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Public Art Sought for Regent Street, Salt Lake City

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Public Art Sought for Regent Street, Salt Lake City



The Redevelopment Agency (RDA) of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City Corporation (City) announce a request for qualifications (RFQ) for a public art opportunity located on Regent Street, in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. This project is managed by the City’s Public Art Program.

BUDGET: $2 million USD

ELIGIBILITY: All professional artists and/or artist-led teams, anywhere

DEADLINE:  February 7, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. Mountain time

Review full RFQ and apply at

A new state-of-the-art performing arts center, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, opened on Regent Street in October 2016. The theater has become the region’s premier entertainment venue and a contemporary landmark for Utah’s capital city. The construction of the theater generated an exciting development opportunity to redesign and revitalize the adjacent street, Regent Street, which is one of downtown Salt Lake City’s most interesting streets – both historically and culturally. The crowning piece of Regent’s redevelopment is a public art installation that will formalize the street as the core of a thriving arts and cultural district.

Regent Street is a small street on the east (back) side of the Eccles Theater situated between two busy, highly developed streets: Main and State Streets. Formerly named Commercial Street, it was one of the first streets to be cut through Salt Lake City’s large city blocks. The new street became home to some of the valley’s earliest immigrant groups who arrived to work on the railroad system in the early 1870’s. Greeks, Russians, Poles, Chinese, Japanese, Swedes, English and Mexicans congregated in this small downtown hub to work and live. The street was colorful, lively and provided culturally diverse experiences not found elsewhere in the overall conservative downtown business district that was prominent during that period. The street featured a variety of small markets, businesses and shops, restaurants and saloons and Salt Lake City’s first brothels.

In the early 1920’s, the street’s name changed to Regent along with the overall character as it became the center for publishing Salt Lake’s two daily newspapers, The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News. For over 80 years the two papers’ printing presses ran on Regent Street as well as other professional businesses including an engineering/landscaping firm, law offices, and a local electrical company.

The redevelopment and revitalization of Regent Street merges history with the contemporary to create a welcoming, dynamic urban environment unlike any other found in Salt Lake City. Recognizing Regent Street’s important role in history as the center for publishing and printing Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers, the design team incorporated “press sheet” imagery in the streetscape. The press sheet begins at each of the four entry points as wayfinding markers, is embedded into the street and sidewalks, on some vertical surfaces and, in a few locations, emerges into steel bench seating elements on the sidewalks.

This artist selection committee seeks an artist or artist-led team that can produce a site-specific artwork that:

  • Responds to the architectural and natural environment;
  • Is of the highest quality—creatively and technically;
  • Serves as a catalyst for social change and enhanced quality of life in the downtown business and cultural district;
  • Exemplifies strong, imaginative design and content and contributes to a visually stimulating environment that lends itself to thought and adds character to the site;
  • Encourages an element of interactivity;
  • Is prominent at all hours and proportionate to its surroundings;
  • Meets all public safety, structural, and maintenance standards and complies with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA), and all other applicable laws, codes and regulations

Note: Artwork may be suspended and/or attached to existing, permissible buildings, contingent upon permission and agreement with property owners. Permanently installed or applied elements on the street may be considered as long as access to and the function of the street is not compromised. The artist will be expected to work with the Design Board to further conceptualize the project including determining preparation of the site, i.e. structural, electrical requirements, city codes, etc. and the method in which the work will be installed.

PROJECT TIMELINE (dates are subject to change)

  • Issue RFQ: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • Submittal Deadline: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. MDT
  • Selected and Alternate Artist Selection: Week of February 12, 2018
  • Art Design Board Recommendation Meeting: Week of February 19, 2019
  • Finalist and Alternate Artist Notification: Week of February 19, 2018
  • Selected Artist Concept Design Contracting: Week of February 26, 2018
  • Selected Artist Site Visit: March 2018
  • Selected Artist Design Presentation to Art Design Board: Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Recommendation to Mayor: June 2018
  • Contracting Process: July 2018
  • Final Artist and Design Announcement: August 2018
  • Project Completion: Spring 2019

The Regent Street Public Art Artist Selection Committee will review all of the artists’ properly submitted responses and recommend selection of an artist or artist-led team for the commission based on the materials submitted to A single alternate artist or artist-led team will also be recommended and selected should the selected artist be unable to fulfill the commission. The selection committee is comprised of the project funding agency (one, RDA), property owners and operators (three), and art experts (three), as well as two non-voting members, one representative from the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office and one representative from the Downtown Alliance, who will attend the Review Meeting.

The selection of the artist or artist-led team, and alternate, will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artist’s professional experience represents a developed and successful body of site-specific public art projects of a similar scope as demonstrated by visual documentation.
  • Ability to understand sense of place and design in a context-sensitive manner as demonstrated by visual documentation.
  • Ability to create a noteworthy, engaging site-specific experience.
  • Willingness of the artist to consult and work with the Salt Lake Art Design Board and community stakeholders to successfully integrate the work into the site and meet any construction requirements, schedules and deadlines.
  • Ensure that the artwork is of a permanent nature, does not require excessive maintenance or repair costs and meets public safety issues and Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. ​​

Once the selected artist and the City enter into a design/development contract, the selected artist will participate in at least two site visits. The first of two site visits is meant to orient the selected artist with the project and to hear from and ask questions of the community, Salt Lake City Art Design Board, and project partners. The selected artist will be required to stay in Salt Lake City for a minimum of ten (10) days, not to exceed fourteen (14) days. All travel expenses will be deducted from the $2,000,000 commission amount.

During the second site visit, the selected artist will present their conceptual proposal to the Salt Lake City Art Design Board and Artist Selection Committee. The site-specific proposal should convey their ideas and plans through scale designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes, in detail, the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, project schedule and an itemized budget. This visit is expected to last at least three days, and the artist will be required to stay in Salt Lake City for the duration of the visit.

For the first visit, the selected artist will receive a $3,500 travel stipend which is inclusive for travel expenses, hotel, meals, etc. Artists traveling internationally will receive a $4,000 stipend.

For the second visit, a $4,000 travel stipend and honorarium will be awarded to the selected artist for their proposal and is all inclusive for design, travel expenses, shipping, etc. All stipend and honoraria amounts will be deducted from the $2,000,000 commission amount.

Artists may apply individually or as a team. Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit all of the following information and documentation via  Applications through any other format or method will not be accepted or considered:

  1. Letter of Interest:  A letter not to exceed 1000 words outlining your interest in this project, experience working on comparable projects of similar scope and scale and a statement of conceptual approach.  Letter must include address, email, phone number and web site of artist.
  2. Professional Resume:  A resume not to exceed two pages (1,000 words).  Including artist training, professional experience, and design and experience in environmental design.  If submitting as a team, submit a resume for each team member.
  3. Images:  At least five unique examples of installed past work of similar scope, scale and budget as shown with a minimum of five and a maximum of ten (10) jpeg images of the artist’s prior public art projects.  Ten images per application, not per team member.  Each image must be numbered and include the title, date of completion/installation, media, dimensions (height x width x depth, in feet), location, final project cost and a brief description of the work.
  4. Maintenance Plans: Between three (3) and five (5) unique examples of maintenance plans that accompanied the installed past work of similar scope, scale and budget as shown in the images provided in requirement #3 above. Submit a minimum of three (3) and up to five (5) maintenance plans of the artist’s prior public art projects.  A maximum of five (5) maintenance plans per application, not per team member, may be submitted.  Each plan must be numbered to correspond with the image to which it belongs and include the title and date of completion/installation. If artist’s body of work does not require maintenance please state so in letter of interest.
  5. Professional References:  A list of three (3) prior permanent public art project references with contact information (name, title, organization, mailing address, phone number, and email address), the name and location of the artwork, and a brief description of the relationship. References are not to exceed one page.


The entire submission must be submitted via Submissions must be submitted electronically and received by Wednesday, February 7, 2018 by 11:59 p.m MDT.

QUESTIONS?  Contact: Dana Hernandez,


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