Published: Feb. 20, 2020

A new project that will engage in telling CU Boulder’s rich and complicated history through intersectional perspectives that demonstrate our commitment to the deepening of our institutional memory—and a committee that will define and establish a clear process for approving longterm public art installations on campus—have begun to form this semester.

The campus is continuing to determine committee members who will lead the CU Boulder History Project with input from faculty and campus community members. The project will solicit further input on committee representation, community involvement and the development of its editorial process during a faculty panel discussion and input session at the spring Diversity and Inclusion Summit taking place on Feb. 25 at the University Memorial Center (UMC).

Based on the nominations and community input received, the history project will announce its committee membership and begin to establish an editorial process for soliciting and choosing stories later this spring.

Invitations for students, faculty and staff who will sit on the Art in Public Space Committee are being delivered this week, and the committee’s membership will be announced in the coming weeks. Last week, Chancellor Philip DiStefano named Ann Schmiesing, executive vice provost for academic resource management, as the executive sponsor of the Art in Public Space committee, whose members will, among other charges, advise the chancellor on public art matters and forge a new process for the submission and review of public art projects. 

“Ann is a trusted university leader with a proven track record of working collaboratively across many academic and administrative units on campus to effect positive change, always keeping the best interests of our students, faculty and staff top of mind,” DiStefano said. “I am confident she and the committee will lead this charge to the maximum benefit of our campus.”

A recommendation on the status of the installation of Los Seis de Boulder, a temporary sculpture on campus, is expected as part of the Art in Public Space committee’s deliverables this spring. Interested community members can continue to share ideas and feedback via the committee’s webpage