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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

Snow College Center – The Utah Public Art Program and the Snow College Science Department are requesting qualifications and letters of interest from artists or artist teams interested in creating site specific public art for this new facility. The project team is hopeful the artist can become an integral part of the design team to help create an integral art and science commission.  Apply here.
Budget: $126,000 – Deadline: December 7, 2015

Utah Department of Human Services Developmental Center –  The Utah Public Art Program and the Developmental Center are requesting qualifications and letters of interest from artists or artist teams interested in creating site-specific art for this new center.  This is an opportunity for an artist(s) to design work for a community with unique challenges and meaningful needs.
Apply here.
Budget: $42,000 – Deadline: November 30, 2015


Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • The Salt Lake Art Design Board seeks aesthetically imaginative, site-specific, appropriately scaled artwork that will have a positive impact on and relationship to the McClelland Trail. This could include way-finding elements, seating, embedded or integrated work in the hardscape/landscape or singular sculptural works. Artists/teams are encouraged to be creative in design, color and material usage. Artists/teams are also encouraged to consider community involvement to inform their final artwork.
    Budget $60,000 – Deadline November 29, 2015
  • The Salt Lake Art Design Board invites Utah artists or artist-led teams to submit models and applications for a new series of permanent Flying Objects. This series of up to 18 new sculptures will be permanently installed in the Broadway District on the center islands along 300 South (aka Broadway) from 400 West to 300 East.
    Budget $12,500 each – Deadline January 11, 2016

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The Town of Prescott Valley invites persons/firms to submit Statements of Qualifications (“SOQs”) to provide professional artistic design/build services for the CIVIC CENTER COMPLEX ENTRY SCULPTURE PROJECT, (“Project”).
    Budget $90,000 – Deadline: November 22, 2015
  • The City of Carlsbad’s Library & Cultural Arts Department seeks an artist or artist team to develop site-integrated artwork in conjunction with the future park improvements for the Pine Avenue Community Park. The improvements include an 18,000 sf multi-purpose, multi-generational community center and a garden area consisting of an ornamental garden and community garden plots. Email entry to City of Carlsbad Cultural Arts Office, Vincent Kitch, Cultural Arts Manager
    Budget $100,000 – Deadline: November 23, 2015
  • The City of Calgary Utilities and Environmental Protection (UEP) Department in conjunction with the Public Art Program is seeking submissions from artists for the WATERSHED+ Dynamic Environment Lab. The WATERSHED+ Lab is a concept that immerses artists within the WATERSHED+ program, with the intent to support critical thinking, shared knowledge and to bring contemporary artists’ practices into the work of the UEP Department.
    Budget  TBD – Deadline: November 23, 2015
  • The City of Denver’s Public Art Program and the Federal Boulevard Art Selection Panel has released a Request for Qualifications for artists who wish to work on a public art project for the Federal Boulevard Redevelopment Project. The public art component will serve to enliven the corridor with artwork(s) that enhance the unique character of the neighborhood.
    Budget $90,000 – Deadline: November 27, 2015
  • Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artwork(s) for Berndt Hall at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. This project is the construction of a new wing of Berndt Hall, a science building on Fort Lewis’ campus.
    Budget $202,000 – Deadline: November 30, 2015
  • Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artwork(s) for the new Ent Center for the Arts at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Colorado. This project is the construction of a new visual and performing arts center on the North Campus of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
    Budget $174,720 – Deadline: November 30, 2015
  • The City of Marietta, Georgia is seeking qualified artists or art teams to design, fabricate, and install an original outdoor artwork for Elizabeth Porter Park based on received community history, ideas, and feedback.
    Budget $40,000 – Deadline November 30, 2015
  • The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture,(ARTS) in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will commission one artist, or artist team of no more than two, to work with SDOT and ARTS staff to research, develop, and create a Public Art Plan for downtown Seattle based on current capital projects in Seattle’s downtown core. The selected artist will guide and influence the development of a public art plan that creates a robust, cohesive, and long-range vision for SDOT’s 1% for Art programming in Seattle’s downtown core.
    Budget $30,000 – Deadline: December 1, 2015
  • An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork(s) for North University City Fire Station 50 and consult during installation of artwork(s) at the site by the City. The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture administers the competition.
    Budget $150,000 – Deadline: December 4, 2015
  • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) is requesting qualifications from artists for the creation of an outdoor artwork that will serve as a focal point within the newly constructed STEM building complex and as an outdoor classroom and gathering space for students and the college community. The space and/or structure of the artwork should be able to accommodate a group of up to 24 students and faculty.
    Budget $180,000 – Deadline: December 6, 2015
  •  The City of Calgary is seeking a professional artist(s) to develop a design that will be integrated into the pathway system within the Delta Garden in West Eau Claire Park. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a much-loved downtown park space directly adjacent to the Santiago Calatrave Peace Bridge and the Bow River.
    Budget $45,000 – Deadline December 7, 2015
  • The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is seeking proposals from artists to create engaging public art around the 2016 Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Monkey, as part of an ongoing series in Chinatown Park in downtown Boston.  Work in any medium will be considered. The opportunity is for temporary installations and proposals.
    Budget $18,000 – Deadline December 14, 2015
  • The Brighton Cultural Arts Commission (BCAC) is requesting proposals in an open competition for an artist to incorporate art in Downtown Brighton, Colorado. Outdoor art, showing a kinetic, interactive, free-form, monumental sculpture(s) with elements using wind, movement, light and/or sound.  The scale of the kinetic sculpture should be large enough to be viewed from Highway 85 or by pedestrians walking along 1st Avenue and Strong Street.
    Budget $120,000 – Deadline: December 15, 2015
  •  The City of Calgary Public Art Program is seeking to commission up to three artists and/or artist teams to participate in the pilot for the Painted City Street Art Program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary. The Program is commissioning two different opportunities with three total positions to fill.
    Budget $35,000 – Deadline December 16, 2015
  • The City of Gladstone, Missouri is seeking an artist or collaborative team to develop innovative original artwork for the Gladstone Downtown Village Project. Artwork for this project will be commissioned through the City of Gladstone, Missouri City Council.
    Budget $35,000 – Deadline December 18, 2015
  • 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 building will be the gateway for campus and will house the bulk of student services. The selection committee for the Art in Public Buildings Project is seeking 3 sculptural works for the Student Services and University Center.
    Budget $90,000 – Deadline: December 31, 2015
  • Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, WY is building a new Flexible Industrial Technology Building. The state of the art building will house several programs: diesel technology, engineering technology, expanded welding fabrication, and construction management.The committee is interested in work for the exterior of the building: 3D work for the courtyard area or work that enhances the exterior walls, and an interior work for the 2nd floor corridor.
    Budget $63,659 – Deadline: December 31, 2015
  • As a project of Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg is issuing a request for qualifications for the new Kate Tiedemann College of Business. The Public Art Selection Committee seeks experienced professional artists working in any media to submit their qualifications for consideration.
    Budget $100,000 – Deadline January 6, 2016
  • The City of Atlanta, Georgia, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Public Art Program is seeking professional artist applicants for its Public Art Registry. The Public Art Program uses this Registry as a vendor list for soliciting major and minor public art commissions and purchases. Artists accepted to the Registry list will be considered for public art opportunities such as site-specific commissions, artist/architect collaborations, design services, and artist/community collaborations.
    Deadline January 31, 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.
    Deadline: Ongoing
  • This is a call for the inclusion of public art collections in the Public Art Archivean 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.
    Deadline:  Rolling


Contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271 or Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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