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Art In The Park (Steamboat Springs, CO) – Call For Artists

Art In The Park (Steamboat Springs, CO) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Steamboat Creates announces a call for artists for the 51st annual Art in the Park, the largest arts festival in Northwest Colorado. This beloved event draws art enthusiasts and families from around the county with a wide variety of hand-made art and hands-on creativity. This weekend has become a staple of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in the summertime.

Art in the Park is free to the public and features nearly 150 artist vendors, live entertainment, food vendors, and interactive creative stations. This popular and successful event takes place on July 13th and 14th, 2024.


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Enter by: 21 June 2024

Art in the Park is set in the beautiful, open air park at the western entrance to downtown Steamboat Springs. Thousands of people attend the festival over the two-day weekend filled with a creative vibe unique to the Rocky Mountains.

Steamboat Creates strives to have a wide variety of artistic mediums, creative activities, and food/beverage options for this family friendly event.

This show is open to all artists and crafts-persons who exhibit artwork of their own concept, design, and execution.

Art In The Park Highlights

  • This is the 51st anniversary of this beloved community event
  • More than 20 different categories of art forms represented
  • Live entertainment on both days highlighting local creative talent
  • Interactive creative stations throughout the park
  • A mini-market of handmade products
  • A local artist section with original artwork from creatives living and working in Routt County and Steamboat Springs
  • Non-profit informational booth spots including the Rocky Mountain Raptors and African Women’s Project – Djimi Djama
  • Activity booths to include henna, faceprinting, and balloon animals
  • Delicious food vendors with a wide variety of offerings
  • Commemorative edition print of “Humming Tree” by Arturo Garcia
  • Wide reaching community support with a fabulous team of volunteers

Steamboat’s unique mix of warm sun, cowboy boots, and friendly locals lends an inviting, laid back atmosphere to this historic Colorado resort town, where western heritage meets abundant outdoor adventure and cultural activities for all ages.

About Steamboat Creates

Steamboat Creates is a cultural nonprofit that nurtures the arts so creativity flourishes in this rural mountain community. Operating out of the 1908 historic Depot Art Center, Steamboat Creates provides education, exhibitions, creativity camps, cultural events, and advocacy for the creative industries.

Steamboat Creates’ mission is to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality:

  • Through advocacy, promotion, education, infrastructure, and connections for the creative sector
  • Growing engagement in arts and cultural experiences for the community and visitors

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Colorado Indian Market And Southwest Art Fest – Call For Artists

Colorado Indian Market And Southwest Art Fest – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Dash Events with Rio Grande Festivals announce a call for artists for the 42nd Annual Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Art Fest.

In January, the festival will return to the heart of downtown Denver, with dates that coincide with the internationally attended Western Stock and Rodeo Show. This year’s festival will take place at the state-of-the-art Colorado Convention Center, a well-known venue with easy access via Denver’s Light Rail System. This is a longstanding event showcasing a culturally rich selection of visual and performing arts. The festival will showcase the work of 180 artists and craftsmen.

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Apply by: 15 October 2023

Aside from striving to create a premium festival experience for participating artists, the promoters prioritize a robust advertising and public relations campaign designed to attract the right art buyers, loyal attendees, and western enthusiasts to the event. Since its inception over forty years ago, The Colorado Indian Market and Southwest Art Fest has delighted attendees with exceptional art from outstanding juried artists and craftsmen, along with world-renowned entertainers, culinary booths, and interactive special attractions.

About Dash Events

Dash Events’ goal is to bring buyers and artisans together in a carefully curated, high-quality art experience that is enjoyable for all and financially rewarding for exhibitors. Consistently high sales are the common thread of events’ rankings. Their family of festivals has a real family behind it that are involved every step of the way.

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2021 Open Call (Longmont, CO) – Call for Artists

2021 Open Call (Longmont, CO) – Call for Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Firehouse Art Center announces a call for artists for their 2021 Open Call.

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 and curatorial proposals are welcomed, as well as solo exhibition proposals from established and emerging artists in all mediums.

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Deadline: 31 Aug 2021

The 2021 Open Call exhibition committee consists of artists, art administrators, business professionals, curators, and art collectors.

About Firehouse Art Center

The Firehouse Art Center is Longmont’s leading contemporary art center featuring national, regional, and local artists. Their beautiful National Historic Landmark building features two exhibitions spaces and over 1,000 square feet of space. They focus on accessible contemporary art that engages curiosity and conversation. Admission to the Firehouse is free and serves over 10,000 visitors each year.

The Center was 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. Exhibits are regularly featured in local and regional news outlets including Boulder Weekly, Denver Westword, the Daily Times-Call, the Boulder Daily Camera, and the Longmont Leader.

The mission of the Firehouse Art Center is to inspire cultural awareness and human connection by providing life enhancing experiences through art exhibitions, art education, and cultural events. The 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.

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Art 2C On Havana (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

Art 2C On Havana (Aurora, CO) – Call For Artists

The City of Aurora Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) and the On Havana Business Improvement District (Havana BID) announce a call for artists for Art 2C on Havana. Outdoor sculpture will be considered for an exhibition on Havana Street in Aurora, CO, for two years. The exhibit is scheduled to open in October, 2020. Selected artists should anticipate installing their artwork in the first week of October, 2020 and de-installing it in mid-September, 2022.

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Deadline: 29 Mar 2020

On Havana Street and the City of Aurora’s Art in Public Places program are proud to partner to bring the Tenth Annual Art 2C on Havana. This highly successful and anticipated exhibition brings twelve temporary sculptures bi-annually to the business district. The exhibition provides residents and visitors with a unique way to experience the Business District. Public art such as this provides sculptors with opportunities to share their work, gain recognition for the quality of their work, and compete for cash awards.


  • Artists must reside in one of the following states: Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Kansas, or Nebraska
  • Exhibit for the full length of the exhibition, approximately two years
  • Ready for exhibition
  • Fulfill the design and selection criteria

Design and Selection Criteria

  • Quality of workmanship
  • Three dimensional, freestanding sculpture of any medium suitable for outdoor exhibition
  • Artwork must be made from a material appropriate for outdoor exhibition. It must be able to withstand the changing weather conditions of Colorado. These include high summer temperatures (above 100F), low winter temperatures (below 0F), temperatures that can vary more than 40 degrees in a few hours, high winds, hail and significant snowfall.
  • Size: minimum 4’ and maximum 14’ in height
  • Weight: minimum 100 lbs and maximum 4,000 lbs in weight
  • Artwork should not contain sharp objects or edges
  • Artwork must be durable, require little to no maintenance, be graffiti resistant, and be prepared for installation

Installation Criteria

  • Selected artists should expect to install their artwork by the first week of October, 2020
  • Artists must transport, install, and de-install their own artwork. (Assistance and equipment can be provided if requested at the time of acceptance.)
  • All sculptures must be attached to a steel plate that will be bolted to a concrete base. Alternative methods must be approved by AIPP and Havana BID staff at the time of acceptance
  • AIPP staff must be present when the artwork is installed and de-installed (removed) from the site

Detailed Installation Plan Description

  • Title of artwork
  • Artist name and contact information for day of installation
  • Dimensions of artwork
  • Weight of artwork
  • Dimensions of connecting plate
  • Type and size of bolt required to connect to concrete base
  • Equipment required for installation (e.g. crane, drill, hammer)
  • Number of people required to install the artwork

Art 2C On Havana Artist Benefits

Exhibiting artists will be paid a $2,500 stipend for the transportation, installation, and de-installation of their artwork.

The Havana BID is providing funds for cash awards in the following amounts:

  • 1st Place: $1,250
  • 2nd Place: $750
  • 3rd Place: $500

Sculptures may be purchased from the Art 2C on Havana exhibition and will be advertised as such. Aurora AIPP may purchase sculpture from the exhibit to be added to the City’s public art collection.

About City of Aurora Art in Public Places

The City of Aurora Art in Public Places program has made it possible for locally and nationally renowned artists to enhance the city’s public spaces with works of art ranging from indoor wall hangings to monumental outdoor sculptures and architecturally integrated works. The collection includes about 300 pieces valued at approximately $4 million, creating cultural landmarks that serve as a cornerstone of the city’s identity.

The Art in Public Places program is governed by a nine-member, Aurora City Council-appointed commission. The mission of the Art in Public Places Commission is to create great places that contribute to neighborhood development, economic vitality, and enrich and engage the community of Aurora.

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Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival (Castle Pines, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival (Castle Pines, CO) – Call For Artists

Smash in the Square announces a call for artists for the Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival 2020. In the heart of Castle Pines Village, one of the wealthiest and most affluent neighborhoods in Colorado. A highly selective, upper-echelon, pristine outdoor fine art exhibit showcasing top-tier national artists.

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Deadline: 7 Feb 2020

Smash in the Square has the upmost concern for meeting the best interests and needs of working artists (their promoter has 13+ years of experience participating as an artist on the festival circuit). They love giving back to the communities they serve.

Smash Spring Fine Arts Festival conjoining fine arts auction is free to artists including pre-event online + live-event bidding. The auction is value-retentive (artists set own high-minimum bids), 80% of bid-sales will be given back to artists, and 20% will be donated to a local charity.

Direct-mailing to all surrounding homes in Castle Pines and other affluent neighborhoods in Douglas County, Colorado targeting art collectors, outdoor signage, flyers, social-media, magazine publications, email-blasts, and newsletters. After a successful first year at this venue everyone is gearing up for a fantastic second annual event. Expect great crowds and sales.

About Smash in the Square

Smash in the Square has done incredible philanthropic work over the years around the state of Colorado, helping fellow businesses raise thousands of dollars plus expanding and building their networks and relationships through partnerships, sponsorships, and fundraising events. In addition to running outdoor art festivals, they put together many gallery and indoor exhibitions. For example, a silent art auction giving back 100% of the bid-sales to participating artists. They had live violin music, fine-catering, and a great turn-out. 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.

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Previous call for artists from Smash in the Square


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.

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Previous call for artists from the City of Aurora