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Commerce City seeks artists for Fronterra Park public art project

Qualifications accepted through April 12

Post Date:03/21/2019 2:38 PM

The City of Commerce City and the Commerce City Cultural Council seek to commission a site-specific work(s) of public art for Fronterra Park, 10020 Joplin St.

Qualifications are being accepted through 11:59 p.m. April 12, 2019, and requirement details and submission information can be found online through CaFÉ™ at The total project budget for the artwork is $50,000. Eligible applicants for the project must be artists residing in Colorado or neighboring states of Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

Artwork could celebrate the name of the park and the neighborhood in which it is situated. Fronterra, or frontera, means “frontier” in Spanish. The selection panel is also interested in artwork that can make a connection to the site and Commerce City as a whole. This area has been constantly changing and evolving. In the 1920s the area was rural and devoted to agriculture, including wheat fields, dairies and pig farms. In the 1930s industry moved in, including refineries and grain elevators, which ultimately influenced the city’s name of Commerce City, when it was established in the 1950s. Today the area is evolving again, becoming a thriving city and community with many new residential areas that continue to grow.

The artwork for Fronterra Park can be proposed as a free-standing sculpture(s) for one or more of the entrances to the park or in the natural areas at the edges of the park. It is possible that the artwork would work as a marker/identifier for the park. Because the art will be placed in a park that is between two schools, the city will be soliciting public input from the students and staff at the schools during the final proposal stages. Additionally, it is essential that the artwork be constructed of durable materials and be able to withstand climbing, touching and wear and tear of park activities.

The Fronterra Park art selection committee will review all complete applications. A short list of semi-finalists may be created and it is possible that the selection committee may recommend a direct commission based on the artists’ submissions.

The tentative project selection schedule is as follows:

April 12, 2019

Deadline for Applications

Week of April 22, 2019

Committee Review Applications / Semi-Finalists selected

Week of May 20, 2019

Proposals on Display at Schools

Last week of May, 2019

Semi-Finalists Proposals

June 2019

Present recommendations to CCCC for approval

July 2019

Present recommendations to City Council for approval

August, 2019

Execute artist contracts



For more information and questions contact Kendall Peterson, public art consultant, at


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