A Home for Art's Sake

When Denver Art Museum mega-donors Kent and Vicki Logan built their spread in Vail, the result was no ordinary log-and-antlers lodge.

October 2006

During the last few years, our Queen of the Plains has finally become more queen than plain, decked out in an array of architectural and cultural gems: the new Central Library designed by Michael Graves, the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver, the not-yet-out-of-the-box Clyfford Still Museum, and, debuting this month, the Denver Art Museum’s Frederic C. Hamilton Building.

Tapping an internationally renowned architect was a stroke of genius for the DAM—the shiny new Daniel Libeskind-designed project added just the kind of cache to attract buzz, dollars—and donors. Among those is a multi-faceted bequest from retired financial analyst Kent Logan and his wife, Vicki.

Complementing the Logans’ 2002 donation to the DAM of 213 objects, this new gift consists of a $10 million endowment for the Museum’s Department of Modern & Contemporary Art and more than 200 pieces of what Kent Logan calls “conceptual realist” art. “Radar: Selections from the Kent and Vicki Logan Collection” will inaugurate the Logans’ namesake atrium gallery in the Hamilton Building when it opens.