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Ogden City calling on artists across the nation to apply for BRT art enhancements

By Deborah Wilber - | Oct 20, 2021

The Utah Transit Authority 603 bus waits to pick up passengers outside McKay-Dee Hospital on Thursday, July 30, 2015.

OGDEN — A nationwide request for qualifications is open now until Nov. 1 for artists interested in showcasing their work in an Ogden City public transportation project.

Ogden City’s Arts, Culture and Events Division is working in conjunction with the Utah Transit Authority to provide art enhancements to 22 future bus rapid transit platforms.

Those interested in applying are asked to submit a resume, a letter of interest, a list of references and images of past work. To apply, email qualifications to arts@ogdencity.com. An RFQ packet detailing the project specifications and timelines can be found at https://www.ogdencity.com/878/Open-Artist-Calls.  

Lorie Buckley, Ogden City arts coordinator, said she has only received five applications thus far — but she isn’t worried yet. “They will come flying in at 11 p.m. the night before the deadline,” she said. “Right now, we have some procrastinators.”

Four of the five applicants are local to the Ogden area; however, the project has sparked the interest of one Canadian artist in Quebec. 

Applicants can request a specific BRT platform as the murals will vary by location, with stops on Historic 25th Street, Weber State University and McKay-Dee Hospital. 

The selection committee meeting has yet to be scheduled. According to Buckley, it will most likely occur in December with representatives from UTA, WSU and Intermountain Healthcare sitting on the committee. 

The ACE division is giving those selected artistic freedom with some explicit instructions: They request that murals be colorful and impactful. 

Buckley said she’s excited about the project because it will provide pieces of art in several locations throughout the city.


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