Art on the Streets accepts proposals via CallforEntry.org from mid-November through mid-February.
Each year, 12 works are selected by an independent jury. The primary selection criteria is artistic merit. Secondary criteria include installation logistics, maintenance and safety concerns, and inclusion of a diverse range of media and perspectives. All works will be evaluated for stability by a structural engineer contracted by Downtown Ventures. While sculpture tends to dominate the entry pool, other types of art suitable for outdoor display are encouraged, including murals as well as interactive and multimedia works. Art on the Streets also has the ability to work with artists on larger and/or site-specific installations.
Meet the Art on the Streets Jurors
Carissa Carman’s multidisciplinary artwork includes playful site specific interventions; pseudo–purposeful yet soulful and generous. Her performances, sculptures and printed materials reference already established systems, occupations, and skills while maintaining the aesthetic of the handmade.
Carman earned her BA from the University of California Chico and her MFA in Fibres and Material Practice from Concordia University, Montreal. She has exhibited at the Center for Book Arts, Eyebeam, Havana Biennale, Islip Art Museum, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and the Textile Museum of Canada, among others. A part of numerous collaborations, Carman has works in private collections at Yale, Wesleyan University, RISD, and Virginia Commonwealth University amongst others and has served as a College Art Association Art Space Committee Member and board member of the Textile Study Group of NYC. Carman is currently a Senior Lecturer in Fibers at Indiana University Bloomington.
Michael Christiano is the Director of Visual Arts & Museum at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, an essential cultural site for the Pikes Peak region. With more than 20 years of experience working primarily in academically affiliated museums, Christiano has witnessed the capacity of art to propose spaces of new possibility while building community in the pursuit of common endeavors. Trained as a museum educator and programmer, Christiano has honed a place-based pedagogy that cultivates the intellectual and cultural assets of communities, is built on principles of partnership, and maintains a critical and intellectually rigorous tenor. His engagement practice takes the form of gallery-based exhibitions, artistic interventions, public programs, durational partnerships, and other initiatives.
Daisy McGowan is an arts administrator, educator, curator, writer, artist and nonprofit fundraiser. She is currently the Executive Director for Think 360 Arts for Learning, a Denver-based arts and community focused non-profit marking 60 years in 2023.
McGowan was most recently the Director and Curator for the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Galleries of Contemporary Art, or GOCA, a position she served in from 2010-2022.
McGowan has independently and collaboratively curated and produced over 100 exhibitions across GOCA, Colorado College IDEA (InterDisciplinary Experimental Art) Space, Colorado College Coburn Gallery, as well as regional and national contemporary sites including RedLine Contemporary Art Center (Denver), the Arvada Center for the Arts (Denver metro), and Durden and Ray (Bendix Building, Los Angeles). She has originated and traveled exhibitions to sites including Center for Contemporary Art, New Orleans, Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, DePauw University Gallery, Chicago, and University of Southern California (USC) Fisher Museum of Art.
Daisy McGowan was awarded her BA with honors in Studio Art from Colorado College (1997) and Masters in Public Affairs, focused on arts administration, from the University of Colorado (2010). McGowan is an instructor in the UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Department, Museum Studies and Gallery Practice, teaching Arts Administration and internships, and a frequent speaker and published author. She was born in Italy and grew up internationally and across the U.S. She currently lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.