Call Detail
Art on the Street 2020
Entry Deadline: 11/4/19
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 3
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado

Exhibit your sculpture in Old Town Lafayette, Colorado.  Artists who participate in Lafayette's Art on the Street 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 its participating artists.  We feature each sculpture on its own web page and brochures are printed in English and Spanish.  If your sculpture is selected our honorarium is $1,000 for a one year installation.  Three additional prizes also are awarded, the $1000 Jean Mellblom Award for Artistic Excellence, the $500 People's Choice Award, and the $500 Most Inspiring! Award.  As we enter our 12th year, we have 19 Art on the Street sculpture locations to fill. 

To Enter:

  • Only one sculpture per application.
  • Submit up to 3 photos of one sculpture, on the same application.
  • A photo with a yardstick or another size reference is highly encouraged.
  • Artists may submit multiple applications.

In addition to the Art on the Street Program, Lafayette has over 40 permanent pieces, an Alley Art Amazin’ program with over 80 murals painted in our alleyways and neighborhoods, and several excellent gallery spaces.  Lafayette has built a great reputation as a fun arts destination and earned statewide recognition when we won the Governor’s Award for the Arts.  On average, 1-2 sculptures have been purchased from the AOTS program each year.  

Installations are scheduled the first full week of April 7, 8, 9, 2020.  Rain/snow alternate installation dates will be April 14 - 16, 2020.  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, drills, lifts, and as many resources as 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 artist’s statement.   Our mobile app, Activate Lafayette!, will allow users to access all of the Art on the Street sculpture locations and information. You can view past years’ AOTS collections at: .

In addition to online marketing, we also hold a community engagement art contest each year called See and Respond! that highlights the Art on the Street sculptures.  The See & Respond! Program encourages people to come SEE our AOTS collection and RESPOND! in poetry, 2-D art, and photography.   Last year we received over 30 responses to the AOTS sculptures.  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 the fall. 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 November 4, 2019
  • Jury will make its selections in November 2019
  • Artists will be notified December 2019
  • Installation April 7 – 9, 2020
  • Reception October 17, 2020 (tentative)

Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria