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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:

Dixie State University Human Performance Center – Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating site specific art for the public area(s) of the new Dixie State University Human Performance Center in St. George, Utah. The center is an innovative combination of three major campus functions: academics, recreation and athletics. It provides extensive opportunities for recreation, activity, and interdisciplinary academic programs. American and legal resident artists / artists teams are eligible to apply. Apply via post or
Budget: $204,000 – Deadline: August 3, 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 – Finalists: Kana Tanaka, Miguel Arzabe, Daniel Moore and Day Christensen.

Uintah Basin Technical College – Artist submissions in review

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Artist submission in review

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

Paint With Numbers Mural – Cultural Core, in partnership with the City, the County, and the Salt Palace Convention Center, are taking the first steps in transforming the underpass of the 200 West corridor behind the Salt Palace Convention Center into an engaging creative space with the completion of a large-scale, multi-artist mural. The mural will take a paint-by-numbers approach, wherein 6 selected artists will collaborate to design and apply the outline, and then work alongside the SLC community to complete the mural. Info/Application: Tyler Bloomquist –
Budget: $4,000 per artist: Deadline: June 25, 2018

SoDa Row Interactive Murals Project
This project requires uncompensated creation of a COMPLETED DESIGN as part of the application process.
The LiveDAYBREAK Community Art Advisory Committee is looking for proposals from artists for the SoDa Row Interactive Murals project. It is intended to create a unique permanent outdoor piece that will reflect the vision and feel of the community, and that will provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to interact with the art piece.
Budget: $5000 – Deadline: July 7, 2018 

Tunnel Murals: McPolin Farm – This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processPark City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) seeks proposals from an artist or artist teams to create site specific artwork for Park City pedestrian and bicycle tunnels in the McPolin/224 connector.  Art on tunnel surfaces enhances the City Council’s goals for alternative transportation, walkability, and community vibrancy
Budget: $10,000 – Deadline: July 20, 2018

Public Art for Creekside Water Treatment Plant – This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processPark City Municipal Corporation (“PCMC”) with the support and recommendation from its Public Art Advisory Board
(PAAB) seeks proposals from an artist(s)/team that will create and build a structure that represents PCMC’s dedication to water conservation and sustainability in distribution. We expect 80% of the installation to be made with the up-cycled materials being donated by Public Utilities Department.
Budget: $13,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2018

LiveDAYBREAK Community Sculptural Art Project – Spiral
This project requires uncompensated creation of a preliminary design as part of the application processThe Sculptural Art project for the Spiral is intended to create a unique outdoor art piece that reflects the vision and feel of the community. Along with being aesthetically pleasing, this piece could also be suitable for a kinetic and/or a lighted sculpture. The Spiral is a prominent landscape feature at a central location within Daybreak.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: July 31, 2018

South Summit Services Building Interior Artwork Project – Celebrating multicultural heritage and the stunning natural environment in Summit County. The Summit County Public Art Advisory Board (“SCPAAB”) is seeking artists to propose a concept for highly creative three-dimensional artwork to be placed ​in​ the interior ​hallway ​of the ​newly constructed ​South Summit Services Building​ in Kamas, UT​.
Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: August 3, 2018

Moab ArTTrails is seeking sculptors to submit works to be considered for its second annual sculpture exhibition. Up to ten artists will be selected to display their sculptures in downtown Moab, Utah for a year. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium and two nights lodging the weekend of October 12-14. A Purchase Award for a piece valued up to $10,000 and a $1000 Peoples Choice prize will be awarded at the end of the exhibition.
Budget: Total awards $16,000 – Deadline: August 18, 2018

National & International Public Art Opportunities

Washington State Convention Center Addition: Ninth + Pike – Seeks artists to Create site-specific artwork for a prominent intersection in downtown Seattle that helps link the existing Washington State Convention Center with its new Addition.
Budget: $800,000 – Deadline: June 21, 2018

 Bradley Park Art canopy – The City of Lauderhill, Florida is seeking to commission an artist or artist team to create a canopy that seamlessly meshes with the artist designed painted and mosaic tile amphitheater wall mural.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: June 21, 2018

Celebrity Series of Boston Public Performance Art Initiative Boston, Massachusetts -Celebrity Series of Boston has announced a national request for proposals for a new short-term public performance project.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: June 22, 2018

Tower Road Call for Artwork – The City of Commerce City and the Commerce City Cultural Council are seeking to purchase sculpture(s) from Colorado artists, or artists who reside in Colorado Region (determined to be Colorado and neighboring states of Wyoming  Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona).  The artwork is for possible placement along Tower Road, in Commerce City, CO.
Total Budget: $135,000 – Deadline: June 29, 2018

Underwater Sculpture The City of Pompano Beach is looking to commission an artist/artist team to design and fabricate a sculpture that will be displayed at the beach for a one year. After a year, it will be submerged into the ocean and attached to Lady Luck in shipwreck Park.
Budget: $35,000 – Deadline: July 2, 2018

The City of Columbus, Ohio is seeking an artist or artist team for the design, fabrication, and installation of a permanent work(s) of public art on High Street between Goodale Street and 9th Avenue. The artist(s) selected for the commission will conceptualize and develop appropriate designs for proposed project elements.
Budget: $420,000 – Deadline: July 9, 2018

Main Street Reimagined Public Art & Streetscape Design – The City of Worcester and the Worcester Cultural Coalition request professional artistic design & fabrication services for various furnishings & streetscape art issued by the City of Worcester Executive Office of Economic Development. The City seeks proposals for 5 different public art categories.
Budget: Various – Deadline: July 13, 2018

Canyon Country Public Art Project – The City of Santa Clarita  is accepting applications from artists or teams of artists who would like to be considered for a permanent sculpture or installation artwork for a local community park. The overarching theme for this call is ‘reflection’ as in meditative, contemplative, and the calm that comes with being in nature.
Budget: $25,000 – Deadline: July 13, 2018

Sheridan College Technical Education Center – Sheridan College in north-central Wyoming is currently building a new Technical Education Center. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, the college is seeking artwork for both the interior and the exterior of the building.
Budget: $58,5000 – Deadline: July 13, 2018

Happy Rock Park  – The City of Gladstone, Missouri is seeking an artist or collaborative teams to develop innovative original artwork for Happy Rock Park that features playgrounds, shelters, tennis courts, soccer/football fields, softball fields and a multi-use paved trail that will be partially renovated in the fall.
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: July 27, 2018

Codman Square Park – The Codman Square Neighborhood Council (CSNC) is spearheading the redesign of the Codman Square Park with the Friends of Codman Square Park. Creative placemaking is envisioned by creating a new plan for its landscape design which will be integrated with public art.
Budget: $300,000 – Deadline: August 1, 2018

Sculpture Tour 2018-2019: The City of Georgetown has issued a call for entries for its annual Sculpture Tour, a juried year-long outdoor exhibit in the bustling Georgetown Cultural District. Sculptures will be installed by appointment in early November 2018 and remain on display through October 2019.
Budget: $6,750 – Deadline: August 30, 2018


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Public Artists Sought For Utah Valley University

art_building_duskArtist applications are being requested for public art at the new Utah Valley University Performing Arts Center.

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Utah Valley University, has published the call for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in the UVU project. Continue reading

“Cloud” Recognized as One of Top 50 U.S. Public Art Projects – 1 July 2013

“Cloud,” a public artwork commissioned by Utah Arts & Museums, has been named as one of the 50 best public art projects by the 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The annual Year in Review program recognizes the most exemplary and innovative, permanent or temporary public artworks created or debuted in the previous year. The 2013 Year in Review awardees were chosen from more than 350 submissions from across the United States.

Three independent public art experts—John Carson, artist and Head of Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art; Norie Sato, artist; and Justine Topfer, Project Manager, San Francisco Arts Commission and private curator—juried the 2013 Year in Review. Their selections were announced on June 13, at the Americans for the Arts Public Art Preconference in Pittsburgh. The artists and commissioning organizations involved in creating and supporting these public artworks received letters of congratulations and certificates from Americans for the Arts.

Installed at Dixie State University’s Commons Building, Christian Moeller’s “Cloud” is a large bookcase in which the books’ spines form the pixels of an image of a desert cloud. Moeller’s proposal was selected from 223 preliminary applications from artists nationwide and then from four finalists’ presentations. The installation process started in August 2010 and was completed in May 2012.

“Our Public Art Program has been honored to commission three works in the last nine years that have received this recognition from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network,” noted Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “This year’s recognition of ‘Cloud’ follows last year’s recognition of Susan Narduli’s work ‘Land and Time,’ installed at the Utah Museum of Natural History. This series of honors started in 1994 with the recognition of Robert Perless’ work ‘Sun Dagger’ at Utah Valley University Wasatch in Heber City. We’re thrilled to support public art that is garnering this kind of acclaim.”

The selection committee for the Dixie State University project was: Stephen D. Nadauld, Dixie State University – President; Kathy Cieslewicz, Dixie State University – Sears Gallery Director; Donna Dillingham-Evans, Dixie State University – Vice President of Academic Services; Lyman Hafen, Utah Arts Council Board; Dr. Don Hinton, Dixie State University – Dean of Arts and Letters; Frank Loijko, Dixie State University – Vice President of Student Services; Matthias Mueller, Utah Division of Facilities Construction and Management – Project Manager; Derek Payne, VCBO Architecture; Stan Plewe, Dixie State University – Vice President of Administration Services; Sherry Ruesch, Dixie State University – Campus Services; and Daphne Selbert, Dixie State University – Library Dean.

“By creating a sense of identity of places we inhabit, public art makes an enduring impact on our lives,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We congratulate the artists and commissioning groups of the 13th annual Public Art Year in Review and look forward to honoring more great works in the coming years.”

Since 2000, the Public Art Network Year in Review has annually recognized outstanding public art projects through an open call submission and juror selection process. The Year in Review program is the only national award that specifically recognizes public art projects.