The Salt Lake City Arts Council is pleased to announce an opportunity for artists and artist-led teams to submit qualifications for the Jordan River Boat Ramp call for artists.

The Jordan River is a unique environmental and recreational amenity enjoyed by pedestrians, cyclists, and paddlers. In an effort to provide expanded infrastructure to support canoeists, kayakers, and rafters on the Jordan River, the Jordan River Water Trail project aims to create a series of formal boat access points at strategic locations throughout Salt Lake County. Among the first of these boat ramps to be created are the four in Salt Lake City’s meandering, tree-lined section of the Jordan River, ranging from 1700 South to 1800 North.  All four ramps will be open for use by the summer of 2021.

The Jordan River Boat Ramp project provides the unique opportunity for the creation of artwork at four distinct sites in Salt Lake City, each linked by the river trail and parkway. The Salt Lake City Art Design Board is pleased to pursue artwork which can respond to the natural environment of the river along with its recreational uses, visually link the four sites, and engage with the sites at the neighborhood level while celebrating the River’s essential significance to the Salt Lake region.

Artists responding to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), must demonstrate a proficiency in executing work on a similar scope and scale. The RFQ is open to all professional artists and artist-led teams residing in the Western Region, defined as Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming. The total budget is $144,000.

Applicants are invited to attend a virtual information session on Wednesday, February 3 at 3:00 p.m. For more information on this RFQ and to apply, please visit Submissions will be accepted through the Submittable website ( until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19.

Media Contact:

Kat Nix, Salt Lake City Arts Council


The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation.