Wyoming Arts Council

Art in Public Buildings

About the Art in Public Buildings Program

In 1991, the 51st Legislature of the State of Wyoming passed the Art in Public Buildings legislation. One percent of construction costs of new, state-owned buildings is to be utilized for placing artwork in the public setting, helping to beautify our public buildings and draw attention to the wealth of artist experience within our region. The artwork for each project is selected by a committee specifically selected for that project.  Each committee typically consists of  representatives from the community in which the building is located, representatives from the user agency, artists or other representatives from the art community, the architect for the building, and a representative from the State’s Construction and Management Office.  The Wyoming Arts Council coordinates and leads the committee meetings to help administer the project, but does not vote on the selection of artists or artwork.

Montana artist Gareth Curtiss recently installed, “Building Our Future,” a bronze and fabricated steel sculpture in front of Eastern Wyoming College’s Career and Technical Education Center in Torrington.

UW Science Initiative Building

The Wyoming Arts Council announces that a new call for entry for public art is now open. The University of Wyoming is constructing a new Science Initiative Building on the campus in Laramie. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, artwork will be commissioned for the new facility.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to artists with a deadline of February 25, 2019. This is a national RFQ. Wyoming artists will be given preference.

The call is available on CaFE (callforentry.org). Additional details, including eligibility requirements, timelines, and budget information are available on CaFE. Drawings and renderings are available here. Submissions to the RFQ must be made through CaFE by the deadline listed. There is a committee for the project, tasked with reviewing applications, selecting finalists, and making the final artwork selection. Wyoming artists are encouraged to apply.

The new Science Initiative Building is an approximately 168,000 square foot, 5-story structure on the northwest corner of the University of Wyoming campus. The facility will bring together The Center for Advanced Scientific Imaging (CASI), core facilities within the Center for Integrative Biological Research (CIBR) and Active Learning Classrooms (ALC) into an interdisciplinary modern facility for faculty and students.

The committee is interested in work for both the interior and exterior of the building. The committee would like to see artwork that encompasses the theme of education, specifically participatory education and active learning. The building is scheduled to open in 2021.

Casper State Office Building

The Wyoming Arts Council announces that a new call for entry for public art is now open. The State of Wyoming is constructing a new office building in Casper that will house eight state agencies. Through the State of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings program, artwork will be commissioned for the exterior of the facility.

The Casper State Office Building RFQ deadline has been extended to March 1. This is a regional RFQ open to artists residing in Wyoming and neighboring states: Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, and South Dakota. Wyoming artists will be given preference.

The call is available on CaFE. Additional details, including eligibility requirements, timelines, and budget information are available on CaFE. Floor plans, drawings, and plans are available here.

Submissions to the RFQ must be made through CaFE by the deadline listed. There is a committee for the project, tasked with reviewing applications, selecting finalists, and making the final artwork selection. Wyoming artists are encouraged to apply.

The new Casper State Office Building will bring eight state agencies under one roof: Department of Workforce Services, Department of Family Services, Department of Health, Department of Corrections, State Engineer’s Office, Department of Revenue, Department of Environmental Quality, and the Attorney General’s Office. Located on the former site of the CNW (Chicago and Northwestern Rail) rail yard and roundhouse, the building will incorporate industrial themes that connect to the railroad and design elements that connect it to the Yellowstone District of Casper. The lot is between Collins Drive and Midwest Avenue with the building situated closest on the lot to city center.

The committee is interested in work for outside the building. There are several green spaces around the property and the city’s Rails to Trails path runs along the north and south sides of the building. The building is scheduled to open in 2021.


Contact: Rachel Clifton

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