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Utah DABC Salt Lake City & Foothill
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Entry Deadline: 6/7/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 1
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Utah

Call for interested artists, residing in the western US, to create site specific artwork or propose appropriate existing artwork for two Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (UDABC) is relocating and constructing these new stores in Salt Lake City to improve access and service for their customers.  As part of this effort the UDABC has made a commitment to include public art and contemporary architecture. 

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

For the Downtown Project, the Committee has identified three interior and one exterior possible sites for an artist’s contribution. They are identified on the plan GN 221 with purple shading.   

For the Foothill Project, the Committee has identified two exterior and one interior as possible sites indicated on plans GN 195 and GN 196 with red cloud marking. Any proposal for the exterior court yard must accommodate visit access and egress. 

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 Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been in existence since 1935. The Utah State Legislature created the department by statute and charged it with the responsibility of conducting, licensing and regulating the sale of alcoholic beverages in a manner and at prices 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. Instead, all policy incentives to promote moderation and to enforce existing liquor laws is enhanced.
The land now known as Utah was first inhabited by the ancient Pueblo people, sometimes referred to as the Anasazi. Later, the Ute Tribe, which the state is named for, settled in the area centered around the Provo Valley. Other Native American peoples like the Shoshone, Navajo, Paiute, and Goshute also called the area home. 

Spanish Franciscan Missionary Silvestre Velez de Escalante explored Utah reaching as far north as Utah Valley, approximately 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. The area was first surveyed by US Army Officer John C. Fremont in 1843. Emigration Canyon, which opens onto Foothill and Downtown Salt Lake City was the main path of explorers, migrants and others into Salt Lake for many years.

Salt Lake City was founded on July 24, 1847, by a group of Mormon pioneers. (Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.) In 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed by the driving of the Golden Spike at Promontory Summit, some 80 miles northwest of Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Salt Lake City is the capital and most populous city of Utah, as well as the seat of Salt Lake County, the most populous county in Utah. With an estimated population of 200,567 in 2019. The city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which has a population of 1,222,540 (2018 estimate). 

Salt Lake City downtown offers restaurants, watering holes, urban adventures, art, music, and after-dusk fun. The city is set at the base of towering peaks. Residents and visitors attend open-air concerts on summer nights, farmer’s markets, art galleries, performing arts venues or a Utah Jazz NBA game. 

Foothill Drive is the most eastern north to south thoroughfare on the east bench of Salt Lake City. The Drive runs between the University of Utah and Interstate 80 and is populated by businesses, hotel and shopping centers. 

The Downtown SLC project budget is up to $64,000. The Foothill Boulevard SLC project budget is up to $23,600. Each of these project budgets are to include all related expenses of these Public Art commissions 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 immediate Western United States to include: Utah (Utah artists are strongly encouraged to apply), Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, 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. 

This online application process will prompt you for all necessary documents and information. Utah Arts & Museums will not be responsible for applications delayed or lost. The DABC Art Selection Committee reserves the right to withhold the award of a commission or re-release the call for entries.   

The DABC Selection Committee will review artist’s qualifications and/or 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 August 12, 2021 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. 

June 7, 2021 - Deadline
June 23, 2021 - Committee reviews applications
August 12, 2021 - Finalist presentations
July, 2022 - Foothill Project substantial completion
October, 2022 - Salt Lake City substantial completion

Nancy Rivera - Visual Arts Coordinator - Utah Arts & Museums
Cori Price - DABC
Cade Meier - DABC
Joe Jacoby - Architects - Jacoby Architects
Matthias Mueller - State of Utah Facilities Construction and Management

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

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