Public Art

City Accepting Public Art Proposals

The City of Steamboat Springs has ended the moratorium on accepting public art to be placed on publicly (City) owned property and is currently accepting proposals until August 14th, 2017.

Applicants must submit an application (PDF) and associated additional information including photographs, site plans, maintenance requirements, and budget, etc. via email to Winnie DelliQuadri, Assistant to the City Manager, or drop off at City Hall, 137 10th Street in Steamboat Springs. The City’s Public Art Policy (PDF) which provides guidance on this process, as well as the Public Art Donation Application (PDF) can be found on the City’s website.

Appropriate City departments will be consulted to evaluate the proposal and any potential issues, and a curatorial group will make recommendations to Parks and Recreation Commission and/or City Council for final approval.

The deadline to apply is August 14th, 2017. 

Purpose of Public Art Policies

It is in the interest of the Steamboat Springs community to publicly display works of art that will be appreciated by the community. The intent of this policy is to enable the community to enjoy a collection of works of art in public places, which is educational, attractive to residents and visitors, and of an overall aesthetic quality equal to the excellent international reputation Steamboat Springs enjoys as a community. This policy is intended to guide the City Manager in the administration of public art and to provide for the community’s general understanding of the City of Steamboat Springs’ policies with regard to public art.

Definition of Public Art

Public art is defined in its broadest sense as any original creation of visual art 1) that is acquired with public monies or a combination of public/private funding; 2) that is donated or loaned to the City’s Public Art Collection; 3) that is a privately sponsored artwork that is proposed to be located on publicly owned land. The public art may be:

  1. temporary or permanent,
  2. located inside or outside of a public building,
  3. located outside on public land.

For the purpose of the Public Art Policy, works of public art may include but are not limited to sculpture, painting, mural, graphic arts, mosaics, photography (film and video), crafts, mixed media, fountains, and earth works and environment installations.