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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

  • Weber Valley Youth Center – Juvenile Justice Services
    Juvenile Justice Services serves a diverse population of youth and families with a variety of needs. JJS is passionate about fulfilling its mission, whether it be helping youths with court obligations, connecting them to services within the community, providing treatment and the opportunity to change, or transitioning youths to independent living. The Art Selection Committee is hoping to commission public work that reflects or draws inspiration and context from JJS’ motivation to help the youth, families, and the community in the process of mending and building a stronger, healthier community.
    Budget: $125,000 – Deadline: September 12, 2016
  • Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control – West Valley – It is the intention of the Art Selection Committee to commission or purchase art by Utah artists. These public artworks may draw inspiration from or derive context from our customers, our communities, our cultures, the architecture and/or our magnificent Utah geographies. This commission is open to resident Utah artists only.
    Budget: $17,500 – Deadline: September 23, 2016
  • Unified State Lab Phase II Taylorsville – This second phase of Utah’s consolidation of laboratory services includes a new crime lab for the Department of Public Safety, the Medical Examiner and the Department of Agriculture and Food. While the majority of the building is not accessible to the public, the facility is part of a wider open campus serving the people of Utah. The Selection Committee is looking for an artist to help contextualize this unique facility and site into an art intervention for the public, visitors and employees.
    Budget: $275,000 – Deadline: October 6, 2016

Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • In conjunction with numerous revitalization efforts, The Gateway is kicking off a property-wide Request For Proposal (RFP) for various public art to transform the longtime downtown shopping destination into the artistic and cultural heart of Salt Lake City. Collaborating with artists and arts councils, we invite artists to stretch their creativity to interpret various spaces around the property creative unique, memorable experiences through artwork. We want this initiative to ultimately offer a home for a range of unique public artistry to Salt Lake City, as a place to celebrate creativity, community, and urban identity.
    Budget: Various – Deadline: September 20, 2016

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center Women & Children’s Center – Experienced artists are invited to submit qualifications to be considered for several artwork opportunities intended to create a signature identity for the exterior of Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center’s new Women and Children Center.
    Budget: $250,000 – $1,000,000 – Deadline: August 22, 2016
  • The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, announce a public art competition to commission three site-specific entry-gates for The Discovery Center, a new environmental education center to-be-located in the Strawberry Mansion district of Fairmount Park in Philadelphia.
    Budget  $80,000 – Deadline August 24, 2016
  • The City of Norfolk, Virginia seeks to commission an artist to design and create artworks for five new schools. Like education, the individual works should address 21st century learning and inspire curiosity, engage multiple senses, and encourage exploration.
    Budget: $150,000 for 5 artworks – Deadline: 2:00 PM EST, August 24, 2016
  • The Ann Arbor Art Center, acting on behalf of the City of Ann Arbor, is calling for proposals by an artist or artist-led team for a commissioned, site-specific, permanent art installation. The work will be installed on any element(s) of the streetscape. This commission is part of the Stadium Boulevard Reconstruction Project.
    Budget  $100,000 – Deadline August 31, 2016
  • Art in Public Places invites artists to submit qualifications for a public art installation in a roundabout at Reed Market & 15th Street in Bend, Oregon. The location is highly visible to vehicle traffic along both streets.
    Budget  $100,000 – Deadline September 1, 2016
  • The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance has issued a Request for Public Art Qualifications in Oro Valley, AZ, for privately commissioned Public Art Projects.  The Tucson Orthopaedic Institute project seeks an original, site specific design fabricated in safe, durable, low maintenance materials that may withstand the harsh Arizona climate in the summer months.
    Budget  $15,000 – Deadline September 1, 2016
  • Inglewood Growing Artists’ Performed Projects is for 2 contracts for Creative Services funded at $12,500 each, with up to 12 weeks of scheduled use of a community playhouse for rehearsals, workshop, community engagement and/or presentations.
    Budget: $12,500 each – Deadline September 2, 2016
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College – Winsted, Connecticut
    Seeking artists for a public art opportunity associated with the Joyner Health Science Center at NCCC. Artists MUST register a portfolio in the Art in Public Spaces Registry. The NCCC project is open to both in-state and out-of-state artists with preference given to in-state artists.
    Budget: $135,000 – Deadline: September 7, 2016
  • The Madison Arts Commission is accepting applications from artists or design teams for a site-specific art feature for the State Street Confluence at the meeting of the State Street Mall, the University of Wisconsin Library Mall and the East Campus Mall as part of the State Street Design Project.
    Budget $160,000 – Deadline: 2:00 pm (CST), Wednesday, September 7, 2016
  • The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is inviting artists and artist teams working in a variety of media to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities.
    Deadline: September 9, 2016
  • Palm Beach County Art in Public Places – Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office – Evidence & Impound Facility, Perimeter Wall & Building Enhancements in West Palm Beach, Florida
    Budget: $191,900 – Deadline: September 12, 2016 Received by 5:00 p.m. EST
  • The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create a site-specific interior floor mural to be placed down a corridor of the new Panhandle Clinical Simulation Center, located at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo.
    Budget: $89,500 – Deadline: September 14, 2016 at 3 p.m. (central)
  • Indiana State University Foundation – Request for qualifications for a site-specific project to be located in the city of Terre Haute, Indiana, inside Federal Hall on the ISU campus. This historic building has been recently restored to house the ISU College of Business.
    Budget: $40,000 – Deadline: September 23, 2016
  • The City of Ashland Public Art Commission (PAC) seeks to commission an artist to design and execute a site specific public art installation along an exterior pedestrian corridor linking Main Street to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival theater campus and the city parking garage.
    Budget  $110,000 – Deadline October 1, 2016
  • The City and County of Honolulu Commission on Culture and the Arts desires to commission an outdoor sculpture of King Kamehameha III for Thomas Square, Honolulu, Hawaii. This Request for Qualifications is open to all artists, or artist teams, qualified to work for the City and County of Honolulu.
    Budget  $250,000 – Deadline October 2, 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


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

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