qli-downtown-artDavid Tryba, FAIA, has been selected as the lead juror for the 2015-2016 Art on the Streets exhibit in Colorado Springs. Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery. The Founder of Tryba Architects, a firm with a national reputation for design excellence, Tryba was born in Colorado Springs and “possesses a deep understanding of the region and has completed projects in 15 states and Mexico,” according to a news release. He will be joined by local artists and curators Blake Milteer, Andrew Tirado and Daisy McConnell.

Tryba received his bachelor of environmental design and master of architecture from the University of Colorado. In 2005, the university conferred an honorary doctorate of humane letters for “… significant contribution to the transformation and rebuilding of Denver’s urban form.” In 2004, Tryba was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and served as AIA Denver Chapter president in 2007. In 2013 he was named AIA Colorado’s Architect of the Year.

For more than 25 years, Tryba has specialized in civic, cultural, historic and adaptive reuse, mixed-use, commercial and transit-oriented design and planning. Tryba’s award-winning work is widely recognized for transforming sites and buildings into thoroughly integrated, human-scaled, vibrant and timeless places — systems and structure that link people to one another and the built and natural environment.

Recently completed and current projects include: The transformation of Denver’s historic Union Station into the new mixed-use, transit terminal, retail market and 112-room Crawford Hotel; Denver International Airport’s 30-year vision plan; Pearl Place Office Campus in Boulder; History Colorado Center; Denver Botanic Gardens’ visitor center, greenhouse complex and parking structure and; GSA’s Cesar E. Chavez Memorial Building.

17th Annual Art on the Streets call for artists now open 

Art on the Streets is managed as a program of Downtown Colorado Springs, through Community Ventures, Inc. The program is presented by founding sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from generous corporate and individual donors.

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Exhibit artists are chosen for inclusion through a jury process in which artistic quality serves as the primary criteria. Selected artwork will be exhibited June 2015 through May 2016 within the 40-square-block downtown district, with the majority of works clustered in the busiest 10- to 15-block core.

Visual artists are invited to apply for inclusion in the 17th annual Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award. Applications are now available online at callforentry.org. More information about the program and the application can be found at downtowncs.com/aots.

About the Downtown Partnership

The Downtown Partnership, a nonprofit, serves as the catalytic champion for Downtown Colorado Springs. Downtown Colorado Springs is designated as a Certified Creative District by the State of Colorado’s Colorado Creative Industries. Included in the district are cultural landmarks, award-winning outdoor sculpture; independent galleries, and other one-of-a-kind cultural and entertainment opportunities. For more information visit downtowncs.com, or contact Downtown Colorado Springs at 886-0088.

2015-2016 Art on the Streets  juror bios

Blake Milteer is museum director and chief curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In his position at FAC, Milteer oversees the museum’s collection and has curated original temporary exhibitions such as Floyd D. Tunson: Son of Pop; James Turrell: Trace Elements; William Kentridge: The World is Process; Conflict|Resolution; Mikel Glass: The Discarded; Colorado Springs Abstract; and Colorado Sublime: Selections from the Loo Family Collection. He was also Fine Arts Center curator for the traveling exhibitions NASA|ART: 50 Years of Exploration; Impressionist and Modern Masters from the New Orleans Museum of Art; and The Eclectic Eye: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collection. Milteer has also worked for the Denver Art Museum and has been a lecturer for the University of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

Colorado Springs artist Andrew Tirado recently created a series of large scale hands from reclaimed wood and other 3D and 2D media. The artist spent many years doing a variety of work from building wood strip canoes, fabricating custom props, displays, and sets, to building custom cabinetry. From 1989-1991, Andrew was a studio assistant for the painter Chuck Close in New York, and since 1988, he has spent a few weeks each summer working as seminar faculty for the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation at the Colorado College, where he has worked with a number of nationally-renowned artists. For the past nine years, Tirado has supervised the 3D Arts Facility at the Colorado College, where he teaches woodworking and oversees the arts and crafts spring semester adjuncts. He taught a sculpture classin 2104 at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, had a solo show, entitled Open, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, and his sculptural piece, entitled Lacuna, received the Juror’s Choice award for the 2014 16th annual Art on the Streets exhibit.

Daisy McConnell is director of the UCCS Galleries of Contemporary Art, or GOCA, a position she has served in since July 2010. McConnell acts as managing director and curator of GOCA, producing high-profile and inventive exhibits and programs that have captured the attention of regional and national media. She has independently and collaboratively produced over 40 exhibits in two gallery spaces since 2010 alongside a range of creative programs, including lecture series, noontime dance parties, mash-up talks and two city-wide arts collaborations in 2011 and 2013. Previously McConnell held positions as assistant to the curator of the InterDisciplinary Experimental Arts (I.D.E.A.) program and Coburn Gallery Director at Colorado College, Art Instructor for Colorado College Summer Session, FutureSelf Art Workshop Program for At-Risk Youth, ArtWorx! After-School Art Program for At-Risk Youth, and as a K-12 art teacher in Fountain-Ft. Carson School District 8. McConnell is an exhibiting fine artist working in printmaking, encaustic and sculptural media. She received her BA in studio art from Colorado College and MPA with certificates in non-profit management and non-profit fund development from UCCS.