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Public Art Sought for Technical College

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Public Art Sought for Technical College




Davis Technical College in Kaysville, Utah, seeks qualifications from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site specific artwork for the Allied Health Building at Davis Tech.

Budget: $221,000 all-inclusive
Eligibility: Professional artists / artist teams
Deadline: 11/09/2018 11:59 PM Central Time

Project Description
The College and Architect teams have attempted to develop this project and design through a process of associating the work of staff and students, along with the building, into the ideals of connection to the body, health, light, visuals, nature and experiences that are holistic, transformational and nurturing. Everyone at Davis Tech is now a part of something bigger than themselves – a building that stands for generations and inspires the achievement of dreams.

The Davis Technical College Allied Health Building provides tangible connections with nature as it complements the beautiful views of the Wasatch Mountains and Great Salt Lake in Davis County. This experience is enhanced with the inclusion of a “healing garden” for visitors, staff and students.

In development of work for this project, artists may consider this holistic / nurturing / healing environment, enhancing but not obscuring the viewshed, and/or the college’s mission of providing technical education and training for this broad range of health professions.

The committee and architects will invite the finalist artists to select the site(s) that inspire them in the context of this project, the architecture and further conversations with the committee. The Committee is open to interior and/or exterior sites.

Site History

Kaysville, located in Davis County, Utah, is part of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 597,000 at the 2010 census.

The Goshute are the indigenous peoples of this area of Utah. The Goshute are part of the larger Shoshonean-speaking Native American groups that live in the Intermountain West. Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 and began settling in the Kaysville area in 1849. The settlement became known as Kay’s Ward and stretched from Haight’s Creek on the south to the Weber River on the north, and from the mountains on the east to the lake on the west. Kaysville is the ancestral home of well-known Utah artist LeConte Stewart (1891 – 1990).

Davis County is bordered on the west by the world-famous Great Salt Lake and on the east by the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. These landmark features offer many outdoor activities to visitors and families. The Great Salt Lake is home to millions of migratory birds, Antelope Island State Park and beach/water activities. The majestic mountains offer miles of trails with spectacular views of the sunsets melting into the Great Salt Lake.

Davis Technical College enjoys a long, rich history of serving the residents and employers of Davis and Morgan counties. The college, originally called Davis Area Vocational Center, was created as part of the Utah State Office of Education by an act of the 1978 State Legislature. In 2017, the State Legislature changed the name and governance of the college to the Davis Technical College. Davis Tech is dedicated to its philosophy of “We Change Lives.”

Davis Technical College serves as a resource for employers in providing market-driven, technical education to both secondary and post-secondary students. Many programs provide students with work-based learning opportunities and preparation for third-party validation of knowledge and skills through industry certification and licensure.

Davis Technical College offers certificate programs in the Schools of Business and Information Technology, Construction, Health Professions, Manufacturing, Service Professions, and Transportation. Employer advisory teams are used extensively to review program standards as they relate to industry demand and employment verification.

The college embraces a commitment to integrity, credibility, and accountability in both institutional and programmatic accreditations.

The Health Professions Programs at Davis Tech include:

  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
  • Dental Assisting
  • Firefighter
  • Health Information Technology
  • Home Health Aide
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Practical Nurse
  • Radiology Practical Technician
  • Surgical Technology

“Nature” with its healing powers of nourishing mind, body and soul is the concept driver for the Allied Health Building. The building is designed to be spiritually alive, where the spaces replenish and warm the souls of those who experience it—offering a palette that invites an emotional response to its natural harmony. Nature informs the creation of a learning and teaching environment that inspires users and visitors from the surrounding community. While the “core” of the building (infrastructure, mechanical, electrical, technology + equipment) is pragmatic and forward-thinking, the “soul” of the building evokes comfort and well-being.

This building will serve as a dynamic and engaging learning environment that will help students develop competence and confidence to provide life-saving care for the health and physical well-being of the community they serve. Just as students’ lives are transformed, they in turn will transform the lives of people they meet every day.

Selection Process
The Selection Committee will review proposals from which a short list of finalists will be selected. Finalists will receive an honorarium to help offset the expense of presenting a full proposal to the committee on January 30, 2019 to include budget and timeline. The finalist honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission. Final selection(s) will be made from the semi-finalists.


  • November 9, 2018:  Deadline for receipt of qualifications
  • November 27, 2018:  Committee reviews applications
  • January 30, 2019: Finalist presentations and interviews
  • June 2020: Project substantial completion and installation

How to Apply
Apply online through the CaFE website before 11:59 p.m. on November 9 OR apply by mail with all materials digitally on a thumb drive, to ARRIVE by 5 p.m. on November 9.  Faxed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted.

Required materials:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 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. MOVIE FILES CANNOT BE SUBMITTED ONLINE:  if you are submitting a movie, you MUST use the thumb drive submission method.  Please note that only one media, movie file OR images, can be presented to the committee per artist in this preliminary phase.
  3. A pdf document identifying each image to include title, year, medium, dimensions and artist name.
  4. A professional resume in pdf format.

Applications not submitted online may be sent by mail, hand delivered or express delivered to: Lisa Greenhalgh – Attention: Davis Tech Utah Public Art Program 300 S. Rio Grande Salt Lake City, UT 84101

QUESTIONS?  Contact Lisa Greenhalgh, 801-245-7270 or



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