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
- There are no projects open at the moment. Please check back for news about projects opening soon for the Dixie Applied Technology College, USU Clinical Services Facility, and UVU’s Performing Arts Center.
Projects in Progress
- Developmental Center – Finalists: Mark DeGraffenried, Michael Moonbird, Debbie Dickinson and Jason Asselin
- Southwest Applied Technology Allied Health and Technology Facility –
Artists commissioned: Tooza Design
Other Utah Public Art Opportunities
- Ogden City Arts’ Design Subcommittee is inviting artists to submit proposals for a ‘Percent For Art’ commission to be situated at the new Fire Station No. 3, 450 E. North Street, Ogden, Utah. The Selection Committee has identified the exterior South West and South facing walls and/or the plaza area in front of the South West exterior wall as possible sites for this public art commission but are also open to sites and interpretations offered by the artist(s) The selected artwork will live outside the station and so should be made of appropriate materials.
Budget $50,000 – Deadline February 29, 2016
- A letter of interest and list of qualifications are requested from glass artists, both local and national, who are interested in participating in the open competition to receive the award for a work of public art at the new Downtown District Attorney Office Building project. DA25694 Downtown DA’s Office Public Art RFP_Final
Budget $325,000 – Deadline March 3, 2016
- Ogden City is seeking proposals from artists of any kind to create a conceptual design for an international directional sign at the Junction Plaza at the Northwest corner of 23rd and Kiesel Avenue in downtown Ogden. The sign is intended to recognize our sister city of Hof Germany. RFP HOF FINAL
Budget $35,000 – Deadline March 11, 2016
- The Redevelopment Agency of Midvale City seeks proposals for a project that includes TWO aesthetically pleasing, imaginative, and iconic monument signs that will be welcoming features for the City of Midvale. The winning proposal must make a strong visual statement and use modern form and materials to create unique signage that establishes a sense of place.
Budget $80,000 – Deadline April 1, 2016
National & International Public Art Opportunities
- The Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program in conjunction with the Highway Construction & Engineering Division is seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design, build and install functionally integrated site-specific public artwork for a pocket park located adjacent to a major vehicular corridor in Davie, Florida.
Budget $65,000 – Deadline February 15, 2016
- The City of Knoxville seeks proposals from artists or artist teams for site-specific, two-dimensional murals to enliven Knoxville’s urban landscape. The contracted project will include design, materials, and installation of up to three designs. Artists may submit proposals for individual locations or for all three sites.
Budget TBD – Deadline February 15, 2016
- The University of Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program has a call to artists for UF-212 Newell Hall Renovation. Three areas (two within and one outside) of Newell Hall have been selected as potential locations for site-specific public art.
Budget $45,000 – Deadline February 19, 2016
- The Downtown Development Commission of Cumberland, MD is seeking artists who would be interested in designing a Signage Mural for the Historic City Center of Cumberland.
Budget $3,500 – Deadline February 22, 2016
- Atelier InSite, the team responsible for implementing site-specific public art on the Clemson University campus, is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications for an interior site-specific public artwork for the Lee III facility.
Budget $60,000 – Deadline February 22, 2016
- The Town of Cary, North Carolina is requesting qualifications from artists, or artist teams, to join the design team to create integrated artwork for a new four-level parking deck in downtown Cary.
Budget $130,000 – Deadline February 22, 2016
- The City of El Paso’s Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) Public Art Program and Parks and Recreation Department seeks to commission a professional artist to design and develop a public art piece for the Plaza as the first phase for the Eastside Regional Park.
Budget $205,000 – Deadline February 26, 2016
- The City of Baltimore ‘s Public Art Commission, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library is seeking applications qualified artists or teams to develop a permanent public art installation for the newly renovated Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library.
Budget $30,000 – Deadline February 28, 2016
- A request for bids has been made, and the sealed bids will be received by the Town of Ridgway, Colorado at Ridgway Town Hall, for the design, construction, delivery and installation of 5 public art pieces, and including all related work in accordance with the Request for Bids, Contract Documents and Town Standards. Bids shall include public art for the Highway 62 Uncompahgre River Bridge pilasters (4) and one gateway public art work for the North Lena Street / Highway 62 intersection.
Budget tbd – Deadline February 29, 2016
- The Town of Ridgway, CO has a call to artists for the design, construction, and delivery of unique street furnishings, including: 35 six-foot benches, 4 nine-foot curved benches, 39 bicycle racks, 23 planter pots, and 7 trash/recycling receptacles, and including all related work in accordance with the Request for Bids, Contract Documents and Town Standards. Bids may include any amount and type of furnishing specified (Artists are not required to bid on all quantities and types of furnishings in this request).
Budget tbd – Deadline February 29, 2016
- The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside of the New Honors Residence Hall. Ideal submissions will create a functional art piece that can also work as a shade structure in the courtyard.
Budget $287,000 – Deadline March 2, 2016
- The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program on the behalf of the City of Edmonton is seeking an artist or artist team to integrate site-specific public art at the Davies Ramp at 83 Street. There is one location with two art options for a public artwork. This location provides a significant and highly visible public art installation opportunity.
Budget $195,500 – Deadline March 3, 2016
- The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program, on the behalf of the City of Edmonton, is seeking an artist or artist team to integrate art at the Churchill Connector. The Churchill Stop of the Valley Line is located at Sir Winston Churchill Square, the centre of the Arts District and home to many of Edmonton’s outdoor festivals, activities, and gatherings.
Budget $195,500 – Deadline March 3, 2016
- The Edmonton Arts Council Public Art Program on the behalf of the City of Edmonton is seeking an artist or artist team to integrate site-specific public art at the Davies Station. There are three potential site locations for a public artwork, all of which provide a significant public art installation opportunity. Davies Station will become the major new transit hub in southeast Edmonton conveniently located in the middle of a light industrial area which combines an eclectic group of industrial businesses, metal fabricating shops, schools, and residences
Budget $255,500 – Deadline March 3, 2016
- The City of Oklahoma City announces this Call to Artists to submit their work to be considered for interior lobby public artwork for the Intermodal Transportation Hub in downtown Oklahoma City. The art work sought through the announcement will fill a large entry mezzanine.
Budget $55,000 – Deadline March 8, 2016
- This is a national Call to Artists from The City of Tampa, Florida for an artwork that will be part of an elevator and located on the Tampa Riverwalk in downtown Tampa. The elevator will be located on the recently completed Kennedy Segment; an all over-water, highly used and visible portion of the Riverwalk.
Budget $75,000 – Deadline March 11, 2016
- The Louisiana Percent for Art Program is seeking artists, or artist teams, to design and implement a site-specific, large-scale sculpture of original design for the exterior of the Lanny D. Ledet Culinary Building at on the Nicholls State University campus in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The artwork will be subject to direct sunlight and must be unique, permanent, discourage vandalism, and require very minimal long-term maintenance.
Budget $70,000 – Deadline March 15, 2016
- Artist teams are being asked to register their interest in creating the public art for Western Australia’s new museum. The public art commission will be offered to an artist team to develop either a single work or multiple works. The Minister said public art was part of the ongoing transformation of Perth as a vibrant, modern and creative city.
Budget $1,600,000 – Deadline April 13, 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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