Discover the hidden world of Denver’s dynamic fine arts scene this fall.

October 2013

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Denver is having a fine arts “moment.” Nearly two years ago, the acclaimed Clyfford Still Museum sprouted in the Golden Triangle. Last winter, the Denver Art Museum’s Becoming Van Gogh sold out 57 of 83 days (followed next spring by Picasso to Pollock, a collection of 40 iconic artists—Van Gogh, Dali, and Warhol among them). This summer, Denver collector Henry Roath pledged to give the DAM 50 pieces from his celebrated Western art collection, which includes works by Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran. And last summer’s “Virga: The Sound Performance”—composer Morton Waller’s sonic interpretation of the sculpture on the Delgany pedestrian bridge over Cherry Creek—recently picked up an award as one of the top 50 public art projects in the country.

What’s behind Denver’s rapidly maturing arts community? You know, besides decades of thoughtful city planning—like “one percent for art” and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District tax, which contributes roughly $40 million a year to Denver arts and cultural events and organizations—and the chutzpah of galleries like Pirate and RedLine. We talked to museum directors, curators, gallerists, artists, city officials, collectors, and art consultants to find out. Their answers introduced us to some of Denver’s artsiest movers and shakers, illuminated the art of art collecting, revealed how to find (and frame and hang) original works without going broke, and helped us discover this fall’s must-see exhibits. With their assistance, we’re revealing Denver’s blossoming creative side so you can get out and experience it. Trust us, you don’t want to let this moment pass you by.