City’s Public Art program seeks Colorado artists for commissions at two city libraries.

If you’re a new or emerging Colorado artist looking for a unique, well-trafficked venue to display your work, the City of Denver has an opportunity for you. Two, actually.

Applications are currently being accepted for art installations at Byers Branch Library in the La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood and at Smiley Branch Library in the Berkeley neighborhood. Artists may apply individually or as a group to each facility. A $10,000 budget is available for each commission, which will be allocated to the chosen artist or team. The deadline for applications is November 18.

Three to five finalist artists or teams will be selected in a first round of voting in December 2019. They will each present their proposal in person in January 2020, with the final winners being announced in February 2020. Finalists will receive an honorarium to prepare and present their final proposals.

Denver's Public Art program began in 1988. One percent of every municipal capital improvement project over $1 million is set aside to fund public art. To date, more than $40 million has been invested in over 400 public art installations, with more than 24 projects in the works today. 

Byers Branch Library Seeking Interior Art

The 100-year-old Byers Branch Library is about to undergo a major renovation that will bring infrastructure upgrades, new restroom facilities, and a complete redesign of the community room and main library space, according to a press release. The library’s 10-member art selection panel is looking for artwork to be displayed in the building’s interior after renovations have been completed. Per the city’s Request for Qualifications, the art selection panel is open to two- and three-dimensional artwork in all media, materials, and formats, but because the work will be displayed in a public space, it's being encouraged to use durable, low-maintenance materials.

“Community” Art Sought by Smiley Branch Library

The Smiley Branch Library will also undergo renovations that will redesign its downstairs community room, refresh space on the main floor, and update electrical wiring throughout the century-old facility. The Smiley Branch art selection panel is looking for art/artists that engage the neighboring community and highlight the strong community connection to this facility. They are interested in art installations that can be placed at the exterior entrance of the library, or on the interior walls of the main level of the facility. The panel is also interested in partnering with the selected artist to create an “Artist in Residence” program through which the artist may offer creative workshops for community participation, in addition to creating and installing their own public art exhibit.

Applications due November 18

Artists or artist teams residing in Colorado may apply through November 18, 2019, by submitting six digital images of previous work, a résumé, and a statement of interest no longer than 2,000 characters here.