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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

  • Utah ArtistsThe Utah Division of Wildlife Resources – George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Wildlife Education Center in Farmington Bay, Great Salt Lake, Utah is requesting letters of interest and proposals for newly created site specifc artwork or appropriate existing work at the new education center at the Great Salt Lake.
    Budget: $10,000 – Deadline: December 21, 2016

Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • No other Utah projects are registered with us at this time.

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • The City of Las Vegas hereby invites qualified firms or individuals to submit written proposals for a site-specific public standalone identifying artwork to the West Las Vegas Arts Center (WLVAC), located at 947 W. Lake Mead Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit the Nevada Government eMarketplace (NGEM) at to view and respond to this solicitation (160231-SK).
    Budget: $72,000 – Deadline: December 12, 2016 01:30:00 PM (PT)
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Permian Basin Academic Facility, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin campus, located in Odessa. TX.
    Budget: $214,000 – Deadline: December 14, 2016 at 3 p.m. (central)
  • The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a significant public art opportunity at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).
    Budget: $950,000 – Deadline: December 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.
  • The City of Knoxville’s Public Arts Committee invites artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for a permanent work of art to be located in front of the main entrance to State Street Garage on State Street in downtown Knoxville. The Committee seeks artists to create a significant, site-specific work of art for this important location.  Works that have previously been created for other spaces are discouraged.  Works that have been previously exhibited in other locales are disqualified.
    Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: 5:00 pm EST, December 15, 2016


  • The Regional Arts & Culture Council is pleased to invite professional artists living in the United States to submit qualifications for a percent-for-art commission for the lobby of the new Multnomah County Central Courthouse in Portland, Oregon. Budget: $500,000-$750,000 Deadline: 11:59PM (MDT), Monday, December 19, 2016.
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Archer College of Health and Human Services, located on the Angelo State University Campus, a member of the Texas Tech System, located in San Angelo, TX.
    Budget: $253,000 – Deadline: January 5, 2017 at 3 p.m. (central)

  • The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the East Fortuna Staging Area Field Station Building Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork for East Fortuna Staging Area Field Station Building and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.
    Budget: Approximately $54,000 – Deadline: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 4:00 PM PST
  • 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 Felicia Baca at or 801.245.7272

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