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Art on the Streets returns 

Now 15 years old, Art on the Streets is an annual tradition, putting public art downtown — free to taxpayers — thanks to the Downtown Partnership and U.S. Bank.

This year's newly announced batch features sculpture from well-known locals like Kim Polomka and Pard Morrison, as well as Denverite Timothy C. Flood and nine other artists from around the country. According to Laurel Prud'homme, director of communications for the Partnership, 130 submissions came in and were vetted by Blake Milteer, museum director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center.

Milteer also chose the winners, who received cash prizes last Friday. This year's top honors went to Michael Brohman of Denver, whose bronze "Place" (located in front of the El Paso County Combined Courts on South Tejon Street) netted him $15,000.

Second place went to San Francisco artist Melanie Piech, and third to Salida artist Jimmy Descant (his piece pictured at right), who shows his retro-futuristic works often around town, and will be part of a show at the Ivywild School that opens July 13.

As of press time, 10 of the 11 new installations of Art on the Streets were up and ready for public view. (A map with the locations of the works will soon be available for download at downtown80903.com.) The only outlier was Morrison's "Sum," which is slated to go on display once construction finishes on the sidewalk and street at Tejon and Cimarron streets.

As always, the pieces are for sale, and could possibly be purchased by an entity like the Partnership itself for permanent display downtown.

Prud'homme notes that Art on the Streets co-founder Judy Noyes was involved in this year's effort before she passed away unexpectedly this past week. (See City Sage, for more on Noyes.)

"Just a few weeks ago, Judy viewed images of the 2013 Art on the Streets sculptures and was looking forward to seeing them in person," Prud'homme writes via email. "We are saddened by her loss, and grateful for the legacy of community art she leaves behind."

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