Martin Building Reopening Mural

The DAM is looking for a local artist to work with the museum and community members on a mural in the Sie Welcome Center of the Martin Building, opening fall 2021.
Exterior shot of the new Sie Welcome Center, a floor-to-ceiling glass rounded glass structure.

Image courtesy James Florio.

The Opportunity

The Denver Art Museum is looking for a local artist or multiple artists working in collaboration to submit a mural project proposal for the reopening of the museum’s Martin Building, slated to open in the fall of 2021.

Working together with the museum and local community, the artist(s) selected for this new, large-scale mural commission should tell a story of the Denver metro area’s vibrant and creative scene, as the mural will serve as a beacon of welcoming to students, families and visitors of all ages who enter the museum’s doors near Denver’s Civic Center Park. The mural will remain on view for up to three years and should aim to enrich the lives of museum visitors by sparking creative thinking and expression.

Exterior shot of the Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center and Martin Building

The Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center and Martin Building. Photo by Jeff Wells.

How to Apply

Update: Applications are now closed.

The ideal artist(s) for this project:

  • Mural artist(s) with experience working in a variety of environments.
  • Local, with strong ties to communities in the SCFD seven county Denver metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties).
  • Interested in projects with participatory experiences for the public.
  • Interested in collaborating with museum staff in project planning.

Communities of color and other marginalized communities have been underrepresented in art museums over decades, both internally and externally. We believe these communities must be centered in the work we do. Hence, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities. One of our goals with our suite of artist programs is to work with a wide range of partners and engage many different artists in the development of programs and spaces. Because of this, preference for this opportunity will be given to artists who do not have a concurrent large-scale project in development with the DAM.

Applications are due by February 12, 2021.



Applications open


Deadline for applications


Notification of short-listing




Final selection


Installation of mural, in collaboration with artist and museum staff

Contact Information

Email Erin Cousins, associate manager of creative and public engagement at or Jodie Gorochow, associate director of creative and public engagement, at with specific questions about this opportunity.

For further details on this project and open call please join our Zoom info session on Wednesday, January 27.