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Adams County, CO Seeks Sculpture for Human Services Center

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Adams County, CO Seeks Sculpture for Human Services Center




The Adams County (CO) Visual Arts Commission (ACVAC) seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed on the grounds of the Adams County Human Services Center, opening to residents in July 2017.  Public art will be placed outside the main entrance of the building and outside of the western side of the building. The Adams County Human Services Center will house over 780 government employees and serve over 500 residents daily.

Budget: $300,000.  Selected finalists will receive a maximum of $1,000 for travel and design fees following the submission and presentation of a Design Proposal and a model.

Professional visual artists.  Artists are allowed to apply in teams.   Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.

Artwork Goals
Ideal submissions will create a functional art piece which will reflect the historic orchard tree farm that early settlers planted in the early 1900’s in this location. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist may have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project. Artist may also want to consider incorporating seating to establish a welcoming, accessible outdoor destination for the public.

Selection Process
After evaluating the artists’ submissions, ACVAC will narrow the pool of applicants to approximately two to three finalists to bring in for an in person interview. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium not to exceed $1,000 for the development of their Design Proposal and to facilitate travel for the presentation.  Finalists will present to ACVAC and key stakeholders which will then make a recommendation to the Adams County Board of County Commissioners.

The artist and their proposal will be subject to review through the Adams County Visual Arts Commission and key stakeholders. ACVAC will select the Artist that best meets the requirements, based on the information contained in their response to the Request for Qualifications, any reference checks conducted, and the information presented during any interviews conducted as part of the selection process.  Final acceptance will be by the Adams County Board of County Commissioners.

Selection Criteria
Specifically, in the selection of finalists, Adams County Board of County Commissioners and Adams County Visual Arts Commission will review and consider the following:

1)  The conceptual basis for the Artist’s body of work and the preliminary concept statement presented.

2)  The quality – technical and aesthetic – of the artist’s past work as represented in the image submissions.

3)  The experience of the artist in successfully designing, fabricating, administering, and completing public art projects and/or custom architectural elements on time and in budget.

4)  The artist’s training and education.

How to Apply

Apply only through the online CaFE system.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Gabriel Rodriguez, 720-523-6846 or

Delivery Information
Applications will NOT be accepted by Postal Mail
Do NOT send applications by email.