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Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

The City of Aurora Art In Public Places Program selection panel is seeking to commission an artist for the Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture. Create a sculptural environment composed of multiple components within this roundabout which is about 70’ in diameter. There is no public access to the roundabout, so the artwork should be designed to be viewed by car or from the various streets surrounding the site. Benches, interactive art, or highly detailed artwork would not be appropriate for this project.

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Deadline: 21 Oct 2019

The artwork should have physical presence and be scaled appropriately for this site. Due to the size of the roundabout, multiple elements working together to create a singular composition would be ideal. It must be designed to be appreciated from all sides. The artwork could be colorful and kinetic. The artwork should not be too shiny or reflective, or in any way create a distraction for drivers.

The elements can be large and massive enough to block direct views across the roundabout. This enables drivers to focus on what is ahead of them, not across or through the roundabout. Thematically, the artwork could embrace a transportation related theme, such as people using various transportation modes literally or abstractly. Transportation modes might represent the diversity of abilities. It could include elements such as walkers, wheelchairs, strollers, canes, bicycles, cars, trains, feet, scooters, motorcycles, skis, sleds, canoes, kayaks, rafts, and airplanes as well as innovative and futuristic options.

The artwork must be constructed from materials that are sufficiently durable to withstand the Colorado climate and altitude. These conditions include extreme temperature changes (over 40 degrees) in just a few hours and subzero temperatures as well as temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, high winds, intense sun, low humidity, and precipitation in the form of rain, hail, sleet, and snow.

Budget: $215,158 (There is a separate budget that the city will use for site preparation and minimal landscaping appropriate to the nature of the sculpture.)

About the City of Aurora

The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located in Aurora, CO. Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, and the safest large city in Colorado, spanning three counties in the eastern Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. The city embraces a highly diverse population of over 350,000 residents who enjoy access to quality education, Colorado’s natural beauty and active lifestyle, and an array of cultural amenities within the context of a vibrant and growing community. Aurora is home to top national employers in aerospace and defense, bioscience, healthcare, and alternative energy.

Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the northern tip of the Black Forest, Aurora offers a unique quality of life that blends a traditional sense of community with a range of outdoor and leisure activities. Residents enjoy a wealth of opportunities and are proud to call Aurora home.

Aurora Regional Transportation District

Aurora welcomed the light rail in early 2017 with the opening of R-Line as a branch of the public transportation network provided by the Regional Transportation District (RTD.) The R-Line is known for the strong public art at each station which resulted from a robust partnership between the city of Aurora (COA) and RTD. The New York Times magazine listed Aurora as one of the top places to see public art in 2017. Two sculptures adorn the Iliff Station environment, one located at the station, and the other located outside the Iliff Station Parking Garage. In this area, the R-Line follows the path of 1-225, a major highway providing access to Denver International Airport

Opportunities abound for transit-oriented development (TOD) along the R- line, especially around each station. The area around the Iliff Station has seen rapid transformation with the addition of contemporary high-density apartment living and mixed-use development in an area better known for single family housing on good sized lots and age-restricted retirement communities. These three and four-story apartment complexes in a pedestrian friendly environment are designed to meet the needs of the young professionals attracted to the employment opportunities and active life-style of this growing community.

In addition to the city’s 1% for Art Ordinance, Aurora has an ordinance requiring art within transit-oriented-development districts. New apartments just north of the station are already home to a highly visible ceramic mural entitled “Double Dip.” The Iliff Station Roundabout Sculpture will be located just south of the parking garage. The addition of sculpture on this roundabout will help to establish this area as a new public art hub within a community where the arts are thriving.

About the Art In Public Places Program

Aurora’s Art in Public Places Program enhances the quality of life in Aurora as high-quality neighborhoods and public spaces are developed and maintained. Locally and nationally renowned artists have created 240 individual pieces to enhance the city’s public spaces with works of art ranging from outdoor sculptures and murals to functional works integrated into the architecture. The program is funded from a city ordinance requiring the dedication of 1 percent of the funds used to build city of Aurora construction and remodeling projects with budgets of $100,000 or more. Grants and fundraising efforts also fund city public art projects.

The Art in Public Places Program is governed by the nine-member Aurora City Council-appointed Art in Public Places Commission. The commission is responsible for making recommendations to the city council regarding the public art program, including project budget allocation, strategic planning, development of policies and procedures,and approval of artwork to be commissioned or purchased.

For more information, contact rbloom@auroragov.org.

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Firehouse Exhibitions 2020 (Longmont, CO) – Call for Artists

Firehouse Exhibitions 2020 (Longmont, CO) – Call for Artists

The Firehouse Art Center announces a call for artists for the Firehouse exhibitions 2020. The eight member exhibitions committee consists of artists, art administrators, business professionals, curators, and art collectors. Preference is given to submissions that are culturally relevant, with a unique perspective, and the ability to provide a diverse art experience. Cutting edge contemporary work and multi-disciplinary artists are strongly encouraged. Group exhibitions, curatorial proposals, solo exhibition proposals are welcomed.

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Deadline: 30 Sept 2019

Chosen artists for the Firehouse exhibitions 2020 will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Firehouse Art Center, either through a successful exhibition proposal, solo exhibition, or group exhibition, during the 2020 calendar year. The location in beautiful downtown Longmont is only a short drive from Denver or Boulder. The gallery has developed a reputation for exhibiting artists whose work engages the community with thought-provoking concepts skillfully executed. Firehouse Art Center promotes new ideas and exciting work through Instagram, Facebook, local media, and partnerships with local nonprofit educational and social organizations. Artists have the opportunity to teach accompanying workshops and host artist talks that are shared with the Firehouse Art Center’s audience.

About the Firehouse Art Center

The mission of the Firehouse Art Center is to promote cultural awareness of the arts in the community by providing diverse educational programs, events and curation of local, regional, and national exhibits. The Firehouse Art Center is the leading contemporary art space in downtown Longmont, Colorado. As a cornerstone of the Creative District, they exhibit thought provoking work in all mediums, including installation, film and performance art.

The Firehouse Art Center is Longmont’s leading contemporary art center featuring both national and local artists. The beautiful National Historic Landmark building features two exhibitions spaces and over 1,000 square feet of space. In 2018, they exhibited 108 artists in 19 unique exhibitions. New exhibitions are installed almost every month. They focus on accessible contemporary art that engages curiosity and conversation. Admission to the Firehouse is free and serves over 7,500 visitors each year. They were voted the Best Art Gallery in East Boulder County for 7 years in a row and the Times Call Readers Choice for Best Art Gallery 6 years in a row.

For more information, contact gallery@firehouseart.org.

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Smash Summer Festival 2019 (Denver, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash Summer Festival 2019 (Denver, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash in the Square announces a call for artists for the Smash Summer Festival 2019. Event to be held on August 3rd & 4th, 2019. The festival is in the absolute heart of Cherry Creek – world class location, nationally recognized hot spot for high-end art and culture. It is on the door steps of the most wealthy and affluent luxury apartments in Colorado. This is a highly selective, upper-echelon, pristine outdoor fine-art exhibit showcasing top-tier artists. The event includes live violin and jazz both days of the weekend plus fine-catering.

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Deadline: 1 Jun 2019

Promoted to the wealthiest clientele in the country with great, proven potential of targeted collector sales from the St. Paul Collection luxury apartments and Cherry Creek homeowners. Smash Summer Festival 2019 promotion includes direct-mailing to Castle Pines and Cherry Hills Village (two of the richest neighborhoods in the state) as well as outdoor signage, flyers, social-media, magazine publications, and email-blasts/newsletters.

Smash in the Square has the upmost concern for meeting the best interests/needs of working artists. The promoter has 12+ years of experience participating as an artist on the festival circuit. They love giving back to the communities they serve, doing a conjoining fine arts auction which allows artists to set their own high minimum bids (retaining 80% of each bid-sale) and doing pre-event online and live event bidding.

About Smash in the Square

Smash in the Square has done philanthropic work over the years around the state of Colorado. They have helped businesses raise thousands of dollars plus expand their networks and relationships through partnerships, sponsorships, and fundraising events. In addition to running outdoor art festivals, they have organized many gallery/indoor exhibitions. Their mission is to bring the quality and prestige of gallery presentation to the world of outdoor art festivals in order to attract a higher-end, more targeted collector clientele.

For more information, contact anthony@smashinthesquarefestival.com.

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Art In The Park 2019 – Call For Artists

Art In The Park 2019 – Call For Artists

Steamboat Creates announces a call for artists for Art In The Park 2019, the same weekend as the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo just minutes away, these events offer artistry and color both on canvases and in the air, making this weekend a staple of Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the summertime.

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Deadline: 1 Apr 2019

Art in the Park is free to the public and features nearly 160 artist vendors, live entertainment, food vendors, and an interactive children’s art area. This popular and successful event takes place on July 13th and 14th over Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Weekend, which draws large crowds through a weekend of fun and excitement. Around 10,000 people attend the festival located in West Lincoln Park, on the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs in beautiful Northwest Colorado.

Art In The Park 2019 Artist Benefits

Exhibiting artists will benefit from the diversity of over 20 different mediums. This high-end art fair is selective in its jurying process of handmade items only, which attracts art enthusiasts and patrons. Steamboat Creates has over 500 Instagram followers, over 1,000 Facebook followers and a strong reputation in its 45th year for Art in the Park. Steamboat Springs was designated as a Creative District in 2017, putting it on the map for Colorado Creative Industries.

There is promotion of the event through newspaper, radio, press releases, magazine articles, social media, rack cards, collaborative marketing with Chamber of Commerce, and distribution of marketing materials with the concierges in the Yampa Valley.

About Steamboat Creates

Steamboat Creates represents the evolution of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, which has been a nonprofit supporting the arts since 1972. Steamboat Creates supports these endeavors by being the only organization in town to advocate for arts and culture at the local and state levels. Giving rise to the importance of the creative industries as an economic driver is essential to our rural communities resiliency and cultural diversity. Steamboat Creates advocates fiercely for the creative tribe in the Yampa Valley and those artists visiting the area. Their home is in a historic building that was a 1908 train station, hence our location name, Depot Art Center.

For more information, contact sylvie@steamboatcreates.org.

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44th Annual Art in the Park – Call For Artists

44th Annual Art in the Park – Call For Artists

Steamboat Springs Arts Council announces a call for artists for the 44th Annual Art in the Park. This show is open to all artists/crafts-persons who exhibit work of their own original concept, design, and execution.

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Deadline: 1 May 2018

Approximately 160 booth spaces will be available. Applicants will be selected on the basis of quality and uniqueness of work. Work which is imported, produced or manufactured will not be accepted. Artwork which is produced or manufactured from a commercial mold, pattern, or kit will not be accepted. The number of exhibitors in each category and selection of exhibitors shall be determined by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. Final selection of participating artists will be conducted May 14 – 19, 2018. Acceptance notification will be sent out May 25th. Artists are required to respond by June 1, 2018. Booth fees will then be cashed and a confirmation sent of your place at 44th Annual Art in the Park.

The 44th Annual Art in the Park 2018 will be held in beautiful Steamboat Springs, CO. This summer tourist destination draws art collectors from all over. Art in the Park is free to the public. It features nearly 160 artist vendors, live entertainment, food vendors, and an interactive children’s art area. This popular and successful event takes place on July 14th and 15th over Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Weekend. It draws large crowds through a weekend of fun and excitement. Around 10,000 people attend the festival located in West Lincoln Park on the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs in beautiful Northwest Colorado.

About Steamboat Springs Arts Council

The Steamboat Springs Arts Council was the first organization in Steamboat specifically created as a community-gathering place to celebrate and support the arts. In 2017, they spearheaded the effort to have Steamboat designated a Creative District by Colorado Creative Industries under the governor’s office of economic development. Creative Districts are economic drivers for the town, giving exposure to artists and creatives through marketing and branding the town to visitors interested in arts, culture, and heritage. The first step in reaching the goals for this designation is to launch SteamboatCreates, an arts and culture hub for the community and visitors.

Since the Arts Council was founded in 1972, they established signature events that reach beyond Steamboat including Art in the Park. Cabaret, an irreverent theater, pokes fun at history and heritage. Young At Art Camps let kids of all socio-economic levels have the opportunity to express themselves through art and creativity.

For more information, contact barb@steamboatarts.or.

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Las Colonias Park Amphitheater – Call For Artists

Las Colonias Park Amphitheater – Call For Artists

The City of Grand Junction has recently constructed Las Colonias Park Amphitheater. The Commission on Arts and Culture is spearheading selection of an artist to create a site-specific work of art representing the Grand Junction Lions Club at a total cost of up to $27,000.

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Deadline: 1 Mar 2018

The Lions Club is a prominent philanthropic organization in the community that helped to fund this project. Since 1929, the Grand Junction Lions Club has provided over $7 million to local non-profits, charities, schools, and events in the Grand Valley. The intent of the art work is to depict the Grand Junction Lions Club in a realistic form and celebrate their participation in the community. Installation by June 29, 2018. All Colorado artists are eligible to submit.

The selection committee, comprised of the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture, representatives from Grand Junction Lions Club, and the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department, will review the submissions for the Las Colonias Park Amphitheater and choose three finalists. To maximize the budget for the artwork, stipends will be $100. Finalists will have the option for a Go To Meeting rather that interview in-person. All finalists will be given equal consideration regardless of the type of interview conducted. The project budget is $27,000.

About the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture

The Grand Junction (Colorado) Commission on Arts and Culture is dedicated to developing the quantity, quality, and affordability of arts and culture for the citizens of the Grand Valley. Since 1990, the Commission on Arts and Culture has worked to support the Grand Valley’s artistic resources and cultural activities. Their goal is to form strong, lasting, and dynamic connections with artists, arts organizations, businesses, government, and educational institutions throughout the City of Grand Junction. The Arts Commission focuses on supporting artists via our four public art exhibit spaces, an online artist registration, managing a $40,000 grant program to Colorado non-profits for arts and culture, holding networking events, and completing economic impact studies and the strategic cultural plan.

For more information, contact lorieg@gjcity.org.

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PlatteForum’s Artist Residency – Call For Artists

PlatteForum’s Artist Residency – Call For Artists

PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program supports contemporary artists as they work. The goal is to strengthen individual practice through collaboration and community engagement.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 3 Apr 2017

Residencies are designed to celebrate creativity and foster and challenge artists to incorporate social practice or narrative into their process. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expansive thinking about what art is and can be.

While artists share their creative process and work with youth, PlatteForum gives guidance and ongoing support throughout each artist residency and beyond. Such support generates dialogue with the larger community about the role of the artist in society. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residencies engage this community in the creation of new work where artists, youth, and the public collaborate.

Preference will be given to artists whose work addresses the larger questions in our world today such as race, class, social, and ecological issues. In doing this, PlatteForum hopes to provoke dialogue that helps shape our public narratives and cultural conversations. Residency Schedule: September 2017 – August 2018.

PlatteForum’s Artist Residency benefits:

  • Six-to-eight-week residency. A weekly stipend ($250).
  • Share ideas with and demonstrate process to a diverse group of youth in structured workshops. Approximately 4-6 hours per week and supported by staff.
  • The contemporary facility is over 4,000 square feet with dedicated open studio (2,000 square feet) and surrounded by staff offices, kitchen, and restrooms.
  • Out-of-town artists will receive guest housing provided by members of the PlatteForum community.
  • Computer, wireless internet, and wireless printers are available throughout the facility.

Residencies at PlatteForum are competitive with over 100 applications and only five slots awarded each year. Each residency gives the artist the time, space, and support to extend their work and share their ideas with the public. Artistic excellence, innovative ideas for engagement and collaboration with the public, and a diversity of ideas, genres, and methodologies are paramount in selecting artists. There are four available slots in PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program each season.

A strong theme of PlatteForum’s Artist Residency is strengthening individual practice through collaboration. Resident artists dedicate 4-6 hours each week to work with a small group of underserved youth, K-12, in intensive workshops. In collaboration with PlatteForum staff, the Artist in Residence will concept, organize, and facilitate a series of youth workshops. Each residency culminates in a public reception where the work and ideas of the creative resident and youth are presented through a performance, exhibition, or artist talk, or seminar. This depends on the kind of work created by the artist resident and the youth.

For more information, contact rvaughan@platteforum.org.

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2017 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition – Call For Artists

The Center for the Arts Evergreen (CAE), Colorado, announces a call for artists for the 2017 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition (RMNW).

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 23 May 2017

CAE is honored and excited to take responsibility for hosting this annual exhibition. RMNW attracts entrants and jurors from throughout the United States. It is regarded as one of the top watermedia exhibitions in the country.

CAE is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed painter, author, and teacher, Stephen Quiller, will serve as the juror for the 2017 Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibition. Mr. Quiller is best known for his work in watermedia. He was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor at the 148th International American Watercolor Society Exhibition in New York City in 2014. His paintings have been on the covers and the subjects of articles of many leading artist’s magazines. He has authored two best-selling books, Color Choices and Painter’s Guide to Color, and his Quiller Wheel is used by artists worldwide.

In 2016, RMNW awards totaled almost $9,000 in cash and merchandise to exhibition artists as selected by the juror. CAE produces a beautiful full color catalog featuring the artwork in the exhibition and indicating the award winners. All artists who are accepted into the exhibition will receive one complimentary catalog. Also, artists whom are accepted to RMNW four or more times are eligible to receive signature member status for the exhibition.

About Center for the Arts Evergreen

CAE’s mission is to promote and cultivate artistic excellence and enrich the art experience in our mountain community. As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, CAE is committed to delivering engaging exhibitions and diverse educational programs for adults and children. In 2017 CAE is moving to a new facility which includes a modern gallery space housed in a historic old school house that became a church. This exhibition will debut in this new facility which has been highly anticipated by the community for over three years. CAE is located in Evergreen, Colorado, which is an affluent community that supports and buys art.

For more information, contact curator@evergreenarts.org.

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Urban Collage And The Collage City – Call For Artists

Feral Factory, in partnership with Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo) and RedLine Contemporary Art Center, is seeking visual art and photography exploring cities, city life, and urbanism for Urban Collage and the Collage City art show.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 25 Feb 2017

The show will take place at The Crash exhibition space and will display 100+ pieces in rotation. The exhibition will include numerous events, salons, workshops, and receptions. Award-winning art advisors, NINE dot ARTS, are collaborating with Feral Factory to promote sales and give our artists access to a much larger national market.

This is a juried regional show with prominent partners and jurors. $500 awarded for Best in Show and three $100 awards for Special Merit. Jurors include: Tracy Weil, Creative Director and Co-Founder, RiNo; Louise Martorano, Executive Director, RedLine Contemporary Art Center; and Martha Weidmann, CEO and Co-Founder, NINE dot ARTS.

Exhibition: 4/1/17 – 6/26/17

Feral Factory has fifteen major events planned during the exhibition, including rotating openings, First Fridays in the RiNo Art District, Art Pairing events, performances, talks, and workshops. Many events are designed specifically to draw buyers.

Urban Collage And The Collage City gives artists access to one of the world’s most prominent and fastest-growing arts districts and review from some of the region’s largest art buyers. One of Feral Factory’s foremost goals is to provide focused sales opportunities for the artists.

About Feral Factory

Feral Factory is indeed a feral organization, scrappy and roving, which has the following goals:

  • activate underutilized presentation spaces in our partner arts districts;
  • bring the arts together using visual arts, sculpture, audiovisual, theater, and dance together synergistically;
  • create opportunities for artists to make sales and for performing artists to gather audiences; and
  • engage the public in an entertaining, informative, and educational conversation about art and its role in our communities.

Feral Factory is not:

  • a gallery, but it supports galleries;
  • an art consultant, but works with art consultants;
  • an art center, but partners with art centers.

It is a moving locus for the arts, working with communities and art districts to enliven spaces, educate, and entertain.

For more information, contact howl@feralfactory.com.

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The Silence Is Over – Call For Artists

The Silence Is Over – Call For Artists

Infuse Gallery announces a call for artists for The Silence is Over: : A Journey of Empowerment from Survivors of Sexual Abuses.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 Mar 2017

The Silence Is Over is an invitation to join a global community of artists that are ending the silence and shame around our stories of sexual trauma and, instead, are offering them as an opportunity and celebration of empowerment. It is a call to the rest of the world to set a higher standard and end these atrocities. We live in a divided time where fear and intimidation are rampant. By telling our stories we are letting go of fear, honoring our pain we have endured, and celebrating our return to empowerment and wholeness. We are inviting others to join us in this next stage of calling forward a better, unified world that is free from abuse.

Artists will be part of a permanent virtual exhibition on the Infuse Gallery website and several will be selected for a physical exhibition in Summer of 2017. Sales from this exhibition will benefit the artists and two nonprofit organizations: PAVE (Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment) which offers awareness campaigns and support programs to survivors of sexual assault and Blossomy which works with survivors of human trafficking in India. Each artist’s story is an opportunity to help these organizations and other survivors like them as a means of uniting, empowering, and fund-raising through sales of the art in this exhibit.

About Infuse Gallery

Infuse Gallery mission is to use art as a vehicle for global change. We have partnered with several nonprofits. For each piece of art sold, a percentage of the sale is donated directly back to them. We represent artists with world-wide success while also providing a platform to those served through the nonprofits to sell their art in the gallery. This gives them creative and financial empowerment and an opportunity to give back to those who helped them.

We showcase some of the world’s best artistic talent. Every artist in Infuse Gallery selects one of our partner nonprofits for which to donate. They select the percentage from their portion of the sale and Infuse Gallery matches the contribution.

Whether you buy a painting from a school girl in Afghanistan, man living under a bridge in Denver, or career artist who has shown their work in galleries and museums internationally, you can buy this art knowing your purchase has changed a life for the better and helped a charity grow.

For more information, contact kyra@infuse.gallery.

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