Zafira Pavia Justinian Downtown Grand Junction Art on the Corner Temporary outdoor sculpture exhibit Main Street GJ Creates

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art on the corner

Grand Junction was one of the first cities in the nation to create an outdoor sculpture exhibition. This idea was brought to the members of City Council and downtown merchants by Dave Davis, an artist and Director of The Art Center of Western Colorado. Davis saw an opportunity to breathe new life into the downtown shopping park due to Exxon closing its operations on the Western Slope two years before, leaving Grand Junction a virtual ghost town. After gaining support, he assembled 10 area sculptors and on August 5, 1984, Grand Junction saw the first exhibit of 24 sculptures on Main Street. Since then, the community has supported Davis’ vision and continues to honor his legacy through the exhibition of new sculptures annually, the care of the permanent collection and keeping the history of the exhibit alive by offering community talks and walking tours.   

As the program enters into its 38th year, we welcome 19 new sculptures featuring new artists and old friends. This year’s exhibit was curated by Colorado artist, Kyle Ocean. Kyle has been accepted into the exhibit twice before and we purchased his first work, “Skyline” in 2019. He is a professional sculptor who specializes in large scale metal works. Along with the pieces curated by Kyle, we invited Colorado Mesa University students to apply. This year we juried in two student pieces. 

We hope you enjoy the quality and innovation of this exhibit.



These works along with the permanent collection can be viewed as you stroll along Main Street.

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