Creative Outlets

Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission
PO Box 49 Lyons, CO 80540

Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: Friday, June 3, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. 
Contact email: Arielle Hodgson,, 303-823-6622, ext. 23

  • Media: 4-5 images of the proposed design
  • Letter of Interest


The Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) continues the Creative Outlets program,  to enhance the community through art in public places. The program goal is to bring beauty to unexpected places, by adding color and interesting designs to utility boxes in Lyons. 


The LAHC and the Lyons Regional Library District are seeking artistic proposals for the utility box, located near the southwest corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue. goal of this project is to enhance the Town's beautification efforts, by creating works of art from unappealing utilitarian cabinets.
Design consideration for proposals:
  • Colors must compliment the Library exterior colors, and stay in the range of earth tones and natural palettes 
  • Fun, lively design 
  • The design may be library themed, but it is not required 
  • The Library name may be included in the design, but it is not required
Designs should be original to the artist or of the artist’s original style, designs should be busy, and designs should be picture based, not word based. Designs must be appropriate for all ages, and the Town will not accept any designs that include logos, copyrighted or trademarked images, advertisements, political, commercial, religious, sexual symbols, themes or messages. The cabinets are functioning pieces of equipment and should be treated as such. Designs and color schemes should not interfere with signage on the box, the ability to open the box, or interfere with any function of the transformer cabinet itself.

This call is open to all artists or teams of artists regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation or mental or physical handicap. Artists are not required to have previous experience in public art. The deadline for submissions for this round is July 3, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. The online application link can be found below.


Compensation for painting the selected utility box is $1,000; $500 upon acceptance and signing of the agreement and $500 upon completion. Materials, including primer, professional paint, and anti-graffiti coating, are to be provided by the artist. This project is funded by the LAHC and the Lyons Regional Library District.

Utility Box Information

Click an image to expand.

Front, Facing South

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Side, Facing West

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Side, Facing East

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Back, Facing North

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Utility Box Information

  • Please see images for dimensions
  • Made of metal 
  • Transformer location: By the Lyons Regional Library at 451 4th Ave, Lyons, CO, at the southwest corner of Broadway and 4th Avenue

Application Materials

All materials must be submitted through the online application form - see link below.

Letter of interest:
 1-page maximum, uploaded as PDF or Word doc, of information you deem pertinent to the selection committee. What is your experience with public art? Murals? What is your inspiration for the project? Have you participated in a project like this before?

Design Mock-up: Using the dimensions from the box, create a mock-up of the design that you would paint on the utility box. You may use the template below or one similar for your design, or, upload 4 to 5 images depicting each side as you plan to paint them. Design Template >>

Selection Process

A selection committee will be comprised of LAHC members. Upon selection, the design will be reviewed by the Town Administrator, who has final approval of selection. 


When final selection of the artist/team and their design is made and approval is given by all involved parties, a contract will be signed between the artist/team and the Town of Lyons. All finished work shall be faithful to the approved design, concepts, drawings, and budget as approved by the LAHC and the Town of Lyons. Progress reports and payments will be made as contracted, with final payment made upon completion and acceptance by the Town of Lyons.

Please review the Contract before submitting an application. 


  • Application deadline: Friday, July 3, by 5:00 p.m. MST
  • Decisions made: Special LAHC meeting week of July 6, 2020
  • Notification of selected artist: On or before Friday, July 10 
  • Artwork installed no later than: Friday, August 21. (We are unveiling a new sculpture on Sunday, August 23 so the artwork will be included in the announcements to the guests!)

Submit Your Application

All materials must be submitted through the following online form:

Creative Outlets Application >>


Arielle Hodgson, LAHC Staff Liaison, or 303-823-6622, ext. 23