Dairy Arts Center

Call for Indigenous artists for permanent sculpture at the Dairy Arts Center

The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado invites artists’ proposals for a new public artwork for a permanent public art sculpture dedicated to Indigenous people in our community and region. The intent is to acknowledge the traditional Indigenous inhabitants of the land occupied by the Dairy.

“Acknowledgment is a critical public intervention, a necessary step toward honoring Native communities and enacting the much larger project of decolonization and reconciliation. Join us in adopting, calling for, and spreading this practice.” – Honor Native Land: a guide and call to acknowledgment, US Department of Arts & Culture

A selection committee of Indigenous community members, artists and activists will lead the Dairy in the review and selection of the proposals. When a final proposal is selected, the Visual Arts curator will work with and support the selected artist(s) in the production of the project, from
technical development to engagement. The completed work shall be installed in time to honor Indigenous Peoples Day, 2020. This call is open to Indigenous artists only. The selected artist will receive up to $10,000 for time and materials. Additional funding for installation or other needs will be considered.

Please send the following materials by email to visualarts@thedairy.org. If your application is more than 10 MB, please use a free document storage website, such as DropBox or WeTransfer, then email your cover letter and the link to your application materials. 

-Name, phone number, email address, website, mailing address

-Include up to 8 images of your previous artwork in JPEG format. It is recommended that your images be roughly 1920 x 1920 pixels and no more than 1.8 MB each in file size.

Proposal packets should be in PDF format (8 ½ x 11 in.). Include all of the following:
-Artist Statement: A description of why you are interested in the project, and your artistic approach. Limit 1,000 words.
-Résumé/CV: Your current résumé or that of each artist involved, up to two pages per artist.
-Image List: A description of each of the attached 8 images, not to exceed 200 words each.
Number each JPEG to correspond with the Image List.
-References: The names, email addresses, and daytime phone numbers of three references
who can speak about your ability as an artist and as a collaborator.

Proposals should be in PDF format (8 1/2 x 11 in.), general in nature (for example, full technical specifications not required at this time), and not exceed 10 pages. The proposal must include:
-A written statement describing the artwork concept.
-Illustrations or renderings of the overall concept.
-Description of proposed scale.
-Description of proposed materials.
-A general overview of the fabrication and production process.
-A general breakdown of costs.

Note: When selected, finalists will have opportunities to discuss all fabrication and installation
needs as they develop their full proposals.

The artist or collective selected will collaborate throughout the project with the Visual Arts Curator and selection committee. Artists’ responsibilities will be defined in a written commission agreement, which may include, but will not be limited to agreeing to:
● Work with curator and staff, along with possible consultants (for example, structural
engineers or art conservators) to finalize material specifications and fabrication plans
(including technical drawings), to ensure the artwork’s durability for display in an outdoor
● Work with curator and staff to develop final fabrication budget.
● Adhere to established schedule and deadlines for the project.
● Participate in periodic presentations with various community constituencies.
● Participate in documentation of the project’s development with Dairystaff.
● Work with the Dairy staff and contractors and being present during the installation of the piece.
● Communicate regularly with Dairy staff throughout the development, fabrication, and
installation of the project.

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MARCH 2020

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