DAM to Exhibit Community Designs in First-ever Visitor Sourced Exhibition

Design challenge creations will be displayed in museum’s largest gallery

The Denver Art Museum (DAM) invites the community to participate in an inspired design challenge by creating a solution to a design issue in their neighborhood and bringing it to the museum for display. The museum will put the designs on view in Open For Design: A DAM Community Challenge, opening August 4, 2012, in the Anschutz Gallery on level two of the Hamilton Building. Are you up to the task?

The DAM challenges everyone—no matter their age or skill level—to get creative and transform an object or material into something that makes their neighborhood a better place. Submissions can be an object, a model, a sketch or even a photograph. Whatever the form of the submission, flat or 3-D, it must fit into a 2-by-2-by-2-foot space.

“At the DAM, we love inviting our visitors to be creative and we’re kicking it up a notch with Open For Design,” said Sonnet Coggins, exhibition organizer and head of adult and college programs at the DAM. “The challenge is an opportunity to explore design in a way that can improve our community, and I’ve already heard some pretty exciting ideas: a plastic water bottle found in the park transformed into a birdfeeder or a plan to attach a blender to a stationary bike so neighbors can ‘pedal’ snow cones on summer days. We are excited to see all of the inventive ideas that come from our community."

Submissions will be accepted on Saturday, July 28, beginning at 9 a.m. Participants must be in line by 4 p.m. for their work to be included in Open For Design, on view August 4 through September 2. Not all materials will be accepted. No soil, living, liquid, hazardous or unsafe materials or anything with an active insect infestation will be permitted. For a full list of material restrictions, examples of objects, ideas and to register submissions for the exhibition please visit www.denverartmuseum.org/openfordesign.