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
- Please check back for news about projects opening soon for the Utah State University Clinical Services Facility, and Utah Valley University’s Performing Arts Center.
Projects in Progress
- Southwest Applied Technology Allied Health and Technology Facility –
Artists commissioned: Tooza Design
- Dixie Applied Technology College – In committee review
- Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Salt Lake City campus- In committee review
Other Utah Public Art Opportunities
National & International Public Art Opportunities
- The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for a permanent work of art to be located on the west wall of the underground section of The Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville.
Budget $10,000 – Deadline May 2, 2016
- The Bay Bridge Steel Program, through which remediated steel being salvaged from the 1936 East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (currently being demolished) will be awarded to successful applicants for incorporation into civic and public art projects.
Deadline May 2, 2016
- The DC Commission on the Art and Humanities (DCCAH) in partnership with Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco) is seeking professional qualifications from artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication and installation of a permanent work of public art for the new Pepco electrical substation coming to the Buzzard Point area in Southwest Washington, DC.
Budget $250,000 – Deadline May 5, 2016
- Spokane Arts, in partnership with the Spokane Parks & Recreation Department and Spokane Park Board seeks a lead artist to identify art opportunities within the new Riverfront Park Master Plan and to develop site-integrated artwork(s) for the redevelopment of Riverfront Park.
Budget $500,000 – Deadline May 6, 2016
- The Federal Way Arts Commission is seeking qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a site-responsive public artwork. The site will be the newly constructed 41,000 sq. ft. Performing Arts & Event Center in Town Center.
Budget $350,000 – Deadline May 6, 2016
- The City of Plano has seven designated locations for the Plano Portal Project, where the city is seeking original artwork to declare the entrance of the arts district.
Budget $300,000 – Deadline May 9, 2016
- The Public Arts Advisory Board of the City of Wylie, Texas, seeks to commission an original, exterior, site-specific, functionally, philosophically, and artistically integrated space(s) for the New Walking Trails and Disc Golf Park. Three separate sites are available for art.
Budget $130,000 each Site #1 & 2; $52,000 Site #3 – Deadline May 11, 2016
- The City and County of Broomfield Public Art Committee (PAC) seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create a public artwork for the new Health and Human Services’ Building, 3rd floor Family Services Waiting Area.
Budget $10,000 – Deadline May 11, 2016
- The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams with experience in the design, fabrication and installation of artwork in the public realm to apply for the Matsui Waterfront Park public art project. Call-MatsuiPark (1)
Budget $234,686 – Deadline May 16, 2016
- The Memphis UrbanArt Commission is accepting artist qualifications for four public art projects. Two of the projects are open to artists in the Memphis-metropolitan area, and the other two are open to all artists in the United States. Projects include a mural, sculptures and other public art pieces.
Budget $262,500 – Deadline May 20, 2016
- The Tucson Pima Arts Council is administering a Call to Artists/RFQ process for Nakoma Sky, a retirement community in Oro Valley, Arizona. Six different art opportunities are being offered: three interior and three exterior.
Budget $415,000 – Deadline May 26, 2016
- The Bernalillo County Arts Board solicits a call for artists to propose conceptual sketch ideas for “Outposts” outdoor sculptures to be located along highly visible avenues and boulevards within Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
Budget $20,000 – Deadline May 29, 2016
- Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, WY is building a Student Services and University Center that will be the new focal point for student services on campus. The committee is seeking 2D or 3D artwork for the interior of the building, as well as a second call for exterior sculpture.
Budget $30,000 and $60,000 – Deadline June 3, 2016
- The City of Sarasota, Florida is sponsoring an outdoor landmark sculpture for placement within a future roadway roundabout at the intersection of Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard in a downtown location. This project is related to a new public art initiative that is focused on acquiring public works of art that will be permanently displayed in numerous roundabouts that will be constructed during the next decade.
Budget $150,000 – Deadline June 5, 2016
- The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed on the grounds of the Jones AT&T Sports Performance Center. Considerations are for artists that can create a piece that will stand alone, but could also be considered to create a companion piece for the next phase of the project.
Budget $150,000 – Deadline June 5, 2016
- The Tarpon Springs Public Art Committee (TSPAC) is seeking designs for Phase I of its Art Bike Rack Project. This phase of the project will place artist-designed bike racks primarily along the City’s Art and History Trail. The intent of this call is for unique, original designs only.
Budget $500 per design – Deadline June 30, 2016
- 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.
- This is a call for the inclusion of public art collections in the Public Art Archive, an online database of public art powered by WESTAF. To be considered for inclusion, you must be a professional artist who has completed and installed public artwork, or an administrator of an established public art program in any of the 50 United States or Canada.
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