Town of Vail brings back storm drain public art, calls for artist submissions |

Town of Vail brings back storm drain public art, calls for artist submissions

Portfolios, qualifications and letters of intent due March 20

The town of Vail's stormwater art initiative started in 2017 after a series of incidents in which pollutants including paint, cooking grease, cement and even hot dogs were dumped down storm drains, largely due to lack of awareness about the consequences.
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The Town of Vail’s Environmental Sustainability Team is bringing back the summer storm drain public art initiative. Artists near and far are invited to submit their qualifications and portfolios for consideration in the town-wide program to educate the public about storm drains and promote the health of Gore Creek.

The selected artists will be commissioned to create an original and specific work depicting one of six Colorado wildlife species that live in or near Gore Creek, including the cutthroat trout, bald eagle, moose, American dipper, boreal toad, American beaver and other species.

The images will be digitally transferred to a slip-resistant decal, which will be adhered in proximity to selected storm drains throughout the town of Vail. The selected artists will each receive a $500 stipend.

Interested artists must submit a one-page letter of interest indicating their vision and approach for the project plus visual support materials of previous work. Submissions are due March 20. Visit for more details.

Contact Pete Wadden, watershed education coordinator, with questions at or 970-479-2144.

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