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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

  • 4th District Courts – Provo – In collaboration the 4th District Courts, the Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management, and VCBO Architecture the Utah Public Art Program has released a Request for Qualifications for artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public work for the new Courts facility in Provo, Utah. The Selection Committee is intent on working with an artist who will contribute to this important new facility for the State of Utah and the community of Provo. Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $330,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017
  • Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, West Valley City – The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing this new store in West Valley City at 5600 West 6200 South. It is the intention of the Art Committee to commission new work or purchase existing art. This public artwork may draw inspiration from or derive context from the community of West Valley City and/or the services offered by DABC, the architecture, the diverse cultures of West Valley City, the history and/or the magnificent Utah landscape. This project is open to artists residing in the western United States to include (Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming.)
    Applicants may apply here or via CD/DVD.
    Budget: $17,000 – Deadline: April 7, 2017
  • Check back soon for projects with Southern Utah University and Utah State Archives.

Projects in process

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • The Salt Lake City Public Art Program invites Utah artists or artist-led teams to submit up to 3 applications for a public art commission located at what will be a pocket park located at 337 South 400 East, the site of the now demolished 337 Project. The new pocket park will lead to an existing community garden on the property and will function as a community gathering space. There are 24 commissions available. Each commission is $500 and is inclusive of all artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, and transportation. Salt Lake City will manage fabrication
    Budget: $500 – Deadline: March 14,  2017
  • The Salt Lake City Public Art Program invites Utah artists or artist-led teams to submit proposals and applications for a public art commission at Fire Station #14 located at 3800 West California Avenue. The new net-zero station will support firefighters’ day-to-day experiences in an urban and industrial district. Building materials will respond to the environment while providing a welcoming glow to the public.  The project budget is inclusive of all artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, fabrication, insurance, transportation, permits, and installation.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: March 21, 2017 

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, requests the qualifications of artists interested in completing a permanent, exterior artwork for the new OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA, to be located at 5315 Lafayette Rd. in Pike Township
    Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: February 27, 2017
  • The City of Pasadena and its Department of Water and Power are seeking an artist or artist team who can create an experiential artwork, improving the visual impact of the Glenarm Power Plant day and night, enhancing it with light, color and/or motion activated artwork.
    Budget: $765,000 – Deadline: March 6, 2017
  • The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is seeking an artist or artist team to conceptualize, design, fabricate and install a site-integrated artistic monument/tribute called the San Dieguito River Park “Founders Tribute” adjacent to the Coast to Crest Trail. The artist (or artist’s team) will work with the JPA staff and the JPA’s Founders Tribute Committee to develop a design concept for the tribute that honors the original founders of the San Dieguito River Park.
    Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: March 7, 2017
  • The Broomfield Public Art Committee, in collaboration with the Open Space and Trails Advisory Committee, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, city staff and the design team, seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create artistic screening for the Xcel Energy facilities at the McKay/Lambertson Open Lands site located in Broomfield, CO.
    Budget: $45,000 – Deadline: March 9, 2017
  • The UrbanArt Commission and the City of Memphis are commissioning a public art installation as part of a city-wide commemoration of the Memphis Sanitation Worker’s strike and the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The selected artist will work closely with a landscape architect in coordinating the plaza design with the art installation.
    Budget: $700,000 – Deadline: March 16, 2017
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Experimental Sciences Building II, located at the Texas Tech University campus, located in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the new facility will be completed by January 2019.
    Budget: $754,000 – Deadline: March 23, 2017 (3 PM CDT)
  • The CitySites Public Art Program is seeking an artist or artist team with experience creating a site-specific art installation that integrates into a suburban environment and a transit corridor. The artwork should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a dynamic streetscape with substantial vehicular traffic and minimal pedestrian traffic, exposure to vehicular pollution and can be easily cleaned and maintained in the event of graffiti or other defacing.
    Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: March 31, 2017 
  • Philadelphia’s Public Art Program 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 at or 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton at or 801.245.7270

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