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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:

The Davis Technical College Allied Health Facility – Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork for the Allied Health Building at Davis Technical College in Kaysville, Utah. This building will serve as a dynamic and engaging learning environment that will help students develop competence and confidence to provide life-saving care for the health and physical well-being of the community they serve.
This project is open to professional artists / artist teams.
Applications being accepted via CaFE.org or by other means identified in the above document.
Budget: $221,000 – Deadline: November 9, 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,

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 – Artist commissioned: Scot Olson 

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Artist commissioned: Tim Watkins 

Dixie State University Human Performance Center – Finalists: Cliff Garten, Douwe Blumberg, Mark Aeling, and Roger Stoller

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

Kearns Public Library Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists residing in the
State of Utah who are interested in participating in an open competition for a
work of public art for the new Kearns Library project.
Budget: $117,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018

Daybreak Public Library Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists both local and national who are interested in participating in an open competition for a work of public art for the new Daybreak Library project. The County plans to contract with an artist or artist teams to create a unique exterior sculptural artwork that will be installed at the new Daybreak Library.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018


National & International Public Art Opportunities

West River Trail  [Oklahoma City, OK] The City of Oklahoma City announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for a contract to create public art for the West River Trail.
Budget: $70,000 – Deadline: September 19, 2018

Atlanta Public Library [Atlanta, GA] Fulton County Arts & Culture Public Arts Program invites experienced professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create original and site-responsive public artworks using the theme of ‘Light and Enlightenment’ for the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Branch, part of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System.
Total Budget: $246,000 – Deadline: September 20, 2018

University of Florida – Laboratory for Engineering Excellence [Gainsville, FL] Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence (NEXUS Engineering), 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.
Budget: $95,500 – Deadline: September 21, 2018

Downtown Rotary Sculpture Garden [Reno, NV] The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, in collaboration with The Reno Downtown Rotary, is seeking sculpture for purchase and installation in Bicentennial Park. The Project is open to artists in a western regional area encompassing Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, and Arizona with experience in public art projects.
Total Project Budget: $80,000 – Deadline: September 21, 2018 

Market Square Garage Mural [Knoxville, TN] The City of Knoxville’s Public Arts Committee invites artists and artist teams to submit a statement of qualifications for a mural or series of murals to be located on the eastern wall of the Market Square Garage, facing the alley located between Wall Avenue and Union Avenue, in the heart of downtown Knoxville.
Project Budget: $151,000 – Deadline: September 21, 2018

Prequalified Artist Pool [Palo Alto, CA] The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities.
Budget: Various – Deadline: September 23, 2018

Schuster Avenue Reconstruction [El Paso, TX] The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Public Art Program seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks for the Schuster Avenue Reconstruction Project. Art opportunities may include all items listed in the scope of work.
Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: September 26, 2018

Bennett Event Center [Oklahoma City, OK] The City of Oklahoma City announces a call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for a contract to create public art that will serve as a dynamic attraction in the lobby of the Bennett Event Center on the Oklahoma Fair Grounds.
Budget: $335,000 – Deadline: September 26, 2018

Will Rogers World Airport Terminal Expansion Art Project [Oklahoma City, OK] The Oklahoma City Airport Trust is seeking to commission a professional artist(s) or a team of artists to design, and oversee installation of, integrated permanent works for two specific sites in the terminal expansion project.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: September 26, 2018

Eastside Regional Neighborhood Water Park [El Paso, TX] The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Public Art Program seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks at the Eastside Regional Neighborhood Water Park.
Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: September 26, 2018

District 1 Neighborhood Water Park [El Paso, TX] The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department Public Art Program seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install site-specific artwork or artworks at the District 1 Neighborhood Water Park in West El Paso.
Budget: $140,000 – Deadline: September 26, 2018

Art for New City of Georgetown, TX Buildings [Georgetown, TX] The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Municipal Court. Three areas have been identified for artwork. A theme has not been selected for the spaces to allow each artist an opportunity to present their own unique vision for the space.
Budget: $15,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2018

University Boulevard/Merrill Road Roundabout  [Jacksonville University -Jacksonville, FL]  and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville seek an artist or artist-team to design, fabricate, and install a large scale, dynamic, site-specific artwork for a newly constructed roundabout.
Budget: $225,000 – Deadline: September 30, 2018

Indian Creek Library [Olathe, KS] The Olathe Public Art Committee, on behalf of the Olathe (KS) City Council, is seeking a professional artist or artist team to collaborate with city staff to create a site-specific permanent and original piece of art to be incorporated in the entry plaza that will include a water fountain feature.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: October 4, 2018 

Colony West Hotel Bas Relief Wall Mural [Tamarac, FL] The City of Tamarac, Florida is seeking to commission an artist or artist team to create a bas relief wall mural of significant size and quality to be located in the new Colony West Club House.
Budget: $45,000 – Deadline: October 9, 2018

Robert Crown Community Center and Park [Evanston, IL] The re-development of the RCCC will bring a new typology of community center to Evanston. Robert Crown Park is a 15-acre park located in Evanston, Illinois at the northeast corner of Main St. and Dodge Ave.
Budget: $400,000 – Deadline: October 12, 2018

Duke Realty Headquarters [Indianapolis, IN] The Arts Council of Indianapolis, on behalf of Duke Realty and through the Public Art for Neighborhoods Program, is requesting qualifications from artists or artist teams who are interested in creating outdoor public artwork for the new Duke Realty Headquarters facility on Indianapolis’ north-side.
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: October 14, 2018

Athletic Dining Facility [Texas Tech – Lubbock, TX] The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific sculpture(s) or installation to be placed at the Athletic Dining Facility, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.
Budget: $46,000 – Deadline: October 24, 2018

Public Art for Downtown McCall [McCall, ID] The City of McCall is seeking an artist or artist-team to create public artwork to complement the reconstruction of its downtown core streetscape. The City seeks to commission artwork to be integrated into the upcoming reconstruction of 2nd Street at the heart of the city’s downtown core.
Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: October 26, 2018

Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project [Chicago, IL] The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) invites professional artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for a public art design project in response to sites along Riverwalk East, located on the south bank of the Chicago River, between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Through the Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project, artists at the height of their field will develop ambitious, innovative design proposals that activate and enhance this beloved natural amenity and recreation area.
Budget: $10,000 honorarium for finalist proposals – Deadline: October 26, 2018

Southeastern Louisiana University- Computer Science and Technology Building  [Hammond, LA] The Percent for Art Program is seeking artists or artist teams to design and implement two (2) site-specific sculptures or installations of original design for the Computer Science and Technology Building, Southeastern Louisiana University.
Budget: $50,000 & $100,000 – Deadline: November 8, 2018

Questions?

Contact Jim Glenn | jglenn@utah.gov | 801.245.7271

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