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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

  • We are working with new Selection Committees for upcoming projects with Ogden Juvenile Services and DABC West Valley and will be posting soon. Check back.

Projects in Progress

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

  • Magna Water District  is soliciting qualifications from Artists interested in design, fabrication, and installation of a permanent sculpture to be a part of the District’s new office building. It is hoped the art commission will consider the history and future of the Magna area and the importance of water in the community fabric. The sculpture is to integrate with the interior architecture and is to include recirculated water in the design.
    Budget  $48,000 – Deadline: 3 pm on August 18, 2016

National & International Public Art Opportunities

  • An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork for North City Advanced Water Purification Facility in San Diego and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.
    Budget $975,000 – Deadline July 28, 2016
  • The Public Art Endowment, a program of The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, invites artists to apply for a permanent glass window project for the new Van Dyke Performance Space at the Greensboro Cultural Center in Greensboro.
    Budget  $50,000 – Deadline August 1, 2016
  • On behalf of the Oregon Zoo and Metro Regional Government in Portland, Oregon, the Regional Arts & Culture Council is pleased to invite professional artists/teams to submit qualifications for a percent-for-art commission for the Central Plaza / Polar Passage at the Oregon Zoo.
    Budget  $200,000 – Deadline August 8, 2016 
  • Arlington County, Virginia is accepting qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in a public art opportunity at Oakland Park, located in the Virginia Square neighborhood of Arlington, VA
    Budget: $85,000 – Deadline August 8, 2016 
  • Bexar County has engaged the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) to assist Bexar County in selecting an artist for a commission to install a permanent public artwork at the newly renovated San Pedro Creek Plaza at the Phase 1 of a significant County-funded public works project: San Pedro Creek Improvements Project in San Antonio, Texas.
    Budget: $735,000 – Deadline: August 12, 2016 
  • The city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking an artist(s)/artist team(s) to provide banner art for  the Aerial Gallery: Red exhibit, along First Street, part of the First Street Art Trail. Artists interested in applying are encouraged to visit the ArtsRegistryLas.Vegas site to view the full call for artwork, download supporting materials, and to apply.
    Budget: $1,000 per artist – Deadline: August 14, 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 Oracle Road Assisted Living project will be a 101 unit Assisted Living and Memory Care community. The project seeks to enhance the entry into the project and celebrate the preservation of native vegetation and habitat that is being accomplished on the site and/or unique aspects of the Sonoran desert environment.
    Budget  $60,000 – Deadline August 15, 2016 
  • The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Fry’s Food Stores, a division of the Kroger Company, will commission two professional artists to create indoor murals for two new Fry’s grocery stores in the Phoenix area.
    Budget: $7500 per mural – Deadline: August 15, 2016

  • 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 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
  • 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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