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Breckenridge, CO Call for Artists

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 7/31/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20
Request for Qualifications and Preliminary Proposals

Breckenridge Grand Vacations, in partnership with Breckenridge Creative Arts, is issuing a Request for Qualifications and Proposals (hereinafter “RFQ&P”) from individual artists or artist teams to design and implement a monumental figurative sculpture in a site-specific, outdoor location at the base of Peak 8 of the Ten Mile Range in Breckenridge, Colorado. The subject of this commissioned work will be an artistic interpretation of Ullr, the Norse god of snow. This is a high visibility, high traffic opportunity with millions of guests utilizing the area on an annual basis. The location is one of the most notable and prominent public spaces within the Breckenridge community.

$250,000, inclusive of all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to: research, professional consultations, formal reports from Colorado-licensed structural and electrical engineers (required), a long-term care and maintenance report from a licensed professional conservator (required), materials, fabrication, transportation, travel, insurance, installation, photography and documentation of the artwork and crediting plaque.

July 31, 2018

This commission is open to professional artists 18 years of age and over, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams may apply, and must designate one artist as the lead contact. All artists must have a minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated professional visual art experience (not student work) and must have examples of previous experience with large- scale outdoor sculpture or sculptural installation projects. Examples of work submitted must be of original, recently completed artwork. The application, including all examples of work and supporting documents are considered the artist’s official “submission”. If any information submitted by the artist or artist's representative, including all supporting documents, is found fraudulent the submission will be disqualified.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations, in partnership with Breckenridge Creative Arts, is issuing an RFQ&P from individual artists or artist teams to design and implement a monumental figurative sculpture in a site-specific, outdoor location at the base of Peak 8 of the Ten Mile Range in Breckenridge, Colorado. The selection committee is seeking an artistic interpretation relating to Ullr, the Norse god of snow. Artwork should reflect the subject in a representational or figurative form, interpreted in a contemporary and dynamic way. Because of its prominent and spectacular location, which is surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the work should explore the subject’s relationship with nature and be integrated with the environment and local landscape. 

In Norse mythology, Ullr is the Winter God of the Hunt, Skill, Duel, Snowshoes, the Bow, and the Shield. Ullr enjoyed the cold weather and loved traveling throughout the land, gliding along on his skis or snowshoes. He was, in fact, unbeatable on skis, never losing a race. Some believe the Aurora Borealis is the snow flying off the tail of his skis. In Germanic mythology, Ullr is the main ski god of the 19th and 20th century. His character helped to establish a feeling of common identity among skiing pioneers in Norway and Central Europe, who prayed to him to ensure the earth would be covered with snow, protecting it from winter's harm. In the United States, ski towns throw parties and parades in his honor. The celebration of Ullr represents a significant tradition for Breckenridge and is a beloved part of the local culture and lore of Summit County, Colorado.

A wide variety of materials for this sculpture will be considered, including cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, and more. Design elements may include (but are not limited to) free-standing sculpture, interactive objects, integrated or accessory lighting, decorative pavers, aggregate, stained concrete or other ground design elements that will further accentuate the sculpture. Minimum desired height for the final sculpture is 15' or more from ground (inclusive of the installation base) and viewable from 360 degrees. All proposed work must be designed to withstand an outdoor, unmonitored, high traffic environment that will require minimal maintenance throughout the duration of its lifespan.

All applications must be submitted electronically through the online application portal at under the ‘Call to Artists’ tab. Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:
A. Resume
B. Artist statement
C. Letter of interest
D. List of three (3) professional references
E. Six (6) Images of original completed artwork

• Resume: Chronological resume demonstrating a minimum of five (5) years of professional art experience (exhibitions, sales, commissions etc.). If submitting as a team, a current resume should be submitted for each team member. A biography will not be accepted in place of a resume. (Total resume may be up to 5 pages. If your resume exceeds 5 pages, or does not contain your education history and experience with dates, your submission will not be considered)

• Artist’s Statement: A written description of the artist’s body of work to give the viewer understanding or insight. It should inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for your work. It can be descriptive, or reflective in nature. (1-page maximum) 3 • Letter of Interest: Brief statement summarizing the artist’s methods of working, interest in this project, and availability to participate in the design and implementation of the project. (1-page maximum)

• References: A list of at least three professional references that have an intimate knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods. Include complete addresses, email, and telephone numbers. References will be contacted for artists invited to develop a proposal for the commission. (1-page maximum)

• Images: Submit six (6) DIGITAL images of original completed artwork, not proposals, which demonstrate the artist’s qualifications for the project. You must include the value of the work/commission amount on each submission. Teams may submit a total of six (6) images with at least one image from every team member. Each slide must contain only one image/view of the work. Multiple images on one slide will not be considered, and will disqualify your submission. Slides, emailed, or hardcopy mailed submissions will NOT be accepted. All images must be submitted electronically through the online application portal at which will remain open until July 31, 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to reduce risk of technical difficulties. Incomplete, late, handdelivered, mailed or emailed submissions will NOT be accepted for any reason.

A selection committee includes representatives from BGV, a commercial entity commissioning the sculpture, and BCA, the nonprofit arts organization that oversees the Town of Breckenridge’s public art collection. The committee will review all eligible artist submissions.

Submissions will be evaluated by the following criteria:
• Artistic excellence and originality as evidenced by representations of past work images and other supporting materials
• Appropriateness of artist’s medium, style, and previous experience as they relate to the project goals and setting • Experience with projects of a similar scale and scope
• Ability to participate in the design and implementation of the project as required

Applications due July 31, 2018
Committee meeting August 2018
Notifications September 2018
Site visits October 2018
Proposal development November 2018–January 2019
Proposal presentation February 2019
Notice of selection March 2019
Contracting April 2019
Fabrication May 2019–April 2020
Installation May–August 2020

The anticipated date for notifications is September 2018. This is a call for submission of samples of previous work and qualifications only. If selected to develop a proposal, you will be contacted by BCA program staff with further details about the site, concept and scope. Finalists are required to attend two meetings, in person, at the site in Breckenridge, Colorado. The first will be a site visit to meet with the committee and to see the space. The second will be approximately 60 days later to present his/her proposal to the committee. The proposal must include the concept, materials, size, weight, installation requirements, details of maintenance, and budget. The proposal must also include a maquette and a digital rendering of the work in-situ, which shows the physical volume of the space and allows for multiple perspectives of the artwork within the space. All proposal documents, including the maquette and renderings, will become property of Breckenridge Grand Vacations and will be used for educational and/or promotional purposes of the program. Each finalist’s proposal and maquette may be exhibited for committee and community consideration. A proposal fee of $1,500 will be paid to finalists to offset expenses associated with development of proposals, maquettes and travel to present to the committee.

Breckenridge Grand Vacations is the parent company of the award-winning Grand Colorado on Peak 8, Grand Lodge on Peak 7, Grand Timber Lodge and Gold Point Resort. Since 1984, Breckenridge Grand Vacations has been providing vacation ownership opportunities for almost 25,000 families. With the motto, “Our Family commitment: Always Grand Vacations!” Breckenridge Grand Vacations defines their success by how much it positively impacts the lives of their owners, guests and employees. Visit for more information. Breckenridge Creative Arts (BCA)—or BreckCreate for short—was developed by the Town of Breckenridge to support and promote arts, culture and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge. This multidisciplinary nonprofit organization is responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, properties and partnerships that collectively animate and populate a cultural corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. From quality performing and visual arts to the development of one of the region’s newest arts districts, Breckenridge Creative Arts is a transformative force for Breckenridge and the greater Summit County community.

Please direct questions about this project to: Nicole Dial-Kay, BCA’s Director of Exhibitions + Special Projects at: or 970 547 3116 ext 2.
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