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Art Encounters call for entries

Apply for the 2020-21 countywide public art program by March 6

Art Encounters numerous sculpturesAre you a sculptor with a desire to see your work on public display?

Have you considered submitting your artwork to the well-established Douglas County Art Encounters public art program?

Founded in 2007, Art Encounters is a year-long, outdoor sculpture exhibit showcasing several sculptures, in various media and styles, displayed in highly visible areas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker and Roxborough. Selected sculptures are viewed by thousands of visitors annually.

“Art Encounters was created by citizen advocates for the arts to promote public interest in and connect communities through public art while attracting visitors to the retail or civic areas where the public art is displayed,” said Lora Thomas, Vice Chair, Board of County Commissioners. “We want artists – from local sculptors to those from throughout the region – to know how interested we are in hearing from them and how important this program is to our communities,” she said.

All chosen sculptors receive an $800 stipend and will be considered for the $1,000 people’s choice honorarium and the $1,000 judge’s prize. Additionally, since the program’s inception, seven pieces have been purchased and two have been donated.

All applications must be received online at, no later than March 6. Selected work will be on display from May 2020 to May 2021. Read about submission requirements.

Art Encounters was born from efforts of the Douglas County Cultural Council, the statutorily-required local citizen advisory board that, since 2007, has granted Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) funds for the Art Encounters program implementation in Highlands Ranch, Parker and Roxborough. Castle Rock, not within the SCFD, derives its funding for Art Encounters installations from the Town’s portion of the Philip S. Miller Trust. Douglas County Libraries also provides funding to participate in the program.

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