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 2018 meeting calendar pdf download also shows a listing of topics that might be discussed at the meetings.

ARTSWEEK GOLDEN July 16 -22, 2018

Join in a week-long celebration of the arts! ARTSWEEK GOLDEN includes activities that will take place throughout Golden such as yarn-bombing of Golden sculptures, performance art, sidewalk chalk masterpieces, and plein air painting. Parking spots along Washington Avenue will be converted into pop-up art studios.

The festival will culminate in a weekend arts festival with more than 100 national artists exhibiting their works in a spectacular setting on the Colorado School of Mines campus. Foothills Art Center (FAS) is organizing the entire event. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of Foothills Art Center and a new era for art in Golden,” said Hassan Najjar, the executive director of FAS. “The arts scene in Golden has never been stronger or more varied. We have street art, sculpture walks, traditional paintings, vibrant murals. FAS is one of many thriving arts organizations, along with Miners Alley Playhouse, galleries in our downtown area and more. We are banding together for 168 hours of art in Golden to showcase just how strong the Golden art scene really is.”

For more information on timing, ticketing and the festival, visit www.artsweekgolden.org.

Help, Hope & Strength Mural Completed on Goldco Retaining Wall

An exciting new addition to the artistic landscape in Golden along Washington Ave between 2nd and 5th Street is now complete. This new, 1000 ft long mural is the product of an 18-month long program that involved Foothills Art Center, Golden High School, Golden Rotary Club, and Denver artist, Jolt. The new mural was designed to addresses mental health issues in our community with an uplifting message about help, hope, and strength. The mural was jointly designed by students working along with the artist.
To learn more about the project, attend the Help, Hope, Strength Documentary Premiere on July 17 at 6 p.m. at Foothills Art Center, 809 15th St. or visit https://sourcesofstrength.org/

Artist Chosen for Highway 93 Entryway Project

Public Art Winner Run and FlyAfter conducting a public voting process to select an artist for the Highway 93 Entryway project, the Public Art Commission has awarded the project to Joe Norman. Norman is a sculptor based out of Loveland, Colorado.  He is inspired by the idea that both humans and nature can exist harmoniously and are not mutually exclusive.  Norman’s sculpture, titled Run and Fly, will be a set of three sculptures that show a different image depending on the viewpoint of the observer.  Travelers  heading northbound will see three red-tailed hawks, while those going southbound will see a group of children running together.

This piece of art will serve as an entryway into the City from the north, providing a sense of arrival to Golden.  The specific location of the installation is on the west side of Hwy 93, approximately 1,600 feet north of Pine Ridge Road.  For more details about the Art In Public Places Program, please visit the Public Art webpage or email publicart@cityofgolden.net

“Checkmate” Statue Gallops to a New Home

A re-dedication ceremony for Golden’s impressive bronze statue called “Checkmate” was held  Oct. 1 as 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 were 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.

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!

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
Cindy Jaye April 2019
Sandra Llanes – Golden Civic Foundation April 2021
Kurt Siegfried April 2021
Kristie Brice April 2021

 

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 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

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