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Utah Public Art - DABC Saratoga Springs
Jim Glenn
300 S Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 8410

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Utah
Entry Deadline: 9/13/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Call for interested artists or artist teams to create site specific artwork or propose appropriate existing artwork for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control facility in Saratoga Springs, Utah

The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control was created in 1935 by statute of the Utah State Legislature. DABC was charged with the responsibility of conducting, licensing, and regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages at prices and in a manner which reasonably satisfy the public demand and protect the public interest, including the rights of citizens who do not wish to be involved with alcoholic beverages. The legislature also mandated that the department be operated as a public business using sound management principles and practices.

Two years earlier, the ratification of the Twenty First Amendment not only ended national prohibition, but it also gave individual states the right to choose their own system of controlling and distributing alcoholic beverages. The Utah legislature at that time believed that the state, rather than private enterprise, should control sales.

The purpose of control is to make liquor available to those adults who choose to drink responsibly - but not to promote the sale of liquor. By keeping liquor out of the private marketplace, no economic incentives are created to maximize sales, open more liquor stores, or sell to underage persons.

Saratoga Springs is a city in Utah County at an elevation of 4,505 feet. It is part of the Provo–Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was incorporated on December 31, 1997 and became a city in 2001. The population is approximately 17,000.  

The City occupies over twenty-one square miles and runs from Pelican Point on the west side of Utah Lake to eleven miles north to the Camp Williams US Army facility in the foothills between Utah and Salt Lake Counties.
The natural hot springs at this site, near the source of the Jordan River, prompted early European-American settlers to create a resort known as Beck's Saratoga Springs, named after the original New York resort and owner John Beck. The Beck family opened their resort in 1884.  More about the site is available in this Deseret News article from 2001. 

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing this new store in Saratoga Springs to offer a convenient and comfortable venue for customers.  As part of this effort the UDABC has made a commitment to include public art and interesting architecture.

It is the intention of the Art Selection Committee to commission new artwork or purchase existing art. This public artwork may draw inspiration from or derive context from the community of Saratoga Springs and / or the surrounding community, the services offered by DABC, the architecture, or the magnificent Utah landscape.

The Committee has identified the exterior areas to the east and southeast of the main entrance, and / or the upper interior spaces (approx. 5’ of space from the top of facility shelving to roof girders) as potential sites for this commission. The Committee would be open to artist suggested sites as appropriate and applicable for their work, the architecture, and open egress. 

This new facility’s architecture is composed of primarily of glass and Concrete Block Masonry with differing surface texture of honed, smooth and/or split face.

Please note any proposed existing work must include the full costs to cover presentation to the committee, shipping, engineering, assembly, installation, and any structural alterations that may be necessary to install the work. For those artists submitting qualifications only, these details will be required for the finalist presentation.

The project budget is up to $22,500 for all related expenses of this Public Art commission(s) or purchase including (but not limited to) artist fees, fabrication, framing insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, etc.

This project is open to resident American and legal resident artists / artist teams residing in the Western United States to include: Utah, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.  Art selection committee members and immediate families, board members and employees of Jacoby Architects or Utah Division of Arts and Museums are not eligible for this project.

Interested artists may submit applications EITHER on-line or by thumb drive as described below. The deadline is the same for both methods and is not a postmark deadline. 

On-line method:
• Register at and follow the directions for registration and submitting material for this Public Art Request for Qualifications.  Movie files cannot be submitted via the online method.

Thumb drive method:
A PC compatible labeled thumb drive containing the following:

• A letter of interest of not more than two typewritten pages in pdf format. This letter should include 1) the artist’s reasons for interest in this project in particular and 2) a description of how his/her work and/or experience relates to the project.  

• A maximum of six (6) images 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 for under 2MB file size. The image files should be named so that the list sorts in the order of the image listing.

• A pdf document identifying each image to include title, year, medium, dimensions and artist name.

• A professional resume in pdf format.

If the work cannot be documented well with still images, a movie file (of no more than 3 minutes) may be submitted as documentation of an artist’s projects. Please note only one media, movie file or images, can be presented to the committee per artist in this preliminary phase. Please do not include supplemental materials beyond the requirements listed.

If the artist wishes the material returned, an addressed and stamped envelope of ample size and postage for return of the 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 DABC Art Selection Committee will be liable for late, lost or damaged materials or electronic files. Faxed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. 
The DABC Art Selection Committee reserves the right to withhold the award of a commission or re-release the call for entries.  

On-line submissions close at 12 midnight MST - Hard-copy at 5 p.m. MST.

Applications not submitted online may be sent by mail, hand delivered or express delivered to:
Lisa Greenhalgh - Attention: DABC
Utah Public Art Program 
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. Semi-finalists will be asked to send or present a full proposal to the committee on November 18th to include budget and time-line. The finalist honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission or purchase. Final selection(s) will be made from the semi-finalists.

September 13, 2019 - Deadline for receipt of artist’s material 
September 25, 2019 - Committee reviews applications
November 18, 2019 - Finalist presentations 
Fall 2020 - Building project completion / move in

Nancy Rivera Utah Division of Arts & Museums Visual Arts Manager
Penny Hulse Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Cade Meier Deputy Director, Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control 
Orson Badger Architect, Jacoby Architects 
Lucas Davis Project Manager, Facilities Construction and Management 

If you have any questions about this or other projects information is available at: or contact: Lisa Greenhalgh at 801 245 7270 or
or Jim Glenn at 801-245-7271 or e-mail at:

Images courtesy Jacoby Architects and
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