Tansey Contemporary Opens New Location at 1743 Wazee Street, Denver CO
Tansey Contemporary is focused at the intersection between contemporary art, design and fine craft including glass, ceramics, fiber, mixed media, sculpture and painting. The artist roster features well established artists making museum quality works who are exhibiting nationally and internationally.
The gallery is expanding its presence from Santa Fe, New Mexico, recognized as the third largest art market in the US, after gaining a national following. Its current space on the famed Canyon Road will remain open, but Denver will become the headquarters from which the Tanseys hope to continue to expand the business’ international reach.
“Denver is an attractive place to run an international business. Its growing population, thriving economy, continually improving infrastructure, international accessibility and diverse, skilled workforce make it ideal for our purposes. We think it is significant that Denver’s voters and leaders understand the positive contribution the arts make to the city’s economic development, as demonstrated by the recent extension of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). We hope to make a positive contribution by basing our business here and continuing to participate in the local arts community,” explain the gallery’s owners, Michael and Jennifer Tansey.
Michael Tansey is heavily involved in the national arts community as majority owner and Chairman of Art Miami, LLC, which runs a growing portfolio of prestigious international art fairs primarily staged in Florida and New York. The company’s flagship fair is Art Miami, the well-established leading satellite to Art Basel during Miami’s art week in December. The portfolio also includes Context Miami, Aqua, Art Wynwood, Art New York, Context New York, Art Southampton and the recently launched Palm Beach Modern and Contemporary.
Jennifer Tansey is from the Denver area. Her early career was based in this community, working in organizational communications, partner relations and marketing in both the non-profit and business sectors. She left her most recent role as Membership Manager at Colorado Public Radio to run the gallery full time and is a member of the 2017 Colorado Business Committee for the Art’s Leadership Arts class.
The couple acquired the Santa Fe Gallery in 2013 as its previous owner, Jane Sauer, looked to retire. It was originally founded in 2001 by philanthropist Mary Annhalzer, who was very committed to addressing women’s issues. The Tanseys preserve this aspect of the gallery’s history by maintaining at least 50% female artists in the gallery program (currently above 60%).