Denver Public Art opens RFQ for new Red Rocks project, open to Colorado artists only

Deadline: Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11:59pm

Budget: $65,000 USD

Areas along Trading Post Road that are possible sites for permanent or semi-permanent public art

Denver's Public Art Program, managed by Denver Arts & Venues, and the Red Rocks Art Selection Panel released a request for qualifications (RFQ) Thursday for a Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre art project.

Applications will be accepted at through April 27, 11:59 p.m. The budget for this project is $65,000, and is open to Colorado artists and artist teams only.

The vision is to incorporate permanent or semi-permanent artwork into transitional areas of the park, integrating natural and man-made areas at Red Rocks, and enhancing the visitor experience.

The selection panel seeks one-of-a-kind artwork(s) appropriate for Red Rocks, and for the diverse community that utilizes it for recreational and concert-going activities. The artwork should respect the natural scenery, and speak to the history and geology of the site. The artwork(s) should also provide a sense of excitement and discovery. The artwork(s) can be interactive or kinetic. The selection panel is looking for artists who can demonstrate experience with integrating artwork into the built environment, either in a permanent or semi-permanent way.

The selection panel is open to artwork in all medias and materials. Once selected as a finalist for the project, artists and/or artist teams will have the opportunity to select one or more sites for public art with final approval by Red Rocks staff and the Red Rocks Art Selection Panel.

For more information on the RFQ, please visit


About Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre

Red Rocks is a geologically formed, open-air amphitheater unlike any other place in the world. The majestic setting of the amphitheater, along with the panoramic view of Denver, makes for a breathtaking scene at 6,450 feet above sea level. With Mother Nature as the architect, the design of the amphitheater consists of two 300-hundred-foot monoliths, Ship Rock and Creation Rock. The dramatic sandstone monoliths have served as a history book of animal and plant life in the area for the past 250 million years.

About Denver Arts & Venues

Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S. You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, inclusiveness and equity in all our programs, initiatives and decision making processes.


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