Call Detail
Art on the Street 2023 Call for Outdoor Sculptures
Entry Deadline: 10/25/22
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado

Exhibit your sculpture outdoors in Old Town Lafayette, Colorado for one year.  Artists who participate in Lafayette's Art on the Street (AOTS) sculpture on loan program tell us we are one of the best programs they've experienced. Lafayette has refined its community engagement and ability to promote the AOTS program and participating artists.  We feature each sculpture on its own web page and brochures are printed in English and Spanish.  If your sculpture is selected by the Public Art Committee the honorarium is $1,200 for a one year installation.  
Three additional prizes are awarded each year: the $1000 Jean Mellblom Award for Artistic Excellence; the $500 People's Choice Award; and the $500 Most Inspiring! Award.  As we enter our 15th year, we have 20 Art on the Street sculpture locations to fill. 
On average, 1-2 sculptures have been purchased from the AOTS program each year. 

To Enter:

  • Only one sculpture per application.
  • Submit up to 6 photos of one sculpture, on the same application.
  • A photo with a size/scale reference is highly encouraged.
  • Artists may submit multiple applications.

The Lafayette Public Art Committee is committed to community representation through the support of diverse public art in the Art on the Street Program. We seek diversity in materials, subject matter, the artists, and the stories they are telling. The Public Art Committee will consider all submissions based on the artistic merit of the work, diversity, inclusion, and social equity. 

Answering the application questions thoroughly will help the Public Art Committee make decisions that support these goals as they select the artworks for inclusion in the Art on the Street exhibit. 

In addition to Art on the Street, Lafayette has over 50 pieces in our Permanent Collection, a community based Alley Art Amazin’ program with around 100 murals painted in our alleyways and neighborhoods, and several excellent gallery spaces.  Lafayette has built a solid reputation as an exciting arts destination and earned statewide recognition when we won the Governor’s Award for the Arts.  

Installations are scheduled the second full week of April 2023.  Rain/snow alternate installation dates will be the following week. Under your supervision, and with your assistance, our Public Works crew will carefully and securely install your artwork to our steel pedestals or concrete pads with steel inserts. Our staff and crew will work with you to choose the best orientation for public viewing. We have welding equipment, power drills, lifts, as many tools and resources needed for a quality installation.

Our website will feature a page for each sculpture in the Art on the Street Collection.  This will feature a photo of the sculpture, a photo of the artist, information about purchase, and your statement.  You may view past years’ AOTS collections at: .

In addition to online marketing, we  hold a community engagement art contest each year called See and Respond! that highlights the Art on the Street sculptures.  
The See & Respond! Call for Entries encourages people to come SEE the sculptures and RESPOND! in poetry, 2D art, and photography. The entries are displayed at our culminating event, the Art on the Street, See & Respond! Meet the Artists Reception held each year at the Lafayette Public Library in October. This is our official artists’ reception for Art on the Street as well as the See & Respond! exhibit opening, and awards & recognition ceremony. 


  • Entries are due October 25, 2022
  • Public Art Committee will make its selections in November 2022
  • Artists will be notified by December 2022
  • Installation April 2023
  • Reception October 21, 2023 (tentative)
  • Uninstall April 2024

Meet all guidelines as described.