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Utah Public Art - DABC Taylorsville
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Utah
Entry Deadline: 4/24/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Request for qualifications from interested artists or artist teams to create site specific artwork(s) or propose appropriate existing artwork for the new Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Facility in Taylorsville, UT


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.

The City of Taylorsville is a suburb of Salt Lake City comprised of a balance of homes, businesses and thriving commercial areas. The city was incorporated on July 1, 1996, through the grassroots efforts of citizens who developed a vision that would provide greater local control of community planning, economic development and municipal service delivery.
The quality of life in Taylorsville is high with many cultural and recreational activities available within the city or nearby. Taylorsville is proud of the stunning scenic backdrop provided by the Wasatch Mountains to the east and Oquirrh Mountains to the west. A river also runs through it; the Jordan River, with its bike and walking trails and beautiful natural habitat.

COMMITTEE STATEMENT The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is constructing this new store in Taylorsville, Utah 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 Taylorsville and / or the surrounding community, the services offered by DABC, the architecture, or the magnificent Utah landscape.

The Committee has identified any of the exterior areas 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 maintaining open egress.

The new facility's architecture is composed primarily of glass and EIFS, with metal panel and fiber cement board accents.

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 $35,000 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.

ELIGIBILITY 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.

Register at and follow the directions for registration and submitting material for this Public Art Request for Qualifications
Required Application Materials
1. Letter of Interest: Briefly describe your interest in this project and how your work may relate. If you have a concept in mind you may include that information. 5000 Maximum Character Limit
2. Visual support materials: Visual representations of your work in up to ten still images and/or up to six moving image files – for total of 10 samples maximum. 

3. CV/Resume: Upload up to three pages.

Faxed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. The Art Selection Committee reserves the right to withhold the award of a commission or re-release the call for entries.


The Selection Committee will review all properly submitted qualifications from which a short list of semi-finalists will be selected. Semi-finalists will be asked present a full proposal to the committee on July 19, 2020 to include budget and time-line. All semi-finalists will be awarded an honorarium to help defray the costs of the development of the proposal. The honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission(s.)

April 24, 2020 Deadline for receipt of artist’s material
May 6, 2020 Committee reviews applications
July 29, 2020 Finalist presentations
May 2021 Building project completion / move in

Penny Hulse Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Cade Meier Deputy Director, Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Matthias Mueller Project Manager, Facilities Construction and Management Nancy Rivera Utah Division of Arts & Museums Visual Arts Manager
Kraig Wilkes Architect, Jacoby Architects

If you have any questions about this or other projects information is available at: or contact:
Jim Glenn at 801-245-7271 or e-mail at:
Images courtesy Jacoby Architects and
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