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Public Art Sought for Denver Art Museum-Public Library Campus

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Public Art Sought for Denver Art Museum-Public Library Campus



The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or team of artists to create original public artworks for the Denver Art Museum and Denver Central Public Library Campus. The campus is located in the heart of Denver and the Golden Triangle Creative District.

BUDGET:  $600,000

ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists over 18

DEADLINE: Monday, November 16, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time

Review full RFQ here.

Both the Denver Art Museum and Denver Central Public Library sit within the Golden Triangle Creative District and are adjacent to Denver’s Civic Center Park. Bounded approximately by Grant to Cherokee streets and 14th to Colfax avenues, Denver’s Civic Center is on the National Register of Historic Places and is an example of the City Beautiful movement and beaux arts design principles in the areas of community planning and development, landscape architecture, architecture, and art. The Civic Center area is known as the center of the civic life of the city, with numerous arts, government and cultural institutions as well as hosting festivals, parades, demonstrations and protests throughout the year. Notable nearby buildings include The Colorado State Capitol, Denver City and County Building, The McNichols Civic Center Building, History Colorado, the Wellington E. Webb Municipal Office Building and the Colorado Judicial Center.

The panel is looking to commission artworks that will be beacons or gateways for the community and will draw visitors to the campus. Artworks should enhance the experience of those that use and enjoy the campus and could engage multiple senses, harnessing tactile, light and auditory components to achieve these aims. Works that are innovative, inspiring, and help to connect the campus are desired. As most ground space on the campus must remain open for public activity, the footprints for the works are relatively small, therefore, works that utilize vertical, overhead or other space-conserving strategies are encouraged. The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials that are suitable for outdoor display, although is not looking for two-dimensional artworks.

What to Send

  1. Digital Images—In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit six digital images of previously completed artworks. Artists who wish to submit kinetic, sound or media works must submit a complete CaFÉ™ application and will have the opportunity to upload up to two video files. IMPORTANT: if submitting audio or video files, do not use them as your very first image. They must be submitted last in your image sequence. Instructions on how to format images to CaFÉ™ specifications can be found at Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available here: If an artist does not have access to a computer, s/he may call 720-865-5563 to make arrangements to use a computer at Denver Arts & Venues.
  2. Statement of Interest—Please submit a statement briefly outlining your interest in the Denver Art Museum/Denver Central Library Campus public art project, your design approach and your experience working on projects of this kind (3,000 character maximum).  Please also include information on your experience working with diverse communities and stakeholders.
  3. Résumé—Submit a one to two-page current résumé that highlights your professional accomplishments as an artist. Please name your résumé file accordingly: Last name.First initial (i.e. Smith.J.pdf).  Résumés that are more than two pages will not be downloaded. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé with no more than one page per team member.

How to Apply

Apply ONLINE ONLY via the CaFE system.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Brendan Picker,


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