The City of Greeley celebrates artistic expression and encourages public art as a way of celebrating our community's vibrant cultural diversity. The Greeley Art Commission board is made up of volunteers appointed by City Council, representing city wards and personnel from parks and recreation, the planning commission, water and sewer board and Union Colony Civic Center staff. The board oversees the Public Art Programs and assists in discovering art that recognizes and fosters a broad range of social, cultural and historic values that define Greeley.
The Greeley Art Commission is guided by the City of Greeley’s 2009 Art Master Plan which guides and supports the integration of art that contributes to Greeley’s identity. The plan also strengthens the city’s commitment to enhance and reinforce the community’s goals, visions, and values through the provision of art. The Art Master Plan has driven major art installations such as the "Go West" art fence installed around Centennial Village, the "Art & Soul" sculpture installed in front of the Union Colony Civic Center, "Flutterby" on 10th Street and 23rd Avenue and the "Uptown Tree" beautification project along the 8th Avenue corridor.
The Art Commission recognizes the importance of art forms in public places. The Public Art collection consists of over 350 works of rotating indoor art and more than 160 pieces of outdoor art that have been donated, gifted or purchased since 1967. The collection is continually updated with new artwork as the Art Commission purchases several pieces of art annually.
The City of Greeley’s Public Art Program include the following efforts:
The “Ribbit Rodeo” is in Town at Sanborn Park!
The “Ribbit Rodeo” has been recently installed at Sanborn Park. Purchased through the 1% for Art Fund, this whimsical piece was created by Colette, Pitcher. Colette is an internationally recognized artist from Greeley and has placed sculptures all around the U.S. Be sure to take a photo when you stop by and use the hashtag #ridethefrog! You may learn more about the artist at her website https://www.colettepitcher.com.
The City of Greeley boasts over 160 memorable, thought-provoking, and enduring art projects that enrich the experience of visitors and residents alike. To learn more about Greeley’s public art contact Kari Tamblyn at email@example.com
Exhibit “Arts Picnic” on display at the Tointon Gallery July 26 through August 31
The annual Arts Picnic Exhibit provides Weld County artists the opportunity to display their artwork for
family, friends and the community to enjoy in the Tointon Gallery, helping kick off the annual Arts Picnic festival.
The Arts Picnic Exhibit has been held in the Tointon Gallery since 1991 and is one of the most well attended and
largest community shows presented by the Tointon Gallery. The exhibit serves to
celebrate artists who reside in Weld County and to promote and encourage the
arts in Greeley. Learn more about the opening reception on July 26 from 5-7pm on Facebook.
The Tointon Gallery is always free
and open to the public, Monday through Saturday 9am to 5pm, located at 651 10th Ave.
Exhibit “Sound Energy” on display at the Tointon Gallery June 21 through July 20
Michael McGrath is a Denver-based photographer who has earned a B.A. at UNC. This exhibit showcases his most recent artwork which seeks to communicate moments of transcendence in live music and captures the excitement and energy of attending a rock ‘n’ roll concert where emotions are running high. This is a can’t-miss exhibit, it will be open June 21 through July 30.
The Tointon Gallery is always free and open to the public, Monday through Saturday 9am to 5pm, located at 651 10th Ave.
“Play Bow” is back at Island Grove
After going to the “vet” for a checkup, the beloved “Play Bow” is back on display at the entrance of Island Grove. After finding cracks in the surface of the 12-foot, 1,600-pound sculpture in October, 2018, “Play Bow” was sent back to the artist, Don Kennell of Santa Fe to be repaired. Kennell is renowned artist and has shown at Burning Man and shown with Meow Wolf. You can learn more about the artist here: https://donkennell.com/.
The City of Greeley boasts over 100 memorable, thought-provoking, and enduring art projects that enrich the experience of visitors and residents alike. To learn more about Greeley’s public art, please visit greeleyart.com or contact Kari Tamblyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Artist’s Perspective: “In the Current”by Travis Krause
Travis Krause, a Colorado artist and angler at heart,will dedicate the commissioned public art piece, “In the Current,”located at the Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Ave., on Friday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m.in conjunction with First Friday. This piece is located to the right of the double doors to the pool,allowing visitors to meditate on their relationship with nature when taking a dip into the pool.Travis Krause - In the Current
2019 marks the 28th year since the Exhibit had been first held in The Tointon Gallery. The Arts Picnic Exhibit and is the largest community shows presented by the Tointon Gallery. The exhibit serves to celebrate Weld County artists and to encourage the celebration of the arts in Greeley. Each artist are welcome to apply one piece of artwork, spots are limited. The exhibit will be open July 26 through August 31. There is no application fee and all artistic mediums will be considered. Artist submissions must be received on or before Friday, July 5, 2019.
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Thanks to the Sculpture on Loan Program, Greeley has a growing collection of public art that is enduring and thought provoking. This year, the program was organized as an invitational and 2 nationally-recognized artists: Lorri Acott and Patrica Vader were invited to display two pieces each in Downtown Greeley. Come check them soon in the Creative District in Downtown Greeley!
To make a purchase through the program, contact Kim Snyder at email@example.com.
We recognize the importance of art forms in public places and the diversity of the public who appreciates such art. Our collection consists of over 375 works of indoor art and almost 170 pieces of outdoor art that have been donated, gifted or purchased since 1967. To keep the collection updated with current work, we purchase several pieces of art each year. We encourage the donation of public art which is memorable, thought-provoking, enduring and which can be located in a setting appropriate to the environment and the art form.
Learn more about our Art in Public Places program and check out our online art catalog.
Interested in donating? Complete an Art Donation form.