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.
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
- 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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The Dairy Arts Center invites artists’ proposals for a permanent public art sculpture dedicated to Indigenous people in the Boulder, Colorado community and region. The intent is to acknowledge the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the land occupied by the Dairy.
Deadline: 12 Oct 2020
This call is open to Indigenous artists only. A selection committee of Indigenous community members, artists and activists will lead the Dairy in the review and selection of the proposals. When a final proposal is selected, the Visual Arts curator will work with and support the selected artist(s) in the production of the project, from technical development to engagement. The completed work shall be installed in time to honor Indigenous Peoples Day, Monday, October 12, 2020.
“Acknowledgment is a critical public intervention, a necessary step toward honoring Native communities and enacting the much larger project of decolonization and reconciliation. Join us in adopting, calling for, and spreading this practice.” – Honor Native Land: a guide and call to acknowledgment, US Department of Arts & Culture
The selected artist will receive up to $10,000 for time and materials. Additional funding for installation or other needs will be considered.
Artists’ responsibilities will be defined in a written commission agreement, which may include, but will not be limited to agreeing to:
- Work with curator and staff, along with possible consultants (for example, structural engineers or art conservators) to finalize material specifications and fabrication plans (including technical drawings), to ensure the artwork’s durability for display in an outdoor context.
- Work with curator and staff to develop final fabrication budget.
- Adhere to established schedule and deadlines for the project.
- Participate in periodic presentations with various community constituencies.
- Participate in documentation of the project’s development with Dairystaff.
- Work with the Dairy staff and contractors and being present during the installation of the piece.
- Communicate regularly with Dairy staff throughout the development, fabrication, and installation of the project.
About Dairy Arts Center
Dairy Arts Center was founded in 1992 to provide cooperative workspaces for local artists and venues for live performance in Boulder County. Originally owned by the Watts-Hardy Dairy, the building’s transformation from a former milk-processing facility to a thriving multi-disciplinary arts hub for Boulder and beyond is a nationally recognized example of constructive urban development and renewal. The Dairy’s founders envisioned a community arts center where artists of all genres would create and inspire each other and the greater community.
Today, this dream of shared art making is a thriving reality. The Dairy’s 42,000 square foot facility houses disciplines ranging from visual arts, theater, and film to dance and music. A professional environment complete with art galleries, performance venues, teaching studios, offices, rehearsal spaces, dance studios, and a 60-seat art-house cinema, it is Boulder’s largest multi-disciplinary arts center.
The Dairy’s audience spans all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels, from young student to seasoned performer and from first-time to seasoned theatergoers. The audience is inclusive of all ages and backgrounds as well as adults and children of various cultures and levels of ability. The facility is accessible to persons with physical mobility challenges.
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Steamboat Creates announces a call for artists for Art In The Park 2020. Free to the public and featuring more than 150 juried artist vendors, live entertainment, food vendors and an interactive children’s art area. Only handmade original art will be accepted. This popular and successful event takes place on July 11th and 12th over Hot Air Balloon Rodeo Weekend, which draws large crowds for artistry and color both on canvases and in the air.
Deadline: 1 Apr 2020
Around 10,000 people attend the festival located in West Lincoln Park, on the west end of downtown Steamboat Springs in beautiful Northwest Colorado. The show is open to the public Saturday, July 11 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, July 12, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Art In The Park 2020 Artist Benefits
Over 20 different mediums are represented. This high-end art fair is selective in its jurying process of handmade items only, which attracts art enthusiasts and patrons. Steamboat Creates (an evolution of Steamboat Springs Arts Council) has over 500 Instagram followers, over 1,000 Facebook followers, and a strong reputation in its 46th year for Art in the Park.
There is promotion of the event through newspaper, radio, press releases, magazine articles, social media, rack cards, collaborative marketing with Chamber of Commerc,e and distribution of marketing materials with the plethora of concierges in the Yampa Valley. Steamboat Springs was designated as a Creative District in 2017, putting it on the map for Colorado Creative Industries.
About Steamboat Creates
Steamboat Creates is devoted to supporting and promoting arts and culture in the Yampa Valley. They achieve this through planning, production, and collaborating with arts and humanities programs. Initiatives have a positive educational, cultural, and economic impact for the community. They are stewards of the 1908 historic train depot. Steamboat Creates is currently interested in developing and engaging the Yampa Valley community and natural environment in the greater conversation of interdisciplinary and contemporary arts. This is realized by curatorial and collaborative projects involving local, regional, and national artists and organizations working in all media.
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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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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