Call Detail
2023-2024 Vicky Bunsen Sculpture Garden - Sculpture on Loan Program
Entry Deadline: 5/30/23
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 6
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
Jury Dates: 6/1/23 - 6/11/23
Budget: 750

In its seventh year, the City of Westminster's Sculpture on Loan Program provides an opportunity for the community to learn about and enjoy art displayed in the Vicky Bunsen Sculpture Garden Park, an outdoor art venue in Historic Westminster.  The Sculpture on Loan Program provides an opportunity for artists to prominently display their artwork in an historic and unique area of the City for the public to enjoy.  

To further the community's goals related to art and culture, the City of Westminster has made significant investments in the area of the Vicky Bunsen Sculpture Garden including recent park improvements and the designation of the area as a Historic Art District.   The City markets the area through the delivery of many events designed to attract both local and regional attention.  These events include a Summer Block Party, Neighbor Nights, World Music Showcase, Shakespeare in the Park, three local community artisan festivals, summer history tours, and monthly art walks. 

Artists wishing to have their sculpture(s) installed and displayed in the Vicky Bunsen Sculpture Garden should review the following requirements and submit an application along with the requested supplemental materials. Up to eleven sculptures will be selected for display during the 2023-2024 Sculpture on Loan Program.  Artists may submit more than one application.

Applications for the Sculpture on Loan Program will be reviewed by the City's Cultural Affairs staff and other City staff members with respect to materials, overall presentation, aesthetic quality of the artwork, craftsmanship, appropriateness of the artwork, maintenance requirements, and financial considerations.  Additional review and input will be provided by the community at the Summer Block Party and through online engagement methods.

Application Requirements

Only entries received online through CaFE’ ( will be considered.  

Each application should only contain images of a single piece of artwork.  The minimum number of images is 3; the maximum number of images is 6.  At a minimum photographs must show the front and back viewpoints of the artwork. 

Entry Fees:
The City of Westminster is not charging entries for this Call for Entries.

Your email address will be our primary contact. 

Only works selected by the jury will be displayed.

Artwork Requirements:
Sculptures should be garden size or larger with a minimum of 3 feet in one dimension.  The artwork must be designed and fabricated for long-term outdoor durability and ease of maintenance, including strong winds.  Acceptable materials include metal, stone, or similarly durable material; wood will not be accepted; powder coated surfaces will not be accepted. Sculptures taller than 11 feet will need a certified engineer stamp of approval to be considered for installation in a public area. Artwork must be able to be welded or bolted to a metal display base, bolted to a concrete pad, or bolted to a sidewalk.   

Required Information - Artist:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Bio and References.  Other information relevant to the application such as published reviews of artist’s work may also be provided.
  • Artist Website
  • Artist Gallery Name and Address (if applicable)
  • Gallery Website (if applicable)

Required Information - Artwork:

  • Sculpture Title
  • Description - must include height, weight, length, width, and medium.
  • Description of the current condition of the artwork noting any existing breaks, tears, scratches, abrasions, paint losses, or other insecurities or defects in the artwork.
  • Value of the Artwork (maximum $75,000)
  • Appraisal Certificate and Proof of Authenticity
  • A short description of the inspiration behind the artwork.  This information will be used during the Exhibition Period.
  • Period/Date Created
  • Edition Size and Number
  • Finishes Applied to Surface
  • Construction Techniques and Materials
  • Description of the base or pedestal and the method of attachment for sculpture.
  • Description of any accompanying accessories.
  • Name of Current Copyright Owner
  • If the artist is the current copyright owner, does the artist intend to transfer the copyright should the artwork be sold?

Display Requirements:
The selected Artwork shall be on display for the duration of the 2023-2024 Sculpture in the Park program period which is late July/early August 2023 through late July/early August 2024.  If the Artwork is removed (through sale or other reasons), a sculpture of equal or greater value, created by the Artist and approved by Cultural Affairs staff, shall be installed within 7 days of the original sculpture being removed. The Artist will be required to complete a signed Agreement and secure appropriate documentation and insurance for the replacement Artwork.

All Artworks must be available for purchase. Sales will be encouraged to further the efforts of the artists and to stimulate acquisition of original art by patrons and the public.  The City of Westminster will collect a 10% commission on all sales. 

Budget and Payment:
The artists selected will receive a stipend of $750 after acceptance and installation of the Artwork.  

Opening Reception:
The World Music Showcase will serve as the opening reception for the 2023-2024 Sculpture on Loan program. 

The displayed works will be regionally promoted through the use of print and digital platforms.  The artist understands and agrees that these marketing methods shall be used for the period that the Artwork is on display.  The displayed Artwork will also be promoted through events in Historic Westminster.

Calendar of Important Dates:
April 28 - Call for Entries Opens
May 30 - Call for Entries Closes
June 2 - Summer Block Party - Community Input on Selection of Artwork
June 12 - Notification of Selection
June 13 - August 15 - Contracts and Installation
August 15 - Installation Deadline
September 23 - Opening Reception - World Music Showcase
Late July/Early August 2023 through late July July 2024 - Marketing and Promotion
Mid July 2023 - early August 2023 - Deinstallation of Artwork

Eligibility Criteria

Open to all artists regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or physical or mental ability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.  Work must be original art.  The jury reserves the right to disqualify any work which they consider to be in poor taste or inappropriate.