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Art Encounters seeking sculptors

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Photo of “Amber Eye” sculpture created by artist Glenn Zweygardt

“Amber Eye” sculpture created by artist Glenn Zweygardt for the 2019 Art Encounters.

The Douglas County Art Encounters public art program is seeking sculptors who are interested in seeing their artwork on public display.

Art Encounters was created by citizen advocates for the arts to promote interest in public art, develop community pride, and draw visitors to the retail and civic areas where pieces are displayed. Local artists and those from throughout the region are invited to submit work to this program by Friday, February 18. Applications can be submitted online at

All chosen sculptors receive an $800 stipend and will be considered for the $1,000 people’s choice honorarium and the $1,000 judge’s prize.

Founded in 2007, Art Encounters is a year-long, outdoor exhibit showcasing several sculptures in various media and styles, displayed in highly-visible areas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Parker, Roxborough and at the Douglas County Libraries – Lone Tree location. Selected sculptures are viewed by thousands of visitors annually. More than 11 pieces have been purchased or donated.

Selected work will be on display from May 2022 to May 2023. To learn more about submission requirements, visit

Art Encounters was born from efforts of the Douglas County Cultural Council, the statutorily required local citizen advisory board that, since 2007, has granted Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) funds for the Art Encounters program implementation in Highlands Ranch, Parker and Roxborough. Castle Rock, not within the SCFD, derives its funding for Art Encounters installations from the Town of Castle Rock’s portion of the Philip S. Miller Trust. Douglas County Libraries also provides funding to participate in the program.





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