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
Projects in process:
Utah State University Life Sciences – In process
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, West Valley City – Artist commissioned: Weston Lambert
Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence – Artists commissioned:
Crystal Schenk/Shelby Davis
Other Utah Public Art Opportunities
The Bountiful Davis Art Center is requesting proposals for a project to decorate the planter box in front of the Art Center, located on the corner of Main Street and 100 North in Bountiful, The building wraps around the corner and extends east on 100 North. There is a city-owned planter box in front of the main entrance about 5 feet in front of the door that is also on the property.
Budget: $1,000 – Deadline: August 15, 2017
Salt Lake County plans to contract with a Utah artist or artist team to create a unique artwork that will be installed at the new Parks & Public Works Operations Center located at 6332 South Airport Road, West Jordan. This public art project presents an opportunity for an exterior sculptural component.
Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: August 17, 2017
Moab ArTTrails is seeking sculptors to submit works to be considered for its first 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 13-15. The City of Moab and Grand County have committed to purchase 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, 2017
The Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City seeks proposals for a project that includes one aesthetically pleasing, imaginative, and iconic piece that will be a welcome feature and identification for the City’s newly improved, Bingham Junction Park. The winning proposal must make a strong visual statement and use classical form and natural materials to create a unique element that establishes a sense of place.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017
National & International Public Art Opportunities
City of Sugar Land [Sugar Land, Texas] – Submittals are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in providing permanent artwork to be installed at the City of Sugar Land’s Festival Site Overlook. At the Overlook, a retaining wall and colonnade exists that would be highly suitable for an applied artwork, in a material such as mosaic or ceramic tile. Artists/artist teams that are short-listed after the RFQ Open Competition process will be provided with an $800 stipend to develop preliminary project design concepts as part of the subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
Budget: $151,500 – Deadline: August 22, 2017
The City’s Visual Arts Commission [Loveland, Colorado] seeks an Artist or Artist Team to create a vibrant 5’ x 8’ two-dimensional work of art to be installed on the interior hallway wall(s) of the Chilson Recreation Center located at 700 East 4th Street in Loveland. This hallway serves as a main connector to all areas of this very active, family-friendly recreational facility. The location receives prime exposure to an average of 1,400 daily visitors.
Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: August 25, 2017
The City of Overland Park [Overland Park, Kansas] is renovating City Hall and art will be a key component. The City will be purchasing wall mounted art for the interior public spaces including a statement piece for the atrium ceiling and one non-monumental out of doors element. Art sought will either reflect the precision associated with city planning, or the area’s beauty and citizenry.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017
The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) Public Art Program is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and statements of interest from individual artists, designers or art/design teams for a ceiling treatment to be produced in conjunction with the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW. This is an opportunity to design a signature visual feature of the Library’s Grand Reading Room, drawing upon the Library’s vast Special Collections archive of D.C. history. This call is open to applicants 18 or older; must be available for intermittent meetings in Washington, D.C. during 2018 and to oversee installation in 2019.
Budget: To be determined – Deadline: August 31, 2017
The City of Brentwood Arts Commission [Brentwood, California] seeks to commission an artist to create outdoor public art along an island median on Sand Creek Road across from “The Streets of Brentwood”. This is the first of four major “Gateways” into the City of Brentwood. This is also a heavily used thoroughfare located between two shopping centers.
Budget: $175,000 – Deadline: August 31, 2017
The Art in Public Places program [Palm Beach, Florida] seeks to commission an Artist or Artist team (Artist) to design, fabricate and install light sculpture screens and gates for Palm Beach County Convention Center Courtyard’s highly visible north and east perimeters. Along with “Wave” by Barbara Grygutis completed in 2009, illuminated sculptural screens and gates will be enjoyed by the Convention Center’s approximate 300,000 annual guests attending meetings, conventions, tradeshows, art fairs, galas and special events. The new signature artwork will be seen and experienced by passersby in approximately 50,000 vehicles daily, in addition to pedestrians travelling between the Convention Center and other landmarks along Okeechobee Boulevard, a main thoroughfare in downtown West Palm Beach, To enhance the Center’s capacity to host diverse events and functions in its Courtyard, sculptures shall be compelling day through evening, and create a sense of seclusion from its surroundings, visually blocking vehicular traffic and limiting public access.
Budget: $454,000 – Deadline: September 1, 2017
England Airpark and Community, [Alexandria, Virginia] home to Alexandria International Airport, is seeking request for qualifications and preliminary proposals from individual artists or artists teams for the creation of a monumental gateway sculpture located in a site specific roundabout entrance to the Airpark. This site was specifically created for the installation of a public art centerpiece. This is a high visibility, high traffic opportunity with hundreds of thousands of vehicles utilizing the Airparks roundabout on an annual basis. The roundabout location is one of the most notable and prominent public spaces within the Central Louisiana community.
Budget: $125,000 – Deadline: September 9, 2017
Lendlease Clippership Wharf LLC [Boston, Massachusetts] is interested in commissioning a large-scale sculpture in the round to install in the northwest corner of their Clippership Wharf Development. Lendlease is looking for a landmark sculpture that will promote and reflect the neighborhood, and provide an impactful enhancement to the public realm.
Budget: $123,250 – Deadline: September 15, 2017
The City of Ocala [Ocala, Florida] in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL. Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice awards will be selected.
Budget: Total Awards $24,000 – Deadline: September 30, 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.
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