Metropolitan State University of Denver Seeks Artists for Public Art

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Metropolitan State University of Denver Seeks Artists for Public Art



Qualifications are requested from artists and/or artist teams interested in creating a site-specific exterior public artwork for Metropolitan State University of Denver’s new Aerospace and Engineering Sciences (AES) Building. The Art Selection Committee is seeking an outdoor 2D or 3D artwork for the exterior of the building, to be located outside the main entrance on the pedestrian-accessible side of the building.  The Committee highly interested in considering integrated artworks – to possibly be located on exterior walls, integrated into the environment or landscape design, or on the ground/pavement in the main plaza area at the building’s entrance.

This facility will revolutionize aerospace and advanced manufacturing education in Colorado by integrating the study of aerospace science, industrial design, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering technology, computer information systems, and computer science. These disciplines will collaborate in this new state-of-the-art building, providing students with the curriculum, advanced technologies and the labs necessary to give them a highly experiential, relevant education. The AES program and interdisciplinary curriculum will foster valuable connections between these disciplines. Discussions with aerospace, and advanced manufacturing industry leaders throughout the metro Denver area are helping to inform the development of degree tracks and courses.

Construction of the AES Building is slated to be complete in summer 2017, and to open Fall 2017.

The public art budget is $115,000. All costs associated with the public art project including, but not limited to, artist design fee, structural engineering, insurance, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, building or site modifications, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs related to the project. Selected semi-finalists will be invited to propose artwork for the location listed below. Out-of-state semi-finalist artists will receive $1,500 and in-state semi-finalists will receive $1,000 as an honorarium for the creation of a design proposal. 

All applicants must be legal residents of the United States. The artists or artist teams must have the skills and experience commensurate with the responsibility of successfully completing a major public art installation. The Program is open to all artists regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap. 

The schedule is as follows: 

  • April 11, 2016, 11:59 pm MST – Deadline for receipt of submittal via CaFÉ™ system (note:  there is no application fee and it is free to create an artist profile on the CaFE system)
  • April/May 2016 – Selection panel meets to select Semi-Finalists 
  • April/May 2016 – Notification of Semi-Finalist selection 

Download the full RFQ with complete application information here.


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