2018

C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library Hillsborough County is inviting interested artists to provide responses to this Request for Qualifications for a sculpture for the C. Blythe Andrews Jr. Public Library in Tampa, FL
Budget: $45,000 – July 24, 2018

Happy Rock Park  – The City of Gladstone, Missouri is seeking an artist or collaborative teams to develop innovative original artwork for Happy Rock Park that features playgrounds, shelters, tennis courts, soccer/football fields, softball fields and a multi-use paved trail that will be partially renovated in the fall.
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2018

Artist-designed Bus Shelters for the Athens Transit System The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites professional artists (or teams) to submit a concept proposal for an original bus shelter(s) to be installed within the Athens Transit System. The selected artist(s) will work with the ACAC and government staff to create functional public art that enhances the local transportation system and people’s experience of it.
Budget: $17,500 – Deadline: July 27, 2018

Codman Square Park, Boston, MA  The Codman Square Neighborhood Council (CSNC) is spearheading the redesign of the Codman Square Park with the Friends of Codman Square Park. Creative placemaking is envisioned by creating a new plan for its landscape design which will be integrated with public art.

Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: August 1, 2018

Glass Frit Design Sought for Minneapolis Public Service BuildingThe City of Minneapolis invites experienced artists to apply to design patterning for portions of the bird-safe glass frit for the New Public Service Building. Artists will NOT be responsible for the cost of installation: the fee is for design only.
Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: August 3, 2018

Preserve Boulevard Improvement Project The City of Eden Prairie is excited to invite
artists to submit applications to be considered for a public art project in coordination with a
major boulevard reconstruction.  There will be multiple locations within and near the boulevard for site-specific work, such as medians and open areas at each end of the street.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: August 26, 2018

Sculpture Tour 2018-2019: The City of Georgetown has issued a call for entries for its annual Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the bustling Georgetown Cultural District. Sculptures will be installed by appointment in early November 2018 and remain on display through October 2019.
Budget: $6,750 – Deadline: August 30, 2018

Reitz Union Career Resource Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. The CRC serves as the bridge from the educational experience to the work world for University of Florida students. This enhanced facility will continue to provide nationally recognized services to students, employers and campus partners.
Budget: $51,856 – Deadline: September 7, 2018

Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence (NEXUS Engineering), University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. UF is transforming the heart of campus into a home and headquarters for the New Engineer. This will be our flagship building: an 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art research and educational environment. Investing in people, places, and programs.
Budget: $$95,500 – Deadline: September 21, 2018


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