Artist Guidelines

Artists are encouraged to submit proposals based on artwork they are already creating, but with consideration for the format of the program. A typical share will consist of a work of art/object of artistic production – multiples are encouraged, however creative ideas that translate your practice into this format are also welcome. For example, a limited edition of 7” vinyl records, a run of screen-prints, series of small tea cups, run of photographs, a limited access performance or event, letterpress editions of a poem or short story, or even 50 small original paintings. Partnerships between artists are also welcome.


All artists maintaining a residence in Colorado are eligible to apply. Artists must be willing to deliver (or arrange delivery) of artwork to Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art or Denver Botanic Gardens. All artistic media are welcome and diverse material, representation, style, and scale of work will be encouraged. Applications for consideration in the 2013 CSArt Colorado program  December 6, 2013. To apply, please submit the following materials via our application site here.

Helpful Hints
• While not everyone works small, think about how you could fit what you do into a 12″ x 18″ x 12″ box. If you usually make giant paintings, think about how you could get a sample of your work into a collector’s hands.
• Not everyone is a maker of objects. For artists working in performance, film, sound, installation, etc., think about how you can format what you do into a commissioned object for collectors. Musicians might opt for a limited edition recording, or filmmakers a uniquely packaged DVD. If your work is ephemeral, think about how to get it to your audience and vice versa.
• Keep in mind that this is a commission for unique artworks. We may love what you are already making, but the stipend is not intended for the purchase of 50 commercial products.
• Also note that participating artists will need to consider the delivery of their shares. If your objects are fragile, know that you may need to wrap/box/pad the individual shares to protect them.

Please read the guidelines thoroughly and prepare the following materials in advance of applying through the application site:
1) Samples of your current work
• VISUAL ARTISTS: 4 images at 72 dpi jpegs, 900 pixels or less in the longest direction. One of these images should be an image or mock-up of the work you are proposing.
• MUSICIANS: Please provide links to 3 audio examples of your work hosted at an outside site. An image illustrating your final format or packaging is also recommended.
• PERFORMING ARTS -VIDEO: Please provide links to 3 video examples of your work hosted at an outside site. For example You Tube, Vimeo etc. An image illustrating your final format or packaging is also recommended.
• WRITERS: Please provide 3 writing samples as pdfs. An image illustrating your final format or packaging is also recommended.

The $20 application fee is good for up to 5 images.
2) A brief artist’s statement which includes a proposal for the work you would create for the project. Why is this work a good fit for CSArt Colorado? (500 words max)
3) One page Artist’s Resumé or CV. Please organize your accomplishments into sections (for example: education, employment/professional experience, exhibitions, awards, publications, miscellaneous) and save
your resume as a PDF.

Artists Must:
Submit at least three images of sample artwork to be evaluated by the jury. Alternate views of the same artwork are allowed to better illuminate the nature of the work. Artists need not provide images of proposed

Provide a brief artist statement as to the context of the artwork and rationale as to why the work is relevant for this particular show. Statement should not exceed 250 words or 1000 characters.

Submit a current résumé that outlines accomplishments as an artist. The résumé should be no more than two pages in length. (Résumé to be pasted into appropriate text box within the online application.)

Project Timeline:
Deadline for entry (via CaFE™ system) is February 5, 2013.
Jurying: David Dadone and Lisa Eldred
Notification of Acceptance: February 12, 2013.
Artwork Delivered to Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art: March 20, 2013.