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City of Boulder Announces New Data-Inspired Art Show, Seeks Concept Submissions by May 31

The art show will celebrate local artists and highlight the city’s use of open data

The City of Boulder is seeking submissions for the inaugural “Art of Data” exhibition. The show will be held in the Boulder Public Library Canyon Gallery from Dec. 14, 2018 to Feb. 3, 2019. The art show is a collaboration between the City of Boulder City Manager’s Office, Information Technology Department and Boulder Public Library.

“Art of Data” will showcase art created by the community that is inspired by the city’s Open Data Catalog and other public city data. It will celebrate local artists and highlight the city’s use of open data, which is part of the City of Boulder’s commitment to transparency, accountability and innovation.

The deadline for submitting concepts and examples of previous work is May 31, 2018, and early submissions are encouraged. Community members whose concepts are selected will receive $250 honorariums to complete their art pieces by mid-December. Visit for more information about the exhibition open call, including details on accepted mediums and ways to get inspired by data in the city’s Open Data Catalog.

“Art of Data” is part of the city’s Open Data Program and broader citywide efforts to enhance data-driven decision-making and innovation.

“The innovation team is thrilled to sponsor the ‘Art of Data’ exhibition as a new way to engage the community in the city’s goals around data-informed government,” said Julia Richman, City of Boulder chief innovation and analytics officer, and the driving force behind this exhibition. “Since the Open Data Catalog launched in 2010, the number of published datasets has nearly tripled. We are excited to see how the city’s data inspires artists to explore and illuminate interesting facets of our city.”

Visit for more information about the “Art of Data” call for art. To learn more about ways to engage with Boulder data, visit

Interested artists are also encouraged to attend community engagement events on April 2 and 30 to ask exhibition organizers questions about using city data for inspiration. Additional information about the events can be found at

For questions about the Canyon Gallery space and/or artwork specifications, contact Jaime Kopke at [email protected] or 303-441-3193. For questions about using the Open Data Catalog or other city data for artwork inspiration, contact Nicolia Eldred-Skemp at [email protected] or 303-441-4945.

Image courtsey of Alisa Singer and the Environmental Graphiti series.

Published: March 8, 2018

Media Contacts:
Tanya Burden, Media Relations, 303-441-4247
Nicolia Eldred-Skemp, Information Technology, 303-441-4945

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