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 Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing new facilities in Syracuse and Herriman, Utah to offer a convenient and comfortable venue for customers. As part of this effort the UDABC has made a commitment to include public art and interesting architecture. It is the intention of the Art Committee to commission new work or purchase existing art for the site.
American and legal resident artists in the western United States (Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming) are eligible for this project. Submissions accepted via CaFE.
Budget: Syracuse and Herriman $25,000 each – Deadline: December 18, 2017
Projects in process:
Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence – Artists commissioned:
Crystal Schenk/Shelby Davis
Other Utah Public Art Opportunities
There are no other Utah projects listed with our office at this time.
National & International Public Art Opportunities
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC) Public Art Commission is seeking an artist or
artist team to design artwork for a water tank in the city of Winston-Salem. The tank is
located along a major thoroughfare five miles south of downtown and is visible to
approximately 25,000 drivers a day. There has been recent community interest in
locating a city park on the land immediately surrounding the water tank. Should a park
be located here in the future, the proposed artwork could serve as inspiration for the
Budget: $38,000 – Deadline: December 15, 2017
The City of Alameda would like to invite artists and/or artist teams to submit their proposals to create physical public art in the Alameda community. These services would be provided through an award from the City of Alameda, and will be funded through the Alameda Public Art fund.The Public Art Commission is seeking to fund artwork of different scales and lifetimes in a wide variety of locations within the City. This RFP therefore includes five different award levels up to the following amounts:
Budget: $150,000 – $50,000 award – $25,000 awards – $12,500 award
Deadline: December 19, 2017
The City of Golden is seeking a qualified artist to create an original three dimensional work of entryway art that will provide a clear sense of arrival and a tone for the overall design quality in Golden. Landscaping, trees, and architectural elements could also be considered.
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: January 1, 2018
The Todman Family Foundation and Lakeland Health are currently seeking proposals for a single, transformative work of art for installation within Lakeland Health’s new $160 million Medical Pavilion (Pavilion) under construction in St Joseph Michigan. With this RFP, artists or artist-led teams’ world-wide are invited to present a concept for the design, creation, and installation of a permanent piece of public artwork in the Pavilion. Responding artists will need to research the commission and submit a letter of interest that explains what interests them about this project and demonstrate their understanding of the intent and goals of Lakeland for the artwork. Responding artists must submit a full project proposal including a fully conceived idea along with enough additional information including but not limited to drawings, sketches, photographs, maquettes and any other graphic and written description which will help with the evaluation of the work.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Albuquerque Arts Board and its Sawmill Art Selection Committee have initiated a national open competition , 1% for Art project to commission a large-scale, site-specific outdoor Work of Art for the Sawmill Community Land Trust, located near Albuquerque’s Old Town/Museum district.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Wyoming State Capitol building was closed to the public in 2016 and is currently undergoing a largescale renovation (Capitol Square Project) that is slated for completion in spring of 2019. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.The central rotunda of the Capitol contains four niches on the third level that are visible from all levels of the rotunda. The State of Wyoming is seeking four human figure based, cast bronze or carved stone sculptures for the niches that are allegorical and based on Wyoming attributes and values.
Budget: TBD – Deadline: February 1, 2018
Art aRound Town is one of the premier outdoor sculpture shows in Colorado. Artists’ work will be showcased prominently for one year along the streets of Carbondale. Sculptures are also actively marketed through patron parties and year-long advertising . A $750 honorarium is awarded the selected artists and one sculpture will be awarded a $1000 Best in Show. The Town of Carbondale, CO, located in the central Rockies, has recently been recognized as a Creative Art District in Colorado. Outside Magazine called Carbondale one of “the Best Places to Live”.
Budget: $750 / $1000 – Deadline: February 4, 2018
Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) seeks proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. RoCo encourages proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture and installation art of all forms, including media-based works. Of particular interest are projects that connect visitors to the location, buildings, park landscape, community and/or history of the neighborhood. Proposals for works that prompt visitors to return multiple times to experience changes in the piece are encouraged. RoCo welcomes visual artists, sculptors, sound artists, performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others to submit a proposal
Budget: $2,000 – Deadline: February 15, 2018
Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY is seeking proposals from individual artists or small artist teams for The Center Courtyard exhibition space. The Courtyard is a 30 ft by 28 ft outdoor space within this arts facility with glass walls on three sides. There are multiple views of this unique space through the conference room, the Theater Gallery hallway, the Glenwood street entrance and an aerial view from the green space above The Center’s ground level. The Courtyard acts as the heart of this building that houses 18 arts nonprofit administrative offices, 5 dance studios, art studios, galleries, a blackbox theater and a state of the art 500-seat theater. This is a high visibility, high traffic exhibition space, with more than 100,000 audience members attending events in and around the campus every year.
Budget: TBD – Deadline: March 30, 2018
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.
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