Wheat Ridge calls for public art entries

City to commission works of art to enhance Improve Wadsworth

Staff Report
Posted 3/18/22

The City of Wheat Ridge and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission are looking for artists or teams to create site-specific work that will help make the Wadsworth Improvement Project a richer experience for all who pass through.

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Wheat Ridge calls for public art entries

City to commission works of art to enhance Improve Wadsworth

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The City of Wheat Ridge and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission are looking for artists or teams to create site-specific work that will help make the Wadsworth Improvement Project a richer experience for all who pass through.

A total of $475,000 is available for art that will be installed in multiple locations along the Wadsworth corridor from I-70 to 35th Avenue in Wheat Ridge.

Entries from qualified artists throughout the U.S. will be accepted, but preference will be given to artists who reside in Colorado or neighboring states. The deadline for entries is April 1, 2022. All entries must be submitted online at callforentry.org. Artists or artist teams must have the skills and experience commensurate with the responsibility of successfully completing a public art installation. The artwork should be complementary to the streetscape designs and make connections to the site and community. 

As part of the entry process, artists will be required to submit up to 8 digital images of previously completed artworks, a resumé detailing professional accomplishments and a statement of interest outlining the artist’s interest in this specific project.

Artists also will have to respond to questions about their experience and which location (in the project) they are submitting for.

A passage on the call for entries information page states that as a community attentive to its cultural life, the City of Wheat Ridge recognizes the importance of art. 

“Public art enhances the quality of life in Wheat Ridge and benefits its citizens and the community at-large,” according to the statement. “The City established the groundwork for an expanded public art program in 2002. This program has enabled the city to implement the acquisition of artwork for interior and exterior locations accessible to the public.”  

Public art acquisition and selection is coordinated through the city’s Cultural Commission.

Questions about the process can be directed to Public Art Consultant, Kendall Peterson at Kendall@theresquareddenver.com.

About Improve Wadsworth

In 2016, Wheat Ridge voters supported the improvement of Wadsworth Boulevard to relieve traffic congestion, improve business access, and provide better options for pedestrians and cyclists. Last improved in 1950, this project includes modernizing and improving Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to I-70 with efficient and safe intersection designs at 38th and 44th Avenues, safer entrances and exits for vehicles accessing businesses, and a continuous sidewalk on the west and a bike/pedestrian path on the east side of Wadsworth from 35th Avenue to the Clear Creek Trail. With a total cost of approximately $60 million, this project will transform Wadsworth into a multimodal roadway that enhances traffic operations, improves access, and supports the vision of a livable, walkable mixed-use corridor.

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