Call Detail
2021 Alamosa Artscape
Entry Deadline: 3/6/21
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 3
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 4
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 4
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Colorado

The City of Alamosa is accepting entries for the fifth annual “Alamosa ARTscape” Art on Loan Program. This public art program is open to all professional and amateur artists. Artists may submit up to three works. Judging will take place in March 2021 and 15 pieces will be selected based on their originality and suitability for outdoor display. Submissions must be more than two feet in height and valued at no more than $25,000. Applications are due by March 6, 2021.

The 2021 unveiling will be the fifth year Alamosa will conduct the “Alamosa ARTscape” public art display.  Public art instills meaning; a greater sense of identity and understanding of where we live, work, and visit – creating memorable experiences for all.  Alamosa seeks to display 15 pieces of artwork throughout the downtown in the fourth year of the program. Artwork will remain on display for a one year period. Throughout the display period, community members will be asked to vote for a “People’s Choice Award.” A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the Artist whose work is selected.

Terms and Conditions

·    The artist will deliver the artwork to the installation site on September 17, 2021.

·    The artwork will be loaned to the City of Alamosa for a one year period.

·    If the artwork is sold as a result of being on display, the City of Alamosa will process the sale and keep 20% of the sale price as a commission.

·    The artwork must be secured and tamper proof on a steel plate to be securely welded on a 24” round pedestal unless noted otherwise as in the case of life-sized sculptures.

·    The City of Alamosa will be responsible for the installation of the artwork with the assistance of the artist at a location selected by the City.

·    The artwork must require little to no maintenance.

·    The City of Alamosa will insure the artwork during the display period against vandalism,  theft, or damage to the artwork caused by motor vehicles. The City will not be liable for any degradation to the artwork caused by normal wear and tear or weathering.

·    The City of Alamosa will work to promote and advertise the Artwork throughout the display period.  Promoting will begin the weekend of the installation with an event where artists can meet one another and the public is invited.

·    The Artist will be paid a $750 honorarium upon on time delivery by the City of Alamosa, and two nights lodging in a local hotel on the night prior to installation and night of installation and reception.

·    If the artwork is not installed by September 17, 2021, the artist(s) will forfeit the $750 honorarium.

·       {C}Installation will be part of a broad Almosa ARTs Festival on September 17-18 in downtown Alamosa. Installation Friday will be followed by a public-invited artist’s reception at Society Hall on Friday evening, and chalking and other events with partners Society Hall and the Alamosa Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

Important Dates:
March 6, 2021 - Application Due
After April 5, 2021 - Selection Notification
September 17, 2021 – Installation

September 17-18 2021 – Alamosa ARTs Festival 

About Alamosa

Alamosa is the central trade community of the San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado – a region made up of six rural counties covering 8,193 square miles and bordered by two mountain ranges, the Sangre de Cristo on the east and the San Juan on the west. The population of the City of Alamosa (2014) is approximately 9,115 people and Alamosa County‘s population is 15,870 (2014). We are located approximately four hours southwest of Denver and two hours northwest of Santa Fe/Taos. The Valley, the largest alpine desert in North America, sits at an elevation of 7,800 feet. In the 1850s, Hispanic families from New Mexico were the first to establish permanent settlements in the Valley and the area is home to third and fourth generation Spanish settlement families. Alamosa is a close-knit rural community built on agriculture, health-care, and education economic sectors. A "strong sense of community" is consistently cited as the top reason why residents like living in Alamosa.

About the ArtScape Program


People’s Choice Award $1,000 – Reflections of Inner Self II by Kasia Polkowska

Sculpture purchased from the ARTscape exhibit so far: El Pastor by Huberto Maestas; Old Goat and Longhorn by Amyas Maestas; and Trouvaille by Kasia Polkowska—purchased by the City of Alamosa, and Running Girl by Harold Linke; Sandhill Cranes by Ken Cable—purchased by Konnie & Damon Martin; 


People’s Choice Award $1,000 – Artbitrium by Kasia Polkowska

Sisters by Hueberto Maestas -purchased by the City of Alamosa; The Rusted Spire by Christopher Knight -purchsed by the City of Alamosa; Tower Beacon by Sam Bridgham-purchased by the City of Alamosa

Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria