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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:

The Davis Technical College Allied Health Facility – Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork for the Allied Health Building at Davis Technical College in Kaysville, Utah. This building will serve as a dynamic and engaging learning environment that will help students develop competence and confidence to provide life-saving care for the health and physical well-being of the community they serve.
This project is open to professional artists / artist teams.
Applications being accepted via or by other means identified in the above document.
Budget: $221,000 – Deadline: November 9, 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,

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

Salt Lake Community College Westpointe Campus – Artist commissioned: Volkan Alkanoglu

Utah State Archives expansion project – Artist commissioned: Kana Tanaka

Uintah Basin Technical College – Artist commissioned: Scot Olson 

Utah School for the Deaf and Blind – Artist commissioned: Tim Watkins 

Dixie State University Human Performance Center – Finalists: Cliff Garten, Douwe Blumberg, Mark Aeling, and Roger Stoller

Other Utah Public Art Opportunities:

Martha Huges Cannon Statue – The Martha Hughes Cannon Statue Oversight Committee was chartered and commissioned by the Utah Legislature to oversee the creation and placement of a statue of Martha Hughes Cannon in National Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol. This project requires uncompensated completion of preliminary design(s) as part of the application process. 
Budget: $ 200,000 – Deadline: October 19, 2018

Kearns Public Library Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists residing in the
State of Utah who are interested in participating in an open competition for a
work of public art for the new Kearns Library project.
Budget: $117,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018

Daybreak Public Library Letter of interest and qualifications are requested from artists both local and national who are interested in participating in an open competition for a work of public art for the new Daybreak Library project. The County plans to contract with an artist or artist teams to create a unique exterior sculptural artwork that will be installed at the new Daybreak Library.
Budget: $130,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018

Donor Walls for Peace House New Community Campus – In Spring 2019, Peace House plans to open a newly constructed Community Campus on Round Valley Drive near the Park City Hospital in Utah. Peace House is requesting proposals to design, fabricate and install two donor recognition areas within the new facility to provide meaningful public recognition for significant private philanthropic support. Questions/More info: Kendra Wyckoff This project requires uncompensated completion of preliminary design(s) as part of the application process. 
Budget: $90,000 – Deadline: October 31, 2018

National & International Public Art Opportunities

Hill and Wallace Road Roundabout [McMinnville, OR] The art procured for this project should be appropriate to the site, e.g. it should be able to be appreciated while going by in an automobile, etc. There is no firm subject matter requested. We leave it to the Artist/teams to be creative and propose something that is fitting for this significant work of art for McMinnville.
Budget: $29,000 – Deadline: October 15, 2018

The Foundry Parking Garage [Loveland, CO] The City of Loveland Art in Public Places is accepting Requests for Qualifications for artists working in two-dimensional media to design and create artworks for The Foundry parking garage in downtown Loveland. The commission has a strong preference for artists working with dynamic and colorful media (painters, multi-media, mosaic artists, etc.).
Budget: $150,000 – Deadline: October 19, 2018

Midtown Parking Deck [Montclair, NJ] Developer seeks a qualified artist with specific and proven expertise to design, fabricate and install art components onto the facade of the Midtown Parking Deck to be constructed in Montclair, NJ.
Budget: $75,000 – Deadline: October 21, 2018

Athletic Dining Facility [Texas Tech – Lubbock, TX] The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist(s) to create site-specific sculpture(s) or installation to be placed at the Athletic Dining Facility, located on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX.
Budget: $46,000 – Deadline: October 24, 2018

Public Art for Downtown McCall [McCall, ID] The City of McCall is seeking an artist or artist-team to create public artwork to complement the reconstruction of its downtown core streetscape. The City seeks to commission artwork to be integrated into the upcoming reconstruction of 2nd Street at the heart of the city’s downtown core.
Budget: $60,000 – Deadline: October 26, 2018

Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project [Chicago, IL] The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM) invites professional artists and artist teams to submit their qualifications for a public art design project in response to sites along Riverwalk East, located on the south bank of the Chicago River, between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive. Through the Riverwalk East Public Art Design Project, artists at the height of their field will develop ambitious, innovative design proposals that activate and enhance this beloved natural amenity and recreation area.
Budget: $10,000 honorarium for finalist proposals – Deadline: October 26, 2018

North Shore Drive Pedestrian Bridge [West Palm Beach, FL] The artist/artist team will create new artwork designs that will be integrated into the overall structure of the bridge and/or create enhanced pedestrian experiences towards both entry points of the bridge.
Budget: $95,000 – Deadline: October 29, 2018

Gateway Sculpture [Augusta, GA] Augusta, Georgia is soliciting statements of qualifications from qualified artists, or a team of artists, that are interested in providing professional services for the design, construction and installation of a Gateway Structure.
Total Budget: $225, 000 – Deadline: November 1, 2018

Convention Center Atrium [Oklahoma City, OK] The City of Oklahoma City announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for public art for the two atriums of the new MAPS 4 Convention Center currently under construction.
Budget: $1,300,000 – Deadline: November 7, 2018

Southeastern Louisiana University- Computer Science and Technology Building  [Hammond, LA] The Percent for Art Program is seeking artists or artist teams to design and implement two (2) site-specific sculptures or installations of original design for the Computer Science and Technology Building, Southeastern Louisiana University.
Budget: $50,000 & $100,000 – Deadline: November 8, 2018

PDX International Airport [Portland, OR] The Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Port of Portland invite artists/teams living in the U.S. and Canada to submit qualifications for two permanent suspended art installations as part of the Concourse E Extension at PDX International Airport.
Budget: $600,000 – Deadline: November 12, 2018

City Hall [Key West, FL] REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – This project requires uncompensated completion of preliminary design(s) as part of the application process. The goal of the project is to place site specific artwork in the interior 1st floor lobby and hallways for the public,
City staff, and City Commissioners.
Budget: $200,000 – Deadline: November 28, 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.