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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:

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artists are invited to submit letters of interest and qualifications for the creation of public art for the newly expanded Archives facility in the Rio Grande neighborhood of Salt Lake City. The Selection Committee is interested in commissioning work that in some way reflects the role of the Archives as a repository of collective memory, documenting the people of Utah and preserving the records of democratic government in Utah. This project is open to artists residing in the western United States, which includes Utah, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Wyoming. Apply via post or
Budget: $25,000 – Deadline: April 16, 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 University Center for Clinical Excellence – Artists commissioned:
Crystal Schenk/Shelby Davis

Juvenile Justice Services Ogden – Artists commissioned: David Griggs

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities

Thanksgiving Point Institute announcing a Request for Proposals from resident Utah artists for the creation of a hanging sculptural artwork in the entry of the “Butterfly Biosphere,” scheduled to open late 2018.  Butterfly Biosphere is a 24,000-square foot museum which consists of three separate areas highlighting the significance of invertebrates to life on earth.
Budget: $50,000 – Deadline: March 30, 2018

Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists who are interested in participating in an open competition for a work of public art for the new Draper Recreation Center project located in Draper, Utah. The project site has been identified, as the exterior entrance plaza with the option of extending into the interior entrance. If you are interested in submitting an application for this project please email a request for the complete RFP to
Budget: $156,000 – Deadline: April 12, 2018

Salt Lake County is seeking information from interested artists and/or artist teams residing in the State of Utah. In preparation for a forthcoming Request for Proposals, the Clark Planetarium is seeking information from artists and/or artist teams on the best location and scope. The Clark Planetarium will host an Open House Thursday, March 29th at 5:00pm, 110 South 400 West, Salt Lake City.
Deadline to submit material: April 26, 2018 before 2 pm MST
For information and how to participate contact: Valerie PriceVPrice@slco.org385-468-7059

National & International Public Art Opportunities


The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests qualifications from artists or artist teams to design, fabricate and install a work of public art at the Pleasant Oaks Recreation Center (PORC)
Budget: $79,000 – March 27, 2018

Center for the Arts in Jackson, WY is seeking proposals from individual artists or small artist teams for The Center Courtyard exhibition space.
Budget: TBD – Deadline: March 30, 2018

The City of Rockville, in collaboration with WMATA’s Art in Transit Program and CSXT, is seeking an artist to create a site-specific artwork to beautify the underpass at Park Road. Materials will only be accepted online.
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018.

The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs invites architects, artists and designers to submit qualifications for the design, production and installation of laser cut metal fence to be installed on MLK, Jr Drive underneath the I-20 overpass. Information at
Budget: $600,000 – Deadline: April 2, 2018

The City of Pompano Beach’s Fire Department has acquired a piece of steel from the World Trade Center for use in a memorial for the 343 first responders that died saving lives on September 11, 2001. The City will commission an artist to integrate the piece of steel into an artistic memorial.
Budget: $20,000 – Deadline: April 5, 2018

The Arts Council of Indianapolis has released a call for muralists for the pre-qualification program. Artists who are pre-qualified will be eligible for selection for mural projects with budgets up to $100,000. Budgets are inclusive of design, travel, artists’ fees, materials, labor, rentals, insurance coverage, subcontracts, and all other costs associated with the design and production of mural artwork.
Deadline: April 9, 2018

The Art-in-Architecture (AIA) Program of the University of Illinois, Facilities & Services is pleased to announce a Request for Artwork (RFA) to professional artists to create permanent original public art at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in Urbana, Illinois, for the recently completed renovation of the Natural History Building. Information / apply at
Budget: $100,000 – Deadline: April 16, 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.