CALL FOR LEAD ARTIST to Teach Fundamental Drawing to ArtLab Interns

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS | Deadline: 9:00am, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

PlatteForum is currently accepting proposals for a Lead Artist to mentor PlatteForum’s ArtLab interns through conversations and responses to some of the most pressing social issues in Denver communities, nationally, and beyond. The chosen Lead Artist(s) will work with approx. 16 high school ArtLab interns to create a body of work that merges fundamental drawing skills with a rigorous topic of social change. Fundamental skills may include, but are not limited to, perspective, spaces/buildings and still-life drawing concepts. Due to space and logistics, clothed portrait drawing might be possible, but please inquire with staff before you submit your proposal.
Artists that are a good examples of this meeting of fundamentals and concept are: Joe Biel, Jennifer Celio, Sue Coe, William Kentridge, Heesop Yoon or artists who work in more abstract modes, like Julie Mehretu or Suchitra Mattai.

Click HERE to learn more about PlatteForum’s award-winning youth program, ArtLab.

We are looking for Lead Artist(s) projects which explore themes of social change and justice while provoking a contemporary teen voice. Lead artists will collaborate with staff to develop an 8-week project. Lead Artists will meet with ArtLab interns once a week, for at least three hours each Saturday. During this time the Lead Artist will guide ArtLab interns through the creative process, explore concepts and materials relative to the project. All work created during this time will culminate in a public group exhibition on the second floor of The Temple Thursday, May 17th, 6-8pm. This show is one night only, and will be concurrent with the opening reception of PlatteForum’s Resident Artist Erika Diamond and McLain High School students. PlatteForum staff will install and de-install the show, as well as take care of all reception needs.

Important Dates:

  • Start date: March 10th, 2018
  • Saturdays 10am – 1pm
  • No meeting on Saturday, March 24th due to DPS Spring Break
  • Last date: May 5th, 2018

Nitty Gritty:

  • This is a Lead Artist opportunity NOT an Artist Residency. Therefore the following benefits are not available to Lead Artists: housing, out-of-session studio access, any additional resident-specific accommodations.
  • Lead Artists are contract workers and are subject to criminal background checks prior to working with youth.
  • A stipend of $1000 will be issued to selected Lead Artist(s) who complete the full eight weeks of contact hours
  • All needed art supplies for the project will be obtained by PlatteForum Staff


To Apply, please submit all materials in the following manner:
Attach all files in a single PDF and email to Rebecca Vaughan [rvaughan@platteforum.org] All applications must be submitted electronically by the deadline

Incomplete or late proposals, or proposals which do not follow the instructions will be ineligible for review

Deadline: 9:00am, Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Please Limit submissions to 3 pages in PDF format, including images of past work.


  • General Contact information: Name, Address, Number, Email, Website (if applicable)
  • Creative Statement: Tell us about yourself, ideas, working style, and experience in leading youth projects
  • Project Proposal: Tell us about the themes, concepts and materials you would like to work with and its relevance to current social dialogues. Describe the impact that this project would garner. Finally, explain how this project can empower the teen voice, and how the teen voice contributes to the success of this project.
  • Include 3 – 8 Samples, relative work, or sketches.