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.
Call for Entries
2020-2021 CALL FOR ENTRY
The Douglas County Art Encounters program is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 program year. Entries must have sculptures available from mid-May 2020 to mid-May 2021. The deadline for submission was Friday, March 6, 2020. Visit the Official Program Rules and Requirements for details. Apply online at ArtCall.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
- 2019 – Dimitry Domani Spiridon, “American Gold”
- 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:
2019 – Jacob Novinger, “Epiphany”
2019 Judge: Mary Williams had the following comments to say about the program and her selection, “First, I’d like to say that I’m honored to have been selected to jury the 2019 Art Encounters sculptures. As a sculptor myself, I understand the challenges an artist has creating artwork for exterior spaces. Each artist that was chosen should be proud and encouraged to keep creating! Your sculptures allow people to experience art in the course of daily life, outside of museums or other cultural institutions.
“After reviewing all 26 sculptures in the five locations, I choose “Epiphany” by Jacob Novinger, for the Judge’s Choice Award. Epiphany spoke to me on many levels. The abstract composition of a horse is a nice departure from realism and sparks one’s imagination. Epiphany demands attention, with its head held upward displaying confidence and strength. The various steel materials give the sculpture texture and add dimension. The quality of craftsmanship is top notch. Lastly, I’m a sucker for color and honestly who doesn’t love a blue horse!”
2018 – Charlotte Zink, “Way”
2017 – Joe Norman, “Shard I”
2016 – Joan Benefiel, “Eventide Rhythm”