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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:

We have no projects open at the moment.

Projects in process:

Utah State University Life Sciences – Finalists: Healy/Thurston, Amy Landesberg, Mark Pomilio, Michael Bingham and Brad Golberg.

Southern Utah University School of Business – Artist commissioned:  Gordon Huether 

Utah Department of Environmental Quality – Artist commissioned: Day Christensen

4th District Courts – Provo – Artist commissioned: Lyle London

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, West Valley City – Artist commissioned: Weston Lambert

Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center – Artists commissioned: Jenn Figg and Matthew McCormack

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources – Artists commissioned: Dan Gerhart, and Mark Hofeling/Matias Alvarez

Unified State Lab Phase II Taylorsville – Artist commissioned: Douwe Blumberg

Snow College Science Facility – Artist commissioned: Joe Pentland

Dixie Applied Technology College – Artist commissioned: Prentice / Colbert

University of Utah Crocker Science Center – Artist commissioned: Hypersonic Studio,

Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus – Artist commissioned: Volkan Alkanoglu

Utah State University Center for Clinical Excellence – Artists commissioned:
Crystal Schenk/Shelby Davis

Juvenile Justice Services Ogden – Artists commissioned: David Griggs

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

There are no other Utah projects listed with our office at this time.

 


National & International Public Art Opportunities

San Francisco’s Treasure Island Phase 1 – THE WATERFRONT PLAZA  [San Francisco, California] Announcing the first three large scale permanent public art commissions planned for a robust new art program on Treasure Island that may include as many as thirty permanent works and multiple temporary art projects in all media over the next two decades. This is a high profile and unparalleled opportunity for artists to create bold and imaginative large scale sculpture for prominent locations on Treasure Island and the adjacent Yerba Buena Island concurrent with the island-wide redevelopment.

Budget: $2,000,000 – Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create a site-specific interior installation to be placed in the lobby of the new Lubbock Education, Research, and Technology Facility, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the new facility will be completed by summer of 2019.
Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: October 17, 2017

The City of Durham, North Carolina, is seeking Candidates with experience in creating public art that fosters a unique sense of place to design, fabricate, and install permanent public art piece(s) to be displayed on the New Downtown Mixed-Use Parking Garage Project.
The mixed-use garage will be located along West Morgan Street between North Mangum Street and Rigsbee Avenue. The project represents a significant capital improvement and will cost approximately $23M. The project is being designed by the architectural firm Little Diversified Architectural Consulting. Construction of the garage will begin in October of 2017 and is expected to be completed in January of 2019.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: October 19, 2017

The City of San José (City) Public Art Program and Environmental Services Department are seeking an experienced artist, or artist-led team to develop an artwork related to the new Co-Generation Plant, located at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. This artwork will be a public-facing feature screening the four (4) 50-foot-high emissions treatment exhaust stacks.  Artists are asked to submit qualifications to design, fabricate, and install an artwork that serves to screen the Co-Generation equipment. Artist may decide to work with the base-project designed perforated metal screening system or consider a more 3-dimensional approach. It is also an opportunity to contribute to and promote ESD’s sustainability goals for the RFQ by incorporating functional energy producing elements.
Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: October 23, 2017

The Rio Grande Farm Park (RGFP), housed within the San Luis Valley Local Foods Coalition (SLVLFC) seeks an artist, art collective, carpenter, craftsperson, or maker of any kind to design and fabricate a permanent, public art installation inclusive of the RGFP landscape. This project uses art to encourage creative placemaking, focusing on the community’s physical, mental, spiritual, creative, and social well-being. The primary goal of this work is to serve its community’s interest, while promoting transformation that develops quality of place. The committee will consider sculptures or objects that can be physically engaged as seating elements.
Budget: $10,000 – Deadline: November 1, 2017

I. Project Intent [Lititz,  Pennsylvania] The Lancaster Airport Authority seeks to commission an artwork to be permanently installed outside the main entrance to the Lancaster Airport Terminal Building, 500 Airport Road, Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543. This artwork should: Be a showpiece at the entrance to the Lancaster Airport Terminal Building Reflect the nature of aviation as it relates to the Lancaster Airport Inspire visitors and employees to consider the value of aviation in our community. Artists with experience working with outdoor, weatherproof mediums such as granite, metal, concrete, etc., and site-specific installations are encourage to apply. The artwork must be durable, low maintenance, and appropriate to the location. The artist should take into consideration the exposure to natural and electric lighting, outside temperature, precipitation, and wind.
Budget: $25,0000 – Deadline: November 3, 2017

The Todman Family Foundation and Lakeland Health are currently seeking proposals for a single, transformative work of art for installation within Lakeland Health’s new $160 million Medical Pavilion (Pavilion) under construction in St Joseph Michigan. With this RFP, artists or artist-led teams’ world-wide are invited to present a concept for the design, creation, and installation of a permanent piece of public artwork in the Pavilion. Responding artists will need to research the commission and submit a letter of interest that explains what interests them about this project and demonstrate their understanding of the intent and goals of Lakeland for the artwork. Responding artists must submit a full project proposal including a fully conceived idea along with enough additional information including but not limited to drawings, sketches, photographs, maquettes and any other graphic and written description which will help with the evaluation of the work.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: January 15, 2018

Rochester Contemporary Art Center (RoCo) seeks proposals for site-specific, temporary public art that will enliven the East Avenue neighborhood. RoCo encourages proposals for incisive, surprising, and unique sculpture and installation art of all forms, including media-based works. Of particular interest are projects that connect visitors to the location, buildings, park landscape, community and/or history of the neighborhood. Proposals for works that prompt visitors to return multiple times to experience changes in the piece are encouraged. RoCo welcomes visual artists, sculptors, sound artists, performing artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others to submit a proposal
Budget: $2,000 – Deadline: February 15, 2018

Philadelphia’s Public Art Program [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] 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

 

 

Questions?

Contact Jim Glenn | jglenn@utah.gov | 801.245.7271 or Mackenzie Morton | mmorton@utah.gov | 801.245.7270

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