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Utah Department of Environmental Quality - Utah Public Art Program
Utah Public Art Program
Attn: DEQ Project
300 S. Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Utah
Entry Deadline: 6/30/17
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Letters of interest and qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating art for the public area(s) of the new Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Department of Environmental Quality -
DEQ's mission is, "Safeguarding and improving Utah’s air, land and water through balanced regulation." We implement State and federal environmental laws and work with individuals, community groups, and businesses to protect the quality of our air, land and water. DEQ’s vision is clean air, land and water for a healthy and prosperous Utah.

Department of Environmental Quality Technical Support Center
The new Support Center, designed to support the work of Utah’s Environmental Quality Department, is located in Salt Lake City and bordered on the east and north sides by residential neighborhoods. The Wasatch Mountains are visible to the east and the Oquirrh Mountains to the west.

The 21,600 square foot facility will include warehouse space, a filter room, a wet chemistry laboratory, instrument calibrations rooms, laboratory sample preparation areas, field preparation areas, instrument storage, and equipment storage. The facility will ensure that data produced by DEQ personnel is both accurate and in compliance with regulatory standards, in order to protect public health.

The design of the building and materials used draw inspiration from the scientific nature of the work produced in the facility. Other influences include the concept of how air and water affect the earth. The building scale is designed to fit into the residential neighborhood. The architect utilizes natural light to enhance the view corridors, particularly in the lobby area. Windows, clerestory and other uses of translucent material are used throughout.

The exterior surfaces are designed in palette and material for durability, respect for adjacent buildings and creating an inviting structure for staff, visitors and the public.

Art Selection Committee Statement
The Selection Committee will collaborate with an artist to develop an installation that reflects the important role the Department of Environmental Quality has in safeguarding Utah’s air, land and water. For context, the artist may consider that the Support Center is designed to help the Department ensure that data collected is accurate, the science is reliable, and decisions are made based on the best available information. The Department also engages numerous stakeholders to participate in the dialogue about environmental protection. The Committee encourages the artist to consider all of this, as does DEQ, in the spirit of service, protection, collaboration and trust.

The following areas have been identified as potential sites for public artwork / dialogue / engagement.
1. The southwest exterior plaza. This is the main entry and public face of the facility. This plaza is visible from
and to the other buildings in this State Agency complex and main parking areas.
2. The open colonnade on the partial west side of the plaza.
3. The west facing curtain wall of glass.
4. The west facing interior wall visible from the exterior of the building.

$40,500 has been allocated by the Utah State Legislature to commission public art work(s) for this facility. These funds are intended to cover all costs associated with the artist’s public art commission(s) including, but not limited to; travel, installation and related expenses.

Finalists will be offered an honorarium to assist with costs associated with time and travel for a full proposal presentation and interview with the selection committee. The honorarium will become part of the total commission award for the selected artist(s).

Resident American or legal resident artists / artist teams are eligible for this commission. Utah artists are encouraged to apply. Art selection committee members, Utah Arts & Museums staff and employees, subcontractors or consultants of Method Studio or the General Construction Contractor are not eligible for this project.

Submission options, instructions and required materials
Interested artists may submit applications online or via hardcopy: USB flash/thumb drives, CD, DVD.
The deadline is the same for both methods and is not a postmark deadline. Please do not include supplemental materials beyond the requirements listed below. All applications must include the following:

Online method:
Register at, and follow the directions for registration and submitting material for this Public Art Request for Qualifications. Please note movie files cannot be submitted via the online method.

Hardcopy method:
A PC compatible USB thumb drive, DVD or CD labeled with applicant's name containing these materials:
· A letter of interest of not more than three typewritten pages in pdf format. This letter should include the artist’s reasons for interest in this project in particular. In doing so, the artist should also describe how his/her work and/or experience relates to the project.
· A pdf document identifying each image to include title, year, medium, dimensions.
· A professional resume in pdf format.
· Up to six (6) images maximum of previous site-specific public work. All images must be in JPEG format, 1920 pixels maximum on the longest side, 72 dpi, with compression settings resulting in the best image quality under 2MB file size. The image files should be named so that the list sorts in the order of the image listing.
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· Movie file (via USB/flash drive or DVD) that does not exceed three minutes in length for work that cannot be documented well with still images. Please note: Only one type of media (movie file or images) per artist can be presented to the committee in this preliminary phase.

If the artist wishes the material to be returned, an addressed and stamped envelope of ample size and postage for return of the flash/thumb drive should be included. Material that is not accompanied by a stamped envelope cannot be returned.

Utah Arts & Museums will not be responsible for applications delayed or lost in transit. While all reasonable care will be taken in the handling of materials, neither the Utah Division of Arts & Museums nor the DEQ Technical Support Center Art Selection Committee will be liable for late, lost or damaged materials or electronic files. Faxed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. The DEQ Technical Support Center Art Selection Committee reserves the right to withhold the award of a commission or re-release the call for entries.

Complete application packages must be RECEIVED on or before
June 30, 2017 by 5 p.m.MDT (THIS IS NOT A POSTMARK DEADLINE)
If applying via thumb drive / DVD, applications may be sent bymail, courier, hand delivered or express delivered to:
Utah Public Art Program
Attn: Mackenzie Morton / DEQ
300 S Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

The Selection Committee will review proposals from which a short list of semi-finalists will be selected and invited to develop a proposal. The finalist honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission. The Committee reserves the option to commission more than one artist. Final selection(s) will be made from the semi-finalists.

June 30, 2017 Deadline for receipt of qualifications
July 19, 2017 Committee reviews applications
September 20, 2017 Finalist presentations / proposals
October 2018 Building completion

Rob Beishline Architect, Method Studio
Matthew Boyer ProjectManager, Utah Facilities and Construction Management
David Gould DEQ, Specialist
Diane Hernandez DEQ, Management and General Services
Brad Johnson DEQ, Deputy Director
Valerie Price Director, Salt Lake County Public Art Program 

Please do not contact committee members. If you have any questions about this or other projects information is available at:
Or contact: Mackenzie Morton at 801-245-7270 or e-mail at: or Jim Glenn at 801-245-7271 or e-mail at:
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