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Restructuring: Color and Line

Date:
Apr 14, 2016 to May 09, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 889-2200

Lisa Call stitches together geometric “paintings” with dyed fabrics and thread. Inspired by cities, homes, and the southwest landscape, the abstract shapes she employs belie the fastidious detail and layers of color woven into each piece. Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m. Visit lisacall.com.

Etages

Date:
Apr 15, 2016 07:30 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 904-0928

Ask any native Coloradan what she misses most when she leaves her home state, and you’re likely to hear (apart from the mountains) that she longs for Colorado’s clear skies. Denver native Laura Guese’s body of work is a veritable homage to that bluebird expanse we’re so fond of. Her sponge-like, topographic paintings will take…

Mountain Standard Clay

Date:
Apr 16, 2016 to Jun 12, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 279-3922

This biennial clay arts exhibit celebrates many iterations of a 27,000-year-old tradition of working with clay. You may remember the show as Colorado Clay; the name was changed this year to be inclusive of artists from around the region. The The 39 masterpieces-made-from-mud, created by by 23 different artists, will be on display for about…

Adam Buehler

Date:
Apr 20, 2016 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 505-1655

Celebrate spring by discovering an emerging local artist: Denver's own Adam Buehler, a graduate student in architecture at University of Colorado Denver. Buehler's canvases burst with color, light, and movement—embodying the optimism of the season and showcasing a talent that belies the artist's age. To top off the evening, attendees of the opening can toast…

Declaration

Date:
Apr 21, 2016 to Jun 11, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 298-7788

The work of renowned anatomy sculptor Louise Bourgeois will be joined by artistic creations of Ruth Bernhard, Linda Fleming, Jae Koe, and several others in this multi-medium exhibit showcasing boundary-pushing artists. Works will vary in time period from 1947 to present day, but are tied together by their cultural influence. Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat…

Design In Bloom

Date:
Apr 28, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 904-1088

"Green architecture" takes on a whole new meaning at this springtime design event, featuring architects and designers from 14 of Denver's most groundbreaking firms. As spectators treat themselves to cocktails, flower-themed small bites, and craft beer from Renegade Brewing, the creative teams get the chance to exhibit their most extraordinary floral-based creations. From 3-D printed…

Spotlight on Pueblo

Date:
Apr 29, 2016 10:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 866-2604

Pueblo, a historic town due south of Colorado Springs, and its natural surroundings have inspired many an artist over the last century and a half. This spring, the work of 40 Pueblo artists will be showcased in the Colorado State Capitol Rotunda, the Lieutenant Governor’s office, and the Joint Budget Committee Room. Artists featured include…

Variable Reality

Date:
Apr 29, 2016 to Jun 11, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

Seven artists from Denver, the East Coast, and Sweden will offer their (abstract) takes on the natural world in this group exhibit. Enjoy the dramatic juxtaposition of purposefully placed crude smears and realistic depictions that Peter Roux employs in his renditions of natural vistas and Denver local John Haley's sculpture of abstracted natural forms, which…

Place of Refuge

Date:
Apr 29, 2016 01:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

Thousands of people choose to move to Denver each year—but some are forced to relocate to the Mile High City. Photographer Angela Buckley has long documented the lives of Burmese refugees who fled from one dramatic mountain landscape to another. See her images and learn about the culture and customs of Burmese families who have…

Art in Action

Date:
Apr 30, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$30-$50.
Phone:

Scoop up a local masterpiece, like a dreamy city or mountainscape by local painter Alex Artista or one of Amanda Vela's vibrantly detailed animal drawings, or view the latest spring fashions from Denver-based ethical fashion company Tribe at this benefit for Dry Bones Denver and Mission Wear. The event themed around Colorado creators will include…

Art War

Date:
May 04, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$35-$100.
Phone:

Pop culture aficionados, art lovers, foodies, and hardcore Star Wars fans will unite at a local art gallery for an intergalactic celebration. At this Comic Con–esque evening, fans new and old can deck themselves in themed costumes, throw back signature cocktails (choosing between the Dark Side or the Rebel Alliance, of course) and, best of…

Post Party Depression

Date:
May 05, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-0791

Modern artist Blair Bogin explores birthday ritual with her documentary-based performance art, which infuses chortle-at-the-awkwardness humor into highbrow topics. Catch her performance created in a residency with PlatteForum’s ArtLab Thursday at 7 p.m. Remnants from the production will be on display at PlatteForum through May 19; Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit blairbogin.com.

First Friday Art Party

Date:
May 06, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

Get excited for summer storm season with this exhibit featuring four local photographers' shots of Colorado’s extreme weather. David Mayhew’s and Caryn Hill’s dramatic skies complement Eric Treece’s apocalyptic tornado and lightning shots, while Roger Hill’s photos that balance natural terrain with cloudscape will put any viewer at ease. The show is a collaboration with…

Transitional Landscapes

Date:
May 06, 2016 to Jun 10, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 224-1010

Innovative landscape photography by more than 50 artists from around the globe has been chosen by juror Natasha Egan, the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago, for this sprawling photography exhibit. Make sure to find Richard Giles’ hauntingly lonely image of a derelict structure in wide-open plains, Carolyn Doucette’s…

How to Build a Lie: Apocryphal Technologies and Works by Jamie Allen

Date:
May 06, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-505-2127

Take a trip to consider humanity's reliance on technology during the opening of Canadian-Swiss media artist Jamie Allen’s first Colorado exhibition. Allen’s reimaginings of common items like laptops and typewriters aim to expose how technology dictates our desires. Allen’s work will appear alongside three works from Pablo Picasso’s 1969 lithographic series, Imaginary Portraits, that share…

One Day Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Show

Date:
May 07, 2016 02:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

Peruse the creations of local sculptors John Haley, Jack Middleton, and Mike Wright this Mother’s Day weekend. Each of the three artists in the one-day show employs rudimentary shapes to communicate an aesthetic message, be it simple and striking forms, patterns in nature, or bug-like creatures. Sat 2-6 p.m.

Color

Date:
May 07, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-697-9006

Painter Ken Elliott employs the full spectrum of color to highlight the elements he finds most striking in natural scenes. A magenta-hued mountainscape, for instance, is lined by a sliver of bright green and warm yellow, indicating a receding sun over the western horizon. See his unique interpretation of wild spaces in this solo show.…

Joyce Coco and Madeleine Dodge

Date:
May 12, 2016 to Jun 12, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 889-2200

Joyce Coco builds thick layers of color, using both bright and dark hues against a light, earthy backdrop to please the eye. Her resulting abstract works depict recognizable forms: a paint-smattered windshield, a goat, a desk lamp. Her work will be complemented by Madeleine Dodge’s colorful and geometric wall hangings. Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m.; Fri…

MediaLive: Corruption

Date:
May 16, 2016 to May 22, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:

At this weeklong symposium, attendees have a choice between a dip or a dive into the world of contemporary art. The most promising minds in contemporary art come together for a host of activities, many of them free to the public, like the Crowdsourced Intelligence Agency exhibit by New York-based installation artists Derek Curry and…

Modern Structure

Date:
May 19, 2016 to Jul 02, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 904-1088

Each of the five Denver-based artists in this new show employs geometric shapes, muted tones accented with pops of birght color, and plenty of negative space in their paintings or sculptures. Enjoy the deconstructed, soft-hued forms of abstract painter Frank T. Martinez and dreamy etchings of floating cubes by contemporary artist Steven Baris. Wed-Fri 11…

Presence

Date:
May 19, 2016 to Jun 11, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

James Bohling's acrylic paintings depict Southwestern landscapes in all their vivid glory, while Cyncie Winter’s abstract paintings evoke a sense of form and growth through her expansive use of light. The two have collaborated to create works around the concept of achieving a sense of calm. Thu-Fri 1-4 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m. Visit jamesbohling.com and…

Art Night Out

Date:
May 20, 2016 05:00 pm - 09:15 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

This community tradition that celebrates local artists kicks off its season with a lineup chock full of vendors, musical performances, and activities. Enjoy the beer and wine garden from the Post Brewing Co., Art on the Street sculptures, children’s activity booth (with face painting and a magic show), and fine wares like paintings and jewelry…

Botanical Expressions

Date:
May 20, 2016 to Jun 13, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(719) 685-1008

While Kathleen Krucoff bends metal into delicate necklaces and earrings that evoke natural forms, Jo Gaston creates idyllic scenes of country ranches and gardens (which she recalls from her childhood) with watercolors. The two Black Forest residents share gallery space for this new exhibit, allowing their vastly different mediums exploring the same similar subject matter…

Noche de Museo

Date:
May 20, 2016 06:00 pm
Cost:
$65.
Phone:
303-477-4582

Come to this evening fund-raiser for the mouthwatering eats by Central Bistro and Bar’s chef Jesse Vega; stay for the striking black and white works by artist Yesika Felix. Bid in the silent auction for an opportunity to take home one of Felix's images, which depict contrasting textures like bark and skin. Thu 6-8 p.m.

Exploring the Light Workshop

Date:
May 21, 2016 09:00 am
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
(720) 509-1000

Whether you’re an amateur shutterbug or a seasoned Henri Cartier-Bresson, you'll learn new skills at this workshop. Globe-trotting photographer George Jardine will explain the differences between Lightbox and Photoshop, and how to integrate the two for maximum benefit. Sat 9-11 a.m.

ArtCorps Mentoring Youth Exhibition

Date:
May 26, 2016 04:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

Underprivileged youth in Five Points have created an exhibit that reflects social issues relating to their lives and communities; celebrate art and join the dialogue at this opening exhibit. Through one-on-one pairings with artist mentors such as Robert Bell and Courtney Charles, students from Whittier International Elementary School and Manual High School designed the social…

Wave: Light + Water + Sound

Date:
Jun 02, 2016 to Jun 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Denver's already known for its public art (we're looking at you, glob of kidney beans otherwise known as "National Velvet"), but Breckenridge is the first city in the Centennial State to host a festival devoted to public art. Six artists have created pieces themed around light, water, and sound, including "The Pool" (pictured), Boulder-based sculptor…

¡Viva la Frida!

Date:
Jun 03, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Festoon thyself with flowers: This vivacious celebration of art (and life) is about to get colorful. The spirit of the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo guides the aesthetic of the exhibit, starting with the opening night party. Costumes are not required, but guests are encouraged to embody Kahlo in their attire—with or without a faux…

How Did I Get Here

Date:
Jun 03, 2016 to Jul 16, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 777-9473

In this innovative exhibit, Martha Hughes simplifies images of houses, gardens, and pools, often employed as symbols of wealth and opulence in popular culture, to their barest colors and shapes. Her vivid, angular paintings create an illusion of vacuous spaces cut awkwardly by walls and corners, mimicking the momentary disorientation one often feels in new…

Repeat Offenders

Date:
Jun 03, 2016 to Aug 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 297-9831

In this new show of oil paintings, artist Sharon Bond Brown displays black-and-white portraits from her long-running series "Creators" alongside her colorful "Damage" paintings of alleged murderers and other criminals. While her "Creators" pieces communicate vivacity despite their grayscale palette, Brown's 22-by-20-inch "Damage" images are done in color—even though they're based off black-and-white mug shots.…

People’s Fair

Date:
Jun 04, 2016 to Jun 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 913-0700

Kick off the summer arts festival season with this family-friendly fair. Your tykes will enjoy carnival games and a participatory Art in the Park painting session while Mom and Dad can peruse Fine Art Avenue, a row of booths displaying the works of 81 local and regional artists of all media—from fiber and ceramics to…

Summer of Watercolor

Date:
Jun 09, 2016 to Aug 28, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 898-7200

This summer exhibition celebrates the medium of watercolor with a collection of pieces from artists across the western United States. The Western Federation of Watercolor Societies will exhibit 130 pieces from 12 regional watercolor societies, while an accompanying display from the Colorado Watercolor Society will feature work from 65 Colorado watercolor artists, including Tanis Bula,…

Landscape

Date:
Jun 10, 2016 to Jul 24, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-0950

Enjoy the beauty and diversity of natural and man-made landscapes alike with this group exhibition. More than 40 local, national, and international artists, including Michelle Condrat and Derek Harrison, will show off styles ranging from realism to abstrat expressionism at two different times (check out the first opening on June 10 and the second on…

Roam

Date:
Jun 11, 2016 to Aug 08, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

A "contemporary Western" almost seems like a paradox, but that's exactly what Detroit-based artist Jon Geiger has created in this traveling pop-up exhibit. Curious art-lovers can attend the opening night fete to catch a first glimpse of Geiger's neon tumbleweed, a flickering icon of the New West. Challenging and expanding upon traditional ideas of Americana,…

Summer Mancraftival

Date:
Jun 11, 2016 02:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 744-6996

Calling all men: You've (finally) got an excuse to oil up your beard, throw on your best flannel, and dust off your favorite whiskey glass. Featuring more than 60 art vendors selling crafts made with men in mind, including the Famous Beard Oil Company, Bighorn Apparel, and Quiet Leather Works, this man-tastic fair offers everything…

Continuum

Date:
Jun 17, 2016 to Jun 30, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

Focusing on composition and form rather than hue, this group exhibit explores the absence of color by showcasing works in black, white, and various shades of gray. The display of paintings and drawings will be hung on a combination of black and gray walls to heighten the drama of the monochromatic works. Don't miss Barbara…

Awkward Family Photos

Date:
Jun 18, 2016 to Jan 09, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

There’s one hanging in almost every home: the poorly posed, overly matchy, probably cross-eyed awkward family photo. Now Mike Bender and Doug Chernack, who first shared their personal collection of uncomfortable snapshots on their aptly titled website, awkwardfamilyphotos.com, are bringing more than 200 peculiar portraits—complete with “behind the awkwardness” stories from the families pictured—to Denver.…

Wild

Date:
Jun 18, 2016 to Jul 10, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-697-9006

Colorado is known for its vast and awe-inspiring wilderness, a landscape that includes a myriad of furry and feathered creatures. This group exhibit honors the untamable wildlife of the Centennial State and the American West, featuring seven artists with varying mediums, styles, and interpretations of “the wild” that reflect on the unpredictability of nature. Anchor…

Ian Fisher: In Advance of Light

Date:
Jun 23, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 298-7788

Thanks to Ian Fisher, finding shapes in the sky isn't just a children's game. This much-anticipated solo exhibition features 10 paintings depicting expressive cloudscapes, the artist's signature subject matter, in a unified palette of deep midnight blues and grays. The dichotomy of light and dark hues alludes to the cyclical quality of nature and the…

Sum Ergo Sum

Date:
Jun 24, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-2360

By blending the organic body with the digital world, Denver-based artist Lui Ferreyra's signature, fragmented style challenges the traditional bounds of oil painting as a medium. At this innovative exhibition, glimpse Ferreyra's newest works alongside selections from complimentary artists such as Roger Reutimann, whose fiberglass nudes function as the 3-D counterpart to Ferreyra's work. Tue-Fri…

The Edge of Realism

Date:
Jun 24, 2016 to Jul 23, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-0950

In this group exhibition featuring 31 local, national, and international artists, realism mingles with abstraction and surrealism. Benjamin Garcia’s take on reality is a deconstructed mix of blurry and distorted faces and bodies, whereas Britt Snyder’s paintings depict realist scenes through a hazy, almost impressionistic lens, creating the perspective of looking through glass or water.…

They Still Live

Date:
Jun 30, 2016 to Jul 18, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

Explore the intricacies of lineage and identity at this meditative exhibit, which features portraits by Denver-based photographer Thomas “Detour” Evans. By juxtaposing scenes of modern American life with traditional African masks and art, Evans brings viewers to the crossroads of family histories. The project, which is both a statement of pride and a lament for…

Guido Ignatti: Tapiados

Date:
Jun 30, 2016 to Jul 30, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-4234

Argentinian artist Guido Ignatti is making his American debut with this contemporary solo exhibition. Ignatti’s tapiados—the Spanish term for structures that create a blockage—combine painted wood and electrical lighting to convey a sense of obstruction and incite curiosity about what might exist on the other side of the barrier. The works evoke urban landscapes and…

Guido Ignatti: Setup

Date:
Jul 01, 2016 to Sep 11, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 298-7554

In Argentine artist Guido Ignatti's first state-side solo exhibit, abstract paintings will give way to modified plants, which will transition to larger-than-life sculptures and finally to a mural of poetry and political graffiti. The diverse installations are intended to let gallery-goers reflect on the wide range of emotions, from loneliness to pleasure, that art can…

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Date:
Jul 02, 2016 to Jul 04, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 394-7223

This lively outdoor festival features 250 national and international artists, including 26 from Colorado, working in 13 mediums. Be sure to check out five featured emerging artists, including Scott "Mr. Christmas" Hildebrandt, who creates complex whimsical sculptures from salvaged materials. Festival-goers can also enjoy the best of culinary and performing arts by visiting food booths…

Blue Starlite Drive-In Grand Opening

Date:
Jul 08, 2016 to Jul 10, 2016
Cost:
$8-$30.
Phone:

Thanks to this brand-new mountain drive-in, your summer movie nights just got a little more retro. During the opening weekend for this 30-foot-wide boutique theater, you can park your car and tune in your FM radio to catch screenings of classic films, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Goonies, and a special sing-a-long version…

Colorado Black Arts Festival

Date:
Jul 08, 2016 to Jul 10, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Enjoy the best of visual, performing and musical arts during this three-day celebration of African-inspired art and culture. In the sculpture garden and along “Visual Arts Avenue,” you'll find paintings, etchings, and photography by elite and emerging black artists. Then you can catch the Hendersons Band giving a soulful performance to match the weekend theme…

A New Spin

Date:
Jul 08, 2016 to Jul 30, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-320-8347

Knitting and crochet aren't the only way to make beautiful woven pieces—this group exhibition features 11 artists who each have their own take on creating masterpieces out of fibers and textiles. Deidre Adams’ colorful stitched textiles almost look like paintings, while Thomas Lundberg’s embroideries are full of texture that creates a unique three-dimensional effect. After…

Poured Action Painting Demo

Date:
Jul 09, 2016 to Jul 10, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-865-5000

This colorful live performance will give spectators a glimpse into the studio process of Denver-based painter Laura Krudener. Watch as her literal kinetic movements translate into two-dimensional aesthetic drama in her paintings. As viewers look on, the artist will pour and layer paint on a canvas to create one of her signature large-scale works, each…

Drawing Never Dies

Date:
Jul 09, 2016 to Aug 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

Technology may have changed the art world, but this juried exhibition proves that the age-old skill of drawing isn’t going anywhere—in fact, it’s evolving. The display features drawing of every type, from traditional graphite on paper to images drawn in the earth to three-dimensional drawings in space. Peruse the gallery to see the nature-inspired works…

Simplifying the Essentials

Date:
Jul 15, 2016 to Sep 03, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-8955

This six-artist exhibit explores artistic creations that achieve depth without complexity. For instance, Melissa Borrell’s works will immerse you in a shifting landscape of angles and hues with elemental use of light and color, while Patricia Finley’s clean, elegant lines are painted on colorless canvases. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Summer Opening Celebration

Date:
Jul 15, 2016 04:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$2.
Phone:
(303) 298-7554

At this opening ceremony, three new exhibitions will be unveiled: Adam Pendleton’s mixed media show Becoming Imperceptible, Guido Ignatti’s installation exhibition Setup, and Molly Bounds’ Critical Focus, which features unconventional body drawings. After you admire each artist's unique medium, enjoy mixes from DJs John Tyler and Maya Amack and snack on bites from Phenomenal Falafel…

Vital Visions

Date:
Jul 15, 2016 to Aug 26, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

At this intimate exhibit, explore the intersection of two genres of art that might seem to be mutually exclusive: expressionism and realism. Colorado-based painter Jeffrey Harrison possesses a style that is at once emotive and camera-like, subjective and objective. What results from Harrison’s holistic evaluations is something akin to portraits of his subjects' identities. Tue-Sat…

Unorthodox Taxidermy: The Art of Dr. Seuss

Date:
Jul 16, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 214-5263

At this whimsical exhibit, the world of Dr. Seuss leaps straight off the pages into real life. Featuring 17 taxidermy wall sculptures crafted by the author himself in the 1930s, the display showcases creatures of all shapes and sizes—from the blue-hued carbonic walrus to the ram-like goo-goo-eyed Tasmanian wolghast—that toe the line between real and…

50th Anniversary Celebration Week at Anderson Ranch

Date:
Jul 17, 2016 to Jul 22, 2016
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
970-923-3181

For half a century, the arts haven tucked into the Roaring Fork Valley (close to Aspen and Snowmass) has supported nationally and internationally recognized artists through residencies and other programs. The week-long celebration of the ranch’s anniversary, then, is perhaps not long enough. The schedule is stacked with artist lectures, celebrations, and exhibits, but we…

The Line to Follow

Date:
Jul 19, 2016 to Sep 03, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 635-6255

Colorado sculptor Sara Ransford assembles delicate pieces of paper clay, creating forms reminiscent of natural shapes: sedimentary deposits in rock formations, the spongey, stringy flesh of bark, the pods of a seed. Her work, in abstract form, evokes a sense of time and erosion inherent to both the natural and man-made worlds. Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6…

Present Box: Jonathan Mason

Date:
Jul 20, 2016 to Jul 24, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 443-2122

Think of this installation as a work of artistic synesthesia. During the interactive sense-blending exhibition, Colorado artist Jonathan Mason pairs seven musical notes with seven different colors, so guests can choose a combination of hues to produce their own melodies. Up to seven viewers at a time can experiment with the shades to create their…

Large Works

Date:
Jul 22, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-1261

Vincent Xeus has created large portraits by ladling colorful blobs of paint on planks of wood before. Ron Hicks has created haunting images based on historical events, and Daniel Keys has painted still lifes and farm scenes with a life-like sense of motion. But none has ever completed such works on so grand a scale.…

Large Works

Date:
Jul 22, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-1261

Lose yourself in towering works of art during this larger-than-life exhibition. This unique show, which highlights 25 of the gallery's featured artists, gives painters the chance to leave average-sized canvases behind and create giant masterpieces. Landscape artist David Grossmann recreates the immersive experience of walking through a forest in his 30-by-50-inch painting "Autumn Color Patterns,"…

Fine Wine & Art Gala

Date:
Jul 23, 2016 04:00 pm
Cost:
$35.
Phone:
303-697-9006

Both fine art and wine will be demystified during this gala held by one of Denver’s most acclaimed contemporary art galleries. You’ll glimpse masterpieces from start-to-finish as local artists Jessi West Lundeen and Greg Dye, both known for their vivid lanscapes, paint live. Meanwhile, sommelier Greg Thomas will lead attendees through a tasting of international…

Full Spectrum

Date:
Jul 28, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-0950

Mark Andrew Bailey is known for his expertly lit impressionist scenes; Kristy Gordon has drawn acclaim for her life-like portraits with surreal backdrops; and Robert Spooner employs Pollock-like chaos in his vivid street scenes. But what else might they like to create? See what these and seven other artists produced for this group show when…

Branching Out: Three Paths

Date:
Jul 28, 2016 to Aug 20, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 408-7813

At this experimental exhibit, three local artists come together to create unity out of their different styles. Abstract fiber artist Karen Bennett uses deconstructed screen prints and embroidery to explore mythical tales, whereas quilter Keats Scott draws inspiration from Colorado mountains to craft quilts that portray landscapes and village scenes. Like Scott, painter Mary Clark…

PaintFest America

Date:
Jul 29, 2016 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Show your support for cancer survivors at this community-focused painting party. Add to one of five hand-painted murals, which depict a variety of subjects, including American flags and forest scenes. The masterpieces will be hung in SCL Health facilities throughout the Denver area to provide encouragement for cancer patients and their families. While you're there,…

Longing to Belong

Date:
Jul 30, 2016 to Aug 27, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-832-1599

In a world where many curate (seemingly) perfect lives for social media, Colorado artist Matthew Harris is questioning how social status is truly gained. His demonic ceramic busts (which we think call to mind the noble outcast hunchback Quasimodo) are meant to pose the question: How do wisdom, compassion, and humility stack up against wealth,…

Keystone River Run Village Art Festival

Date:
Jul 30, 2016 to Jul 31, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 496-4000

Get a breath of fresh air with this day-trip-worthy festival in stunning Keystone. Admission is free, but the works for sale are high-end. Whether you're out to decorate your LoDo penthouse or just enjoy the stroll-worthy setting, be sure to admire the striking paintings (like Steve Ward's vivid abstract works), eye-catching sculptures, and local crafts.…

Art-i-Fax

Date:
Jul 30, 2016 02:00 pm - 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Get your weekly dose of culture at this festive street party celebrating the kickoff of the Colfax Open Air Art Gallery Project. Peruse booths from art vendors such as Surj Artwork and Studio Colfax while enjoying the jazzy musical stylings of the Bada Boom Big Brass Band. You can also witness art in the making…

ArtLab: P.O.V.

Date:
Aug 04, 2016 05:30 pm - 07:30 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-0791

Thanks to this thought-provoking exhibition, you'll dive into a discussion about current events. Thirteen high school students teamed up with Denver artists Taylor Balkissoon and John Lake to explore social issues, such as gentrification and homelessness, in their creative works. From zines to multimedia pieces to large-scale photography, the students contributed their own perspectives and…

Superposition

Date:
Aug 05, 2016 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

At this collaborative, conceptual fashion show, local designers Cyrus and Keenan Ferguson will showcase their original pieces. Denver musician Jason Corder, better known by his stage name Off the Sky, will spin moody electroacoustic tracks as models show off their minimalist looks, which have been crafted from hand-painted fabrics made by artists at RedLine's Reach…

Archetype Revival

Date:
Aug 05, 2016 to Sep 23, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 806-0444

Archetypal figures, such as the hero and the villain, are the focus of this inventive group exhibition. In this display, nine emerging artists reimagine these classic characters in their paintings, sculptures, and video installations. Peruse the gallery to view collaborative projects such as "Tea Cup Teddy," a stuffed bear–shaped sculpture made from broken china, and…

Lest We Forget: The Mission

Date:
Aug 06, 2016 to Jan 31, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-360-5360

To honor the Americans who lost their lives during World War II, retired fighter pilot Fredric Arnold created this moving exhibit. As a memorial, the 94-year-old carved 12 life-size bronze sculptures resembling the fallen men in his former squadron, all of which will be on display. While you admire the large-scale works, be sure to…

Bloodlines

Date:
Aug 06, 2016 to Sep 03, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 679-3610

Longmont-based painter Sophy Brown re-envisions the Wild West in this equine-centered exhibition. With her acrylic tableaus, Brown focuses in on the visceral emotions of horses and riders on the modern frontier. Browse these captivating portraits for an intimate look at the culture and landscape of Western America. Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. —Photo courtesy of Evergreen…

Structured

Date:
Aug 06, 2016 to Sep 16, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 797-1779

In this group exhibition, four Colorado artists examine the architectural forms of the spaces in which we live and work. Rick Dula's paintings explore scenes of industrial decay and reveal his fascination with the corrosion of metal, while painter Sarah McKenzie focuses her eye on the light and lines of temporary spaces, such as hotel…

The Gold Hill Art Project

Date:
Aug 07, 2016 to Sep 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Presented by Black Cube Art, this contemporary art installation explores themes of landscape, migration and tourism in the historic mining town of Gold Hill. The outdoor exhibition, installed in the authentic mining cabins and gardens dotting the town, features sculpture, mixed media, and photography by Molly Berger, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, and Eric Stewart. The site…

Unframed: Print for a Change

Date:
Aug 10, 2016 to Aug 21, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

By checking out this gallery show, you'll be doing your civic duty. In this exhibit, local artists create their own fictional campaigns using print and paper-based art to represent social and political issues important to the Denver art community. Accompanying the salon-style exhibition will be an “election” in which patrons can vote for their four…

From the Garden

Date:
Aug 11, 2016 to Nov 06, 2016
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
720-865-3501

To create her unique "dark-room aesthetic," former photographer Heidi Jung uses light and movement to create drawings that conjure up the atmosphere of a photograph. Nature is one of Jung’s constant subjects, and her images regularly depict greenery and insects. This particular exhibition features ink and charcoal works inspired by edible plants in Jung’s own…

Gabrielle Shannon: Floating Migration Art

Date:
Aug 11, 2016 to Oct 01, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-534-0382

Inspired by a traumatic brain injury that pulled her back to art, Denver-based painter Gabrielle Shannon is fascinated by the concept of the in-between. Using a combination of fluid acrylics and pastels, her colorful, swirling tableaus relay the chaos and ambiguity of an out-of-body experience as she attempts to capture a visual representation of dynamic…

Women Behaving Badly

Date:
Aug 13, 2016 to Sep 30, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-955-2237

In this exhibit of portraits, Denver-based artist Adrienne Norris showcases pioneering female role models. She combines watercolor paintings with newspaper clippings and old photos to create unique collages that depict influential women within the context of the eras they lived in. As you browse the gallery, reflect on the lives of these women, including Shirley…

DitchFest Art Show

Date:
Aug 13, 2016 05:50 pm - 09:30 pm
Cost:
$20-$25.
Phone:

Local creations take center stage at this community-driven art and music festival—and yours could steal the spotlight. Attendees are invited to submit their own masterpieces to the art show on the day of the event, during which artists will showcase a variety of genres, including paintings, sculpture, and photography as well as tattooing and welding.…

Organic Indulgence: Tracey Russell and Suzanne Kramer

Date:
Aug 18, 2016 to Sep 24, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 297-8428

Escape from the bustling city by walking through this exhibition. Though they often work with urban subjects, these two expressionists will turn to elements in nature as their inspiration for this abstract mixed media exhibit. Tracey Russell’s works focus on lines, marks, movement, and rhythm, while Suzanne Kramer incorporates bold shapes and colors into her…

Unboxed: Exploring the Edges

Date:
Aug 18, 2016 to Sep 11, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 889-2200

Janice McDonald’s abstract collage pieces are made from scraps of paper she comes across in her everyday life, including bits of magazines, newspapers, and junk mail. This exhibition takes the concept of recycled art one step further as McDonald turns to used consumer packaging as her canvas. From flattened shipping crates to soap packages to…

Chromatics

Date:
Aug 20, 2016 to Sep 17, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

This kaleidoscopic show will focus on vibrantly colored artwork in a wide variety of genres. Check out University of Colorado graduate Dylan Gebbia-Richards' hanging installations and colorful abstract blocks from Santa Fe-based sculptor Greg Joubert. Then consider the juxtaposition between bright colors and shabby structures in Georgia-based painter William Mize’s depictions of houses. Tue-Sat 11…

What it Meant to Be Modern, 1910-1965

Date:
Aug 21, 2016 to Mar 05, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
720-865-5000

Featuring the works of Oscar Bluemner, Charles Burchfield, Stuart Davis, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler, this exhibition explores the emergence of modernism during the first half of the twentieth century. The show houses 18 works on paper that showcase the diversity of the early modernist movement. While Burchfield's watercolor landscapes combine defined objects and structures…

International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition

Date:
Aug 26, 2016 to Sep 17, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-1261

This juried exhibition features works from 75 member artists of the International Guild of Realism, which currently has more than 375 members from 35 different countries. The display strives to show the diversity of realist work, highlighting artists specializing in a range of styles including photorealism, magic realism, and contemporary realism. David Eichenberg's detailed portraits…

Frank Buffalo Hyde (#FBH)

Date:
Aug 26, 2016 to Sep 25, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

In this exhibit, Native-American painter Frank Buffalo Hyde examines contemporary stereotypes of indigenous peoples. The paintings, which are done in Buffalo Hyde's trademark pop art style, investigate the discrepancies that exist between the ways natives are understood and portrayed in today's popular culture and within their own Native cultures. Visitors to the gallery will find…

Larisa Aukon & Lyudmila Agrich: Cityscapes

Date:
Aug 27, 2016 to Sep 18, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-697-9006

These two Soviet bloc–born artists are internationally recognized for their distinctive contemporary styles and bold, striking colors. In this exhibit, they turn their attention to the beauty of cityscapes. Denver-based contemporary artist Lyudmila Agrich swaps paintbrush for palette knife to create more vibrant impressionist pieces. Larisa Aukon, who studied art in Latvia and is now…

Creating Crumbling Cosmos

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 07:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-832-1599

Colorado Springs multimedia artist Evan Mann's installations and videos combine a monochromatic palette with formal structures that echo objects such as clouds and bones. Inspired by cosmic forms and biological architecture, this retrospective solo exhibition features a diverse display of videos, installations, and set pieces from previous film projects. Be sure to stick around after…

On the Periphery

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 to Oct 01, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-0950

This multifaceted exhibit will showcase the work of three very different, but equally unconventional artists, all of whom are considered groundbreaking within the contemporary art scene. Discover Michigan painter Felicia Forte’s vividly colored depictions of everyday objects, such as sandwiches and televisions, which provide an intriguing contrast to Lindsey Kustusch’s dour paintings of gritty, lived-in…

Pueblo Creative Corridor Art Walk

Date:
Sep 02, 2016 05:00 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(719) 242-6652

If hearing "Pueblo" makes you think of steel rather than art, maybe this showcase of the city's burgeoning creative corridor will leave you with a pleasant new impression. Don’t miss the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center’s exhibition of John Suhay photographs, which depict everyday life in contemporary Pueblo, or new watercolor and acrylic works from…

Juvenile Corrections

Date:
Sep 03, 2016 to Oct 08, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 837-1341

At a time when flaws in the criminal justice system are becoming more and more apparent, this visceral photography exhibition provides a stark look at American juvenile corrections. California-based photographer Richard Ross documents the treatment of youth in prisons across the country, while Zora Murff is inspired by his experience working as a tracker for…

Inherent Intent

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 to Nov 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-8955

Creating art often takes careful planning and preparation, but this diverse group exhibition is all about impulse. Using a minimal color palette, six artists from around the world explore the role of spontaneity in their own personal processes. Stone-carver Vanessa Clarke allows her material to guide her, watching the stone naturally transform with each cut,…

Colorado Through the Seasons

Date:
Sep 10, 2016 05:30 am - 09:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 715-1010

Celebrate the places that make Colorado so colorful at this exhibition of Drew Sarka's seasonal landscapes. Each of the 20 works on display was inspired by the Aurora-based doctor's travels across the state. After you browse through his oil paintings, listen to the artist give a talk about his creative process and enjoy an acoustic…

Shock Wave: Japanese Fashion Design, 1980s-90s

Date:
Sep 11, 2016 to May 28, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
720-865-5000

Paris might be the fashion capitol of the world today, but French fashionistas once took their inspiration from Japan. This historical exhibition features works by six prominent Japanese designers and celebrates the style revolution they started in Paris during the 1980s. Issey Miyake’s designs incorporate an inventive approach to pleating, while Yohji Yamamoto showcases avant-garde…

Four Whales and a Dolphin

Date:
Sep 11, 2016 to Oct 28, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-502-5635

At this unconventional exhibition of paintings, Denver artist Sierra Barela will showcase a collection of images that juxtapose innocent subjects—such as Disney princesses and dolphins—and more adult themes. Her works, which are reminiscent of collages, are intriguing not only because they contain peculiar combinations of images, but also because she uses a wide variety of…

Chasing Dragons

Date:
Sep 13, 2016 to Oct 22, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 635-6255

Building on one of his previous bodies of work in which adult magazine covers were cut and inlaid together, Aspen-based artist Robert Brinker's latest solo exhibition features large-scale cut paper dragons. The reptilian representations are crafted from the scanned collages, which were then pared down to the shape of the scaly mythical creatures, some as…

Uniquely Colorado

Date:
Sep 13, 2016 05:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
$40-$60
Phone:
(303) 447-8679

At this philanthropic celebration of the Centennial State, enjoy a show by Boulder-based bluegrass band Mayhem Gulch and savor a brew from Avery Brewing Company. Patty Limerick, co-founder of the Center of the American West, will speak about the critically dynamic relationship between our state’s growing population and the preservation of its cultural and natural…

McNichols Grand Re-Opening

Date:
Sep 15, 2016 05:30 pm
Cost:
$10-$25.
Phone:
(720) 865-4220

Celebrate the grand re-opening of one of Denver's preeminent arts spaces with two new exhibits. Photographer Rich Clarkson's portraits of iconic athletes, including Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, are the highlights of his sports-focused exhibition while a variety of local artists, including designer Rick Griffith and installation artist Rebecca Vaughan, will show off their cycling-themed…

Unclassified Site Museum

Date:
Sep 15, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Shift your view from a skyline of cranes and new development projects and glimpse a vestige of the Mile High City's past at this Black Cube pop-up art installation. Created by Sangree, an artistic collaboration between Mexico City artists René Godínez Pozas and Carlos Lara, the installation includes glass cubes that function as an above-ground…

Looking Backward/Moving Forward

Date:
Sep 15, 2016 to Nov 13, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 898-7200

Experience four decades of the Arvada Center’s most popular exhibitions, as well as works from new artists, at this anniversary retrospective. In the "Looking Back" gallery, don't miss Denver painter Sushe Felix’s Southwestern landscape acrylics and Trine Bullimer’s oil paintings of nature. Then discover Boulder-based contemporary artist Dylan Gebbia-Richards' intensely colorful encaustic wax works in…

Artists’ Book Cornucopia

Date:
Sep 16, 2016 to Oct 29, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 282-4052

Books aren’t just literary works of art—their pages can become canvases, collages, and even sculptures. This bibliophilic group exhibition features 50 works from international artists highlighting the diversity of the book arts genre. Featured artist Karen Hardy, the recipient of the 2015 Abecedarian Gallery Director’s Exhibition Award, channels a curiosity about materials into her works,…

Artmix

Date:
Sep 16, 2016 06:30 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$85-$150.
Phone:
(303) 443-2122

Bid on experimental masterpieces at this silent auction featuring more than 110 contemporary artworks by local, national and international artists. The diverse mix of compositions will include pieces from several Front Range artists, such as Scott Young's neon signage photograph "Wish You Were Here" and Xochi Solis’ abstract painting “We Were Meant to be Side…

No Go Home

Date:
Sep 16, 2016 to Nov 15, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 993-4474

This heady exhibition examines the still-evolving legacy of Drop City, the nation's first countercultural art commune, which took root near Trinidad in 1965. In this show curated by Los Angeles-based writer Jan Tumlir, glimpse paintings by the commune's founder, Clark Richert, alongside works by younger artists who have been inspired by the Drop City legacy,…

Colorado Crush

Date:
Sep 17, 2016 to Sep 18, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Instead of visiting a gallery, experience art on the street during this community-focused event. Drop by during the two-day festival—which features street artists from across the country and around the world—to watch as sweeping graffiti creations and inventive street sculptures are made right before your eyes. Gamma’s large-scale spray-painted street murals are known for their…

John Buck

Date:
Sep 22, 2016 to Dec 01, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 298-7788

John Buck’s kinetic wooden sculptures are unique whirring structures that stand up to 20 feet tall. In this solo exhibition he uses his peculiar medium of choice to address American politics and the unconventional drama of the 2016 presidential campaign. The gallery show includes wall relief panels, bronze sculptures, and large-scale paper works that express…

Extreme Mammals

Date:
Sep 23, 2016 to Jan 08, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
303-370-6000

When you hear "mammal," you might think of dogs or chimpanzees—but this class of warm-bloodied animals is quite a bit more varied. With more than 5,000 species of creatures, including unfamiliar ones such as scaly pangolins and egg-laying echidnas, there’s more to Mammalia than what you'd find in a zoo. This large-scale exhibition celebrates the…

Supernova

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 04:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Supersize your screentime at this digital animation festival, which will be displaying motion-art pieces from around the world on three different screens. Short form digital media experts and guest jurors Claudia Maté, Jonathan Monaghan, and Morehshin Allahyari will be awarding cash prizes to the most impressive creations. Don't miss British graphic designer Keiichi Matsuda's Hyper-reality,…

Three Concurrent Solos

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 to Oct 20, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

Discover and compare unique approaches to perspective and composition at this exhibition featuring three aesthetically distinct contemporary artists. Check out Anna Charney’s abstract digital environments, which she makes by airbrushing and stenciling, before you contemplate Adam Vinson’s tricky still-life works, which often look like mixed media pieces but are actually oil paintings. Then don't miss…

Richard Schmid: A Retrospective Exhibition

Date:
Sep 24, 2016 to Oct 01, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-1261

Painter Richard Schmid, one of the most well-known contemporary American realists will showcase decades of his work at this exhibit. The show will include new paintings as well as several older works from private collections that haven't been shown to the public in many years. Don’t miss his impressionistic, expertly lit landscapes or "Nancy &…

Lecture with Stuart Semple

Date:
Sep 27, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
$5.
Phone:
720-865-5000

During this unique talk, offbeat artist Stuart Semple will reveal his creative process, his influences, and his take on the global art experience. Semple, who lives in Dorset, England, creates thought-provoking works in a variety of media, including film, sculpture, painting, installation, and grafitti. During this talk, he'll uncover his signature method of repurposing pop…

Evolving Visions of Land and Landscape

Date:
Sep 29, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(303) 443-2122

This stunning exhibit features works from 26 artists, all of whom explore their perceptions of Colorado's ever-changing landscapes. Attendees can peruse pieces in a wide variety of media, including works from midcentury photographer Robert Adams and modern photographer James Balog as well as paintings by Max Beckmann, a German expressionist who briefly lived in Boulder…

Filthy Rainbow

Date:
Oct 01, 2016 to Oct 18, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 297-8428

Denver artist Lisa Corine von Koch reimagines the desert landscape in her native southern Utah in this colorful exhibit. Inspired by Moab’s vivid desert landscapes and her other travel destinations, each of her chromatically saturated paintings evokes a sense of heightened experience that mimics the feelings one might have during an adrenaline high. The vivid…

Glory of Venice

Date:
Oct 02, 2016 to Feb 12, 2017
Cost:
Free with admission.
Phone:
720-865-5000

At this massive showcase of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century paintings, familiarize yourself with the distinct style of Venetian Renaissance artists. The exhibit includes 50 works from this experimental period, during which artists began using oil paint to add greater depth and emotion to their art. See these revolutionary techniques up close in intimate interpretations of Biblical…

A Walk in the Wild

Date:
Oct 02, 2016 to Nov 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 679-3610

Glimpse some of the West’s most majestic creatures without having to leave Evergreen at this exhibition of nearly 20 animal paintings by Golden painter Edward Aldrich. Aldrich realistically renders the creatures using subtle brush strokes that skillfully capture dramatic details. Each painting presents a candid wilderness encounter with wolves, buffalo, or other wild beasts in…

Dark & Obscure

Date:
Oct 04, 2016 02:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-320-8347

At this dark, contemporary exhibition, glimpse 32 unsettling pieces focused on themes such as mortality, the afterlife, and our perceptions of reality. Artists featured in the exhibit, such as Katie Hoffman and James Leger, work in a wide variety of media—from oil paintings to ink drawings to wood carvings—but all seem to find a surprising…

On Ice: Paintings from Iceland

Date:
Oct 05, 2016 to Nov 12, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 904-1088

For her solo exhibition of large-scale panels, contemporary painter Patricia Aaron drew inspiration from her experiences during a month-long artist residency in Reykjavik with the Association of Icelandic Visual Artists. Check out her sublime depictions of Icelandic volcanic rock, arctic glaciers, and icebergs—each of which was made with a combination of encaustic, ink, and mixed…

Expanding the Dialogue: Part Two

Date:
Oct 05, 2016 to Nov 12, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 904-1088

This vibrant show featuring abstract female artists from the Centennial State aims to give women in the art world some of the recognition that has historically been denied to them. Check out on On Ice, Patricia Aaron’s latest series of encaustic paintings, which feature abstract depictions of the painter's favorite places and memories from a…

Mercurial Garden Party

Date:
Oct 07, 2016 07:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
$10-$45.
Phone:
(303) 298-7554

At this opening celebration, admire both visual and sound-based works of art. Start your evening at the rooftop party, during which you can hear a live performance by electronic band Pythian Whispers and check out a light projection installation by Denver artist Orchidz3ro. Then move inside to see a retrospective exhibit by Kim Dickey, band-themed…

Walk Away with Art

Date:
Oct 08, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
$100-$135.
Phone:
(303) 837-1341

At this unique art show, you can admire work by some of the best photographers in Colorado and walk away with a piece of your own. Attendees will have the opportunity to view all 50 pieces and engage with 10 featured photographers before drawing numbers to determine the order in which they'll get to select…

Clarify: Saya Woolfalk

Date:
Oct 11, 2016 06:30 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-505-2127

At this politically charged exhibition, New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk will share her insight on immigration. To consider the ways in which we reject and embrace foreignness in this country, she created a music-inspired installation using textiles from around the world to create a mosaic of images that represent pop songs from abroad that have…

The Real Double

Date:
Oct 11, 2016 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
970-923-3181

Ponder the degree to which the media has erased a distinction between the urban and rural at this exhibition of films by Johan Grimonprez. The Belgian director uses his movies, which range from a feature to two three-minute shorts, to critique contemporary media sources. In his film Double Take, for example, Alfred Hitchcock meets an…

History of Craft

Date:
Oct 12, 2016 to Nov 06, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 443-3683

Part of the citywide Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder event, this window display documents the history of key Boulder crafting organizations, such as the Lodestone Gallery and the Boulder Free School, through photographs, blown up newspaper articles, and a collection of artifacts including a weaving bloom and spinning wheel. Fabrics from…

Pattern Play

Date:
Oct 13, 2016 to Nov 06, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 889-2200

In this uniquely immersive exhibition, artwork by Annalee Schorr will not only be on the walls but below your feet as the cubes, swirls, and distorted grids of her paintings, which are done on plexiglass, are complimented by a pattern covering the entire gallery floor made by Schorr with only duct tape. Be sure to…

Jennifer Hope and Katherine Johnson

Date:
Oct 13, 2016 to Nov 06, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 477-7173

Consider the possibilities of instinctual creativity at this exhibition featuring two Denver-based abstract painters whose work reflects their preoccupations with and reverence for the artistic process. Johnson explores the ever-changing nature of modern life through her paintings, which she creates by adding and then scraping off layers of paint in a symbolic representation of the…

Processed Views

Date:
Oct 14, 2016 to Nov 26, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 837-1341

For this unusual collaborative exhibition, photographers Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman have created panoramas of processed food that mirror the composition of Carlton Watkins’ landscapes of the American West. By reimagining breathtaking views using crushed cereal and white bread as a medium, the artists encourage viewers to question industrial food production in the United States.…

Gregory Block Solo Exhibition

Date:
Oct 14, 2016 to Nov 05, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-1261

In his third solo exhibition, oil painter Gregory Block turns his artistic eye on the culinary world. His skillfully rendered still-life works capture the light, shadows, and textures of lavish place settings and meals, encouraging viewers to consider food and its role in their lives. In addition to his realistic renderings, check out unique metal…

Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper

Date:
Oct 14, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017
Cost:
$6-$10.
Phone:
(720) 354-4880

Best known for his large-scale abstract expressionist paintings, Still distanced himself from contemporaries such as Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko with an extensive cache of more than 2,300 drawings. During this three-month exhibit, more than 260 of those works will be on display. Although you could spend all day staring at Still’s art, make sure…

All I Ever Wanted

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

Artist couple James Surls and Charmaine Locke will use their art to explore their relationship with one another during this partner exhibition. Featuring large-scale sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints that depict objects from nature as well as cosmic shapes, the shows highlights the complements and contrasts in their work. Fri 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat-Thu 10…

Storytellers

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 to Nov 06, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-697-9006

Instead of leaving their works up to interpretation, the artists featured in this group exhibition make their creative processes and intentions explicit. Each painting and sculpture is displayed alongside a plaque detailing the inspiration for each piece as well as the techniques used to create it. Discover the story behind Jeanne Bessette's colorful, whimsical paintings…

Processed Views

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 837-1341

Two midwestern photographers, Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman, team up in this exhibit to explore the most quintessentially American product: processed foods. Landscapes are made in miniature out of Fruit Loops, Coca-Cola, white bread, neon popsicles, deli meat, marshmallows, and other bits of unnatural grub. Rendered as otherworldly dreamscapes, the scenery depicted in the photographs…

Story Tellers

Date:
Oct 15, 2016 to Nov 06, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-697-9006

This exhibition subverts the traditional experience of viewing art by putting the focus squarely on the stories behind the pieces. Each artwork will be accompanied by an explanation from the artist detailing some aspect of the piece’s inspiration, conceptualization or production. Discover how Janice Sugg’s painting Yellow Light Through the Water was inspired by the…

The Curtis Mural Commission

Date:
Oct 17, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
800-525-6651

Classic artworks, local iconography, and popular culture collide in five immersive murals covering the walls of the elevator lobbies on each of The Curtis hotel’s five floors. Conceived and painted by Denver artist Forrest J. Morrison, the murals reference famous paintings like Hopper's Nighthawks and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp while including…

The Works by Kaitlin Zeismer

Date:
Oct 18, 2016 07:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-534-0382

Regulars at coffeehouses such as Steam and Pablo's will likely recognize Kaitlin Zeismer's quirky paintings, which put unusual heads (like those of Star Wars characters), onto conventional human bodies. These pieces, done in a bright and showy style, owe their appeal to the contrasts they present between the fantastic and the mundane. Zeismer will be…

Objects of Desire

Date:
Oct 20, 2016 to Nov 06, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 297-8428

Though trained as a painter, artist Kim Putnam will present a collection of ceramic sculptures at this tactile show. By using cupcakes as stand-ins for breasts, her pastry-themed installation draws attention to the sexualization of the female form and questions the words we use to discuss female bodies. Thu, Sat noon-6 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.;…

Nesting and Taking Flight

Date:
Oct 21, 2016 to Oct 22, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-798-4212

Denver interior designer Elaine St. Louis has channeled her unique eye for architecture and design into this exhibition of elegant nest paintings. Her large scale depictions of the natural structures against a warm, white background highlight both the intricacy and functionality of the tiny structures. Paired alongside rustic displays of furniture, her artwork allows viewers…

Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe

Date:
Oct 21, 2016 07:30 pm
Cost:
$19-$24.
Phone:

Directed by Peter Dearth, this new musical takes you on a whirlwind adventure of fact and fiction through the dark and tortured life of Edgar Allan Poe. Audiences will journey through a story about one of the world’s most famous--and deeply fascinating--writers of both the mysterious and macabre. Get lost in the show's distinctive operatic…

Patchwork Pundits Take on Politics

Date:
Oct 27, 2016 to Jan 21, 2017
Cost:
$5-$6
Phone:
(303) 277-0377

This colorful exhibition explores an unusual and unexpected vehicle for political expression—quilts. Often the only means women had to express their political views in the nineteenth century, quilt decoration has long been used to convey political stances. A quilt incorporating ballots with those incompletely-punched holes that became known as “hanging chads” casts the still-disputed 2000…

Artist Workshop with Danette Montoya

Date:
Oct 29, 2016 11:00 am - 01:00 pm
Cost:
Free with museum admission.
Phone:
720-865-5000

If you've ever dreamed of seeing your artwork displayed in the Denver Art Museum, here is your chance. In this workshop, artist Danette Montoya will help participants employ repousse metalworking techniques to decorate candles with motifs from the museum's Pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial collection. The creations will then be temporarily displayed as part of Montoya's…

Blizzard

Date:
Nov 01, 2016 05:25 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-353-4993

If you have trouble making sense of the images in this exhibition of 22 visual monoprints, then you have fulfilled printmaker Kim Morski’s intention. In this series of prints, Morski has purposefully obscured visual information in order to evoke the “blizzarding” tactics used by the U.S. government to stonewall public inquiry into classified information The…

Contemporary Fiber Art Exhibit

Date:
Nov 03, 2016 to Dec 03, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 953-1789

Contemporary artists working in fiber art use the material to create conceptual 3D sculptures,, figurative bodies, and abstract forms in addition to the more conventional wearable art and tapestries. The many techniques used to manipulate and interpret fabric are showcased at this inventive exhibition, which will feature entries by artists from Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico,…

The Curious Road: Life of a Bike

Date:
Nov 04, 2016 05:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-234-9575

Using a wide variety of media—from stencil cartoons to 3D installations to photographs—students in the Arts Street youth art program created an exhibit of bike-centric works. Don’t miss an animation of a bicycle through the seasons or a new bike built by local shop White Rhino Customs and decorated by the students. Fri 5:30-10 p.m.…

The Art of Jim Stevens

Date:
Nov 04, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Jim Stevens, an artist who became legally blind after suffering a gunshot wound to the head in combat, uses fishing line and acrylic paint to create striking black-and-white portraits of individuals he respects. This show will highlight a dozen of his most recent works, all of which he painstakingly produces by painting, stretching and arranging…

Accessory (A Gun Fad)

Date:
Nov 04, 2016 to Dec 04, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

This thoughtful group exhibition examines the issue of gun violence in America. Featuring eight artists working across multiple mediums, the display interrogates contemporary views of gun violence by examining personal experiences, international relations, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Browse the gallery to view photographs, sculptures, and textile and ceramic works all offering different interpretations…

Crossover

Date:
Nov 05, 2016 11:00 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

Abstract expressionist and representational artists have literally painted over each other’s work for this groundbreaking exhibit, which seeks to create understanding between two typically conflicting artistic schools. Denver artist Doug Kacena, who is known for the textural quality of his pieces as well as his skill with a palette knife, he painted over 12 pieces…

Shared Solitude: Mia Bergeron Solo Exhibition

Date:
Nov 11, 2016 to Dec 03, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-1261

Tennessee-based painter Mia Bergeron marries realism and abstraction in this new body of work exploring the theme of loneliness. In many of her pieces, Bergeron blurs the distinction between her photorealistic subjects and their backgrounds, disrupting our understanding of the subjects as individuals. This solo show—the artist's first in Denver—will also feature a selection of…

Juxtaposed

Date:
Nov 11, 2016 to Jan 07, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-8955

Artwork that presents intriguing contrasts is the focus of this inventive exhibition, which will showcase pieces from six Colorado artists. Mark Penner Howell’s richly colorful paintings mix imagery from myths and contemporary pop culture while Jonathan Hils’ wood and steel sculptures reflect upon the feeling of looking upward and outward. Don't miss mixed media collages…

The Mountain Stands Still

Date:
Nov 11, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 224-1010

This photography exhibition, which documents an eccentric South Carolina man named Robert and his deep relationship to his Appalachian surroundings, is bound to resonate with residents of the Centennial State who feel an affiliation to their own land. Consisting of both portraits and landscape shots, the body of work seeks to explore the interconnectedness of…

Art Outdoors! The MOA Sculpture Hike

Date:
Nov 12, 2016 09:00 am - 03:00 pm
Cost:
$30
Phone:
(303) 806-0444

During this tour, admire a collection of engaging installations and get some fresh air at the same time. Start at Greenwood Village's Marjorie Park, which is home to Wiedenblum, an 18-foot living willow sculpture as well as a series of bronze sculptures depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland, then make your way to Fiddler's Green…

Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Date:
Nov 13, 2016 to Apr 02, 2017
Cost:
$5-$24.
Phone:
720-865-5000

You might have to wait until next year to see Star Wars: Episode VIII in theaters, but you can geek out about your favorite galaxy far, far away very soon. At this fantastic exhibition, check out concept drawings, storyboards and more than 70 iconic costumes—including Vader's cape and Amidala's elaborate red gown—from all seven epic…

Kitchen Sink

Date:
Nov 16, 2016 to Dec 22, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 871-0800

The epicurean-focused artworks in this foodie-friendly group exhibition will likely leave your mouth watering. With paintings ranging from culinary still lifes to abstracted kitchen scenes, the exhibit explores cooking-related themes through a contemporary lens. The show consists of paintings by gallery mainstays Kelly Berger, John K. Harrell, Kit Hevron, and Anita Mosher, each of whom…

Abstraction and Representation: Finding Common Ground

Date:
Nov 17, 2016 to Dec 03, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 904-1088

Although abstract artists and representational ones don't seem to view the world in the same way, this two-part exhibition seeks to explore the techniques that painters in each school have in common. At this show, learn more about the history of each approach to better understand the intersections between the seemingly contrasting styles. Don't miss…

30×30

Date:
Nov 18, 2016 to Dec 28, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 778-6990

Sometimes great art comes in small packages. Celebrate the Art Students League of Denver’s 30th anniversary at this exhibition of works that are all 30x30x30 centimeters wide and smaller. Members will contribute visual arts, such as paintings and drawings, as well as practical art pieces, such as jewelry and ceramics, for the exhibit. Mon-Thu 8…

Imprinting the West

Date:
Nov 18, 2016 to Feb 05, 2017
Cost:
$5-$8.
Phone:
(303) 651-8374

Harken back to the days of cowboys and covered wagons while considering the stark contrast between myth and truth at this exhibition of 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs from the 1800s. Learn more about artists like Fredric Remington, who promoted their work to generate support for westward expansion and the displacement of Native Americans amongst…

Form & Void

Date:
Nov 18, 2016 to Jan 17, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 777-9473

Contemplate exhistential ideas of life, death, and the passage of time at this group exhibition exploring the tension between the natural and man-made worlds. Jim Johnson's charcoal clouds reveal words and phrases intended to inspire contemplation, thus demonstrating their ephemeral nature. Vicki Lee Johnston's sculptures are made from barbed wire, which has historically been used…

Edible: Botanic Art & Illustration

Date:
Nov 20, 2016 to Feb 12, 2017
Cost:
$9-$12.50.
Phone:
720-865-3501

Thanks to this realistic exhibit, you'll start seeing vegetables as more than just food. Students from the Botanic Gardens' School of Botanic Art & Illustration will showcase their paintings and drawing of a wide variety of edible plants, including onions and eggplant as well as plants harvested for spices. At this juried show, the pieces…

Evenings: Southpark, CO

Date:
Nov 29, 2016 01:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-2360

Check out a range of evocative landscape paintings at this show honoring the natural world. Missouri-based artist Jeff Aeling's series of evening renditions of Colorado's South Park basin—which provide the perfect vantage point to appreciate the vastness of both the Rockies and the sky in motion above them, according to Aeling—anchors the exhibition. Former CU…

Fine Art Market and Show

Date:
Dec 01, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 898-7200

Browse handmade jewelry, abstract watercolors, intricate mosaics and more at this annual art show and sale. Check out handmade pieces from more than 100 local artists working in 14 different mediums, including printmaking, mixed media, ceramics, photography, pastels, and glass. Proceeds benefit the Arvada Center galleries in addition to the participating artists. Thu 10 a.m.-9…

HOME

Date:
Dec 02, 2016 to Jan 07, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 224-1010

Consider the at-once highly personal and distinctly universal concept of home in this photography exhibit examining many versions of domesticity in the modern world. The images run the gamut from serene displays of comfort and security to rougher views of life on society’s margins. Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Center for…

The Work of George Strasburger

Date:
Dec 02, 2016 to Jan 15, 2017
Cost:
Free ($5 suggested donation)
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

This latest series of works from figurative artist George Strasburger confronts notions of modern masculinity through depictions of various relationships. This exhibit will showcase Strasburger's trademark large-scale oil pieces alongside his figurative sketches and drawings, offering a lens into Strasburger's creative process and classical style. Sun-Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Emerging Vision

Date:
Dec 02, 2016 to Jan 07, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 837-1341

At this open-themed show, visitors can acquaint themselves with the works of 28 promising young photographers—talented artists, including Emma Sobel, Justin Alber, and Yong Chen, who have been tapped as standard-bearers and innovators of the photographic world. Chosen from a national pool of hundreds of submissions, the undergraduate and MFA students included in the show…

Living Saints

Date:
Dec 03, 2016 to Feb 05, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 663-0919

Discover the vibrant lives and cultures of northern New Mexico’s rural Hispanic communities at this exhibition of images from North Carolina-based photographer Alex Harris. Beginning in 1972, Harris spent 20 years living in New Mexico’s Sangre De Cristo mountains and documenting the customs of the area. These photos examine the integral role devotional religious objects,…

Make Your Own Ornament Workshop

Date:
Dec 03, 2016 to Dec 04, 2016
Cost:
$35
Phone:

Learn about the ancient craft of glasswork at this hands-on workshop open to students as young as five-years-old. Expert glassblowers from The Furnace will help participants choose and apply a color to molten glass. Then, they'll shape that glass into an ornament just in time to trim the tree. Additional glass art will be available…

Alchemy

Date:
Dec 07, 2016 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Celebrate the opening of outdoor gear retailer Evo's new Denver store by checking out Alchemy, a collection of images by Denver adventure photographer Ian Fohrman that will be shown in the store’s gallery space. The exhibit will consist of photos of mountain vistas, seascapes, and other scenic views taken from Fohrman’s travels, plus some ski,…

This is Spark

Date:
Dec 08, 2016 to Jan 08, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

No matter how much you love art, there never seems to be enough time to make it to all the exhibitions around town. That’s why we love group shows like this one, which will feature pieces from each of the gallery’s 29 current member artists. While the fun comes in getting a taste of everything,…

Three-Person Exhibition: Greg Gandy, Jeremy Mann, and Timothy P. Wilson

Date:
Dec 09, 2016 to Jan 07, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 571-1261

Viewed together, the oil paintings of artists Greg Gandy, Jeremy Mann, and Timothy P. Wilson present a study of the continuum of realism to abstraction. Wilson's rich abstracted figures, Mann's cityscapes, and Gandy's hyperrealistic San Francisco street scenes give rise to a visual treat—a collection of paintings replete with lush colors and details. Tue-Sat 11.a.m.-6…

Season’s Fleetings

Date:
Dec 09, 2016 to Dec 18, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 477-7173

Add a little eccentricity to your holiday season at this non-traditional art show. Faith Williams’s nativity scene, made out of pieces of cut-up credit cards and Christmas ornaments inspired by Google searches (including one comparing the differences between dinosaur species), will infuse your holiday celebrations with idiosyncrasy. Susan Hazaleus’ unconventional electronic pieces, which include a…

Arvada Ceramic Arts Guild Holiday Show & Sale

Date:
Dec 09, 2016 to Dec 11, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Whether you’re looking for sculptures, jewelry, functional glassware, or something else entirely, you’ll likely find a worthy gift at this sale and showcase of delicate ceramic pieces by over 20 local artists. Donna and Gary Browning’s plates, which are decorated with drawings made by their granddaughters, will add color to your Christmas dinner table, while…

Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition

Date:
Dec 14, 2016 to Dec 17, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

In January, Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships will again attract snow artists from around the world, but you don’t have to wait until then to get a look at local artists’ cool creations. This year, Colorado carvers will host their own festival, the Colorado State Snow Sculpting Competition, just a month earlier as part of…

Multiplicity 2016

Date:
Dec 15, 2016 to Jan 14, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

This group exhibition showcasing "mini bodies of work" will have you appreciating the smaller things in life. Louis Trujillo's black hanging pieces, which he fashions from clay and wire, provide a dark and moody take on themes of spirituality and the sublime; Brenda LaBiere's abstracted, close-up photos of unidentifiable objects are stark and striking; and…

Dear Mayor Hancock, What Are You Going to Do?

Date:
Dec 17, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-0791

With approximately 10,000 homeless individuals in Denver—60 percent of whom have no home to return to—homelessness in the city is at an all-time high. Artist and writer Sarah Gerard relies on multimedia resources in this exhibit to portray the true stories of Denver's homeless. Tackling the subject with the help of students from the Mi…

Close Packed Structures

Date:
Dec 21, 2016 to Dec 23, 2016
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

It’s your last chance to catch this pattern-filled show from influential Colorado artist Clark Richert, which is made up of a series of paintings of repeating visual forms and structures in extremely dense arrangements. While the paintings may initially seem to embody a level of mathematical exactitude, each work contains drips, smears, and strokes that…

Earth Air Water Fire Love

Date:
Jan 05, 2017 to Jan 28, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-320-8347

"Sensory" is the mot du jour at this exhibit by jewelry designer and metalworker Lindsay Ernst. Her industrial creations—made from found objects, organic materials, and reflective stones—explore themes of futurity, nostalgia, and the natural world. On the show's opening night, DJ DNoe will spin tracks by Fort Collins–based electronic musician Moon Frog; RiNo Yacht Club…

Painting the World Beautiful

Date:
Jan 06, 2017 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

These paintings depicting a diverse range of the world’s landscapes and cultures will have you feeling like you’ve traveled across the globe without having left the Centennial State. This one-night show will consist of pieces from three Colorado artists—Don Vogl, Rosalie Sinnett, and Joe Flores—who all revel in exploring the world and capturing its beauty.…

New Frontier

Date:
Jan 09, 2017 to Feb 24, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 797-1779

The old West gets a modern makeover at this show by contemporary artists seeking new interpretations of classic Western themes and icons. Black silhouettes of ranchers, cowboys, Native Americans, and other figures are the focus of Denver painter Maura Allen's pop art pieces. Brad Rude's bronze animal sculptures and Tracy Stuckey's hyperrealistic oil paintings of…

Elemental

Date:
Jan 12, 2017 to Feb 27, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

In this introspective exhibition, five Northern Colorado art educators deconstruct and re-think their approaches to the six traditional elements of design by creating pieces focusing on just one element. The works will be accompanied by brief written descriptions as well as videos detailing the artists' processes, which can be accessed via smartphone as you browse.…

Contemporary Abstraction

Date:
Jan 12, 2017 to Mar 04, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 298-7788

Step into a world of color at this luminous exhibition of contemporary abstract paintings. Deborah Zlotsky's nuanced paintings of 3D geometric forms are the focus of the exhibition; however, they’ll be presented alongside a roster of abstract heavyweights including Stephen Westfall, who creates grids covered in vibrant shapes and intersections of color, and Jason Karolak,…

Exhibit Opening

Date:
Jan 12, 2017 12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 889-2200

Experience new works from Colorado-based artists Lydia Brokaw, Mary Mackey, and J. Bruce Wilcox on display at Denver’s oldest cooperative art gallery. Brokaw interweaves sculpture, drawing, and painting into her mixed-media pieces, while Mackey’s background in photography influences her printmaking and painting. Thu noon-5 p.m. Visit sparkgallery.com.

Alien Linguistic Lab

Date:
Jan 13, 2017 to Feb 18, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 993-4474

Berlin-based artist Sarah Schönfeld makes her solo debut in the United States with this fascinating and cerebral exhibit. Playing with themes of futurism, archaeology, anthropology, and outer space, the multi-genre exhibit deals as much in philosophy as it does in visual art. Investigating the idea of the UFO as a manifestation of our modern alienation…

Amalgamated Contemplation

Date:
Jan 13, 2017 05:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 355-8955

This contemporary gallery will launch its newest exhibit, Amalgamated Contemplation, which explores the fundamental artistic principles of color, line, and form in unique ways, from abstract painting to graffiti art to monoprints. The group exhibition features works by artists Roland Bernier, Ben Strawn, Angela Beloian, Kellie Cannon, and Brandon Reese. Fri 5-9 p.m. Visit walkerfineart.com.

Portraits 2017

Date:
Jan 14, 2017 to Feb 25, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 224-1010

The images and styles of this year's CFFAP portrait exhibit vary widely (subjects include children, goats, and even a broom); however, each work contains an element of pure honesty and succeeds in expanding the traditional definition of portrait. Don't miss this year's Director's Selection, John Bonath's The Boxer—a raw photo of legendary Denver photographer and…

is EMANCIPATION

Date:
Jan 18, 2017 07:00 pm
Cost:
F.
Phone:
(303) 294-5207

Join editors Peter Bergman and Zoe Larkins, plus chapter authors Jared Jacang and Heather Link-Bergman, for a book release, reading, and artists’ talk about the goofy 21-years of anthology of Denver’s Institute of Sociometry, a prank-art and activist-art collective. The book, handbound with Japanese stitching and featuring a crimson letterpress cover and 130 pages of…

Double Exposure

Date:
Jan 19, 2017 to Mar 26, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 898-7200

Consider the importance of versatility and the interplay between photography and film at this showcase of 13 artists who work in both mediums. Dana Forsberg’s photos and 12-minute video document life on an organic farm in Hawaii, while more conceptual photo and art pairings examine the phenomenon of modern development. Western expansion is seen through…

Kim Dickey, Artist Conversation

Date:
Jan 19, 2017 07:00 pm
Cost:
$5-$10.
Phone:
(303) 298-7554

Celebrate legendary Colorado artist Kim Dickey’s solo exhibition (and the release of her catalogue), at this conversation with curator Nora Burnett Abrams. The exhibit showcases the intricate floral ceramics for which Dickey is best known (including her expansive Parterre sculpture comprised of 12,000 individually crafted ceramic flowers), plus work in other media ranging from textiles…

Artists Select: Julian Schnabel

Date:
Jan 20, 2017 to Apr 02, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 354-4880

The year's first exhibition in the Clyfford Still Museum's ongoing Artists Select series, which invites artists from different disciplines to organize an exhibition from the museum’s vast holdings of Still’s works, will provide an opportunity to view nearly 20 works by Still that have never before been on public display. Julian Schnabel, who met Still…

Nice Work If You Can Get It

Date:
Jan 20, 2017 to Feb 26, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

Redline Gallery's resident artists have looked inwards to create pieces that address the motivations sustaining their studio practices. Tasked with examining what it means to be a working artist in the modern economy, the artists have created works ranging from reflections of one LGBTQ artist at her male-dominated day job to an installation featuring Gagger…

The Relationship Show

Date:
Jan 20, 2017 to Feb 25, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 837-1341

For this intimate exhibition, New York and Boston-based photographers Allison Wade, Laura Beth Reese, Maureen Drennan, and Matthew Swarts turned their lenses on one of the most universal yet deeply personal aspects of our lives: romantic relationships. The photographs document the beginnings and endings of relationships as well as the phases in between, all the…

As We May Think

Date:
Jan 20, 2017 06:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 777-9473

Groundbreaking curator Di Xiao Wei comes to the Rockies for this transnational show. Wei will display his own paintings alongside those of artists discovered by his Art Gangster Club, an online community that seeks to make art curation in China more accessible. The collaborative exhibit, done in exchange with Denver-based artists' collective Hyperlink brings cutting-edge…

United Untied

Date:
Jan 20, 2017 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(970) 224-1010

Discover what life is like for identical twins through Michele Wysocki’s intriguing photography exhibition, inspired by her own experience as a twin. Using techniques that degrade the photographs, such as drawing, tying in family photos and excerpts from intricate journals, genetic codes, and science studies, Wysocki explores the ways in which life and science unties…

Learn-to-Look: Late Modern Architecture and Design

Date:
Jan 26, 2017 05:00 pm
Cost:
$20-$30
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

Tour the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center’s collections at the last of the center’s modernism-focused Learn to Look events. Architectural consultant Chuck Benson will address timely trends in architecture and design as he introduces you to the work of Norman Foster, Santiago Calatrava, Tadao Ando, and other major late modern architects. The session will focus…

Mathias Kessler: Artifacts & Other Errors of Perception

Date:
Jan 26, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Cost:
$1.
Phone:
(303) 443-2122

Austrian artist Mathias Kessler’s quirky installments explore how we use certain objects to define what is reality using various mediums such as ice-art kept in open refrigerators, mirrors, wallpaper, and 3-dimensional printing. Kessler’s material work is just one component of the exhibit: Each Thursday, he will invite performers, including comedians, dancers, and even body painters,…

Bawdy Bodies: Satires of Unruly Women

Date:
Feb 02, 2017 to Jun 24, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 492-8300

In the late 1700s, British cartoonists responded to the increasing prominence and engagement of women in society by drawing caricatures of them. Featuring a selection of prints from Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library by artists such as Thomas Rowlandson and James Gillray, this thought-provoking spread will have you considering how (and if) public treatment and…

Ghost Lights

Date:
Feb 02, 2017 to Mar 04, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

Get mesmerized by this Texan-turned-Denverite artist Mark Bueno’s hypnotic, abstracted designs. By using spray paint, masking tape, and stencil techniques on handmade circle wood panels, Bueno creates art that is reminiscent of the beautiful colors and shifting patterns in a kaleidoscope. Thu 6-8 p.m. -Image courtesy of Mike Wright Gallery visit http://markbuenostudio.com

Georgia Amar: Oils, Prints, and Studies

Date:
Feb 03, 2017 to Mar 11, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Denver artist Georgia Amar's latest collection of landscapes, intelligent abstracts, and studies-in-motion highlights her bold use of colors as well as the unique impact of varied lighting on her engaging compositions. The gallery employs a dimmer switch so that visitors can view the paintings in different light intensities, appreciating how their foregrounds and backgrounds shift…

The Last House on the Left

Date:
Feb 03, 2017 to Feb 19, 2017
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Gentrifcation is forcing the departure of Next and the other galleries that make up the Navajo St. Arts District in northwest Denver. For Next's final exhibition, boundary-pushing artist Josh Davy has responded to the forces that brought about the art district’s demise by creating a series of mixed-media buildings in various stages of disrepair and…

Presence: Reflections on the Middle East

Date:
Feb 03, 2017 to Apr 08, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 294-5207

During a diaspora, a large population migrates away from one cenral locaton and scatters across the world, taking their culture and memories of home with them. In this photographic exhibit, 12 artists affected by the Middle Eastern diaspora of the past 20 years express what the word means to them. Dealing with powerful themes of…

First Friday Art Party: Bill Starr

Date:
Feb 03, 2017 05:00 pm - 07:30 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

Kick off the month of photography by admiring these detailed images, which turn the movement of dance, theater, performance art and even Colorado’s music scenes, into still moments. See the human body in motion in a fresh way through these raw and elegant photos also available for purchase (lucky for us!) Fri 5-7:30 p.m. -Image…

Winter’s Glow

Date:
Feb 08, 2017 06:30 pm - 08:00 pm
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Fire and ice collide at this festive event, which will feature ice sculptures, fire dancers, jugglers, and s’mores. After you check out the five ice sculptures (including the flame-shooting centerpiece), head into the Curtis Center for some champagne tasting (and hot cocoa for the little ones). Wed 6:30-8 p.m.

El Tornaviaje/The Return Route

Date:
Feb 09, 2017 to May 27, 2017
Cost:
$3-$5
Phone:
(303) 571-4401

Explore the remarkable—and often unheralded—Asian influence on the development of Latin America’s identity at this exhibition of panels and artifacts. Check out the 21 infographic panels documenting the Spanish journey into Asia in search of spices before you examine historic galleon coins, pineapple cloth shawls, Talavera pottery and other Latin American artifacts that reflect the…

Harmony Diorama

Date:
Feb 10, 2017 to Mar 05, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 6-9 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 889-2200

Denver artist Barbara Baer takes inspiration from two iconic twentieth-century paintings, Henri Rousseau’s “The Dream” and Henri Matisse’s “Red Room,” to examine the idea of harmony as a mental and physical state. Her installation uses plastic steel and fabric to form a walk-in setting inside which viewers may meditate.

Visits to the Interior/Neshama

Date:
Feb 16, 2017 to Mar 05, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 297-8428

Though known for her stylized impressions of flowers and landscapes, Sarah Van Beckum’s newest body of work is an intriguing foray into abstraction. Lori Dresner’s colorful and abstract clay sculptures, which represent intuitive expressions of emotional states, provide a fitting compliment for Beckum’s raw, highly instinctive pieces consisting of rich colors and vibrant brush strokes.…

Front Row Center

Date:
Feb 18, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Cost:
$15
Phone:
(719) 634-5581

If you want to relive your crowd-surfing glory days (or witness the ones you were born too late to have), then head to Colorado Springs for this photographic trip through the history of rock ’n’ roll. Enjoy intimate, one-of-a-kind shots of classic performances by musicians such as Willie Nelson, David Bowie, Carlos Santana, all captured…

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

Date:
Feb 19, 2017 to Oct 22, 2017
Cost:
$5-$24
Phone:
720-865-5000

For this multidisciplinary exhibition, Latino artists (including two Denver artists Jaime Carrejo and Dmitri Obergell), created pieces representative of life in the comtemporary American west. The result is a collection of mixed-media, digital animation, and sculptural installations that examine diverse narratives of migration through the lens of labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility, and displacement. Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun…

Elusive: Works by Andrew Roberts Gray

Date:
Feb 22, 2017 to Mar 14, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-865-3501

Occupying a place between painterly abstraction and sculptural space, Andrew Roberts-Gray’s newest installations are as mesmerizing as they are indecipherable. The reflective surfaces and drips of paint interact with the gallery’s unique combination of ambient and natural light to produce halos and reflections that change and shift depending on the angle from which you view…

The Sometimes Pop Up Kiosk

Date:
Mar 01, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303.789.2664

Local artist Stephanie Kantor will put a spin on the classic tourism kiosk at her latest quirky installment. She’ll use her pop-up’s presence to educate visitors on the “gift shop”, a common aspect of how we experience cultural landmarks and tourist destinations. When she is inside, Kantor will sell handmade knick-knacks, including cups, vases and…

Paper Skies and Of Progress

Date:
Mar 02, 2017 to Apr 15, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-573-1255

These trippy exhibitions will have you marveling at the works of three innovative artists. See the sky from a fresh perspective through Brenda Biondo’s abstract photographs, which feature cut, folded, and reshaped images of the sky. Duo Douglas Kahn and Renee Alpert will transform your idea of urban construction through their vibrant geometric photographs of…

Meetings in Isolation

Date:
Mar 03, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 440-7826

Swedish artist Anna Olsson’s vivid textiles tell stories of social injustices. Inspired by her interactions with inmates of Swedish prisons (who she spoke with seeking inspiration for this exhibit), the tapestries depict convey both the vulnerability of isolation and the strength of the spirit through images of the individuals in story-like scenes. At the opening…

Globeville Art Center High School Show

Date:
Mar 03, 2017 to Mar 30, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-476-6710

This juried show will feature the style and vision of the talented Denver Metro high school photography students with subjects ranging from portraits to innovative abstracts. Embark on a journey that highlights the impressive and sophisticated work of artists who are just beginning to explore the possibilities of photography as a medium. Opening reception Fri…

Brushstrokes Sale & Open Reception

Date:
Mar 04, 2017 to Mar 11, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 871-0800

Support four nationally recognized Colorado artists, Kelly Berger, John K. Harrell, Kit Hevron Mahoney, and Anita Mosher, at this epic sale featuring their works of impressionist and abstract paintings priced at 20-to-50-percent-off. The sale is happening for only the second time in the acclaimed Denver studio’s 15-year-history—so don’t miss this rare opportunity to take home…

Storm Warning: Artists on Climate Change

Date:
Mar 09, 2017 to Apr 30, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 871-2846

Engage in the conversation on climate change and environmental issues by attending this multimedia exhibit featuring 13 passionate artists. The show, which includes dramatic installation pieces, photography, film, and even Instagram shots, reflects some of the most serious factors threatening the environment, such as pollution, deforestation, melting ice caps, and rising sea levels. The rich…

Moving Mountains

Date:
Mar 10, 2017 to Apr 15, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-4234

Using her iPhone and a host of apps and filters, award-winning artist Penelope Umbrico pays homage to the mountains and the historical photographers who have captured their majesty for decades. By shooting and then manipulating images taken by artists such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, she explores the mutability of both the photographs and…

Between the Medium, Seeing Photographically

Date:
Mar 10, 2017 to Apr 09, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 296-4448

This wide-reaching group exhibition, which features iconic works by Andy Warhol as well as modern-day creations by Colorado Springs artist Abbey Hepner, investigates the intersection of photography with more traditional mediums. From colorful collages and installations to lithographs and flip-books, this contemporary collection reflects concepts of using photography as an ingredient rather than a specific…

Metamorphosis: Transmutations

Date:
Mar 10, 2017 to Apr 08, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 590-9800

Dive into the phenomenon of life’s transformations through Jeff Klapperich’s inventive portraits. His specially developed analog process incorporates drawn, painted and sculpted elements to push the boundaries of photography and create visceral representations of humanity’s place in the universe. Fri 6-9 p.m.; Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Visit klapperichphoto.com.

Skins

Date:
Mar 11, 2017 to Apr 08, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-832-1599

Examine the physical and metaphorical idealization of the body through photography, fibers and mixed media. In this exhibit, Denver artist Tya Anthony highlights the complexities of american culture in the 21st Century by using organic colors and textures caused by environmental weathering. Sat 7-11 p.m.; Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.

Basic Pictures: Joseph Coniff

Date:
Apr 01, 2017 to Apr 15, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-800-6776

Admire the painting-meets-photography works of Denver artist Joseph Coniff, who works with household writing tools such as Sharpies, pens, and pencils to make sketches. Then he uses software to enlarge, zoom, crop, and recompose his images to produce the base that he paints over for his final product. Through his unique process, Coniff creates striking…

Drawing in the Galleries

Date:
Apr 05, 2017 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
Phone:
303-293-2000

Join local painter and sketch artist Mitch Caster, who teaches at the Art Students League of Denver, at a workshop for budding and experienced artists alike. Caster will break down the basics of sketching for beginners, and he'll help more experienced students master shading techniques. With a pencil in hand, you can craft a still life modeled after fruit and wooden…

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The Healing Power of Baseball

Date:
Apr 05, 2017 to May 08, 2017
Schedule:
Times vary.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-534-2367

Before you head to Coors Field for opening day, check out Denverite Kyle Banister's tribute to America's favorite sport. In vibrant works, the multimedia artist explores baseball's impact on national history and family traditions. During the opening reception, viewers can meet the creator and write their own game-related anecdotes to add to a collaborative display. —Image courtesy of Feed Media

Animalia

Date:
Apr 07, 2017 to May 13, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
970-224-1010

Embark on a safari of sorts at this diverse exhibit, which features both emerging and established photographers, including Don Wolfe and Sarah Corbin. The images—in vibrant colors as well as neutral tones—depict wild and domestic scenes, such as a cat on an ironing board. The distinct characteristics of nature’s creatures, from fierce lions to slimy worms,…

120 for $120

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 to Apr 28, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m. Gala: April 28, 4-7:30 p.m.
Cost:
$120.
Phone:
303-674-0056

For this captivating exhibition, 120 local artists have each created a piece of art, ranging from abstract paintings to handmade jewelry. All valued at a minimum of $120, the works will be on display for three weeks before a gala, at which a random drawing will decide which 120 ticket holders will receive a creation to take home.…

Uncorked Afterglo

Date:
Apr 08, 2017 9 p.m. - midnight
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-865-5000

At this art-focused party, watch painting demonstrations by local creatives Armando Silva and Eric Corrigan as Weird Touch and DJ Musa spin a catchy set list. Before you leave, purchase a limited-edition sculpture by Denver artist Matt Scobey. Proceeds benefit CultureHaus, a Denver Art Museum support group that organizes fresh exhibitions and behind-the-scenes programs.

Shade

Date:
Apr 09, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Included with admission.
Phone:
720-865-5000

[caption id="attachment_80521" align="alignnone" width="960"] Realness by Mark Bradford[/caption]In this collaborative exhibit paintings by renowned mixed-media artist Mark Bradford will be displayed alongside related canvases by the late, great abstract expressionist Clyfford Still. Bradford, inspired by Still’s extensive use of the color black, incorporates the shade across several different mediums, such as photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel,…

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Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame: STEAM Portrait Exhibit

Date:
Apr 13, 2017 to May 26, 2017
Schedule:
Mon, Wed, Thu-Fri 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-661-1261

What do singer Judy Collins, doctor Susan Anderson, and pilot Penny Hamilton all have in common? They're all pioneers in their fields—and they’re also among the 50-plus Colorado women featured at this portrait exhibition. Learn more about individuals, including professor of animal science Temple Grandin and physician Justina Ford, who transformed science and the arts. Bonus:…

Speaker Series: DJ Stout, Variations on a Rectangle

Date:
Apr 13, 2017 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$40.
Phone:
720-865-5000

Gain insight on the process of making eye-catching magazine covers from speaker DJ Stout, a graphic designer with years of experience. At the talk, Stout will present his top five cover picks for 2016, including the New Yorker’s March cover of President Trump’s little hands and Variety’s April cover illustration by Anita Kunz. The award-winning art director of Texas…

Boulder Plein Air Art Festival

Date:
Apr 18, 2017 to Jun 14, 2017
Cost:
Varies
Phone:
303-444-1862

More than 20 artists will ditch the confines of a studio to explore Boulder for a week-long festival. Paintings created on-site will depict or find inspiration from Boulder’s scenic downtown such as Pearl Street Mall, surrounding mountains such as Chautauqua, valley areas, and nearby farms. If you want to test your art-skills, there will be…

The Hereditary Estate

Date:
Apr 21, 2017 to Jun 03, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-837-1341

This intimate black-and-white photography exhibit by Kansas-based artist Daniel W. Coburn challenges our ideas about traditional family photos and the role they play in our understanding of the American Dream. Coburn draws inspiration from haunting events in his own family’s past, including domestic violence and suicide, to capture honest moments of loved ones in quiet…

Subject to Non-Renewal

Date:
Apr 22, 2017 to Jun 03, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Fri noon-7 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-832-1599

Denver painter Forest Morrison, known for crafting tongue-in-cheek murals based on classic works, will focus on the dangers of technology in his latest exhibit. Through a clever juxtaposition of still life “memento-mori” paintings and contemporary ads, Morrison will warn viewers that electronics are replacing our direct connections with nature.

Under the Western Sun: Quilting the Wild West

Date:
Apr 24, 2017 to Jul 22, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-277-0377

At this regional competition, Rocky Mountain quilters will present patchwork scenes depicting the rugged landscapes of the American West. Check out both traditional and unconventional (think: 3D) quilted pieces as well as Western-themed wearables such as skirts or sweaters.

Blue Art Day

Date:
Apr 24, 2017 10:30 am
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 228-8000

During this art event, 150 trees lining the streets of the Denver Theatre District will be painted blue by arts activist Konstantin Dimopoulos, volunteers, and even Mayor Michael B. Hancock. The unconventional installation will draw attention to the impact trees have on our environment, encouraging viewers to ponder the negative effects of global deforestation.

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Opening Doors Ribbon Cutting

Date:
Apr 26, 2017 8:30 a.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-433-7444

Our children's museum wants the city to know that its doors are open to everyone—so it's installed a few more. In response to increasingly negative immigration policies, the museum invited 11 local artists to design doors—from Maeve Eichelberger's peacock-emblazoned portal to Armando Silva's doorway declaring "We Are 1"—for a new public art installation. At the…

Night of the Sharkive

Date:
Apr 27, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-443-2122

Support the University of Colorado Art Museum's acquisition of the Sharkive: a collection of prints (by more than 160 printmakers worldwide) produced by Shark's Ink, a contemporary-print publisher in Lyons owned by Bud and Barbara Shark. The evening event will feature artist-designed tables, farm-to-table dining from the Big Red F, specialty cocktails, and live music…

Alone & Together

Date:
Apr 27, 2017 to May 28, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-320-8347

Admire the art of three Denver couples—Kristen Hatgi Sink and Mark Sink, Mamiko and Homare Ikeda, and Sylvia Montero and Tony Ortega—at this exhibit. In their artwork, which ranges from painting and calligraphy to video installation and photography, these creatives explore their relationships through both solitary and collaborative projects. In addition to the collection, Ortega will do an opening…

Calder: Monumental

Date:
Apr 28, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017
Schedule:
Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Included with admission.
Phone:
720-865-3500

Thanks to this outdoor exhibit, Mile High City denizens have the chance to see iconic works by American sculptor Alexander Calder. Ten of his giant bolted-steel-plate pieces, most of which are abstract and vibrant, will complement the curves and folds of the surrounding plant life. In addition, don't miss the chance to see one of his signature…

Governor’s Art Show

Date:
Apr 28, 2017 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:
$75-$100.
Phone:
970-962-2410

At the largest juried art show in the state, 56 Coloradans will display their work. At the opening reception, gallery-goers can meet several of the local creatives and browse the varied collection of art, which includes abstract painting, sculptures, and photography. Check out bronze sculptures by local legacies George and Mark Lundeen while savoring artisanal cheese plates…

Eric Blum: New Paintings

Date:
Apr 28, 2017 to Jun 10, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-800-6776

Unconventional New York City–based artist Eric Blum adds layers of ink-soaked and beeswax-infused silk to canvas to create an ethereal collection of works. He occasionally incorporates silk scraps from his old works into newer pieces of emotional abstract art.

Making Her Mark

Date:
May 03, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-573-5903

Like other open-air painters, Coloradan Beverly Thomas takes her sketch pad and easel outside. Unlike other outdoor artists, however, she uses broad brush strokes and bold primary colors to capture abstract impressions of nature instead of hyper-representational images. For this solo exhibition, she’ll show off her takes on natural vistas from around the Centennial State,…

Logan Lecture: Ana Theresa Fernández

Date:
May 03, 2017 5:30 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$18.
Phone:
720-913-0130

Join the Latino multi-media artist behind Erasure, one of the installations featured in the Denver Art Museum’s Mi Terra exhibit for a thought-provoking lecture. At this talk, Ana Teresa Fernández will explore the ways in which she explores the barriers—both psychological and physical—of gender, race, and class in her work.

Boulder Potters Guild Spring Show & Sale

Date:
May 04, 2017 to May 07, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-447-0310

At this spring sale, browse a variety of ceramic pieces made by local potters. More than 50 Colorado artists will showcase their works, which range from classic porcelain ware and vibrant handmade mugs to jewelry and fused glass. If you're particularly impressed by an item, you're in luck: After admiring the collection, you can buy your favorite decor to…

26 Miles of Awesome

Date:
May 05, 2017 to Jun 05, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat, times vary.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-777-0797

Celebrate the longest street in America at this showcase by young Picassos. ArtWorks Artists, a group of 12 low-income teens, created a collection of 26 paintings, drawings, and photographs to represent each mile of Colfax Avenue. See if you can spot landmarks in their work—in one painting, for example, a dragon eats the classic restaurant…

Sara-Lou Klein

Date:
May 05, 2017 to May 21, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 5-8 p.m.; Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-470-6339

This Denver mixed media artist will display a collection of two-inch-by-three-inch pieces at her whimsical exhibition. In colored pencil drawings, watercolors on paper or wood, and acrylic canvas paintings, Klein creates imaginary worlds featuring silly scenarios, such as an owl wearing red high heels and tube socks watering a plant.

Uncanny Worlds

Date:
May 05, 2017 to May 27, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-571-1261

Escape to a mysterious and uncomfortable world through the latest works by internationally acclaimed artist David Cheifetz. For this solo show, Cheifetz seamlessly weaves fantasy and realism together to create eerie still lifes and startling portraits of supernatural creatures.

Artist Talk: Kim Wiggins

Date:
May 10, 2017 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
303-293-2000

Celebrate the Centennial State’s Western heritage at this lecture by painter and sculptor Kim Wiggins, an artist most well known for his works depicting landscapes of the American West. At the enlightening talk, the New Mexico–based creative will discuss major influences on his style—such as expressionism and Hispanic folk art—as well as the artwork on display.

Substance Dissolved: Kelly Clements

Date:
May 18, 2017 to Jun 04, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-433-4933

At this eccentric show, local ceramicist Kelly Clements will explore the emotional process of transitioning from girlhood to womanhood. Drawing inspiration from her own experiences, Clements forms sculptures of household objects to highlight the tools women use to craft their identities during adolescence. By doing so, she urges viewers to consider the ways in which…

2017 Biennial of the Americas Launch Party

Date:
May 19, 2017 to May 20, 2017
Schedule:
8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Cost:
$15 early; $20 advance; $25 at the door
Phone:
303-832-2383

Don't miss this kick-off celebration for the Biennial of the Americas, a multi-cultural, weeks-long celebration of arts and a platform for important conversations on civic and social issues. The evening of live music and entertainment is hosted by Flobots frontman Jonny 5, and will feature art installations by Jeromie Dorrance and Chris Bagley, spirit tastings, a Cuban cigar…

Landscapes

Date:
May 19, 2017 to Jul 01, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
970-224-1010

 This landscape-themed collection of photos juried by Lisa Volpe, the associate curator of photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, will feature more than 40 artists, including Boulder-based Pinque Clark and the award-winning Rocky Mountain photographer Sean Du. Museum-goers can expect to see scenes from around the globe, including South Carolina’s Congaree National Park…

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Impressions

Date:
May 20, 2017 to Jun 12, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-697-9006

This contemporary exhibit of impressionist works highlights the talents of two female artists from Russia, Lyudmila Agrich and Julia Klimova. Escape to European cityscapes and lush fields of poppies in Agrich’s artwork, which she creates by layering paint with a palette knife. Admire figures, landscapes and still lifes by Klimova.

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528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition

Date:
May 26, 2017 to Jul 22, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-294-5207

Denver's most famous number is used in a new context for this exhibition of pieces by Colorado printmakers. The works on display were all created by artists within a 528-mile radius of the Mile High City, from Boulder's Roberta Restaino to Buena Vista's Jude Silva. The resulting collection includes lithographs, silkscreens, and intaglio prints (made by cutting designs…

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The Western: An Epic in Art and Film

Date:
May 27, 2017 to Sep 10, 2017
Schedule:
Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-913-0130

Put on in conjunction with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this exhibit compiles paintings, sculptures, and film clips to show how art contributed to the mythical construct of the American West. Expect everything from a Civil War–era painting by landscape artist Albert Bierstadt (yes, like the mountain) to clips from Westerns by director John…

Paper Works

Date:
Jun 01, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7200

At this group exhibition, find extraordinary beauty in an ordinary office supply. Featuring the work of twenty artists, including Denver’s Mike McClung and Colorado State University alumna Sophia Dixon Dillo, the collection will include innovate works of art made from paper. Check out paper folded to look like a crashed airplane as well as textured handmade…

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Reflections

Date:
Jun 02, 2017 to Jun 30, 2017
Schedule:
Thu 1-5 p.m. and by appointment.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-297-9831

Think back to the cut-and-pasted collages you might have made in school as a kid, and now imagine they were made up of political headlines and avant garde self-portraits rather than pictures of puppies or cars. That gives you some idea of the radical-yet-familiar work of local artist Jessica Loredo. In this solo exhibition, the Denverite uses news…

Artists in Residences Studio Tour

Date:
Jun 04, 2017 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-933-3813

For the first time, art lovers can venture into the home studios of professional artists living in Lakewood. Abstract painter Carrie MaKenna and 20-plus other local creatives will show off their works-in-progress. As you tour their spaces, glimpse pieces in a variety of different mediums, from sculpture and mosaics to photography and hand-made violins, and…

Somewhere to Nowhere

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 to Jul 22, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-573-1255

For this thought-provoking exhibition, local painter Shawn Huckins layers phrases from vintage love letters, postcards, and American folk songs over his acrylic paintings of pastoral scenes. By drawing attention to examples of emotional language from the past, he aims to make us consider how we talk about our feelings in the Internet age.

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CPAC’s Annual Members’ Show

Date:
Jun 09, 2017 to Jul 29, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-837-1341

Colorado photography isn't all Instagrammed snapshots of mountain landscapes and landmarks like Coors Field. Check out the more high-brow side of the medium at this juried group exhibition featuring fine art photography from artist members of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, many of whom live in the Centennial State. The 21-artist roster includes Boulder photographer Kevin Hoth as well as Colorado…

Creatura Psychedelica

Date:
Jun 10, 2017 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-806-0444

For this eccentric pop-up exhibit, a Denver park will be transformed into a psychedelic garden reminiscent of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass. Designed by San Francisco-based artist Bill Kennedy, this installation will include enormous, illuminated inflatable creatures that vaguely resemble snails and caterpillars. As you browse the unconventional works, enjoy live music by rock group Ned Garthe Explosion and…

Summer Art Market

Date:
Jun 10, 2017 to Jun 11, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-778-6990

With more than 260 vendors selling Colorado-made artwork in a variety of mediums (think: ceramics to book arts and oil painting), you're sure to find decor that suits your taste at this outdoor market. Browse pieces made by locals such as photographer Neal Pierman, Painter Diana Andersen, and sculptor Dwight Davidson while your kids do craft projects with Art…

A Modern Baroque

Date:
Jun 14, 2017 to Jul 22, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 12-6 p.m
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-502-5635

Thanks to this group exhibition, you don't have to travel to the Louvre or Palace of Versailles to see ornate Baroque art. To create each piece in the show—from New York–based AM DeBrincat’s mixed media portraits garnished with gold leaf to Old Master–inspired watercolors by Michelle Avery Konczyk—the artists incorporated elements of the 17th- and 18th-century style to…

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Festival Caravan Exhibit

Date:
Jun 15, 2017 to Mar 23, 2018
Schedule:
Sun 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Mon-Thu 7 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-871-3428

Honor Henry Lowenstein at this exhibit about his brainchild, Festival Caravan (a free series of performances held in local parks from 1973 to 1985). Check out his hand-drawn map of the parks the festival visited and a documentary featuring artists who worked with the theater legend, including choreographer Cleo Parker Robinson.

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Palette

Date:
Jun 15, 2017 to Jul 08, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-355-0950

For this unconventional exhibition, palettes have graduated from artists' humble tools to become their canvases. This 70-person show features a roster of international rising stars, including Puerto Rican painter Luis Borrero and Belgian native Dimitri Desiron, all of whom have applied oils directly to palettes. Stop by to admire Abend Gallery's new LoDo space as well as some cutting-edge…

Desirable Objects

Date:
Jun 16, 2017 to Jul 17, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Fri noon-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-893-4234

Pittsburgh artist Adam Milner aims to preserve everyday moments of intimacy and touch in this intriguing exhibit. He incorporates materials from his daily life, such as fabric from his clothing as well as petals from his flowers, into videos and slideshows that archive his relationships and day-to-day experiences.

Play: Works by Pattie Lee Baker

Date:
Jun 16, 2017 to Nov 05, 2017
Schedule:
9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-3500

Denver artist Pattie Lee Becker shows off her energetic and emotional pieces, which blur the line between real life and the abstract. In ink-and-colored-pencil drawings as well as sculptures, she offers playful, stylized interpretations of plants, tornadoes, and other elements of the natural world.

Penitents: World End Rituals of Faith

Date:
Jun 22, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
$3-$5.
Phone:
303-571-4401

By photographing religious rituals, Brazilian artist Guy Veloso strives to capture moments of true faith. His moving images of women praying the rosary and Candomblé followers participating in an African-Brazilian dance for the gods encourage viewers to empathize with others regardless of their religious backgrounds.

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Pretty Powerful

Date:
Jun 23, 2017 to Jul 29, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri noon to 6 p.m., Sat noon to 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-800-6776

In the words of Netflix's Kimmy Schmidt, females are strong as hell. With this show, you can soak up a bit of that feminine strength. The all-lady exhibition features musings on the experience of womanhood from six artists, including Coloradans Amber Cobb, Margaret Neumann, and Sarah Bowling. Expect everything from video to paintings, occasional explicit…

Human | Nature

Date:
Jun 23, 2017 to Sep 02, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-355-8955

Humanity’s relationship with the environment is complicated: while it is a constant source of creative inspiration, we exploit and damage it for precious resources. The artists in this exhibition grapple with this paradox through abstract works inspired by forms found in nature. Between Carol Browning’s frenetic brushwork and Norman Epp’s jagged sculptures of wood and…

From Rembrandt to Warhol

Date:
Jun 24, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Schedule:
Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$15.
Phone:
719-634-5581

In the past few decades, Cherry Creek residents Morton and Tobia Mower have amassed a collection of masterworks by famous artists. View some of their extraordinary pieces—including Rembrandt portraits and etchings as well as prints by impressionist Claude Monet and pop artist Andy Warhol—at this world-class show.

Vicarious Travel

Date:
Jun 29, 2017 to Aug 17, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Come visit far flung places of both fantasy and reality through the eyes of 25 different artists. Hike through dizzying mountain ranges with Christopher Brown and explore the depths of space painted by Lanny DeVuono in this group show featuring artists from the front range. Their work will be on display in Republic Plaza office…

Downshifting

Date:
Jun 30, 2017 to Jul 23, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-296-4448

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around (at some meditative art) once in a while, you could miss it. A dozen abstract and minimalist artists from around the world contributed large-scale works to this exhibit, transforming RedLine's 6,000-square-foot gallery space into an artistic sanctuary. Visitors are encouraged to unplug from the…

La Musidora

Date:
Jun 30, 2017 to Oct 29, 2017
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-5000

Most people don’t enjoy the sound of a creaking rocking chair. However, you might change your mind after experiencing designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena’s outdoor installation La Musidora: A row of colorful reclining seats that emit a chorus of pleasant noises as you rock. Located in the Martin Plaza, the work is a perfect place…

Rough 2

Date:
Jun 30, 2017 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-638-3128

The phrase “everyone’s a critic” has negative connotations, however these artists used 200 opinions on their works in progress to inform and shape their finished products. This eclectic show of pots, paintings, quilts, and stories reveals the transformative power of feedback in a collaborative exhibition that invites the spectator in on the process.

Stars and Rivers: Reflections of Nature, Hand Crafted Jewelry by Wilson Thomas

Date:
Jul 05, 2017 to Jul 29, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-573-5903

In our sleek, stainless steel world it is easy to forget the earthly origins of metal. Wilson Thomas brings the forge back to nature, using unconventional techniques to create hand-crafted jewelry inspired by the environment. Marvel at the wood-grain patterns of mokume-gane metalwork and curving shapes inspired by flowing water in these wearable works of…

Jeanne Trueax

Date:
Jul 07, 2017 to Jul 23, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-470-6339

In addition to admiring Jeanne Trueax’s large acrylics and pen-and-ink drawings, meet the local artist in person at this solo show. The Colorado native’s style ranges from realistic (check out her striking painting depicting a bighorn sheep) to more stylized pieces (like a drawing of a cowgirl with bubbles floating out of her head).

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The Denver Handmade Homemade Market

Date:
Jul 08, 2017 Noon - 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-598-2490

The team behind HAHO craft fairs isn't new to Denver's indie market scene, but their venue this month is so new that it isn't even finished yet. This fair features the same premise as all of HAHO's shows—30+ of the city's best artists, artisans, and food makers plus a buffet brunch (this one "summer lovin'"…

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Ragnarök

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
Cost:
$5-$8
Phone:
719-634-5581

As longtime residents of the Pikes Peak region, artists Wendy Mike and De Lane Bredvik have witnessed the devastation that wildfires and floods cause. With life-size models of humans as well as projections of fire and water, the creatives invite viewers to reflect on their fragile environments and their resilience in the face of disaster.

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Pearl Street Arts Fest

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-449-3774

Denver's neighbor to the northwest is always artsy, but they're really kicking it up a notch this weekend. Boulder's Pearl Street Mall transforms into an open-air art gallery for this two-day fête featuring nearly 100 artists from across the country. Shop for wares from woodworking and ceramics to painting and jewelry, and bring the kiddos—Boulder-based…

An Evening at the Martin Museum Residence

Date:
Jul 15, 2017 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
$100-$125
Phone:
720-865-5000

Curious about the glamorous lives of art collectors? Denver philanthropists and patrons of the arts Sharon and Lanny Martin have opened up their home in the Daniel Libeskind-designed Museum Residences for an evening of fine dining and modern art. Enjoy a meal prepared by chef Kevin Taylor of Hickory & Ash and a talk on…

Telluride Art & Architecture Festival

Date:
Jul 16, 2017 to Jul 17, 2017
Schedule:
Telluride, locations vary. Sun-Mon, times vary.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
970-728-3930

During this 10-venue home tour, pieces from 17 artists as well as the design skills of 14 Colorado architects will be on display. At each stop, you can check out exhibitions and meet their creators, including Flair Robinson, a Telluride native who uses recycled materials in her mosaics. As you admire the artwork, sample small…

Cookies and the Cosmos

Date:
Jul 20, 2017 to Aug 13, 2017
Schedule:
Thu, Sat noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-889-2200

Thought-provoking abstract artist Sue Simon combines both her passions—science and painting—for this quirky show. To show that both small and large objects are part of the same solar system, the Denver creative depicts Oreos and fortune cookies in orbit alongside numerical formulas for astrological events in her oils and collages.

Artists Select:

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-354-4880

With this installation, artist Roni Horn engages in an insightful dialogue with several of Clyfford Still’s paintings. The exhibit will include several of Still’s works from the 1940s until his death in 1980—which have never been previously on display—as well as the nature sculptures Horn created in response to them.

Artist Select: Roni Horn

Date:
Jul 21, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Thu, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$10
Phone:
720-354-4880

For the third installment in their Artists Select series, the Clyfford Still Museum invited conceptual artist Roni Horn to compose an exhibition of Still’s work. Horn frames the iconic abstract paintings through her own critical lens, focusing in on personal experience and connection to place in work never before seen by the public. This rare…

Art & Wine Gala

Date:
Jul 22, 2017 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
$35
Phone:
303-697-9006

Evergreen-based abstract artist Melanie Warsinske and other Mirada Gallery regulars will be on site to discuss their creative processes during this intimate soiree. Warsinske will create colorful landscapes live as guests view other artworks created exclusively for the event. Live music by singer-songwriter Branden Sipes and Napa Valley wines complement the elegant atmosphere.

Pagtinabangay: Quilts of Caohagan Island

Date:
Jul 24, 2017 to Oct 21, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
$8
Phone:
303-277-0377

The small Philippine island Caohagan is known for pristine ocean views, vibrant coral reefs, and quilts. More than 100 of the people living on the island have made complex and colorful quilts inspired by the surrounding tropical flora and fauna, their most notable export. This exhibition will feature some of the finest examples of these…

Kate Breakey & Sharon Feder

Date:
Jul 28, 2017 to Sep 09, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-573-1255

At this exhibition of new works by two contemporary artists, you can compare two vastly different media and subject matter. In Denverite Sharon Feder’s oil paintings and mixed media works, she represents the Mile High City’s changing urban landscapes, while Australia native Kate Breakey uses a silver gelatin print process to craft images of animal…

Sara Wilson/Fly Okay – Phree Town

Date:
Aug 02, 2017 to Sep 02, 2017
Schedule:
6-10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-502-5635

At this whimsical solo exhibition, Sara Wilson (better known by the moniker Fly Okay) will share a collection of illustrations inspired by her Koreatown experiences. In her work, the Los Angeles–based digital artist depicts fantastic worlds full of monsters, mythological creatures, and references to pop culture, such as characters from ’90s hit anime show Sailor…

Peopled Places

Date:
Aug 02, 2017 to Sep 02, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 12-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-502-5635

No need to pinch yourself, the dreamlike worlds and eccentric characters conjured in this exhibition are rooted in reality. While these paintings and sculptures appear lighthearted and whimsical, each artist is using their work to reflect on gentrification, urban life, and the environment. For example, the bucolic illustrations of Brooklyn-based artist Daniel Shaffer are filled…

Earl Chuvarsky & Donny Dixon

Date:
Aug 03, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017
Schedule:
Thu, Sat 12-6 p.m.; Fri 12-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-297-8428

Inspired by the political maelstrom that was 2016, Colorado artists Earl Chuvarsky and Donny Dixon present their own meditations on contemporary American culture in this dual exhibition. Chuvarsky’s paintings feature wind up toys, dollar bills and bald eagles on a stark white background, magnifying their symbolic power. Dixon burns chemical solvents on canvas—effectively painting with…

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Keeping Watch

Date:
Aug 04, 2017 to Sep 16, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat noon to 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-837-1341

Centennial State, meet the surveillance state. In this show, three prominent photographers will explore the tradeoff between national security and personal privacy. Check out Hasan Elahi's Alert V2 installation, which explores photography's role in documenting citizenship and migration; Lauren Grabelle's Photographer X, which examines casino life from the angle of security cameras; and Sheri Lynn Behr's NoMatterWhere, a series that photographs…

40 West Invitational + Josh Davy

Date:
Aug 11, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017
Schedule:
Fridays 5-10 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-433-4933

More than 20 creatives from the metro area use their work to make a political statement about Next Gallery’s recent move from Denver to Lakewood during this group exhibition. With his ceramic sculptures, Mile High City–based artist Josh Davy laments the loss of the gallery and other historical buildings in the Navajo Street Art District,…

Wes Magyar, Ricki Klages & Shelby Shadwell

Date:
Aug 11, 2017 to Sep 23, 2017
Schedule:
Opening Friday 6-9 p.m.; Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-893-2360

Although they portray different subject matter in their artwork, all three of the artists featured in this group show boast styles that fall under the umbrella of realism. Denver-based painter Wes Magyar convincingly captures human emotions in his oil-on-canvas portraits, German native Ricki Klages paints detailed watercolor landscapes and Shelby Shadwell draws large-scale charcoal works…

Land Trust

Date:
Aug 11, 2017 to Aug 27, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-296-4448

One of the most sinister aspects of climate change is that it’s difficult to truly see, and for many, seeing is believing. The artists in this exhibition make environmental issues visible through unconventional mediums like live plants and vinyl. To wit: Brian House’s take on the 2015 Gold King Mine spill consists of vibrating sheets…

Summer HAHO Market

Date:
Aug 12, 2017 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
720-598-2490

HAHO stands for handmade homemade, and that’s exactly what you get at this monthly pop up market. The intimate space is bursting with boutique soaps, perfumes, clothes, fiber crafts and more that will leave you plenty satisfied.There will also be vendors selling scrumptious treats like Becca Bear’s chocolate chip cookies, so you can snack while…

Common Ground: Photographs by Fazal Sheikh, 1989-2013

Date:
Aug 13, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-865-5000

Former National Endowment for the Arts fellow and human rights photographer Fazal Sheikh’s first comprehensive American exhibition features shots  from his two-decades-long career. At this moving display, view more than 100 portraits depicting individuals who lived in displaced communities in East Africa, Asia, and the Netherlands between 1989 and 2013.

Stephanie Hamilton Oravetz “Using Photography for Healing of Sexual Abuse – A Portrait Exhibition”

Date:
Aug 17, 2017 to Sep 09, 2017
Schedule:
Opening night with Stephanie Hamilton Oravetz; 5-8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-320-8347

With this powerful exhibit of portraits, Gary Kaplan, who died earlier this year, and sexual abuse survivor Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz collaborated to help the victim cope with her traumatic past. By expressing her own personal history with abuse, Hamilton-Oravetz was able to confront her own repressed memories. During the show’s opening night celebration, she’ll discuss the…

Joel Swanson Sticks & Stones

Date:
Aug 18, 2017 to Sep 18, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Fri, noon-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-893-4234

Artist Joel Swanson considered the language Americans use to talk politics as inspiration for this illuminating solo show. Using a variety of media—including neon sculptures, photos, mixed media works, and animations—the Denver artist aims to draw attention to marginalized individuals who don’t feel like they have a voice within our current political system.

Bruce Marion: Light and Shadow

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Schedule:
Opening reception: Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m. Painting demonstration: Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-697-9006

In his acrylic-on-canvas works, Arizona-based artist Bruce Marion applies multiple layers of paint to achieve dramatic contrast between light and shadow. His colorful paintings, which feature people, wildlife, and Denver cityscapes, are abstract in style. Instead of simply capturing his subjects’ appearances, he aims to evoke the emotional experience of seeing that place or creature…

Raizes/Roots: Transformations in Contemporary Brazilian Art

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 to Nov 15, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
719-634-5581

Three Brazilian artists are using  this group exhibit to reflect on their home country’s shifting national identity. For example, photographer Ana Carolina  turns her lens on gender-nonconforming individuals while Annie Gonzaga incorporates watercolors and found objects to confront themes of resistance and decolonization.

Golden Arts Festival

Date:
Aug 19, 2017 to Aug 20, 2017
Schedule:
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-279-3113

To find one of the state’s most scenic arts festivals, look between the table mountains. Situated in Golden’s historic downtown, this outdoor gathering is replete with paintings, sculpture, and jewelry crafted by more than 130 artists from 20 different states. To top it all off, an abundance of live music, craft beer and street food…

Core Member Show: Bruce Clark & Judy Horowitz

Date:
Aug 24, 2017 to Sep 10, 2017
Schedule:
Thu, Sat 12-6 p.m.; Fri 12-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-297-8428

For this joint exhibition, Colorado native Bruce Clark and Judy Horowitz will use the same artistic medium for vastly different results. Clark paints flurries of form and color that seamlessly fuse oil paint and digital photography, while Horowitz takes a more figural approach, using a dusky color palette depicting slice-of-life scenes of people with tattoos.

The Gathering at the Great Divide

Date:
Sep 02, 2017 to Sep 04, 2017
Schedule:
Sat, Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
970-406-1866

What if the chic galleries and shops of Cherry Creek could be set against a backdrop of stunning peaks? That’s the vibe at this alpine art festival, which was ranked as one of the top fine art festivals in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Check out more than 100 artisans from across the country…

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Picasso: Visage and Posing for Picasso

Date:
Sep 02, 2017 to Nov 26, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Wed, Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thu 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun noon to 4 p.m.
Cost:
$5
Phone:
970-962-2410

You can always find a passel of Picassos in New York or Barcelona, but for the next three months, you only have to go as far as Loveland. The town's art museum enters its own blue period this fall with two exhibits devoted to the Spanish master. Visage, naturally, focuses on facial portraiture across 35…

Botanical Illustration in Pencil 1

Date:
Sep 06, 2017 to Oct 04, 2017
Schedule:
Wed, 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
$245-$295
Phone:
720-865-3500

Whether you have lofty dreams of drawing flowers like a Dutch master, or simply have an interest in plant anatomy, this weekend class for beginners will help cultivate your artistic abilities. Learn basic techniques to render the shading, perspective, and texture of plants with technical accuracy. All are invited in to stop and sketch the…

Mini Mansion Mystery

Date:
Sep 06, 2017 to Sep 10, 2017
Schedule:
8 a.m.-4 p.m. for general admission.
Cost:
$6-$175
Phone:
303-322-1053

The dolls might be small, but it’s no mystery why this eccentric sales expo draws a large crowd. All can marvel at handcrafted miniatures, including wood turnings, food replicas, and paintings, and explore elaborate dollhouses designed around the mansion mystery theme (if you look hard enough, there will be surprises galore). You can even take…

Stampede Animals in Art

Date:
Sep 10, 2017 to May 19, 2019
Schedule:
Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$18
Phone:
720-865-5000

Animals have captured the imaginations of artists since humans first began drawing petroglyphs on the walls of caves. This show traces across artistic periods and mediums to bring together 300 objects from the museum’s permanent collection of beasts from around the world. Check out everything from statues of South Asian gods to British photographer Eadweard…

Colorado Crush

Date:
Sep 11, 2017 to Sep 17, 2017
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Watch these spray can Picassos in action as they paint the town red (and blue and green and yellow…) Throughout the week, artists from Denver and beyond (the lineup will not be announced until the week of) will create massive technicolor murals on the walls of buildings throughout the River North Arts District. This graffiti-centric…

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Art & Conflict and The Great War: Visions of A World Conflict

Date:
Sep 14, 2017 to Nov 12, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 1-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-898-7200

Past and present representations of human conflict collide at this dual exhibition featuring contemporary art as well as propaganda posters from World War I. Walk through The Great War: Visions of A World Conflict to learn more about the images and rhetoric used to recruit Americans to participate in a global war. Then view contemporary…

Supernova

Date:
Sep 22, 2017 to Sep 23, 2017
Schedule:
4-11 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(303) 893-4100

While it may come as a surprise, Denver is home to the first festival celebrating animated digital art (aka. not your Saturday morning cartoons). Entering its second year, the event will feature public displays of commissioned work by selected artists and host a competition screening juried by renowned animators Faiyaz Jafri, Raquel Meyers, and Peter…

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Centennial Chalk Art Festival

Date:
Sep 23, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017
Schedule:
Daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-325-8000

Step aside, kids drawing hopscotch grids—this weekend, some real chalk artists are coming to town. The amateur and professional artists in this competition will create their large-scale asphalt masterpieces before your eyes, all while a full-scale festival with food trucks, artisan vendors and live music goes on around them. Cast your vote for the people's…

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Survey and The Reclamation Suite

Date:
Sep 29, 2017 to Nov 11, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-893-2360

Two art shows are better than one—especially when they've got local artists using earth's physical beauty as both subject and medium. Survey, featuring Colorado painter Lui Ferreyra alongside West Virginia's Lynn Boggess and Santa Fe-based Jivan Lee, focuses on high-elevation terrain with everything from geometric to impressionistic mountain landscapes. The Reclamation Suite, meanwhile, features stone…

Ganesha: The Playful Protector

Date:
Oct 01, 2017 to Oct 28, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-913-0130

Within the Hindu pantheon, Ganesha is one of the most widely revered and easily recognizable deities (due to his elephantine features and his ability to remove obstacles that prevent one from achieving great wealth and success). One of the earliest known artistic portrayals of the god, a nearly 1300-year-old statue, will be on loan from…

Ultimate Dinosaurs

Date:
Oct 06, 2017 to Jan 15, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sun, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$12-$17
Phone:
303-370-6000

Walk alongside life-size dinosaur skeletons and dozens of fossils at this interactive exhibit, which features some remarkable scientific research on our prehistoric friends. Let your inner paleontologist go wild as you search for tiny fossils with a microfossil sifter or examine the skeleton of a Carnotaurus with augmented reality viewers. If you prefer to dig…

Boulder Open Studios Tour

Date:
Oct 07, 2017 to Oct 14, 2017
Schedule:
Sat-Sun 12-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-444-1862

This is your chance to peek into the creative spaces of more than 100 Boulder artists. For two consecutive weekends, check out the personal studios of the city’s finest painters, sculptors, and photographers. Discover how Bill Border composes his abstract figural paintings or how Elizabeth Quan constructs delicate ceramics and jewelry. You can even bypass…

Las (H)adas

Date:
Oct 12, 2017 to Jan 14, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 12-5 p.m.
Cost:
$3-$5
Phone:
303-571-4401

Reflect upon Arlette Lucero’s vibrant paintings and Ana Maria Hernando’s floral-inspired fabric sculptures in this collection of work by five Chicana women living and working in Colorado. This exhibition will also attempt to bring attention to the lives and experiences of women of color with a live storytelling session with the artists and other women…

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Artists’ Book Cornucopia

Date:
Oct 12, 2017 to Nov 04, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-320-8347

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but when they're this pretty, that impulse can be hard to resist. For this group show, curators from Abecedarian Gallery selected 25 artists from around the country (including Denver's own Mackenzie Browning) to show off some of the book art genre's most beautiful designs. Most of the…

Day of the Dead Exhibition

Date:
Oct 13, 2017 to Nov 07, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-651-8374

Honor your ancestors at this cultural event and exhibition—the largest Day of the Dead celebration in Colorado. The exhibition will feature traditional gigantes (giant puppets) made by local artists and altars for the dead. Also, the family celebration on November 4 will include themed activities such as sugar skull decorating and face painting.

Lightning Speak

Date:
Oct 14, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
719-634-5581

Raven Chacon wants you not just to look at art but also to listen to it. At this experimental exhibition, the Navajo artist will draw on his background in musical composition to create collaborative sculpture and video, blended with sounds both natural and artificial (think: various instruments, voice recordings, and the ambient sounds of nature).…

Judy Crook

Date:
Oct 14, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
719-634-5581

Los Angeles–based artist Jennifer Steinkamp creates digital animations that mimic the movement of plants—to an uncanny degree. For this projected exhibit, her virtual trees gently sway as they cycle through the seasons before your eyes.

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And Longing Is Overthrown

Date:
Oct 18, 2017 to Nov 23, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
757-613-3503

If you didn't check out RiNo's newest gallery ATC Den when it opened in July, you'll have another chance to see the space (and work from local artists) at this exhibition of contemporary works on paper. Denver-based photographer Christopher R. Perez, who is known for using analog photographic processes, will showcase a collection of intriguing…

Her Paris

Date:
Oct 22, 2017 to Jan 14, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
720-913-0130

While male Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Edgar Degas are some of the most well-known artists to date, their female counterparts were largely ignored and forgotten by history. This groundbreaking exhibition is one of the first to exclusively showcase work by women artists of the Impressionist period (the late 1800s), including painters Berthe Morisot…

RedLine’s Anonymous One-Square-Foot Fundraiser & Art Sale

Date:
Oct 27, 2017 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Cost:
Ticket prices vary.
Phone:
303-296-4448

There is a bit of mystery involved with this art show. The lively fundraiser (proceeds will benefit RedLine Gallery and their community programs) will feature 100 pieces (all one square foot) by 100 anonymous artists for $100 each. You won’t discover who made a piece unless you buy it, but the gallery typically receives submissions…

Rims to Ruins Art Exhibition and Sale

Date:
Nov 03, 2017 to Nov 18, 2017
Schedule:
Opening event: Fri 6-8 p.m.;Exhibit hours: Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
$100
Phone:
303-333-4144

The red rocks and clear blue sky of the American West will be on full display in this crowd-pleasing exhibition and fundraiser. The show will feature paintings, drawings, pottery, and sculptures depicting the Colorado Plateau and the Four Corners region, all made by nationally recognized western artists such as New Mexican painter William Acheff. For…

MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibitions

Date:
Nov 03, 2017 to Dec 15, 2017
Schedule:
Tues-Fri 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-294-5207

Here is your chance to get a glimpse of Denver’s up and coming artists. Fine Arts students will showcase their artwork in two two-week long exhibitions as a culmination of their studies in studio art and communication design. Treat your eye to a variety of mediums and techniques (including painting, drawing, ceramics and photography) and…

circumvolo

Date:
Nov 03, 2017 to Dec 29, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-573-1255

Curiosity and wonder won’t be the only thing you find at this exhibition, the title of which is Latin for “hover.” Boulder artist Martha Russo uses her expertise in developmental biology to transform clay into life-like representations of human anatomy and nature. Her ceramic installations often defy the laws of gravity; the otherwise dense material…

HeART of Denver

Date:
Nov 03, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-480-5126

See the Mile High City from a whole new angle at this show, which gives a glimpse into the history and culture of neighborhoods around town. More than a dozen Colorado artists—including Denver pastel artist Danyl Cook and Evergreen watercolor artist Julie Leidel—will showcase paintings, drawings, etchings, photographs and sculptures that portray an image of…

Legacy

Date:
Nov 07, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Schedule:
Tues-Sat noon-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free (workshop prices vary)
Phone:
303-571-1261

At art school exhibitions, the students’ pieces tend to be in the spotlight. This unconventional exhibit showcases the work of the educators instead. More than two dozen experienced professors from across the country , including Dan Thompson from the local Art Students League and the Da Vinci Institute’s Mandy Theis Hallenius, will converge on Denver…

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Beyond the Gallery

Date:
Nov 07, 2017 to Nov 11, 2017
Cost:
Ticket prices vary
Phone:
720-423-8468

Sure, there are roughly a million galleries in the Mile High City where you could view some cool art this week—but how many have a 150-year history? At this brand-new event, guided tours of the Speer gallery—known for its fine antiques and contemporary Oriental rugs—will be supplemented by a silent auction, a gala, and a…

Dark Fang

Date:
Nov 09, 2017 to Dec 02, 2017
Schedule:
Tues-Sat, 9 a.m-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-320-8347

Don’t worry, this exhibition is neither gloomy nor bestial; the title is simply a play on the artists’ names. Deborah Jang and Mark Friday, two Denver artists known for experimenting with reclaimed materials (think: metal, wood, and found objects), will show off their quirky styles in this exhibition featuring interactive installations that the artists want…

White

Date:
Nov 09, 2017 to Dec 09, 2017
Schedule:
Wed-Fri, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-904-1088

You guessed it: The bulk of the pieces in this exhibition will be white (with some shades of gray and ivory speckled in). Ten different artists from across the country will be featured, including award-winning painter Marks Aardsma and Steamboat artist Wendy Kownyia, who specializes in woven textiles. View everything from wire hangings to oil…

Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection

Date:
Nov 09, 2017 to Mar 19, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-871-2406

Explore the emotionally compelling stories of life within a Japanese American internment camp at this historic exhibition. Part of a long-term community based research project executed by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Denver, this exhibition features everyday objects from Amache, the site of a World War II Japanese American internment camp in…

Bright and Lively, Made in America

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 to Nov 26, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-470-6339

The color and humor pottery-focused exhibition may be just the pick-me-up you need on a dreary November day. Some pieces have zany designs made with bright reds, yellows and blues while others are more humorous than colorful—one particular piece looks like a potato but with curious blue eyes staring back at you. Some of the…

Veterans Photography Exhibition

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 to Dec 30, 2017
Schedule:
Tues-Fri, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-837-1341

For veterans returning from the battlefield, post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues can present formidable barriers to living a peaceful life. Recently, two local organizations dedicated to providing vets with artistic outlets teamed up with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) to give former service members formal training in visual storytelling. During this exhibition,…

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Good Girl

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 to Dec 23, 2017
Schedule:
Tue-Fri noon to 6 p.m., Sat noon to 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-800-6776

Painter Linda Herritt calls New York home these days, but before hitting the Big Apple, she taught art at University of Colorado Boulder for nearly two decades. This contemporary exhibition is your chance to peep her work back in the Centennial State. The catchphrases featured in this show ("good girl," "stay," "down") come from Herritt's…

diSTILLed: Pair

Date:
Nov 10, 2017 6 - 10 p.m.
Cost:
SOLD OUT
Phone:
720-354-4880

You and your plus one won’t be the only pair on this sophisticated evening at the Clyfford Still Museum. Match holiday-themed bites with Wine Dispensary’s executive sommelier, Rob MacKenzie’s pick of 10 wines, such as Tuscan chardonnay and Venetian prosecco. Before you finish your Sauternes dessert wine with mulled-sangria poached pear, be sure to enjoy…

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Situationist Fashion, Chiptune Duets & A Glossary of Graffiti

Date:
Nov 16, 2017 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost:
$10-$15
Phone:
303-298-7554

Whether you are a fashionista, a video game connoisseur, or an urban art fan, this three-part event is sure to entertain you. To kick off the evening, University of Colorado Denver art history professor Maria Buszek will give a talk about punk fashion, and then chiptune (think: a type of electronic music) composer Pieter Montoulieu…

Michael Clapper, Ryan Magyar and Dennis Lee Mitchell

Date:
Nov 17, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
Schedule:
Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-893-2360

This group exhibition highlights works from three abstract artists, all of whom bring a similar fluid, lifelike quality to their pieces. In Denverite Michael Clapper’s sculptures of simple shapes, strong, rigid materials have a bending, moving tension, which pairs well with the shadowy strokes of New York artist Ryan Magyar’s oil paintings and Kansas native…

Whimsy: Botanical Art and Illustration

Date:
Nov 19, 2017 to Feb 11, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-3500

The amusing aspects of plants are on display in this playful exhibit. Students from the Denver-based School of Botanical Art and Illustration rely on their knowledge of plants’ physiology and ecology, along with their artistic skills, to create scientifically accurate yet whimsical portrayals of everything from a Japanese iris to artichokes.

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Wings to Satellites: A History of Buckley Air Force Base

Date:
Nov 22, 2017 to Jun 03, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat-Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-739-6660

Seventy-five years ago, just before the United States entered World War II, Buckley Air Force Base opened in Aurora. Since then, the military landmark has been home to members of the Colorado Air National Guard and established itself as a primary center for missile defense technology. At this exhibit, check out a collection of black-and-white…

Some Assembly Required

Date:
Dec 01, 2017 to Jan 05, 2018
Schedule:
Tues-Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-862-9637

A theme of abstraction and subtle societal commentary runs throughout this group exhibition featuring three Denver artists. Jason Cope paints and molds pieces of found objects—including shards of wood and metal—into 3-D paintings and collages depicting the complexities of ecology and nature, while Krista Williams (aka. Art by 13) mixes imagery from pop, modern, and…

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Save the Roof and Dick Building Gala Benefit

Date:
Dec 02, 2017 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$25
Phone:
719-738-2858

The 3,000-person town of Walsenburg may not seem like a fine arts destination, but this swanky fundraiser hopes to change that perception. On the heels of the afternoon's workshop for local for local business owners, this gala supports restoration and expansion efforts at the Museum of Friends, a quirky regional art museum housed in the…

Fractured Nature

Date:
Dec 06, 2017 to Jan 07, 2018
Schedule:
Wed 4-7 p.m.; Thurs 4-9:30 p.m.; Fri 4-8:30 p.m.; Sat 12-6 p.m.; Sun 12-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-220-7587

Colorado artist Steve Austin creates paintings and drawings that rely on geometric shapes to show how nature is always moving and shifting, even when it might seem fixed in place. To wit: When he looks at mountains, he sees the motion of their jagged lines, pointed tips, and shifting shadows. See how he uses oil…

Cherry Creek Art Gallery Miniature Show

Date:
Dec 07, 2017 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-318-7556

Take home a miniature painting from this show—or maybe several, since you’ll have the extra wall space. A diverse collection of smaller pieces from 11 of Colorado’s most prominent artists, including contemporary oil painter Jeannie Paty and sculptor Errol Beauchamp, will be available for purchase at this one-night-only exhibition and sale.

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Urban Landscape

Date:
Dec 07, 2017 to Dec 24, 2017
Schedule:
Thu and Sat noon to 6 p.m., Fri noon to 9 p.m., Sun 1 to 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-297-8428

Landscape painting doesn't just depict rolling hills and sunsets. In this group show, juried by local artist Robert Spooner, more than three dozen creatives from around the Rocky Mountain region will use a variety of mediums to give their interpretation of city life. A few standard skylines and street scenes made the cut, but this…

Hung Liu: Transformation

Date:
Dec 08, 2017 to Feb 18, 2018
Schedule:
Tues-Wed & Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 12-4 p.m.
Cost:
$5 (Free for members)
Phone:
970-962-2410

In the first major Colorado exhibition featuring her art, Hung Liu—who was born and lived in China until she immigrated to the United States in 1984—will showcase 15 large-scale paintings as well as a room-size installation. Liu explores the themes of movement and migration in her work, both practically and metaphorically. Explore how personal memory…

Tap by Todd Pownell Trunk Show

Date:
Dec 09, 2017 to Dec 10, 2017
Schedule:
Sat 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-544-5803

If you’re searching for a glitzy gift for that special someone, check out this holiday show. Cleveland jeweler Todd Pownell will showcase his entire line of handcrafted jewelry, including bridal jewelry and one-of-a-kind pieces such as oval drop earrings and gold rings. Pownell works with a variety of metals, including gold, platinum, and silver, carving…

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Star Wars Celebration & Art Exhibit

Date:
Dec 15, 2017 to Dec 17, 2017
Schedule:
Fri 5 to 8 p.m., Sat-Sun noon to 7 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-766-9480

If you are still looking for a Christmas present for your partner joining you at The Last Jedi this weekend, look no more. At this live art show and party, you can peruse the gallery's extensive collection of galactic art, sip on complimentary wine and beer, and watch licensed Star Wars artists create new pieces right before…

Nosego

Date:
Dec 16, 2017 to Jan 06, 2018
Schedule:
Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-noon
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-941-2458

Step into the surreal, energetic world of Yis “Nosego” Goodwin (think: an image of a tiger floating in the belly of a rat) at this bizarre exhibition. The Philadelphia artist uses vibrant colors and an assemblage of patterns to create absurdist graphic illustrations of known objects and animals. See his captivating characters and whimsical images…

Linking Asia: Art, Trade and Devotion

Date:
Dec 17, 2017 to Apr 01, 2018
Schedule:
Sat-Thurs 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$13 (Free for members)
Phone:
720-865-5000

Blue and white porcelain from China’s Qing Dynasty and stone sculptures from 12th-century India serve as the stars of this historically themed exhibit. Curated by Tianlong Jiao, the Asian art curator at the the Denver Art Museum, this show explores a variety of historical themes, including the exchange of cross-cultural beliefs and ideas along ancient…

Cynthia Duff

Date:
Dec 22, 2017 to Jan 21, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sun 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-547-8399

The abstract compositions and mountain landscapes at this exhibition pop on the wall—and not just because of their vivid color. Grand Junction artist Cynthia Duff paints with a combination of acrylics and wood stains on pieces of birch wood, which she then bends and shapes (by soaking the bark) into perfectly rounded curves. When she’s…

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Unseen: Salem and Vuletich

Date:
Jan 04, 2018 to Jan 27, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-320-8347

Explore what goes unnoticed during your daily routine at this two-artist exhibition, featuring 20-something Denverites Rowan Salem and K. Vuletich. Both artists have spent the past six months in residence at Art Gym. The fruits of their labors are a projected film of Salem doing original dances and a series of portraits of homeless teens…

The New Underground

Date:
Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 04, 2018
Schedule:
Thu noon-5 p.m.; Fri noon-9 p.m.; Sat noon-5 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-889-2200

As the Mile High City has exploded with growth over the past few years, rising rents have forced a number of prominent Denver art galleries out of their spaces. Spark Gallery was one of the lucky ones that had the finances to stay put, but, for one night only, it’s serving as the home for…

Various Failures

Date:
Jan 11, 2018 to Feb 17, 2018
Schedule:
Wed-Sat noon-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-993-4474

Explore the imperfect relationship between humans and machines (each with their own abilities, limitations, and sense of control) at this exhibition. Colorado-based artist Zach Reini attempted to completely remove his hand from the process of art making by relying on mechanical and robotic automation for mark-making. In some pieces, Reini used a graphic plotter (a…

Zip + 2 Show

Date:
Jan 12, 2018 to Jan 28, 2018
Schedule:
Thu 5-8 p.m.; Fri 5-10 p.m.; Sat-Sun noon-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-470-6339

The title of this exhibit says it all: the 13 members of Zip37 Gallery have each invited two guest artists to participate in a collaborative show. Close to 40 different Colorado artists will be featured, including illustrator and fine artist Stephen Moore and ceramic artist Pat Cronin. Glimpse a wide variety of artistic styles and…

Lost Pollinators

Date:
Jan 12, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-573-1255

In this group exhibition, three visual artists use depictions of nature as a metaphor for fragility and strength. Californian Kara Maria uses mixed media to layer images of animals and plants with gas pumps and factory smoke to reflect on the crumbling state of the natural world. Midwestern artist A. Mary Kay uses found objects…

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On the Street with Bill Cunningham

Date:
Jan 12, 2018 to Feb 24, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat noon to 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-837-1341

The world's most famous candid fashion photographer made his name on the streets of New York, but, for this six-week exhibition, you can find his work right here in the Mile High City. Put on in collaboration with Cunningham's longtime publishers at the New York Times, this show features 45 photos and a series of audio clips…

Jim Waid

Date:
Jan 13, 2018 to Mar 04, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-893-2360

Arizona painter Jim Waid uses his art to replicate nature’s process of growth and decay. He applies multiple layers of thick paint directly to a canvas, then selectively scrapes it away to expose brightly hued, hidden images—including everything from the rippling waves of a river to the textured leaves of a flower. Images that initially…

Thomas Struth

Date:
Jan 19, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-925-8050

Take a peek through the lens of Thomas Struth’s camera at this photography exhibition, which documents the strained culture and landscape of Israel and Palestine. Taken over the course of five years, the acclaimed German photographer's series of 18 images explores the political climates of East Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, the Golan Heights, and other local…

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Euphotic

Date:
Jan 26, 2018 to Mar 02, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-596-4243

We'll forgive you if you've forgotten the definition of "euphotic zone" from your high-school science days—it's the part of the ocean with enough light for aquatic plants and animals to thrive—but after this show, you'll have no excuse. The solo exhibition by Native American sculptor Courtney M. Leonard was inspired by the more luminous area…

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A History of Black Firefighters in the Denver Fire Department

Date:
Feb 01, 2018 to Feb 28, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost:
$6-$7
Phone:
303-892-1436

Lunch counters and city buses may be some of the most potent symbols of America's segregated past, but have you ever considered how race relations affected our first responders? In celebration of Black History Month, this exhibition uses photos and artifacts to illustrate the history of Denver's black firefighters—from their separate-but-equal origins in the 19th…

Pachucos y Sirenas

Date:
Feb 08, 2018 to May 26, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-571-4401

Zoot suits will be on full display at this retro exhibition, where you can immerse yourself in the Pachuco culture of the 1930s and ’40s. The show—which highlights the old-school subculture of Chicanos and Mexican-Americans associated with street gangs, flamboyant attire, and exotic nightlife—will feature both art and artifacts, including everything from a full size…

Loas, History and Memory

Date:
Feb 10, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Schedule:
Tues-Sat 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$10 (Free for members)
Phone:
719-634-5581

Glimpse paintings from some of Haiti’s most prominent 20th-century artists (including renowned painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié) at this exhibition. The show explores the contemporary significance of Haitian art, challenging commonly held perceptions about the country as an exotic locale within the Americas. It also delves into an element of Haitian spirituality, such as loas,…

Degas: A Passion for Perfection

Date:
Feb 11, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Thurs, Sat-Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$13
Phone:
720-865-5000

This exhibition explores French artist Edgar Degas’ lifelong fascination with nudity, horses, opera, and dance, as well as his penchant for constantly returning to the same subjects and themes. The show will feature more than 100 of Degas’ paintings, drawings, pastels, etchings, monotypes, and sculptures dealing with contemporary life in Paris from 1855 to 1906.

Every Dog Has Its Day: Chinese New Year Invitational

Date:
Feb 14, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018
Schedule:
Wed 4-7 p.m.; Thurs 4-9:30 p.m.; Fri 4-8:30 p.m.; Sat noon-6 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-220-7587

Celebrate your favorite canine friends at this art invitational based on the year of the dog. More than 50 Colorado artists (and one from California) will showcase paintings, mixed media, digital illustrations, and other mediums formatted to fit on an eight-inch-by-eight-inch canvas. All the artists have incorporated a canine into their work in some way,…

Andres Serrano

Date:
Feb 16, 2018 to Mar 11, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-920-9797

Look through the lens of provocative photographer Andres Serrano at this exhibition. The New York shutterbug has been both celebrated and critiqued for his controversial images that explore challenging themes such as violence, race, and poverty. Exhibit A: this show’s nine close-up prints of Native Americans in traditional dress from Serrano’s 1995-1996 Native American Portraits…

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Side Stories

Date:
Feb 21, 2018 to Mar 02, 2018
Schedule:
Daily 6 to 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-949-8797

Sure, every converted warehouse in RiNo has an Instagrammable mural on its walls, but not many could boast moving pictures—until now. During this 10-night installation, 10 neighborhood buildings (from Backyard on Blake to C Squared Ciders) will become canvases for short films made by local artists such as Ivar Zeile and Mighteor. The event's website will include…

Pink Progression

Date:
Mar 02, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 3/2/18 - Fri 6/29/18; Mon-Tue 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wed-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Opening Reception Sat 3/10/18 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-1111

As a tribute to the millions of people who participated in women’s marches throughout the world over the past year, this inspiring exhibition celebrates female empowerment through the color pink. Local artists such as Irene Delka McCray and Frankie Toan will incorporate the hue in everything from oil paintings to quilts as they highlight the…

Chris Miller: “Golden Hour”

Date:
Mar 02, 2018 to Mar 30, 2018
Schedule:
Mon 1-6 p.m., Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-641-4029

Crested Butte shutterbug Chris Miller moved to Colorado because of his fascination with backcountry landscapes. At this captivating photo exhibition, see his shots of the state’s stunning scenery, including the West Elk and San Juan Mountain ranges. The nature-obsessed lesnman took each image right before or after sunset and framed them using reclaimed barn wood.

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Role Reversal

Date:
Mar 02, 2018 to Apr 07, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat noon to 4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-837-1341

In this stereotype-inverting exhibition, women are the artists and viewers, while men are the sexualized subjects. Photographers Christa Blackwood, Lissa Rivera, and Jessica Yatrovsky explore androgyny, male body image, and the relationship between the gazer and the gazed upon in their works, which range from gritty black-and-white nudes to elaborate scenes of men in women's…

You Are Here: Gregory Block Solo Exhibition

Date:
Mar 08, 2018 to May 07, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-571-1261

At this thought-provoking exhibition, visitors can experience Gregory Block’s perception of human beings’ place on Earth through a series of international, national, and local maps. Each piece is created with found objects, including aluminum cans and carpet tracks, nailed to a board. The objects are manipulated by scorching and cutting pieces of the cans or…

Circle of Light Photo Project

Date:
Mar 09, 2018 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:
$35: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. $60: Champagne VIP early-access reception: 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Phone:
303-578-3534

This heart-warming exhibition showcases photographs taken by formerly blind folks, who have now gained their eyesight thanks to corneal transplants from Colorado and Wyoming eye donors. Experience their gratitude and amazement for the world’s beauty through their shots of scenic settings and wildlife. Proceeds from the event’s silent auction will benefit the Eye-Bank for Sight…

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Kirkland Museum Grand Reopening

Date:
Mar 10, 2018 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:
$8-$10
Phone:
303-832-8576

After a two-year hiatus, one of Denver's quirkiest museums is officially (re-) open for business. Check out the collection's new digs—featuring the original studio of the museum's namesake, painter Vance Kirkland, and a chic new space designed by Seattle architect Olson Kundig—and swing by 15 minutes before opening to catch the official ribbon-cutting. Kirkland 2.0…

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Dead Sea Scrolls

Date:
Mar 16, 2018 to Sep 03, 2018
Schedule:
Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:
$6-$9
Phone:
303-370-6000

If you think that dusty bible on Grandma's bookshelf is ancient, just wait 'til you see these manuscripts. Over the next six months, 20 scrolls will be displayed from the collection thought to be the world's oldest set of biblical documents. This stop marks the regional premiere of the traveling archaeology exhibit and features more…

Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard

Date:
Mar 25, 2018 to Jul 22, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Thu 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free for members, kids under 18, or with purchase of general admission ticket (CO residents: $10/adult, $8/seniors(65+), military, and college students. Out of state: $13/adult, $10/seniors(65+), military, and college students).
Phone:
720-865-5000

Experience the evolution of the fashion industry—from the more formal, conservative style of the 1950s to the activewear vibe of the ’80s at this exhibition featuring the work of award-winning fashion illustrator Jim Howard. More than 100 images from the Denver resident’s nearly four decade long career will be on display for the comprehensive show.…

Virginia Coleman & Matt Jones

Date:
Apr 06, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 6-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
301-433-4933

Sculptors Matt Jones and Virginia Coleman present artwork embodying the structures that inspire them: nature and the manmade world, respectively. Jones’ ceramic sculptures incorporate the colors, textures, and compositions of stones and other natural formations he’s seen while trekking through the Rocky Mountains on long hikes. Coleman, in contrast, welds pieces of metal together to…

Frances Mackey

Date:
Apr 06, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 6-9 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-470-6339

Professional potter Frances Mackey was inspired to work with her hands after watching her father build her childhood home and her mother crochet decorative items to go inside it. Porcelain miniatures of that house, along with other dwellings she has lived in, will be on display at this mixed-media exhibition. The artist will also exhibit…

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Play Ball!

Date:
Apr 07, 2018 to Sep 30, 2018
Schedule:
Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost:
$12
Phone:
303-447-8679

If you couldn't snag opening day tickets at Coors Field—or your nosebleed seats didn't get you close enough to the action—indulge your inner baseball fan at this multi-genre exhibition. The show features nearly 150 artifacts showcasing the history of the game, from the jersey Joe DiMaggio was wearing when he hit his last home run…

April Showers, May Flowers

Date:
Apr 18, 2018 to May 29, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-927-9668

From the still snow-strewn peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the budding wildflowers of Indians Peak Wilderness, spring in Colorado features a variety of vibrant landscapes. At this annual festive exhibition, 10 renowned Colorado artists will present their paintings, prints, and sculptures celebrating the beauty of the season of renewal in the Centennial State. Check…

Pamela Gilmore Hake & Kristy Smith

Date:
Apr 19, 2018 to May 12, 2018
Schedule:
Thu 1-4 p.m., First & Third Fri 6-9 p.m., Second & Last Fri 1-4 p.m., Sat noon-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Two local artists, Pamela Gilmore Hake and Kristy Smith, showcase colorful abstract artwork that express their personal, creative inspirations. Hake’s paintings are inspired by natural materials, such as rocks, that she uses her brush to distort while still maintaining some semblance of their delicate patterns. In Smith’s pieces, she makes impromptu choices about the color,…

Udo Nöger: A Solo Exhibition

Date:
Apr 20, 2018 to Jun 03, 2018
Schedule:
Tue- Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-596-4243

German artist Udo Nöger is famous for his paintings and charcoal drawings that use light to add another dimension to his work. At this exhibition, his work starts with a basic shape, such as a circle or a series of lines, on canvas; he then places layers of translucent canvas over that first drawing to…

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Segregated Influences: Wendel White & Tya Alisa Anthony

Date:
Apr 20, 2018 to Jun 02, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-837-1341

At this compelling exhibition, viewers can explore two contemporary artists' visual representations of racially charged aspects of American history. Wendel White's photo series, Schools for the Colored, includes 20 black-and-white images of previously segregated schools that illustrate the stark contrast between the experiences of white and black Americans. Working in a different medium, Denver-based digital…

National Greeley Art Exhibition

Date:
Apr 26, 2018 to Apr 29, 2018
Schedule:
Thu 5-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-356-5000

This juried exhibition is put on by an eponymous nonprofit with a mission to help promising local artists pursue their dreams. Weld County residents who are under the age of twenty-five and headed to college-level visual arts programs will compete in eight different mediums, including acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Exemplary artists from each category will…

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Amy Metier: Redaction

Date:
Apr 27, 2018 to Jun 09, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-893-2360

Amy Metier has been a abstract artist in Colorado for more than 30 years. At this exhibition, see the University of Colorado Boulder alumna's newest collages, etchings, and oil paintings, which are similar to Expressionist works from early 20th-century Europe. In addition, viewers can check out kinetic sculptures from Colorado Springs native Robert Delaney and…

Pixelated

Date:
Apr 28, 2018 to Sep 23, 2018
Cost:
$9-$13
Phone:
720-865-3500

Although Denver Botanic Gardens is best known for its natural creations, the organization has developed a reputation for displaying man-made art, too, with renowned sculptors loaning pieces to the gardens for months at a time. The latest example is Pixelated, an exhibit of 13 steel forms—a gnome, a cactus, a deer—that look, well, pixelated. Through…

Rob Watt & Elaine Ricklin

Date:
May 03, 2018 to May 27, 2018
Schedule:
Thu, Sat 12-5 p.m.; Fri 12-9 p.m.; Sun 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-889-2200

Although these two Colorado artists work in different mediums, both use nature as inspiration for their pieces. Robb Watt draws from his expertise as a former landscape painter to embroider images of natural settings such as blooming bushes or snow-covered trees. Elaine Ricklin creates both acrylic and oil paintings and takes photographs of flowing bodies…

Charles E. Burchfield, Resounding Roar

Date:
May 04, 2018 to Jun 29, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun 12-5 p.m.
Cost:
$5-$8
Phone:
303-279-3922

From a cricket’s chirp to a train’s roar, the world’s sounds served as artistic inspiration for the late Charles Burchfield. At this imaginative exhibition, experience the loud chaos of a December storm through a black-and-white pencil sketch or the quiet breeze on a hot summer day via a bright watercolor painting with wavy brush strokes.…

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All Mixed Up: Our Changing Racial Identities Film Screening

Date:
May 09, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost:
$15
Phone:
720-381-0813

America's reputation as a melting pot of cultures is considered through the voices of real people in the world premiere of this short film. The thought-provoking mini-documentary examines the experience of multiracial Americans—the largest-growing demographic in the country—with a series of interviews about the challenges they face. With racial discourse at the forefront of the…

Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale

Date:
May 12, 2018 to Jun 17, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Wed, Fri 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m; Sun 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
970-670-0035

This eclectic exhibition is the largest fine art show and sale to feature only Colorado artists. Check out pieces from 50-plus makers including everything from Denver sculptor Leo Franco’s abstract wood creations to Boulder painter Kathleen Lanzoni’s detailed watercolor compositions of oak trees. And it’s all for a good cause: Proceeds will benefit a wide…

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Finding Home

Date:
May 17, 2018 7:00 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
(303) 279-3922

Through the dramatic works of three local artists, this innovative exhibit considers how Denver's significant growth has created a lack of affordable housing. On Thursday, the artists will be joined by activists and experts such as 2019 mayoral candidate Kayvan Khalatbari and urban planner Jonathan Cappelli for a panel discussion about the housing climate in…

Happy City: Art for the People

Date:
May 19, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:

To provide frazzled citygoers with brief artistic reprieves, the Denver Theatre District and other community partners are teaming up with British artist Stuart Semple to produce six public art pieces in downtown Denver. The new effort, Happy City: Art for the People, will feature installations such as an “emotional baggage drop” at Union Station, where…

Cyberscapes by Serenity Forge

Date:
May 30, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost:
$9-$13
Phone:
720-865-3500

Witness the complex artistry behind the worlds of your favorite video games at this innovative exhibition spread throughout Denver Botanic Gardens. A series of still images from games such as “Lifeless Planet” and “Once Upon a Coma” will depict the many stages of creating artful virtual reality. Don’t miss opening night when Zhenghua “Zee” Yang,…

Rooted in Tradition Revisited and “Stories of West Africa”

Date:
May 30, 2018 to Jul 21, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost:
$4-$8
Phone:
303-277-0377

During her 12 years living in West Africa, Hollis Chatelain drew, painted, and photographed the local women, children, and families she met while working for humanitarian organizations. Upon her return to North Carolina she decided to use thread to transform the images into detailed quilt creations. This exhibition features the decorative fabrics, which include an…

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“Have You Seen It?”: Acrylic Paintings by Susan Koalenz

Date:
May 30, 2018 to Jul 02, 2018
Schedule:
Times vary
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-573-5903

Through vivacious color and abstract movement, this Denver artist's acrylics seek to be a visual representation of humans' connection to the natural world. Often juxtaposing vibrant characters with animals or scenes of nature, her work can be both whimsical or more of an environmental statement, often attempting to capture the ethereal moment when our human…

Drawing the Line Exhibition

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 to Jun 23, 2018
Schedule:
Wed-Sat noon- 4p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-275-3430

This thought-provoking exhibition focuses on one of art’s foundational elements—the line. Colorado artists will showcase the beginning stages of their sculptures, oil paintings, murals, and other artwork they hope to eventually finish. With this series of eclectic stage-one artwork, the gallery invites viewers to appreciate the early phases of the artistic process.

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Tactile Art Show

Date:
Jun 01, 2018 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-479-8434

Most art exhibits will ask you to look, not touch, but this month-long display encourages you to do just the opposite. At the opening night this Friday, engage with tactile works, such as 3D abstract sculptures and stone etchings. Two of the three artists featured in the event, including Denver's Jennifer Boyd, have experienced vision…

Roberto Jaurez: Processing

Date:
Jun 07, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
$1 for non-members. Free for members and children under 12.
Phone:
303-443-2122

Inspired by his many trips to Colorado, New York–based artist Roberto Juarez uses a range of artistic mediums to create art that highlights nature’s beauty. He deploys an abstract style that incorporates both geometric shapes as well as lifelike flowers and plants. Each room at this multi-gallery exhibition will feature a different type of craft,…

Hey Diddle Diddle

Date:
Jun 09, 2018 to Jul 28, 2018
Schedule:
Wed-Fri 1-5 p.m.; First & Third Fri 4-8 p.m.; Sat 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-953-1789

If you haven’t revisited classic nursery rhymes from your childhood in a while, this imaginative exhibition may point out a moral your five-year-old self missed. Each artist will create interpretations of those fables (think: Humpty Dumpty or Sleeping Beauty) that range from dark and dreary to positive and energetic. The scenes depicted may make you…

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Summer Art Market

Date:
Jun 09, 2018 to Jun 10, 2018
Schedule:
Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-668-2323

This comprehensive exhibition represents the culmination of the past year of work by students from the Art Students League of Denver, a nonprofit that helps artists (of all abilities) learn a variety of crafts from regionally and nationally recognized creatives. The streets of the Washington Park neighborhood will be filled with more than 100 tents…

Lisa Calzavara

Date:
Jun 14, 2018 to Jul 14, 2018
Schedule:
Thu & Fri 1-4 p.m.; First & Third Fri 6-9 p.m.; Sat noon-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:

Denver artist Lisa Calzavara names each of her pieces after the emotion she hopes it will evoke. At this eclectic exhibition, see works such as “Calm Anticipation,” a realistic oil painting that features a person waiting for a city bus, and a black-and-white floral sculpture dubbed “Tranquil Vision.” The use of contrasting light and dark…

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Between Us: The Downtown Alleyways Project Launch

Date:
Jun 15, 2018 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Happy City: Art for the People—a collaborative art project from Denver Theatre District and other community partners such as Black Cube art museum—is designed to improve the mood of Denverites by weaving artistic respite into the city's public spaces. As part of the ambitious undertaking, local and international artists will reimagine five downtown alleyways. At…

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Orpheus x Seedstock Brewery Fundraiser

Date:
Jun 23, 2018 noon - 10 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-476-7831

Drink a beer (or three) for a good cause at this fundraiser for Orpheus Music & Arts Festival. The folks at Seedstock Brewery will donate one dollar from every pint sold to help raise funds to pay musicians participating in the festival—a two-day celebration (August 31 to September 1) organized by University of Denver students…

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today

Date:
Jun 24, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018
Schedule:
Sat-Thu 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Cost:
Prices Vary.
Phone:
720-865-5000

Contemporary landscape photography takes an innovative turn at this unexpected exhibition. See more than 80 photographs that apply experimental techniques to shots of the environment and represent a reflection on the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. Gary Emrich’s All Consumed series juxtaposes landscape scenes with litter such as discarded plastic water bottles,…

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A Clockwork Orange with Author Jason Heller

Date:
Jul 03, 2018 7 p.m.
Cost:
$7-$11.50
Phone:
720-381-0813

Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange was met with both critical acclaim and moral outrage when it was released in 1971. The movie—filled with sadistic gang members and graphic violence—is most remembered for its on-screen atrocities. But at this special talk, Denver author Jason Heller, who’s written extensively on the film, will discuss another well-remembered piece…

Illuminati DIA

Date:
Jul 06, 2018 to Jul 27, 2018
Cost:
Free
Phone:

Immerse yourself in one of Colorado's most intriguing conspiracy theories with Denver-based artist Ramón Bonilla’s minimalist, dystopian exhibit. Partly inspired by the haunting stories surrounding Denver International Airport (including, of course, its supposed use as a spot for clandestine Illuminati meetings), this interactive show—which includes wall and window murals, 3-D pieces, and even a ping…

5 x 5 Project

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 to Jul 31, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat noon-6 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-355-0950

Nearly 75 artists have decorated five-by-five-inch plain panels in their own distinct styles for this imaginative exhibition. See everything from an abstract painting of a dream-like natural setting, courtesy of San Francisco’s Gage Opdenbrouw, to an eerie skeletal figure produced by Denver creative Delphyne Leah. The variety of works are a testament to the ability…

Recall, Recapture, Remember

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
Schedule:
Tue-Sat 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
(720) 596-4243

Art is often about the ability to transform the mind’s memories into a tangible expression of those recollections. This exhibit celebrates that challenge by presenting work that attempts to recapture everything from personal anecdotes to historic events To wit: The work of Arizona artist Jason Ripper’s Blood and Bone examines his mother’s death by creating…

Glass Artists of Colorado

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 to Jul 28, 2018
Schedule:
Wed- Sat noon-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-275-3430

Glass Artists of Colorado is a local group whose goal is to foster the growth of glasswork along the Front Range. At this exhibition, see work from 30 members in the nonprofit’s fellowship program, including Jeanette Bisant’s etched vases and bowls. The artists have created the functional and decorative pieces under the tutelage of famous…

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Bubbles and Bites

Date:
Jul 07, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-355-2787

Art lovers from across the Front Range will flock to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival this Saturday, but the savviest aesthetes will hit up Bubbles and Bites before the festival is in full swing. This self-guided tour of 10 of the area’s coolest shops and galleries is a great way to beat the heat—and the…

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Inking: Intaglio vs. Relief

Date:
Jul 13, 2018 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-320-8347

Virginia Diaz Saiki enjoys her chosen medium, printmaking, because of it's old-school charm. At this thought-provoking exhibition she will use two retro techniques—intaglio and relief—to showcase a newer development: gentrification in the Mile High City. During the show, Diaz Saiki, who is originally from Peru, will complete a live demonstration to display how she recreates…

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Artsweek Golden

Date:
Jul 16, 2018 to Jul 22, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sun, times vary
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-279-3922

This weeklong celebration invites guests to explore Golden’s vibrant art community. Participants can enjoy more than 10 events at different venues throughout the foothills enclave, including a part-scripted, part-improv show by the Miners Alley Playhouse and the premiere of a documentary made by Foothills Art Center about a new mural created by artists from Golden…

Kelly Mansfield & Pam Farris

Date:
Jul 20, 2018 to Aug 05, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 6-10 p.m.; Sat & Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free.
Phone:
303-433-4933

In this creative exhibition, two local artists consider the beauty of elaborate natural structures. Kelly Mansfield’s “Voice of Nature” series includes paintings that often incorporate wood and detail the life cycle of trees. Pam Farris’ mosaics feature everything from a tidal wave to a human rib cage. Both artists use their work to depict the…

Mai Wyn

Date:
Jul 27, 2018 to Oct 21, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.- 5p.m.; Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Adults: $8; Youth, Students, & Seniors: $5; Under age 10 & Members: Free
Phone:
(303) 279-3922

In a creative juxtaposition of the industrial and the organic, Denver’s Mai Wyn paints nature-based landscapes onto metal materials. The oil paint compositions include landscapes such as Red Rocks Park or McNiece Lake in Ontario rendered on stainless steel. Each work considers our tenuous and constantly evolving relationship with nature.

Encaustic/ 3 Wax Stories 3 Winners

Date:
Aug 03, 2018 to Sep 01, 2018
Schedule:
Wed-Fri 1-5 p.m., first and third Friday 4-8 p.m., Sat 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-953-1789

This past year, artists from across the country sent in their best encaustic paintings (read: work created using heated wax mixed with colored paint) to be judged by Denver artist Pat Aaron. This year, the three winners from that competition—including Colorado’s own Sheary Clough Suiter—will each spotlight eight to 10 pieces at this all-encaustic exhibit.…

Christy Lynne Seving & Laura McCracken

Date:
Aug 10, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 5-10 p.m., Sat-Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
303-433-4933

Both Christy Lynne Seving and Laura McCracken’s journeys to this emotional exhibit started out shrouded in doubt. Apprehensive about her ability to draw realistic faces, Seving challenged herself to draw a face every day for 80 days, by the end of which she’d have an exhibition’s worth of new work. McCracken set out on a…

Jennifer Melton

Date:
Aug 10, 2018 to Aug 26, 2018
Schedule:
Fri 6-9 p.m., Sat-Sun 12-5 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-470-6339

Jennifer Melton, one of the founding members of Zip 37 Gallery, enjoys using loud colors to illustrate her cartoonish paintings of everything from paper dolls to tropical wildlife. At this light-hearted exhibit, Melton will apply that signature style to acrylic paintings of dessert dishes. These appetizing pieces will pair nicely with the sweet treats served…

Invisible Links: Botanical Art & Illustration

Date:
Aug 15, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018
Schedule:
Wed-Tue 9 a.m.-8 p.m
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-865-3500

With so many Instagram-worthy landscapes in Colorado, it can be easy to overlook the mostly unseen processes that keep our state’s flora and fauna so stunning. This exhibit, featuring artwork made by adult students from Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration, will detail the symbiosis between plants and pollinators. See paintings and…

Damien Gilley

Date:
Aug 17, 2018 to Oct 21, 2018
Schedule:
Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun noon-5 p.m.
Cost:
$8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and youth. Free for members and youth under 10
Phone:
303-279-3922

Portland-based artist Damien Gilley enjoys crossing the line—literally. His work, which has been displayed everywhere from the United Arab Emirates to the Netherlands, manipulates intersecting and parallel lines to craft optical illusions and trippy, perspective-shifting experiences. At this immersive display, Gilley will use digital projections, stripes of vinyl tape arranged in 3D patterns, and reflective…

Leo Franco and Barbara Baer with Craig Robb

Date:
Aug 23, 2018 to Sep 16, 2018
Schedule:
Thu noon-5 p.m., Fri noon-9 p.m., Sat noon-5 p.m., Sun 1-4 p.m.
Cost:
Free
Phone:
720-889-2200

Leo Franco and Barbara Baer, two local sculptors and good friends, have admired each other’s work for years. Now, they’ll have the opportunity to share the same exhibit space during this combined show. Both will create large-scale abstract sculptures, but Franco will form his subdued pieces from exotic wood while Baer’s metal and plastic creations…

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