City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) and the Boulder Public Library (BPL) are excited to announce an open call for art for “Art Inspired by the Land,” a community art exhibition inspired by our shared open space!

Painting on OSMP
Molly Davis

Pieces will be displayed in both Boulder’s Main Public Library and the Meadows Branch Library, from Friday, Aug. 5, to Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022. This show will celebrate art created by the community. All ages, and abilities are welcome to submit.

The Boulder community has been committed to preserving wild lands in this area for more than 120 years and we all share a proud legacy of community-driven stewardship and conservation. These past few years have been challenging for all. Community members’ lives have been deeply touched. Many have sought solace and support in our beloved open spaces. To honor the comfort and healing that nature provides, we are seeking artwork that celebrates our community’s connection to the land.

How have open space lands helped you heal over the past couple of years? Consider submitting artwork to share how nature has inspired you.

How to Enter

Artwork must meet the following criteria:

  • OSMP lands must be the inspiration of the submitted artwork. See map for locations.

  • All mediums welcome (paintings, drawings, pastels, writing, textiles, performance, music etc.). Preference will be given to two-dimensional pieces. Three-dimensional works may be submitted, but space will be extremely limited for these. Artwork must be the original work of the applicant.

  • Artwork must be in ready-to-hang format. Detailed hanging requirements will be sent prior to artwork drop-off.

  • All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Anyone is invited to submit up to three pieces for consideration. Submissions will be chosen based on creativity, variation of location, ecosystem, and type of media.

To submit your work, please fill out the form below with an included electronic image. Send one form per piece.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, June 12, 2022. Early entries are encouraged! Please contact Juanita Echeverri if you have any questions at 720-398-7324 or OSMPandtheArts@bouldercolorado.gov.

Selected artwork will need to be dropped off at the Boulder Public Library’s Canyon Gallery on Monday, August 1, 2022, from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM; and Tuesday August 2, from 2:00 PM – 5 PM. Artwork needs to be picked up at the library on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you are not able to personally drop-off/pick up your piece during these times, you will need to find someone to do this for you. Art cannot be stored after the deadline, and early drop-off/pick-up is not possible.

Artwork Submission Form

Artwork Submission Form