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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:

Uintah Basin Technical College – Welding – Artists are invited to submit letters of interest and qualifications to create site specific artwork for the new Welding Facility at UB Tech in Roosevelt, Utah. The Selection Committee suggests the artist(s) might consider the the craft, creativity and practical contributions skilled welders can and do have, or the ancient and more recent history of this part of Utah or the magnificent landscape of the High Uintas Wilderness surrounding Roosevelt. This project is open to resident American and legal resident artists / artist teams residing in the Western United States to include: Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Apply via post or
Budget: $24,000 – Deadline: May 31, 2018

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind –  Artists are invited to submit letters of interest and qualifications to create site specific artwork(s) for the new Utah School for the Deaf and the Blind facility in Springville, Utah. The facility will provide a full-time preschool, elementary and junior high school, and will host elementary aged life skills programs and school performances. The Art Selection Committee is interested in an artist’s possible contribution for sensory / tactile / interactive / kinetic / play experiences for students. American and legal resident artists / artists teams are eligible to apply. Apply via post or
Budget: $71,400 – Deadline: June 8, 2018

Projects in process:

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – Artists commissioned: Day Christensen and Chad Farnes

Utah State University Life Sciences – Artists commissioned: Amy Landesberg, and Mark Pomilio,

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

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

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

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artists submissions in review

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

The Jordan River Reactivation & Riparian Restoration Project seeks to restore, highlight and reactivate a formerly neglected area along the Jordan River in Salt Lake City and to highlight the site where Red Butte Creek, Emigration Creek, and Parleys Creek merge with the Jordan River. The site, known as the Three Creeks Confluence, is a unique geographic location within the Jordan River watershed and provides an opportunity to establish a green infrastructure asset along the Jordan River corridor, Jordan River Parkway Trail, and within the Glendale neighborhood. This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is specifically seeking artists to work collaboratively with the design team to produce permanent works of art that will allow the community to interpret the environmental and social history of the site. Open to professional artists or artist-led teams residing in Utah.
Budget: $70,000 – Deadline: May 22, 2018

Salt Lake County Announces Two Public Art Opportunities – Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists both local (Utah) and national who are interested in participating in an open competition for the following work(s) of public art for the new Salt Lake County Mid-Valley Performing Art Center located at 2600 West Taylorsville Boulevard, Taylorsville, Utah. Located in the central part of the Salt Lake Valley and 9 miles from Salt Lake City, this nearly 80,000 square foot facility, slated to open in the late summer of 2020 offers new opportunities for arts groups in Taylorsville and surrounding cities. The venue includes: a 400-seat proscenium theater; a 250-seat multi-form studio theater; and rehearsal and event spaces.
Exterior – Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: May 24, 2018
Interior – Budget: $80,000 – Deadline: May 24, 2018

Park City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) is looking for Artist(s)/Teams to beautify utility boxes for the EmPOWERment Public Art Utility Box Project. Project goals include creating vibrancy on public utility infrastructure around Park City and engaging the community through visual art in ways that align with City Council’s critical priority of Energy. PCMC seeks proposals from Artist(s)/Teams to submit two-dimensional artwork that coincides with the EmPOWERment theme. Original artwork will be reproduced through a printing services company, and installed onto utility boxes throughout Park City. This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application process.
Budget: $400 Honorarium – Deadline: June 1, 2018


National & International Public Art Opportunities

The city of Ketchum, Idaho invites experienced artists to apply for Ketchum’s summer sculpture exhibition, “Art on Fourth.” Original three-dimensional artwork by selected artists will be displayed in outdoor public spaces along Ketchum’s Fourth Street Heritage Corridor from June through October 2018.
Budget: $2,000 Stipend – Deadline: May 18, 2018

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)   This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processThe University of Illinois Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) to recognized professional artists, artisans, or artist-led teams, to create permanent original public artwork for the interior of the new Illinois Street Residence Dining Facility “Main Street” area.
Budget: $240,000 – Deadline: May 24, 2018

The Rochester Public Library is renovating the Rundel Terrace above its riverfront and is seeking an artist to create public art as part of the renovation.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline: May 25, 2018

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with The AIDS Memorial Pathway (The AMP), community representatives, and a range of City agencies, will select a professional artist or artist team to work with a design team to develop, plan, and scope artworks and art concepts for a community-driven memorial project honoring the impact of the AIDS epidemic on Seattle and King County.
Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: May 29, 2018

Google Charleston East Campus This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processBurning Man Project is pleased to announce an opportunity for artists to create artwork for the City of Mountain View’s Charleston East public plaza — site of the City’s new public park and Google’s new Charleston East campus.
Budget: $250,000 – Deadline May 29, 2018 

Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC dba Great Park Neighborhoods requests written proposals to secure artists for various sculpture installations in the upcoming Great Park Neighborhoods Art Walk.
Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: May 30, 2018

The Norfolk Public Art Commission and the Elizabeth River Trail Chelsea District Planning Committee seek to commission an artist to design and create artwork. The Elizabeth River Trail is an urban bike and pedestrian path providing recreational and educational opportunities as well as an alternate mode of transportation.
Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: May 31, 2018

The University of Illinois at Chicago Fine Arts Review Committee requests qualifications from artists interested in creating a site-specific public sculpture in the Engineering Innovation Building on the UIC campus (currently under construction.)
Budget: $95,000 – Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a public art opportunity for Mecklenburg County’s Pearl Street Park Renovation. ASC is seeking artists or teams of artists with a demonstrated record of integrating artwork in a natural setting, while responding to specific site history and community input.
Budget: $265,200 – Deadline: June 1, 2018

The Public Art League (PAL) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois is seeking artists to display sculptures in our community. This opportunity is open to all professional visual artists, aged 18 and older, with public art experience. This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application process.
Budget: $2500 Honorarium – June 1, 2018

Thresher Complex historic building renovation, located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, needs a large signature sculpture to be prominently displayed on the wall behind the front desk on the first floor of the building. This project is open to all artists residing in the United States.
Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: June 4, 2018

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program seeks artist(s) or artist team(s) to design an outdoor artwork for the main terrace and an indoor artwork for the lobby area of the Vermont Corridor Building, a new facility for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Total Budget: $850,000 – Deadline June 4, 2018

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), will commission one artist/artist team to design, fabricate and install an integrated, outdoor two-part artwork at the Ship Canal Water Quality Project Fremont site location. The artwork will have two points of installation on either side of the bridge over the Ship Canal/Fremont Cut, one on the Fremont side and the other on the Queen Anne side.
Budget: $180,000 – Deadline June: 12, 2018

The Art in Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Direct Purchase of Artwork (RDPA). Professional artists are invited to submit images of available work to be considered for the permanent original public art at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). This call seeks art for the Law Building Classroom Revitalization Renovation in Champaign, Illinois.
Budget: $30,000 – Deadline: June 15, 2018

Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists and professional artist teams for multiple original and site-specific art commissions as part of the Terminal Lobby Expansion (TLE) Public Art Program at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT). This call is open to all professional artists in the U.S. and internationally.
Budget: Various (Total Project $3,390,000) – Deadline: June 15, 2018


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