Art in Public Places

Art in Public Places commissions artwork for people to enjoy in publicly accessible areas inside and outside of state buildings. Colorado law requires 1% of the State’s capital construction funds for new or renovated state buildings to pay for works of art. These art acquisitions form the state art collection. 

Art in Public Places works show diversity in style, imagery, materials, and techniques. Art in Public Places’ goal is to merge the art experience into public spaces.

We support public art because it:

  • provides access to art for all people
  • activates public and underused spaces in interesting ways through creative placemaking
  • grows civic pride and connection to the community
  • supports artists, including local artists
  • adds human-scale to larger spaces
  • invites experiences and interactivity for people walking
  • illustrates or reflects a story or history of the space
  • improves wayfinding

State of Colorado Public Art Collection Database      


Type: Call for entry

For: Creatives and artists

Amount: Varies by project

Application deadline: Varies by project

OEDIT division: Colorado Creative Industries

Qualifications are requested from artists interested in creating public artworks for the Hellems Arts and Sciences Building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Total funding available is up to $255,000. Deadline for submission is September 26, 2023. The full RFQ can be viewed here and applications can be submitted here.

There are over 40 public art programs throughout Colorado. Many municipalities require public art to be included with any major capital construction project. Many communities have both an ordinance and a rotating collection of sculptures-on-loan in downtown areas and city parks.

Call for Entry (CaFÉ)
Artists can find public art projects, fellowships, juried visual arts competitions, and other opportunities. Organizations can build a call for artists, manage applications, and jury submissions.

Forecast Public Art
This site offers information and examples of all aspects of public art, from contemporary ideas and resources to a step-by-step guide through the entire process of creating public art.

Public Art and Placemaking Toolkit for Rural Communities
This toolkit has resources for best practices, planning, community engagement, funding, launching, installing, and amplifying your art and placemaking activities.

Americans for the Arts: Public Art Network
The network supports a variety of individuals and organizations in the field of public art with strategies and tools to improve communities.

If you have an opportunity for Colorado artists please use the form below. We will review the opportunity and promote it on social media and our monthly newsletter at our discretion. 

Program Impact

Over 40

years in operation

Over 600

purchased or commissioned artworks

Over $12 million

to support artists

Over 300

artists participated

Program Manager

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