Public Art Commission

The Public Art Commission (PAC) is responsible for the City of Golden’s Art in Public Places Program. Public art creates a vibrant atmosphere that contributes to the quality and cultural identity of our community. It is inspired by a variety of goals including encouraging cultural expression and inspiring a sense of civic pride.

Artists bring a unique perspective to the built and natural landscape of our City and create memorable spaces for residents, businesses, and visitors. Enhancing the character of community through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development.

The PAC has the responsibility of promoting, selecting, acquiring and maintaining public art in the fulfillment of the City’s Art in Public Places program. View the entire collection of the City’s Public Art by visiting the Public Art page.

Opportunities for Artists and the Community

Do you have a great idea for public art in Golden? We want to hear from you. The PAC reviews proposals for art from the community and artists every April and October. Schedule a meeting with a Steve Glueck via email at sglueck@cityofgolden.net to go over to your public art ideas. For more details read the Public Art Proposal Form pdf download.

Sign up for our mailing list to receive email alerts from the PAC about other opportunities.

PAC News

  • Want to learn more about our public art collection? The PAC teamed up with Arts Management and Planning Associates to commission a conditions and maintenance report. This helpful report provides pictures and maintenance cost estimates for each piece. You can find the report under the helpful documents portion of our page.
  • Mark your calendars for upcoming PAC meetings! The 2017 meeting calendar pdf download also shows a listing of topics that might be discussed at the meetings.

Jolt, chosen artist for the “Goldco Retaining Wall” mural, on Exhibit at Foothill’s Art Center

The Public Art Commission (PAC) in collaboration with Foothills Art Center and Golden High School is working to install a grant funded, community sponsored, mural project on a concrete retaining wall located on the east side of Washington Avenue between 2nd and 5th Streets, commonly known as the Goldco retaining wall.

Denver muralist, Jolt (Jeremy Silas Ulibarri), is working with Golden High School students involved with the Sources of Strength program to design and create a mural that epitomizes the themes of Help, Hope, and Strength. Sources of Strength is one of the first suicide prevention programs that uses Peer Leaders to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide. The mural will be funded through a grant received by Foothills Art Center, called the Art in Society Grant. The grant is funded by the Hemera Foundation, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries and administered by RedLine

Learn more about the artist by visiting his exhibit, Street Fonts & Funk, at Foothills Art Center through Oct. 15. For more information visit Foothillscenter.org.

“Checkmate” Statue Gallops to a New Home

The public is invited to a re-dedication ceremony for Golden’s impressive bronze statue called “Checkmate” on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the park on top of the 19th Street bridge over US 6. The re-dedication will be part of the celebration for the completion of the Linking Lookout project. Representatives from the City of Golden, the Public Art Commission, the Golden Civic Foundation and Golden Rotary Club will be present.

In 2004, the Golden Public Art Partnership, the Golden Civic Foundation, and the Golden Rotary Club purchased and delivered “Checkmate” after Rotarian Bob Short discovered it in the lobby of the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Houston while on a business trip. In 2006, the piece was placed at a temporary location near Hwy 93 and Pine Ridge Road until it could be placed in its permanent location on the new 19th Street lid.

The 10-foot statue, created by renowned sculptor Herb Mignery, depicts a cowboy training a young horse. Mignery was born and raised on a family cattle ranch in Bartlett, NE. His works portray the spirit of the hard-working people of the West. He has received numerous awards and his work is featured in museums throughout the country. Mignery’s pieces can also be seen at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, the Gateway project in St. Louis, and downtown Denver.

Shoshone Spirit statue“Shoshone Spirit” Roams into Golden

“Shoshone Spirit” is a new on-loan art piece by stone sculpture artist William Gee of Golden. It was installed on June 6 along the Clear Creek walking path. Golden’s Public Art Commission (PAC) voted unanimously to accept “Shoshone Spirit” on-loan during its April 6 meeting.

The PAC was attracted to the piece due to its strong ties to Golden’s heritage. The stone is from Golden – the same as the volcanic caprock on the two Table Mountains. Also, the piece’s title, “Shoshone Spirit”, refers to both a tribe that inhabited this region, as well as the geologic name of the rock, shoshonite (an unusual variety of basalt). In addition, buffalos have and continue to be a part of the Golden landscape as well as western themes and cultures.

Artist, William Gee, is a geologist who enjoys carving local wildlife. He lives just north of Golden, where the boulder to make Shoshone Spirit was found. Keller Farms donated the boulder, which serves as a base for the piece.

hummingbird sculptureThe Rocky Mountain Hummer has Landed

Golden’s newest and highly anticipated public art piece, Rocky Mountain Hummer, was installed at the Ulysses St roundabout near King Soopers on April 20. The 3,000 pound hummingbird stands about 15 feet tall on its pedestal, and is made of a patchwork of blue, green and purple sheets of steel and about 20 upcycled car hoods. Don Kennell, a metal sculptor of Santa Fe who grew up in Lakewood, was selected by the Public Art Commission (PAC) last fall to create a public art piece for this location.

AWEGO Seeking Volunteers for Public Art Project

Would you like to increase cultural pride in Golden through public art? AWEGO (Art with Elk in Golden) is raising funds to support a public art project located at Heritage Road/Kimball Ave. roundabout. Key areas of volunteer needs are: (1) Publicity especially with online social media; (2) Event planning in creating a memorable ‘Meet the Artist Evening’; (3) Community Drawing Coordinator for which the major prize is a 15 inch bronze miniature of the roundabout statue; and (4) Direct Fundraising by contacting local individuals and businesses. Enthusiasm a must, prior experience most useful. For additional information and to volunteer, contact Preston Driggers at 303-278-7465 or email prestonfd@msn.com .

Public Art Along Clear Creek

The Clear Creek Trail behind the Golden Public Library is now home to 12, 2’ by 2’ diamond shaped medallions created by Roberto Delgado. The tiles feature more than 50 images of Goldenites past and present, historical pictures and news clippings, and photos of the community’s beautiful natural landscape. Take a stroll down the Clear Creek Trail and check out the vibrant tiles!

Update on Deaccession of Select Art Pieces

Background

On Thursday, May 5, 2016 the Public Art Commission (PAC) held a public hearing to get community feedback on the potential deaccession of 6 artworks. The public art pieces were being considered for removal because they were created without the consent of the original artist. At the May meeting the PAC heard comments from more than 20 citizens and reviewed emails from another 40 citizens. The PAC was appreciative of the feedback, and took citizen’s comments into consideration when making a final decision. Considering the public support in favor of keeping the statues, the PAC made the best decision for the community, while ensuring that the City of Golden is not breaking any copyright laws.

At the May meeting the commission obtained a legal opinion to get more information about the liability the City of Golden might encounter by having these particular statues on display. The City of Golden legal counsel got an opinion from a Denver based intellectual property lawyer.

On June 2 the PAC convened to discuss the legal opinion. The City of Golden attorney was present to answer any questions posed by commission members. The legal opinion mentioned that the City could face unfavorable legal actions by having the statues on display. The commission thought it was in the best interest of the community and the City to get a second opinion regarding the authenticity of the specific pieces in order to make the most informed decision.

Determination

During Nov. 3, 2016 PAC meeting, PAC members voted on the fate of the artworks. Knowing the sentimental value the public art pieces provide Golden’s citizens and visitors, PAC members voted to retain all four of the donated art pieces (Brother and Sister at the Rodeo, Eddie at Bat, Two Deer, and Victorian Dress-Up) in the collection, and to return two on loan pieces (Kids Sledding and Bear and Two Cubs).  These artworks are located along the Clear Creek Corridor. (You can view these and other artworks in Golden on our Public Art page). The decision is scheduled to be reviewed in ten years, or if a piece is damaged or destroyed

Learn more about this topic by reading the Plan for Collection Review pdf download.

Helpful Documents

Meetings

The Public Art Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at City Council Chambers, 911 10th Street, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. These meeting are open to the public.

To view agendas of upcoming meetings or view minutes or stream audio of meetings, visit our Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page.

To view archived agendas and minutes from meetings prior to June 2015, please visit our Document Center.

For more information call (303) 384-8095.

Commissioners

The Commission is comprised of seven members, five of whom are citizen representatives.

Commission Member Term Ends
Katalin Wishart April 2021
Susan De Camp April 2019
Hassan Najjar – Foothills Art Center April 2019
Emilie Lewis April 2019
Sandra Llanes – Golden Civic Foundation April 2021
Kurt Siegfried April 2021
Kristie Brice April 2021

 

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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