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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

  • Southern Utah University School of Business
    Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Southern Utah University School of Business in Cedar City, Utah.
    The Selection Committee is looking forward to working with an artist to help contribute to this important facility for the State of Utah and Southern Utah University. The new Business Building has been designed to be an integral component to the future success of the School of Business and those who work, teach and study within its walls. It is the desire and hope of the Committee that the artist(s) will be able to develop site specific work which is harmonious with the design of the building and contribute to an environment that inspires students to think creatively toward new heights. It is hoped this site specific work will encourage thought, exploration, and contemplation, while still being accessible in concept and intent. Applications are accepted via CaFE or digital copy (information / instructions available here.)
    Budget: $104,000 – Deadline: June 9, 2017
  • Check back for projects opening soon with Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Utah State University Life Sciences and Utah State Archives.

Projects in process:

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • No other Utah projects registered with our office at this time.

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Palm Beach County’s Art in Public Places Program [Delray Beach, Florida] seeks to commission an artist or artist team to design, construct and install art to enhance and make more visible to the public, Palm Tran’s new headquarters building.
    Budget: $193,500 – Deadline: April 27, 2017
  • Public Art Chattanooga and the Steering Committee [Chattanooga, Tennessee] 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 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
  • The Public Art Planning Committee [Norfolk, Virginia] seeks an artist to design and create exterior artwork for the Norfolk International Airport that will signal the city as a friendly and welcoming place. The art should be site-specific, creatively stimulate thought and conversation, and be relevant to Norfolk. The perfect artwork will create a sense of arrival, originality, and momentarily relieve the stresses of air travel.
    Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: May 4, 2017
  • The BMP Metropolitan District No. 1, [Denver, Colorado] in collaboration with RedLine, seeks proposals for a public mural that spans a block-long wall (approx. 200 ft.) across from the Alameda Light Rail Station. The location of the mural represents a unique intersection of urban life connecting the Denver Design District, a public transportation hub, and sets the stage for a new transit-oriented development that will redefine this area of the city. Design concepts that capture the intersection of innovation, design, transportation, sustainability, and energy as well as speak to the surrounding neighborhood are encouraged.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: May 10, 2017
  • The Boulder Office of Arts + Culture [Boulder, Colorado] is seeking an artist/artist team for a site-specific public art commission to complement the newly-reconfigured Boulder Civic Area. This park setting is the heart of Boulder and hosts many municipal and cultural facilities. Possible locations and themes within the Civic Area have been identified, with particular interest on the 11th Street Spine. This location is a new focal point within the park, highlighting a custom-designed bridge over Boulder Creek that connects the University Hill area with the Pearl Street Mall, a cultural and commercial destination. This commission is open to artists/artist teams working in all media.
    Budget: $325,000 – Deadline: May 11, 2017
  • The University of Central Florida [Orlando, Florida] is pleased to announce a major public art opportunity. The UCF/Florida Art in State Buildings Program seeks qualifications from artists and artist/design collectives to design, fabricate and install permanent site-specific public art into the new Dr. Phillips Academic Commons at the UCF Downtown campus. The public art elements must be an integral part of the new Dr. Phillips Academic Commons located in downtown Orlando’s newest development, Creative Village.
    Budget: $85,000 – Deadline: May 25, 2017
  • Scottsdale Public Art [Scottsdale, Arizona] seeks new concepts for commissioning a temporary public art installation to be placed in or above the Arizona Canal in the Scottsdale Waterfront area. The installation will be on view from November 2017 through February 2018 and will be part of Canal Convergence│Water + Art + Light 2018.
    Budget: $70,000 – Deadline: May, 31 2017
  • The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas [Dallas, Texas] requests the submission of qualifications from artists for consideration to design, fabricate and install a free-standing, outdoor public artwork that will be a tribute to the life and work of Dallas artist Arthello Beck Jr. Arthello Beck, Dallas African-American artist, was born in Dallas on July 17, 1941. He was the first African American to own and operate an art gallery in Dallas. Arthello believed his art was a means of communication, a vital therapeutic form of expression for the young and old. His paintings reflected positive images of African-American people and culture. The public artwork should create a space or environment that invites community interaction with the artwork and incorporates themes central to Arthello Beck’s work.
    Budget: $81, 488 – Deadline: June 1, 2017
  • The Asian American Monument Committee of New Mexico [Albuquerque, New Mexico] requests artists or artists’ teams to submit qualifications for designing a public art sculpture in honor of the landmark civil rights ruling from Territory v Yee Shun (1882). The site for the sculpture is the urban environment in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Second Judicial District Courthouse.
    Budget: $255,000 – Deadline: June 2, 2017
  • The Conservatory Metropolitan District  [Aurora, Colorado] is seeking an artist to complete an exterior sculptural commission for this unique residential community located within southeastern Aurora. The name “Conservatory” references the nearby Plains Conservation Center and signifies that wildlife and nature are a focus of this community. Birdwatching, hiking, and bike rides are among the outdoor activities commonly enjoyed by the residents in this area.
    Budget: $72,000 – Deadline: July 7, 2017
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] 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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