In the next two weeks, 11 new sculptures will be installed downtown as part of the 13th annual Art on the Streets exhibit.
Art on the Streets is always a juried endeavor, and this year's judges are local art-collector couple Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton. Program coordinator Denise Schall says that they went for a local spin this year, instead of consigning a museum curator for the job.
Loo and Raughton received 38 submissions, and chose the 11 that will be installed gradually. The couple will then see all the pieces downtown on June 24 and announce the winners at that evening's private reception. Prizes are awarded for first, second and third place and are granted hefty checks: first is given $15,000.
Of the 11 works — which will be on display for a year — three were created by Colorado artists, including locals Sean O'Meallie (whose Chair Project in Manitou Springs is slated for later this year) and Doyle Svenby. Other works came from neighboring states and even Germany and England.
Often the Downtown Partnership (which organizes Art on the Streets, with funding from local businesses) will work to buy one of the pieces from the show, but Schall says that it's not guaranteed. She says the Partnership puts money first toward prizes (to attract entries), as well as honorariums to help participating artists with installation fees. But the Partnership is always saving up for something special to install permanently in the community.
A new map with the locations of all the new sculptures — as well as other public works — will be available at downtown80903.com starting June 24.
In the meantime, Schall offered a peek at one of the works.