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Juvenile Justice Center Seeks Artist for Public Art Commission

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Juvenile Justice Center Seeks Artist for Public Art Commission


Utah Arts & Museums’ Public Art Program requests qualifications from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork(s) for the new Utah State Juvenile Justice Services Center in Ogden, Utah.

The new center is being built on a 7.5 acre plot of land at 717 West 12th Street in Ogden, Utah. It sits between 12th Street and the Weber County Sheriff’s Office Headquarters and Corrections Facility. The 65,000 square foot facility will contain four secure detention units, a community based residential unit and a transition unit with an overall capacity for 64 youths, educational classrooms, gymnasium, a library and medical services.

Each year, Juvenile Justice Services handles nearly 10,000 admissions for services by Weber and Morgan County youths ages 10 to 18. This population includes arrested and delinquent youths, as well as youths court-ordered to participate in classes, treatment and community work service projects. The center consolidates multiple services in one location which include detention for arrested and adjudicated youths, early intervention and work programs, comprehensive case management and transitional support for youths returning home.  JJS is passionate about fulfilling its mission, whether it be helping youths with court obligations, connecting them to services within the community, providing treatment and the opportunity to change, or transitioning youths to independent living.

The Art Selection Committee is hoping to commission public work that reflects or draws inspiration and context from JJS’ motivation to help the youth, families, and the community in the process of mending and building a stronger, healthier community.  The Selection Committee has identified exterior and/or interior of the main entrance, the visiting/waiting room, and exterior courtyard as potential sites for this public art installation but remain open to artist suggested sites.


$125,000 is available for all related expenses of this Public Art commission(s) including (but not limited to) artist fees, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, etc.


Resident American or legal resident artists / artist teams are eligible to apply for this commission.


  • September 12, 2016 – Deadline for receipt of preliminary materials
  • September 26, 2016 – Committee Review
  • November 28, 2016 – Finalists presentations
  • December 2017 – Substantial completion of the construction project



Interested artists may submit applications EITHER online or by compact disc/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:

• Register at and follow the directions for registration and submitting material for this Public Art Request for Qualifications.

This online application process will prompt you for all necessary documents. If your work cannot be documented well with still image you may submit movie files via the “Compact Disc or DVD Method” listed below. Movie files cannot be submitted via the online method.

COMPACT DISC METHOD: Submit the following information:
• A PC compatible CD labeled with applicant’s name, and contact information containing:
• A letter of interest of not more than two 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.
• 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.
• A pdf document identifying each image to include title, year, medium, dimensions.
• A professional resume in pdf format

If the work cannot be documented well with still images a DVD (of no more than 3 minutes) may be submitted as documentation of 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 send, deliver or courier compact disc method applications to:
Jim Glenn, Utah Public Art Program
Attention: Utah State Juvenile Justice Services
Utah Arts & Museums
300 S Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Please review the full RFQ document and application instructions before submitting.


Contact: Jim Glenn at 801-245-7271 or e-mail at:  OR Felicia Baca at 801-245-7272 or