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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Colorado
Event Dates: 0/0/00 - 0/0/00
Entry Deadline: 4/21/21
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 5

Clear Creek Crossing Art Project
Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Qualifications are requested from Colorado-based artists and/or artist teams interested in creating site-specific public artworks(s) for the new development, Clear Creek Crossing, located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL: Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 11:59p.m. MST

The City of Wheat Ridge and the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission seek to commission public art for the new Clear Creek Crossing Development in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.

Clear Creek Crossing is a 110-acre mixed use development currently under construction at the intersection of I-70 and Hwy 58 at Clear Creek Dr in Wheat Ridge, where the western suburbs of Golden, Arvada and Lakewood connect.

A public-private partnership with its foundation built on improving local transportation infrastructure, the first phase added I-70 westbound ramps at Clear Creek Dr, just north of 32nd Ave. Improved access will lead the way for this exciting new mixed-use development including public spaces as well as trail networks, all connecting the Clear Creek Regional Trail to nearby neighborhoods.

More details about the development can be found at

Construction has begun, and The City of Wheat Ridge is anxiously awaiting further development in the area. Key features of the site:

       Anchored by a future 26-acre SCL Health campus, Clear Creek Crossing is bringing new restaurants, shopping, apartments, hotels, recreation and interesting public spaces to the City of Wheat Ridge and the Applewood neighborhood.

       The development is a public-private partnership with Evergreen Development. The first phase (now complete) added I-70 westbound ramps at Clear Creek Dr, just north of 32nd Ave.

       Other confirmed future tenants include:

       a SCL/Lutheran Health 26-acre hospital campus;

       the Outlook Clear Creek, a 310-unit luxury apartment community (nearing completion);

       Harvest Village, a multi-tenant retail and restaurant destination;

       Foothills Credit Union, including multi-tenant office; and

       Kum & Go fuel and convenience store, including Fast Fresh quick serve dining. 

The seven-person Art Selection Committee for Clear Creek Crossing is recommending the creation of a site-specific artwork (or multiple works of art) for this new development. Artwork should be prominently sited within the development area and consistent with all of the design guidelines that have been established for the development. Please link here at to read more about the design guidelines. For this project, all projects will be reviewed and recommended by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC) for the development. Following ACC approval, it will then be considered by the Cultural Commission and the City Council.

The Clear Creek Crossing site is under construction, and it might be difficult to picture the future of the development at this time. However, there are several sites for artists to consider (see attached map with locations). First, there are areas that will be visible from the I-70 Highway along the development property, as well as a possibility of artwork to serve as “welcome areas” as you pass under I-70 into the development. Then, there is an area for a more community-focused work for the “village center” or a trailhead area close to Clear Creek where local and regional pedestrian and bike trails make connections. All of these locations are for consideration when semi-finalists are selected to make proposals for the site.  

Regardless of site, the artwork should be a constructed with an eye to future maintenance in an area where temperatures fluctuate greatly during each day and sunshine can cause UV damage to materials. Artwork should take into account the “Modern Agrarian” narrative of the development, the history of the location, the agricultural heritage of this area and the natural landscapes near Clear Creek. The artwork should be complementary to the natural environment and make connections to the site and community.

The established art budget for the artwork for Clear Creek Crossing is $185,000 USD.

The budget for each site shall be inclusive of all costs associated with the public art project including, but not limited to: artist design fee, structural engineering, insurance, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, site modifications, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses and any other costs related to the project.

All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term preservation and maintenance of public art, along with the timeline and budget. Public art projects are in the public realm and will therefore be exposed to extreme weather, temperature fluctuation and subject to vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low maintenance materials. Semi­finalists will be encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal.

All applicants must be legal residents of the United States and reside full-time in Colorado. The artists or artist teams must have the skills and experience commensurate with the responsibility of successfully completing a public art installation.  The City and Cultural Commission will comply with all federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws in the administration and implementation of the public art master plan.

The Art Selection Committee will review only completed applications. A short list of semi­finalists will be invited to prepare and present a design proposal. A finalist may be selected from the semi­finalists’ proposals and recommended to the Architectural Control Committee, then the Cultural Commission for approval. Upon the Cultural Council’s approval, the finalist proposal may be presented to City Commission for final approval.

Semi-finalists will be paid an honorarium of $750 for the design and presentation of the proposal. Because of current pandemic restrictions, proposals will be delivered virtually via a online interview/presentation meeting.

The tentative schedule is as follows:

March 23, 2021

Call for Entry Open

April 21, 2021

Deadline for Applications

Week of April 26, 2021

Committee Review Applications / Semi-Finalists selected

May 2021

Semi-Finalists Proposals

May/June 2021

Present recommendations to ACC and Cultural Comm for approval

June/July 2021

Present recommendations to City Council for approval

July 2021

Execute artist contracts



SITE VISIT: An optional site visit is available for all artists interested in proposing for this opportunity on Friday, April 9th 2021 at 12:00 noon. Please email for more information and meeting location. Once the semifinalists are selected, another site visit will be offered for the group of selected artists.

All applications for this project must be submitted through CaFÉ™ ( no later than the deadline for submission identified above. No hard copy or e-mail submissions will be accepted. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.

The applicant must submit the following:
1.     Digital Images. Five digital images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Artists who wish to submit kinetic may submit video content with their CaFÉ™ application. Digital images are required even if videos are also submitted.

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

2.     Résumé: A current résumé that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist. Your resume may be any length, but the committee members are only required to read to the first two pages.  If applying as a team, please submit a resume for each artist, with the lead artist first.

3.     Statement of Interest: A statement of interest of 250 words or less briefly outlining the artist’s interest in this specific opportunity at Clear Creek Crossing and the artist’s experience working on projects of this scope.

4.     Responses to questions: Please also include answers to the following questions in the CaFÉ™ application.

·       Residence: In which state do you reside full-time?

·       Experience: Have you completed at least one public art commission for a municipality or state agency?

·       Approach Describe how you will approach the design of the artwork and the steps involved in the process. 

The City of Wheat Ridge is a limited service city meaning that water, fire, sanitation, trash, and utilities are not provided by the City.  Wheat Ridge is a home-rule City, operating under a Council-Manager form of government. In this form of government, the Council is the governing body of the City elected by the public, and the manager is hired by Council to carry out the policies it establishes. The Council consists of eight members, two from each Council District, and an at-large, elected Mayor. The Council provides legislative direction while the Manager is responsible for preparing the budget, directing day-to-day operations, and personnel management. The Mayor and Council, as a collegial body, are responsible for setting policy and approving the budget. The Manager serves as the Council’s chief advisor, and serves at the pleasure of the Council.  

Wheat Ridge embodies the deep roots of a City with a rich history and a strong sense of community. Its central location provides shorts commutes to major interstate highways, the majestic Rocky Mountains, and the amenities of the large metropolitan City of Denver, Colorado.  With easy access from I-70, you can be skiing, hiking or participating in a wide range of internationally-acclaimed mountain sports in less than an hour.

Wheat Ridge “roots” were first established during the Gold Rush of 1859, when the City served as a rest stop for miners headed to mountain gold camps. It was later named Wheat Ridge for the golden ridges of wheat noted by travelers passing along the Overland Trail. As unsuccessful miners returned to the area and began farming the rich, fertile soil, the community began its growth. Wheat fields were converted to fruit orchards and vegetable fields, attracting buyers from all across the Denver area. Eventually the fruit and vegetable farming gave way to greenhouses and the largest production of carnations in the world, earning Wheat Ridge the designation of “Carnation City.”

As a community attentive to its cultural life, the City of Wheat Ridge recognizes the importance of art. Public art enhances the quality of life in Wheat Ridge and benefits its citizens and the community at-large. The City established the groundwork for an expanded public art program in 2002. This program has enabled the City to implement the acquisition of artwork for interior and exterior locations accessible to the public.  Public art acquisition and selection is coordinated through the Cultural Commission.

The Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission reserve the right to reject any or all applications, proposals, applicants, and projects, to waive any informalities or irregularities, and to modify or terminate the application process or the selection process for any reason and without prior notice. The issuance of this Request for Qualifications and the receipt and evaluation of applications do not obligate Wheat Ridge to select any proposal or applicant or enter into any agreement.  The City will not pay any costs incurred in responding to this Request for Qualifications except as expressly stated. 

Applicants are cautioned not to undertake any activities or actions to promote or advertise their submittal, other than discussions with City staff as described.  Proposers are not permitted to make any direct or indirect contact with members of the Art Selection Committee, the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, the City Council, or media on the subject of this Request for Qualifications, except in the course of City-sponsored presentations or to submit questions.  Violation of these rules is grounds for disqualification.

Questions regarding this Request for Qualifications must be submitted by e-mail only to Kendall Peterson, Public Art Consultant no later than April 20, 2021 5:00 p.m. MST, at Responses to all questions will be posted on the City’s website and CaFETM. 




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