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State of Utah Seeks Public Art for Crime Lab Facility

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State of Utah Seeks Public Art for Crime Lab Facility


The second phase of Utah’s consolidation of laboratory services (the first phase was completed in 2010) includes a new crime lab for the Department of Public Safety, the Medical Examiner and the Department of Agriculture and Food. While the majority of the building is not accessible to the public, the facility is part of a wider open campus serving the people of Utah. This new facility provides a state‐of‐the‐art laboratory for the State of Utah that allows officials to not only respond to the public health, scientific and public safety needs of a growing population, but also work in support of and in conjunction with regional and national agencies. This project and the dedicated scientist and employees working here are all working toward one goal….the search for truth. The methods and tools for each area of focus serve diverse populations and agencies but all are working together to serve the people of the State of Utah.

The Selection Committee is looking for an artist to help contextualize this unique facility and site into an art intervention for the public, visitors and employees. Since the majority of the facility is secure and not typically open to the public, the Committee has identified the west, shared exterior plaza and/or the west entry lobby as potential sites. The Committee is open to other areas as identified by the artist as long as the site has sufficient public access or visibility.

BUDGET:  $275,000 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.

ELIGIBILITY:  Resident American or legal resident artists / artist teams are encouraged to apply. Utah artists are encouraged to submit their qualifications.

August 2016 – Release RFQ
October 6, 2016 – Deadline for receipt of preliminary materials
October 20, 2016 – Full Committee review and selection of finalists.
December 15, 2016 – Finalist presentations
December, 2016 – Building is completed
Art installation – To be determined and negotiated with commissioned artist(s)

The Selection Committee will review all material properly submitted. Finalists will be selected from the first phase of applicants submitting qualifications. These finalists will then be asked to develop a proposal to include concept, budget and timeline to be presented to the Selection Committee. An honorarium will be offered to the finalists to assist with the costs associated with travel and the development of the proposal. This honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission.  The Selection Committee will work to provide as much information and access as possible to assist in the artist’s research while developing their proposal.


Artists may choose to apply either online through WESTAF’s CaFE system  or by mailing a PC-compatible CD with the required information.

If the artist’s 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.

If mailing your application, please include the following items on a single CD labeled with the applicant’s name and contact information:

  • 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 medium, EITHER a movie file OR images, can be presented to the committee per artist in this preliminary phase.

Please send, deliver or courier CD/DVD applications to:
Jim Glenn, Utah Public Art Program
Attention: Unified State Lab
Utah Arts & Museums
300 S Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Please download the complete RFQ document for full project and application information.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Jim Glenn at 801-245-7271 or by e-mail to