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Public Art Commissions Workshop Is March 1 – 20 Feb 2014

The public art programs of the State of Utah (Utah Division of Arts & Museums), Salt Lake County, and Salt Lake City are hosting a workshop for Utah artists interested in learning about and applying for public art projects locally and nationally. The deadline to register is noon, February 27, 2014. The workshop is Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Finch Lane Gallery, 54 Finch Lane in Salt Lake City.

“Artists Creating Place – Public Art Commissions” will include presentations by Jim Glenn of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Valerie Price of Salt Lake County Community Arts, and Roni Thomas of the Salt Lake City Arts Council. They will discuss their individual programs, including the review and selection process and how to prepare a submission. Also featured will be Chicago artist Lynn Basa and Utah artists Day Christensen and Paul Heath.

In addition to having completed numerous public art commissions, Lynn Basa is a painter and the author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions. She taught in the sculpture department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago. Basa’s talk will focus on making the leap from studio work to public art practice, how to effectively read calls for artists, finding public art commissions, and writing a winning letter of interest. Basa was recently selected for the Ballet West/Capitol Theatre commission in downtown Salt Lake City.

Over the past 30 years, Day Christensen has worked on a variety of public art projects for libraries, light rail stations, airports, state capitol buildings, recreation centers, medical facilities, and public parks. These projects include suspended sculptures, formed glass, murals, paving designs, light sculpture, earthworks, and fabricated and cast bronze sculpture. Christensen’s comments will focus on some of the specific challenges and skills involved in public art.

Paul Heath is a life-long Salt Lake City artist with a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Utah. As well as doing local public and private art commissions, he also pursues careers as a television graphic designer and as a K-6 art teacher. Heath’s work focuses on a sense of place which is reflected in several of his community-based public art commissions. He will share his story of encouragement from others to get involved with public art and talk about the benefits of collaboration and working on a team to bring his artistic vision to reality.

“We’re delighted to be part of offering this workshop to Utah artists,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “Public art is vital in creating meaning and value in our communities.”

To register, visit The fee for the workshop is $30 ($15 for students with ID); lunch is included.