For Immediate Release
Tim Vacca
MOA Director of Programs
Colorado Arts Organization
Awards Collegiate Students for
Conceptual Public Art Designs!
MOA opened the competition to students across the nation earlier this winter.
Pictured above is a rendering from the first place team from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The project is titled "RGB" and utilizes shipping containers to create a pop-up makerspace. Students thoughtfully rendered their project into Denver's Civic Center Park.
DENVER (July 31, 2019) – In January 2019, Colorado based arts organization, MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts), announced a new national collegiate design competition as part of its award winning Design and Build program. Four winning teams have been selected from across the nation, representing the best entries received in the competition.

MOA sought out team conceptual proposals for the competition from art, architecture, design, and other creatively focused USA based undergraduate and graduate students. Submissions addressed this year’s challenge of designing a pop-up Makerspace through a blend of architecture and sculpture/ installation or other creative solutions, while utilizing sustainable materials. The project falls within the realm of public art.

Winning Teams
First Place- $5,000 Award
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Tyler's Architecture Program, Architecture Department
Emma Frecon, Thomas Lantz, Avery Mathews, Sharrod Parker Jr., and David Pintor.

Second Place- $3,000
University of Colorado Denver
Landscape Architecture, College of Architecture and Planning
Leah Bryant, James Oberhansley, and Chris Quinn

Third Place- $1,000
University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
Interior Architecture & Design, College of Arts and Sciences
Brittany Burkett, Peyton Clemmer, Crystal Henry, Callie Kramer, and Faith Watts

Honorable Mention- $500
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Architecture and Industrial Design Programs
Bowen Chen, Qingqing Deng, Suixin Liu, and Yanbing Zhao

Full proposals may be viewed on the competition website archive.
Competition Brief may be viewed here.

“We are elated to see the level of creativity and inventive thinking that our first national level Design and Build Competition produced,” said Cynthia Madden Leitner, MOA president. “The mission of Design and Build is to 'motivate invention through collaborative creativity,' and we certainly accomplished that in the competition's first year.” 

Since 1991, MOA’s Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for emerging artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art, architecture, and design projects. Since the inception of the program thousands of students throughout Colorado have collaborated on site-specific installations. Assisted by professional faculty and artists in residence, Design and Build participants have produced exciting and original site-specific art works for MOA’s gallery and public spaces throughout the Denver metro area.

After operating the Design and Build program for nearly 30 years in the Denver metro area, MOA embarked on a journey to expand the program to include a national design competition component. 2019 commenced the first annual, national art, architecture & design competition. The goal of the competition is to cultivate potential from emerging artists, architecture and design students, and other creatives and to allow the students the space to conceptualize inventive ideas within a set of boundaries.

The competition will garner an online repository of art, architecture & design concepts. It is the goal to take the competition to an international level and collaborate with creatives across the globe in the future. 2019-2022 will focus on the USA national level before taking the competition to an international audience.

A call for the next competition challenge will go out this fall. The next competition will be open to individuals and university faculty who wish to take the competition on as a class project. More information may be found on the Design and Build Competition website.
About MOA
Founded in 1981, MOA (Museum of Outdoor Arts) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of “Making Art a Part of Everyday Life.” MOA owns and operates Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in collaboration with its tenant AEG Presents and features more than 150 pieces in its outdoor collection. Additionally, MOA is home to art studios and indoor galleries hosting several exhibitions per year, an artist in residence program and its signature education program, Design and Build, an annual opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to work with professional artists on collaborative art projects. For more information on MOA, visit or follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
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