About the Program
Art Encounters is a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit that showcases a number of sculptures, in various media and styles, displayed in highly visible areas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker and Roxborough. The project is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail or civic areas where they are displayed. All art is for sale to the general public.
- Artists have the opportunity to spread their name and work throughout Douglas County and beyond.
- Artists who submit more than one application have the opportunity for more than one piece to be selected. This could result in one piece in one jurisdiction and one piece in another for greater publicity.
- Selected artists receive an $800 stipend, payable after completion of the installation process.
- Artists have the opportunity to win two $1,000 awards. One for the People’s Choice Award and another for the Judge’s Choice Award.
- Artists have the chance for their artwork to be purchased.
- Ten sculptures have been purchased since the program was initiated in 2008.
2019-2020 Call for Entries
The 2019-2020 Art Encounters Program is accepting applications beginning Friday, January 18, 2019 through Friday, February 15, 2019. Entries must have sculptures available from May 2019 through May 2020. Visit the Official Program Rules and Requirements for details. Artists can apply online at www.callforentry.org.
Public Art Selection Process
A Public Art Advisory Committee was established and directed by the Douglas County Cultural Council to review the annual applications submitted. The Advisory Committee consists of representatives from throughout Douglas County who select the art for each of the participating jurisdictions.
There are two opportunities for artists to win a $1,000 award. One is through the People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by the public. Residents and visitors can visit the Art Encounters website and vote on their favorite sculpture each program year for a specified duration. Once the voting is closed, a winner is announced. The second opportunity to win an award is through the Judge’s Choice Award. Each year, the Public Art Advisory Committee selects a judge who is well-versed in the public art arena. The judge reviews each sculpture and selects a winner.
People’s Choice Award Winners
- 2018 – Matthew Duffy, “Low-Poly Heart No. 4 (Red)”
- 2017 – Joe Burleigh, “Blackbird”
- 2016 – Andrew Arvanete, “Quest”
- 2015 – Janene Di-Rico-Cable, “Puppy Love”
- 2014 – Kevin Schaffer, “Needle and Thread”
- 2013 – Luis Fernandez, “The Eye”
- 2012 – Vincent Juarez, “Epic. A Mosaic Obelisk”
- 2011 – Kevin Schaffer, “Mountain Muhly”
- 2010 – Mark Castator, “Tower of Cumae”
- 2009 – Anthony Guntren, “Impulse”
Judge’s Choice Award Winners:
- 2017 – Joe Norman, “Shard I”
2017 Judge: Kendall Peterson, ThereSquared LLC
Kendall had the following to say about her selection, “As a public art manager, I have enjoyed seeing sculptures of all shapes and sizes being installed in our public realm for over 10 years. I truly enjoyed viewing this year’s Art Encounters collection, and each and every artist should be complimented on their creativity and workmanship. Making memorable outdoor sculpture that catches the eye and lights the imagination in our cities and rural areas can be difficult. For me, art in public spaces should make you look twice. It should make you pause and wonder all sorts of things, including ‘Why is this here? What does it mean? Does it look different from different angles?’ A great sculpture asks questions, and keeps you thinking after you have left it. My favorite work in this year’s collection was the one that made me look, think and wonder. Joe Norman’s ‘Shard I’ was simple and stoic, but drew me in and forced me to think about the shape–yes, it does look like a shard of rock or piece of broken sea glass, but it also reminded me of a wing, an obelisk (?) or something that was once grand and is now crumbling. The setting was perfect, like it was rising out of a natural landscape where someone might find a real shard, but the unnatural colors remind you that this is certainly man-made. The sky blue opened up to garish orange on the inside, like the outside layer protected this inner brightness when it was broken. I commend Joe Norman on this small scale sculpture and hope that one day this might translate into a larger piece in a more public place (with lighting!).”
- 2016 – Joan Benefiel, “Eventide Rhythm”
2016 Judge: Rose Fredrick, Rose Frederick Productions, Inc.
Rose nominated “Eventide Rhythm” stating, “I walked up to the building and around a corner and there they were, three elegant pale, pink figures amid the pines. To me it was the perfect fit. It didn’t try too hard to be heard or seen, just had this lovely contemplative feel. It made me smile.”