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State of Colorado Public Art Registry
1625 Broadway, suite 2700

Entry Deadline: 7/31/14
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6


DEADLINE EXTENDED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time


In 1977, the Colorado General Assembly passed the Art in Public Places (AIPP) Act requiring that one-percent of the construction costs of new or renovated state-owned buildings be used to acquire works of art for permanent installation at the project site. The Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade, is responsible for implementation of the law. Upon installation, all purchased or commissioned works of art become the property of the State and form the State art collection, developed and administered by the CCI.  The AIPP program has successfully commissioned or purchased over 400 works of art for the enhancement of State buildings and the enjoyment of the citizens of Colorado.



Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), the State of Colorado’s arts agency, has several public art projects in 2014/2015 that will be utilizing a registry for the selection of artists. Only artists submitting a portfolio to the registry will be considered for State of Colorado public art projects through June 2015. The sites where public art will be a major asset in the construction and renovation of state buildings includes, but are not limited to, the following Colorado Universities and Colleges. Below is a brief description of each project.


University of Colorado Boulder - $150,000

The Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building is a 330,000 square foot research and teaching facility at the University of Colorado Boulder. The building is located at 3415 Colorado Avenue on CU Boulder’s East Campus and was designed to facilitate collaborations between scientists and students from multiple disciplines to address critical challenges in the biosciences. The building houses faculty, staff and students from the BioFrontiers Institute, the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the division of Biochemistry. The building will host more than 60 faculty members and more than 500 researchers and support staff. Many of CU Boulder’s leading researchers have labs in the building, including distinguished Professors Marvin Caruthers, Tom Cech and Kristi Anseth.

The construction project is to build out the academic teaching spaces for the building that were shelled during the original construction. This includes two large tiered classrooms, one flat floor classroom, three teaching laboratories and support spaces for those facilities.



Northeastern Junior College, Sterling - $79,200

Renovation of the existing French Hall.  French Hall houses the Liberal Arts programs of the campus and is a vital and active building on this small campus. They will be upgrading the ADA access, adding a Black Box Theatre, two art galleries (one to house the permanent collection) and upgrades to the classroom spaces.



Colorado State University Pueblo - $102,167
The CSU Pueblo is adding a three-story, General Classroom Building to house large classrooms, offices and conference space. It is being designed to create a first- class student experience.  It will include student small-group meeting spaces, work rooms and a coffee shop. The first two floors will be student oriented and include: two 135-person, tiered lecture auditoriums, two tiered, 75-seat lecture classrooms, four 50-seat classrooms, computer labs and student meeting spaces. The third floor will be mostly dedicated to faculty offices and a new teaching resource center.



Adams State University, Alamosa - $118,810

Adams State University is renovating Richardson Hall.  Built in 1925 this building will receive many vital upgrades as well as some return to its original historic components.  It houses the San Luis Valley’s largest auditorium- often connecting the campus with the community it supports, the nursing and extended studies programs, the Luther Bean Museum, and administrative offices.  Estimated completion date: August 2015.

ONLY ARTISTS RESIDING IN COUNTIES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROJECT: Alamosa, Rio Grande, Costilla, Saguache, Conejos and Mineral Counties.



Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction - $85,313

This project encompasses two components in providing much needed classroom/lab and office space at Colorado Mesa University. The first component is a new 56,000 square-foot Academic Classroom Building providing:

  • Critically needed state-of-the-art smart classroom instructional space
  • Consolidated facilities for the Language, Literature & Mass
  • Communications Departments and associated faculty office spaces
  • A stronger relationship between the Mass Communications curriculum and the local PBS station by relocating the PBS TV studios and support space back onto the Main Campus.

The second component of this project, which will be further defined in a separate program plan, encompasses the renovation of the existing 34,347sf Fine Arts Building to accommodate adequate space for the growing programs within Fine Arts, and will rectify mechanical ventilation, vibration, and acoustical deficiencies within the building.




CCI is committed to ensuring the broadest possible impact of its limited resources. 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 Art Selection Committees reserves the right to give preference to those artists residing in Colorado.

CCI is accepting all media, styles and types of artwork into the registry in the following artwork type categories:

  • Freestanding sculpture
  • Wall sculpture
  • 2-d Outdoor
  • 2-d Indoor
  • Floor treatment, indoor or outdoor
  • Video
  • Sound
  • Functional



DEADLINE EXTENDED: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time

All applications for this registry are being accepted through CaFÉ™ ( ). No hard copy submissions will be accepted. The applicant will be asked to submit six digital images of art and/or videos (see below for more information), a resume, a statement of interest and responses to questions. There is  no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. Applications must be submitted through CaFÉ™ to be considered.

Digital Images: In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit six digital images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Artists who wish to submit kinetic or other media works may submit up to six video pieces in addition to the six still images with their CaFÉ™ application. Digital images are required even if videos are also submitted.

Instructions on how to use CaFÉ™ and format images/video can be found at Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303-629-1166, 1-888-562-7232 or e-mail

Resumé: Submit a current résumé, via CaFÉ™, that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist. Your resume may be any length, but the committee members are only required to read to the first two pages. If applying as a team, please submit a resume for each artist, with the lead artist first.

Statement of Interest: Provide a statement of interest in 250 words or less that may include your approach to public art projects including working with committees, your design process, your overall interest in working in the public art field and/or your experience working on public art projects. 

Application Questions: Questions posted on CaFÉ™ related to this project must be answered.


If you require more information or clarification, please contact Deana Miller, Public Art Manager, Colorado Creative Industries at 303-844-3707 or