Call to Artists: ArtShare 2019

Colorado Mountain College and Carbondale Arts are curating a series of exhibitions that connect and promote artists from many of these districts. This ArtShare Photography Show is the third partnership in 2019. Selected works for each exhibition will hang in Morgridge Commons in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and may travel to other CMC locations in Colorado Creative District areas. FREE to enter!

All submitted works must be available for sale and be ready to hang. The CMC gallery takes a 30% commission on any sales (15% to CMC, 15% to the Carbondale Creative District, with 70% to the artist). Artists must submit 2 entries for jury consideration. One or both may be chosen. Photographers must be associated with a Colorado Creative District. Works should be no larger than 36 inches in any direction (including frame). Works must be original and created within the last year, should be available for sale, framed and ready to hang with wire or D-ring. Send your 2 images (high resolution if possible) to *There is no application fee to enter this show!

May 3, 2019: Submission deadline

May 13, 2019: Notification of accepted works

Monday, June 24, 2019 11am-5pm: Delivery of work to Morgridge Commons

July 12 from 6-8pm: Opening reception at Morgridge Commons

July 12 – August 25, 2019: Dates of exhibition

Monday, August 26, 2019: Art pick up (unless artist agrees to let works travel to other pending CMC shows in Colorado)

Contact Julia Bennett of CMC ArtShare at (970-947-8360) or Brian Colley of the Carbondale Creative District at (970-963-1680) for more information.

Call for Mural Artists: Mural Express Project

Application deadline May 31

Carbondale Arts is now seeking artists interested in creating a mural here in Carbondale! Two locations have been chosen: the east wall of the Near New Store on Third Street and the east wall of the Century Link building on 4th St. These are large sized murals. A committee panel will choose two different artists or artist collectives. This call is open to any artist (or creative group) in the world that can produce a mural within our budget. We can’t wait to see what unfolds!!
Apply to the call (due May 31) by visiting this link. Email questions to or call 970-963-1680.

Mountain Fair Poster & T-Shirt Contest

Deadline for design idea: April 10

The 48th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair Theme is….Rainbow Connection and any interested artists may submit an idea for the poster and a rough sketch of idea, along with 2 work samples. A jury will choose a design and we will work with the artist to create the final poster. The chosen artist will receive $650 and 5 t-shirts. All submissions should have your name and contact info on the back of the entry. Handmade and digital entries are welcome. For more information call us at 963.1680 or email

Affordable Housing Update & Market Study

Read the reports here!

The Town of Carbondale, Art Space and the CCD have finished the Market Study for affordable housing in Carbondale. The results are really interesting. We have them shared on both of our web pages, Carbondale Arts and the Carbondale Creative District. We are now looking for developers and land owners who may be interested in the study, and, hopefully, a project in Carbondale. We can’t do this alone but we are determined to advocate for affordable housing projects in Carbondale and hope we can bring one to fruition!

Read the Arts Market Study: Report of Findings here.

Read the Arts Market Study: Technical Report here.

Rio Grande ARTway Update

Archway, Youth Art Park and a Mural

Believe it or not, the Rio Grande ARTway will host a beautiful arch created by many local artists, architects and visionaries. Led by Olivia Pevec the arch infrastructure was created by Stuart Edgerly and Steve Novy and Isaac Ellis from GreenLine Architects. Evolve Structural Engineers made sure the structure will be sound. Artists such as Bill Morrow, Wewer and Steve Keohane, Joe Burleigh, Shannon Muse, Jim and Sherrill Hawkins, Jim Mason, Crystal Glass Studios, Laura Stover, Olivia Pevec and more will be adding their special touches to the arch. RA Nelson Construction will oversee the installation in the early spring. Get ready to be wowed! The arch will be installed at DeRail Park, the entrance of the Rio Grande ARTway from Hwy. 133.
Carbondale Arts is working with youth from the Carbondale Middle Schools on the design of the Youth Art Park, the final park along the ARTway. This will be located behind Town Hall and will integrate with the parks all ready located there.
Artist Valerie Rose is working with local students on a mural that will live in the Latino Folk Art Garden. The design will focus on Latino Folk Art Styles and is funded through an Arts In Society grant.
Stay tuned for lots of opportunities to get involved in keeping the ARTway beautiful and thriving!