Call for Proposals: Urban Outlook (November 6-December 5, 2020)

Center for the Arts Evergreen is seeking proposals from artists for gallery exhibits that will be featured as part of CAE’s 2020-2021 Exhibition Schedule. Each proposal must be crafted in response to one of CAE’s pre-selected themes and exhibition dates (listed below) and must meet all criteria detailed in the Guidelines. Exhibits in the Main CAE Gallery will generally run for four weeks, but may be longer, and exhibitions are limited to CAE Artist Members.

This Call for Proposals is for a one-month gallery exhibition at Center for the Arts Evergreen for our November show:

Urban Outlook
:  November 6-December 5, 2020
Guest Curators: Chris Krieg & William Krieg

Description: This theme speaks especially to Denver with its history of cultural variety and neighborhood structure. The social aspects of city life including diversity, neighborhood landmarks, and street life are all welcome. Show us the people of all shapes, sizes, and colors, who give the city life. Life in cities other than Denver and other aspects of urban life such as industry, urban naturalism, fashion, traffic, and architecture are welcome as well. Thoughts from Chris Krieg: “Leave the frames at home. Break the edges. Make your art lift off the canvas. Think big; Think small. Give us gritty; give us whimsical; give us street.”

DEADLINE: August 15, 2020
NOTIFICATION DATE: September 15, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: No Submission Fee, but all artists who are part of your proposal must be Center for the Arts Evergreen Artist Members ($50/year) to be considered.
HOW TO SUBMIT: Use the online form below to submit your application and the corresponding membership link to purchase your Artist Memberships.

Download Exhibition Prospectus

Guest Curators: Chris & Will Krieg

Chris Krieg Biography

Guest Co-Curator: Urban Outlook (November 6-December 5, 2020)

Chris Krieg is an American Muralist, Artist, and Entrepreneur. Over the last 40 years, Krieg has painted murals from New York City to San Francisco where he was an apprentice at Foster and Kleiser and studied under some of the greats in contemporary art. In 1989, Krieg left the big city behind and moved to Colorado with his wife Sue. They had planned to land in Denver but after what was meant to be a quick stop in Evergreen, it didn’t take much for them to realize that this was the place.

Krieg continued to travel the country painting billboards and in 1993 Krieg and his wife started Evergreen Signs, which they built from a small operation in their onsite studio to a commercial property near Main Street. As a fixture in the Denver art community, Krieg has played a major role in the beautification of Denver, painting cornerstone pieces including the legendary Willy Matthews Cowboy on 16th and Larimer, murals at the Denver Pavilions for Cirque du Soleil, the Denver Botanical Gardens, The Breakable Bear at 9th and Colorado and The Climber visible from I-25 and Colorado Blvd. In 2000, Krieg realized it was time to return to art; out came the smaller brushes and a vast collection of works ranging from abstracts to landscapes. After selling Evergreen Signs in 2012 Krieg took a brief hiatus, but it wasn’t long before he had new motivation. His son, William, was ready to join the family business after following in his father’s footsteps as an apprentice at one of the premier mural studios in NYC. The two started Altitude Murals and have been painting around the country ever since. Not one to sit still, Krieg continues to work on his smaller scale artwork alongside the mural business.  

Will Krieg Biography

Guest Co-Curator: Urban Outlook (November 6-December 5, 2020)

Will Krieg was born and raised in Evergreen, Colorado, and has been around art all his life. From an early age, Will tagged along to jobs with his dad, acclaimed muralist Chris Krieg. In his early days, Will fashioned an arrow launcher from a firewood stand and a rubber band, and shot an arrow through his dad’s latest work. His dad took the moment in stride and pointed out that the hole gave the painting a story, which is what his craft is all about. Will has carried the art of the story and written a great one for himself – spending time in New Zealand, Australia, and under the hood of more than one car.

When Will became drawn to art, his goal became to tell the stories of the people, places, and brands that make the world work. His first ever piece, the Free Climber in Denver was the start of his own story, and inspired him to travel to NYC to learn from best and develop his raw talent in the mecca of the art world. During his time with Colossal Murals, Will worked for top brands such as Adidas, Guinness, and Gucci. Having grown up in Colorado and being an avid outdoorsmen, Will even supervised the belay and mural for the North Face in Manhattan’s East Village. Will and the rest of the crew painted the entire mural on belay filmed by drone in the heart of the big city. Will’s time in NYC ran its course early in 2018, and he returned to Colorado where he began painting murals around Denver. Will, with his dad, started Altitude Murals in 2019 with the goal of continuing to tell the world’s stories and write another chapter of their own.

Proposal Submission Form

All Proposals for Urban Outlook must be submitted using this form. Please download the Exhibition Prospectus and read it carefully to ensure that your proposal meets all submission guidelines. In lieu of a traditional application fee, all artists who are part of your Artist Team must purchase (or upgrade to) a CAE Artist Membership. Your membership entitles you to additional benefits throughout the year. Please click here for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Urban Outlook show, including details on the membership requirement. Please click here to purchase your Artist Membership(s).

You may email additional images to Please include the name of your Team Lead/Artist 1 in your email.