Grand Junction's Public Art Programs
More than just beautifying the urban landscape, art in public places creates an engaging and interesting environment and enriches the world in which we live. It reflects the pride we have in our community, cultivates an active arts arena, and attracts residents, businesses, and visitors.
Grand Junction has five distinct public art programs:
- 1% for Art Program - a purchase program to include artwork in certain major City capital improvement projects (buildings, structures, and parks)
- Art on the Corner - a rotating outdoor sculpture exhibit throughout downtown which is managed and funded by the Downtown Development Authority
- City Hall Art Exhibits - rotating exhibits by Grand Junction area artists throughout the City Hall at 5th and Rood
- Tiara Rado Art Exhibits - rotating exhibits by Grand Junction area artists at the Tiara Rado Golf Course restaurant at 2057 South Broadway
- Two Rivers Art Exhibits - rotating exhibits by Grand Junction area artists throughout the Two Rivers Convention Center at 159 Main Street
The 1% for Art program was established the City Council in 1997, at the urging of the Commission on Arts and Culture. The success of the Art on the Corner program contributed to the creation of a formal City art acquisition program. The 1% for Art program allocates an amount of money equal to 1% of the total construction cost of City building and park capital improvement projects which is set aside for the purchase of art for that site. The percent for art does not include streets, sidewalks, or underground utility projects and does not apply to the Water, Sewer, or Sanitation Enterprise Funds.
Funding for the 1% for Art program comes from the capital construction budget for each project, and ongoing maintenance is the responsibility of the specific building or park in which the artwork is located. Selection of each piece of art is done by the Commission, with assistance from local professional artists, City Council members, and representatives from the applicable City department.
Art on the Corner began in 1984, spearheaded by artist Dave Davis and other local sculptors. This unique exhibit was one of the first in the nation to feature a temporary sculpture display on city sidewalks, and has since spawned a host of similar exhibits throughout the state and the country.
The Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority administers this exhibit. It is one of the most visited attractions in Mesa County and in 1998 garnered an Excellence in Public Art award from the International Making Cities Livable organization. For information and a virtual tour of the exhibit visit www.downtowngj.org.
In addition to the 1% for Art program, the Commission also coordinates rotating exhibits of artwork by local artists at City Hall, Tiara Rado Golf Course, and Two Rivers Convention Center, showcasing the area's premier artistic talent.