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Colorado Mesa University, Escalante Hall: Request for Images

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Colorado
Event Dates: 3/1/16 - 4/1/16
Entry Deadline: 4/1/16
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3

Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Colorado Creative Industries seeks to acquire public art through direct purchase of existing artwork – original artworks that have already been completed – for Colorado Mesa University’s (CMU) Escalante Hall. The amount of funding available for the purchase of artwork is $85,313.  CMU is looking to acquire more than one artwork. Artworks under, and up to, $25,000 will be considered. The deadline for this opportunity is Friday, April 1. 

Founded in 1925, Colorado Mesa University is a comprehensive regional public higher education institution offering liberal arts, professional, and technical programs at the master's, bachelor's, associate and certificate levels.
nColorado Mesa University takes great pride in providing educational opportunities and tools that help students succeed in today's complex and interconnected world. CMU’s focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands. Today, enrollment exceeds 10,660 students. The university offers more than 70 undergraduate programs of study along with graduate programs in business administration, education and nursing. Campus expansion to accommodate an ever-growing student body has resulted in state-of-the-art learning facilities on 86 acres in the heart of Grand Junction. CMU’s main campus encompasses 86 acres in the heart of Grand Junction, Colorado. Nestled between mountains and high-desert canyons, the area is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the country and enjoys 300 days of sunshine a year.
nEscalante Hall is new building on campus that was completed in 2014. The building is a three-story, 76,000-square-foot building , housing CMU's Department of Languages, Literature and Mass Communication. The building features four computer labs, one open lab, several lecture-style classrooms, numerous small seminar rooms, two TV studios and offices for faculty and staff.

BUDGET: $ 85,313 total, individual artworks up to $25,000

Colorado Mesa University is looking to acquire multiple artworks from multiple artists for Escalante Hall. Due to the building’s design and limited floor space, 2D works are the main format of artwork that will be considered. Works may be sculptural in nature, as long as they are wall-mounted and do not protrude more than 4”.  The Selection Committee will consider artworks of all media, including but not limited to, paintings, photography, mixed media, and fabric. There are a few different wall sizes available to hang artwork in the building, so artworks of various sizes will be considered. The building has a large main stairwell that could accommodate a large artwork between the first and second floors and between the second and third floors. These large walls can accommodate an artwork up to 18’ x 18’, and could also accommodate smaller pieces or installations (diptychs, triptychs, etc) up to this size.

There are also smaller wall spaces available for artworks in various student lounges, hallways, and conference rooms in the buildings. These wall spaces can hold artworks in sizes ranging from 5’x5’ to 5’x 15’. There are other walls in the lobby that can accommodate artworks up to 6’ x 25’. Smaller works will also be considered for these walls.

There are also a few opportunities for 3D artworks and sculpture for the building. Exterior areas include the exterior entrance of the building and on the third floor balcony/student lounge space. Interior opportunities for sculpture are also available in various landing spaces in the building. If submitting a 3D artwork for one of these sites, please note that the listed price should include all relevant installation costs or necessary display elements.

The Selection Committee would like artists to consider building’s use as the home of the language, communication, and media departments when submitting available works. The Committee would also like submitting artists to note the contemporary design and nature of the building.

More images available of the site here.

Current faculty/staff, students, or Alumni of CMU are encouraged to apply.

The Art Selection Committee will consider the following:
  • Artist’s location – artist must be based in Colorado or Utah
  • Artistic excellence
  • Technical competence
  • Conceptual compatibility
  • Scale, material, form and content
  • Ease of maintenance, minimal and low cost maintenance
All works of art purchased pursuant to this request are owned by the State of Colorado via Colorado Mesa University. De-accession of the public art, if necessary, will follow the policies and procedures established by the Colorado Creative Industries.

All applicants must be residents of the state of Colorado or Utah. The Program is open to all artists regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap.

nThe Art Selection Committee will review all complete submittals of artworks in consideration for acquisition of the building.  The schedule is as follows:

April 1, 2016, 11:59 pm MST - Deadline for receipt of artworks submittal via CaFÉ™ system
April 2016 – Selection panel meets to select artworks for purchase
April/May 2016- Notification of purchase selections
May 2016 – Delivery of artworks to location

All applications for this project are being accepted through CaFÉ™ ( ). No hard copy submissions will be accepted. The applicant will be asked to submit digital images of available artwork (see below for more information), a resume, and a statement of interest. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.
Digital Images. In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit digital images of available artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Artists may submit 1-3 images of the same artwork, in order to show various details. Please include images that show the frame, if applicable. Artists may submit up to 3 available artworks for consideration. The maximum amount of images for all artworks submission allowed is 9. Each artwork submitted will need to be submitted as its own application.

Instructions on how to use CaFÉ™ and format images/video can be found at Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303­629­1166, 1­888­562­7232 or e­mail

Resume: Submit a current résumé that outlines professional accomplishments as an artist.

Statement of Interest: A statement of interest in 250 words or less must be submitted via CaFÉ™.  It should briefly outline the artist’s interest and/or information on the available artwork, if explanation is relevant.

For more information or clarification, please contact Ruth Bruno, Public Art Program Manager, Colorado Creative Industries at 303­-892-3813 or .

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