Local, Regional and Select National/International Exhibits

CVA: Vault

Vault: MSU Denver Alumni Exhibition

Center for Visual Art

May 22 - July 25, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 22, 6-8p
  • CVA 25th Anniversary Street Fair: Friday July 17, 4-8p
  • Join us for CVA's 25th anniversary festivities including performances, art-making and food!
  • Artists: Deidre Adams | Phil Bender | Neil Bigley | Mickey Boyd | Kristin Buck | Jody Chapel | Cara Coder | Andrea Crane | Valerie Dillon | Heather Doyle-Maier | Jenifer Erickson | Corrina Espinosa | Virginia Folkestad | Mark Friday | Jennifer Ghormley | Jason Lee Gimbel | Kathleen J. Graves | Celina Grigore | Kristin Gruenberger | Megan Harrison | Katy Havens | Susan Helbig | Katie Hoffman | Daniel House Kelly | Izzy Lozano | Korri Marshall | Dawn McFadden | Skyler McGee | Mary Nehls | Pattie Parkhurst | Tyler Peterson | Dania Pettus | Jennifer Pokorny | Shawn Reinoehl | Claudia Roulier | Kelsey Sailsbery | Dave Seiler | Casey Stueber | Shawn Taylor | Patrice Washington | Mario Zoots
Join us as we celebrate CVA's 25th anniversary by showcasing artwork from 41 MSU Denver Alumni

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM


Sally Centigrade: The Color Kittens

The Color Kittens: Mitch O’Connell, Kirsten Easthope and Shaunna Peterson

Sally Centigrade Gallery

May 22 - June 13, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 22nd, 5-10pm

When I met Kirsten Easthope, she told me the story of her first art show: it was in May 2004 at The D.C. Gallery on South Broadway in her hometown of Denver, and it was terrifying because she was being paired with Mitch O’Connell. Although Mitch had not yet proclaimed himself the World’s Best Artist, he had already received a number of accolades and accomplishments including being the cover artist for Newsweek Magazine, a book of his art being published (Pwease Wuv Me) and he had already a string of successful gallery shows to his credit. Since that show besides being great long distance friends (Mitch lives in Chicago), both artists have continued to be stars in the pop surrealism world with continued gallery shows, merchandise and commercial work. Before Sally Centigrade was even a concept, we had decided that if we ever had an art gallery we had to have a reunion of that legendary show from 2004. But, rather than just a reunion, we wanted to add a twist and add their longtime friend and fellow lowbrow star Shaunna Peterson.

So, a mere 11 years and 18 days later we present: Color Kittens, a 3 person art show featuring work from Mitch O’Connell, Kirsten Easthope and Shaunna Peterson. The opening reception will go from 5-10pm on Friday May 22nd, with beer on hand from Grandma’s House Brewery. The show will include original paintings, prints and posters from all 3 artists, and both Kirsten Easthope and Shaunna Peterson will be on hand for the reception.

In addition to the art show, a full range of prints from more than 15 different artists including Lindsey Kuhn, Lora Zombie, Camilla d’Errico and Tara McPherson will be on hand and for sale.

Sally Centigrade Art Gallery
1423 Larimer St (Downstairs Walkway, Suite 080)
Denver, CO 80202


RedLine: ArtCorps Mentoring 2015

ArtCorps Mentoring First Annual Youth Exhibition 2015


May 21 - 31, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday May 21, 4 - 6 PM
  • Youth Artists: Tya Allen, Julian Beltran, Chloe Bentley, Eliazah Dixon, Evan Espinoza, Lee'Nyzha Wilson,
  • Artist Mentors: Niki Whiteman, Mike Roderique, Courtney Charles, Mallory McPherson, Miguel Mayen, Sarah Fukami
Student Work Inspired by Social Issues

RedLine is excited to announce that on May 21, 2015 we will present the ArtCorps Mentoring 1st Annual Youth Exhibition. ArtCorps Mentoring is a year-long mentorship between community artists and youth at Whittier School, an under-resourced neighborhood school in Five Points.

Through a one-on-one mentorship, students explore the arts and design a social engagement project related to their lives and communities. In collaboration with their mentor, students act as socially engaged artists and learn to approach life with the inquiring mind of an artist.

A special thank you to our sponsors: The Buck Foundation, The Shamos Family Foundation, Corporation for National and Community Service, Guiry’s Color Source, The Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, Colorado Creative Industries and Sprouts Farmers Market.

2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat/Sun: 11am-5pm


BMOCA: Flatlander



May 21 - September 13, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, May 21 from 6:30 - 9pm
  • Featuring: Carlos Aires, Jesse Amado, Man Bartlett, Matthew Chambers, Rebecca DiDomenico, Mark Hogensen, Cisco Merel, Jeanne Quinn, Xochi Solis, Penelope Umbrico
  • Guest curated by Patty Ortiz
Penelope Umbrico, 12_IMG6468 (detail), 2014

Ten artists explore how our compulsive relationship with the flat screen and the Internet has changed our view of the world.

Thousands of years prior to understanding the planet was round, humans believed the world was flat. Since then the world has turned through a succession of mechanical inventions including the combustion engine, air travel, and the computer chip. Today, our horizon line has been recast as the shortest distance between two computer-generated points. The ever-increasing speed of travel and communication has made virtual flatlanders of us all.

Entering into dialogue with our technologically connected world, many twenty-first century artists utilize the flat screen, imitate flat imagery, and appropriate cultural patterns from across the globe. However, flat does not mean equal and flat does not mean level. Flatlander presents ten artists who meander unique paths across this flat world of commerce and culture, using form, process, and metaphor to map our diversified experiences.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302


Gallery 970: On the Land

On the Land

Gallery 970

May 22 - June 26, 2015

  • Gallery Reception: Friday June 5, 5-9pm
  • Artists: Rachael Davis, Laura Grossett, Sandra Hopkins, Suchitra Mattai, Carrie Johansing, Scott Laumann, J. Diane Martonis, Joe Norman, Nikki Pike, Chandler Romeo, Doug Sink, David Young

Gallery Nine-Seventy invites you to our inaugural exhibit featuring 12 artists from Denver, Loveland and Fort Collins. The opening will feature the the bARTer Collective who will be presenting an interactive art happening.

Exhibit Statement: “Until we understand what the land is, we are at odds with everything we touch.” ---Wendell Berry, The Art of Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

To understand the land we must interact with it. Though our chances to connect with and work on the land have greatly diminished over the last century, there is still a yearning for it. On the Land includes works from local artists that focus on human interaction with our land.  

Gallery 970
1015 S. Lincoln Ave
Loveland, CO
Thu-Sat: 11am-6pm


Zip 37: New Artwork by Alane Holsteen

Alane Holsteen: Ineffable Longings

Zip 37 Gallery

May 22 - June 7, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 22nd from 6-10pm
"The Weeping Song" 44"x44" Oil and Cold Wax Medium on Panel

Alane employs encaustic and cold wax mediums to create abstract artwork which can appear almost 3D. Layer upon layer of pigment, expressive marks, and full drawings--ultimately hidden, mimic our human experience, built day upon day. This body of work reflects those emotions and experiences we all have that can't be put into words. Those longings, marrow deep.

Zip 37
3644 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM


DAM: Showing Off and Virgil Ortiz

Showing Off: Recent Modern and Contemporary Acquisitions

Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz

Denver Art Museum

May 17, 2015 - January 10, 2016

Ben Jackel - Paying Attention - photo courtesy of the DAM

Showing Off: Recent Modern and Contemporary Acquisitions, a new installation of modern and contemporary art, opens May 17 at the Denver Art Museum (DAM). The presentation features gifts, promised gifts and works that the DAM has purchased over the last seven years. Showing Off includes the first-ever, complete presentation of the Revolt series by internationally renowned fashion designer, ceramicist and graphic artist Virgil Ortiz. Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz is the next feature in the DAM’s ongoing initiative to present new work by contemporary American Indian artists.

Showing Off spans level four of the Hamilton Building and consists of 53 works by artists Nick Cave, Leonardo Drew, Eric Fischl, Ben Jackel, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, John McEnroe, Julian Opie, Nam June Paik, Shinique Smith, Stacey Steers and Mark Wallinger, among others. This installation includes approximately 25 works that have not previously been on view at the DAM.

A prominent piece in the rotation is a monumental wood halberd titled Pay Attention by Colorado native Ben Jackel. Jackel is storming the art world with an arsenal of weapons crafted from clay and wood. Agnes Martin’s White Rose painting, made of acrylic paint and graphite, is another important piece in the rotation and represents one of the finest examples of this well-known abstract artist’s work. The painting is a recent addition to the DAM’s permanent collection.

“Our permanent collection serves as a primary artery to spark and inspire ideas for the next big show,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at the DAM. “Our modern and contemporary collection continues to strategically grow and shape its identity. It reflects who and where we are now and tells future generations about us. I’m delighted to have the museum showcase the breadth of our latest and promised acquisitions.”

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80204



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MCA Denver: Kim Dorland, Monique Crine, Thief Among Thieves

Kim Dorland: Everyday Monsters

Thief Among Thieves

Critical Focus: Monique Crine

MCA Denver

May 14 – June 28, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday May 14th from 7-9pm (Member Preview from 5-7pm)
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Monique Crine, Jake (I), 2014. Oil on canvas, 22 x 36 inches. Courtesy the artist

Kim Dorland: Everyday Monsters

Kim Dorland is a painter whose work explores themes that resonate far beyond his own personal experience. Taking on such unusual subjects as zombies, Sasquatch, and Jason of Friday the 13th, as well as providing new perspectives on more conventional subjects such as sunsets, landscapes, and domestic scenes, his dark (and at times darkly comic) paintings have a dense physical presence that transcend their subject matter.

Kim Dorland was born in 1974 in Alberta, Canada. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. His work has been the subject of recent solo presentations at Contemporary Calgary; Angell Gallery, Toronto; McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinberg, Ontario; Mike Weiss Gallery, New York; and Gallery Bianca, Palermo, Italy. Kim Dorland received his M.F.A. from York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Kim Dorland: Everyday Monsters will be presented in the David and Laura Merage Foundation Photography Gallery and the Luisa & Chris Law Gallery. The exhibition is curated by Adam Lerner.

Thief Among Thieves

Thief Among Thieves is a group exhibition featuring more than twenty artists working in a broad range of styles and medium. Rather than surveying a single theme, the exhibition instead draws connections between the world of art and the world in which we live. The title is drawn from the idea that artists continually borrow from what surrounds them–“stealing” from both art history and from any place–past or present, real or imagined.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Matthew Brandt, Miguel Calderón, Cynthia Daignault, Sam Falls, Theaster Gates, Patrick Lee, Nathan Mabry, Pedro Reyes, Amanda Ross-Ho, Raqib Shaw, and others.

Thief Among Thieves will be presented on the second floor of MCA Denver in the Natasha Congdon Gallery, Vicki & Kent Logan Promenade Space, Joseph Crescenti Family Gallery, and the Mary Caulkins & Karl Kister Gallery. This exhibition is co-organized by Nora Burnett Abrams and Adam Lerner.

Critical Focus: Monique Crine

Critical Focus: Monique Crine highlights recent work by the Denver-based artist Monique Crine. Working from her own photographs, Crine creates arresting paintings that explore different American archetypes. For this series, she focuses on the professional football player, creating both heroic and tragic representations of these (literally) larger-than-life figures. Her paintings are strikingly indebted to film—especially the classic, Hollywood cinematic spectacles of the mid-20th century. The drama of lighting, pose, and costume transform individual players into filmatic characters. This tension between stylized characters and real people parallels precisely how perceptions of celebrities frequently skirt the boundary between reality and fantasy.

Monique Crine was born in Heidelberg, Germany. She lives and works in Denver. Her work has been presented at Goodwin Fine Art, Denver; Pirate: Contemporary Art, Denver; The Dairy Center, Boulder, CO; Hartell Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Critical Focus: Monique Crine will be presented in The Whole Room. The exhibition is curated by Nora Burnett Abrams.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202


Rule: Pard Morrison: Hypnagogia

Pard Morrison: Hypnagogia

Rule Gallery

May 15 - June 27, 2015

  • Opening reception: Friday, May 15 from 6-9pm
Pard Morison - Orbiter - 2015

RULE Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Hypnagogia featuring new work by Pard Morrison. Hypnagogia opens with a reception on Friday, May 15 from 6-9pm and will be on view through June 27, 2015. The gallery will have extended hours for First Friday, June 5, from 6-9pm.

Hypnagogia is the modern term for the transition from wakefulness to sleep and the resulting perceptual experiences that can sometimes arise at this time. In his latest series, Pard Morrison explores these concepts with works that combine his recognizable aesthetic of brightly colored and sharply faceted planes with featureless expanses. While drifting off to sleep, the line between the real world and the soft haze of unreality becomes blurred. People can experience visions, confusion and creativity. The pieces in the exhibition are similarly confounding as they gain and lose dimensionality where the facets and flat planes collide. Viewers are left to ponder what is real and what is illusion. In Hypnagogia, Morrison revels in this duality, creating lucid dreams out of the most solid of materials.

About: Pard Morrison was born in 1975 in Colorado Springs, CO. He received a BFA from Colorado State University, with a concentration in sculpture. His work has been featured extensively in solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums in cities across the country, including Fort Collins, CO; Denver, CO; Santa Fe, NM; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Miami, FL; San Francisco, CA; Dallas TX and Santa Monica, CA. He has also shown internationally in Toronto, Canada; Winterthur, Switzerland; and Singapore. His work can be found in the collections of The Lannan Foundation; CSU Art Museum, University of Wyoming Art Museum; Colorado Springs Fine Art Center; The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation; The Armour Foundation; The Collection of Agnes Martin; and the City of Vail. His alma mater recently commissioned him to create a permanent installation on the campus, which was dedicated in September of 2014.  

Rule Gallery
3254 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205


Robischon: Deborah Zlotsky, Don Voisine, Jason Karolak and Ted Larsen

Concurrent Solo Exhibitions: Deborah Zlotsky, Don Voisine, Jason Karolak and Ted Larsen

In the Viewing Room: Derrick Velasquez, Kate Petley and Jae Ko

Robischon Gallery

May 14 - July 3, 2015

  • Opening reception for the artists: Thursday, May 14 from 6 – 8 pm
Deborah Zlotsky "Conveyor" oil on canvas (triptych) 30 x 90 inches

Robischon Gallery is pleased to present four concurrent solo exhibitions of formal abstraction featuring new paintings by New York artists Deborah Zlotsky, Don Voisine and Jason Karolak and sculpture by New Mexico artist Ted Larsen. Each distinctive solo artist on view engages in abstraction through an individual line of inquiry surrounding the question of spatial illusion. Varied vocabularies and applications are revealed as each artist investigates the nature of their respective two or three-dimensional realms by examining surface and form as a vehicle for illusion. Through the specific means of each progressive practice, the rich territory of Modernist thinking is further re-contextualized and illuminated.

The pursuit of spatial illusion for the three painters on view, Deborah Zlotsky, Don Voisine and Jason Karolak, centers around defining space on a two-dimensional surface, while for sculptor Ted Larsen, the investigation includes volume as well as surface to actively delineate the three-dimensional arena. From the painters’ respective large and small-scale oil on canvas and panel works to the sculptor’s repurposed metal-surfaced armatures, each artist employs a considered approach. From the intellectual to the improvisational, a blend of applications are addressed in order to make visible a wide range of mark-making which are further carried by color and shape relationships.

Subtle shifts in hue and surface quality alongside variations in sheen from shiny to flat, are a key part of the reductive vocabulary which eloquently communicates illusion. In dialogue, other expressive paths are utilized to articulate space which involve dynamic linear systems and the repetition of either geometric or curvilinear forms. In addressing illusion in unique variation and in shared exploration, each artist asserts his or her own expansive sense of invention via exuberant color and buoyant form or by hard-edged or methodical technique.

The Viewing Room Gallery: The pronounced geometric structures, receding architectural or hand-drawn line qualities of the four solo artists on view in the gallery’s main space, provide a considerable bridge to the additional showing of abstraction in the Viewing Room. Featuring noteworthy Colorado artists Derrick Velasquez and Kate Petley along with pioneering Washington, D.C. artist Jae Ko, the select group of individual works presented in the adjoining gallery utilize a range of unconventional materials such as draped upholstery vinyl, rolled paper and collaged film. 

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
Tue-Sat: 11:00-6:00


RMCAD: Robert Martinez: Many Paths

Robert Martinez: Many Paths

Alumni Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

May 11 - August 6, 2015

  • Opening reception: Thursday May 14th, from 5 - 7pm
Robert Martinez at RMCAD

The Alumni Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition by artist Robert Martinez.

Artist's Statement: I find that most people want to classify or label things into distinct groups. “Are you a Western Artist or a Native American Artist?” “Are you Chicano or Indian?” “Are you a Classical painter or do you consider yourself contemporary?” I found that in my life there seems to be no Black or White but varied shades of grey… or blue… or red... or?

I was born into a part of a few varied cultures & backgrounds; Scots-Irish, French-Canadian, Spanish, Mexican & Northern Arapaho. So “mixed” is literally in my blood. Growing up in the middle of a predominantly White, small town in Central Wyoming, which is itself in the middle of a Native Reservation which is shared by two tribes, gave me first-hand experience with complex issues in my environment. Those issues influence the subject matter and themes of my work. I start with an idea and pull from those realities to create a combination of old, new, classic and contemporary.

Highlighted in my work is the figure. For some of my pieces I have to ask myself and the viewer, “What would that look like as a person standing right in front of me? What would their expression be?” I then “flesh out” that individual using the commercial airbrush & acrylic paint to create my foundation. Following that I use classical oil glazes to create a rich luminous depth to my chosen hues. My technique also draws from different directions, mixing the modern airbrush application along with traditional brushwork.

My Native Heritage and its imagery are predominant as I find the legends, myths, problems and issues in Indian Country are central to my life. As subject matter I try to both illustrate our culture and draw attention to its concerns. The imagery of Mexican & Western culture also influence my work a great deal.

Based in my mixed heritage, influenced by my diverse environment, using the various classic and contemporary techniques, I create images from many paths seeking the top of the mountain.

Alumni Gallery
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
1600 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214


RMCAD: Teneka Washington: Ellie Travels

Teneka Washington: Ellie Travels

Faculty Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design

May 11 - August 6, 2015

  • Opening reception: Thursday May 14th, from 5 - 7pm
Ellie Travels, digital print, 11 x 14

The Alumni Gallery at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition by artist and adjunct online faculty Teneka Washington.

Artist's Statement: Travel has always been an important part of my life. I began traveling around the US with my grandmother for family reunions at the age of one year old. In the ninth grade I had the opportunity to travel to England and Scotland, and this experience lit a spark within me. I was over taken with the history that surrounded me in the form of churches, castles, and monuments. Wherever I traveled I never failed to bring Ellie, my plush elephant I have had since I was seven, along for the journey. She initially stayed in my hotel rooms, but one day I thought instead of me in the photos, why not Ellie?

I began photographing Ellie with the many interesting and note worthy sites, attractions, and monuments that I visited. Some of the sites that I have photographed Ellie with include the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, and Stonehenge. What began as a way to remember places I have been, has transformed into an opportunity to tickle the travel bone of those who view my photos and arouse interest in these historical sites.

Learning about the history and culture of others helps to create a more sympathetic human being that is filled with compassion and understanding. I hope my photographs will encourage people not only to take interest in these monuments, cultures and countries, but inspire them to want to travel and experience these places for themselves.  

Faculty Gallery
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
1600 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214


William Havu: Virgil Ortiz

Virgil Ortiz

William Havu Gallery

May 14 - June 20, 2015

Castilian, clay, 22" high

William Havu Gallery presents an introductory feature of clay work by Virgil Ortiz, on view concurrently with Earth, Water & Sky a landscape exhibit featuring James Cook, Jivan Lee & David Warner. "Art is in my blood, " says Ortiz, a Native of Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico. Hailing from a family of renowned potters, Ortiz's exquisite clay works are exhibited worldwide from the s'Hergotenbosh Museum in The Netherlands to Fondation Cartier in Paris. Ortiz uses contemporary art to blend historic events with science fiction. He is also known for his creation of apparel, jewelry and interior décor inspired and based on traditional Cochiti designs.

This introduction of Virgil Ortiz' clay work at William Havu Gallery coincides with "Revolt 1680/2180: Virgil Ortiz" opening May 17, 2015 at the Denver Art Museum.

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204


MOA: Selections from the Collection 1981 - 2015

Selections from the Collection 1981 - 2015

Museum of Outdoor Arts

May 16 - July 11, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Saturday May 16th from 6-9pm

Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) will open its latest exhibition Selections from the Collection 1981 - 2015 on May 16, 2015. The opening reception will take place from 6:00pm-9:00pm at MOA's indoor galleries and headquarters located inside the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110. The event is FREE to attend and will feature art, live music by local band Covenhoven, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

Select artworks from MOA's indoor collection vault will be installed throughout its galleries including works not previously displayed at MOA such as Joseph Raffael's monumental painting "Black Spring." Artwork by local artists Patricia Aaron, Tsehai Johnson, Robert Mangold, Chandler Romeo, Daniel Sprick and Craig Marshall Smith will be on view. Works by nationally and internationally known artists John Henry, David Nash, Sebastián and Barbara Takenaga will also be exhibited.

"We are very excited to be celebrating over 30 years of collection acquisitions" said MOA President and Executive Director Cynthia Madden Leitner. "We are known for our outdoor art collection and some of our patrons are often surprised to learn that we also have an indoor gallery space and art collection. This exhibition gives us the opportunity to invite our patrons inside to see MOA's other offerings."

As part of the exhibition, MOA will install the popular COLOR OF SOUND immersive experience in its sound gallery. This installation allows visitors to completely surround themselves in vibrant LED prismatic colors that are set to custom instrumental music tracks. Patrons are invited to join MOA at the opening reception on May 16th to learn more about the museum and its collection. 

Museum of Outdoor Arts
1000 Englewood Parkway
Englewood, CO 80110
Tue-Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


MWC: Artwork by Etsuko Ichikawa

Act of Drawing: Artwork by Etsuko Ichikawa

Michael Warren Contemporary

May 12 – June 20, 2015

  • Opening Reception, Friday May 15 (6-9pm)
  • Artist talk, Saturday May 16 (10am- noon)
  • First Friday, June 5 (6-9pm)
  • Third Friday, June 19 (6-9pm)
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Etsuko Ichikawa presents work from two ongoing series: glass pyrographs and smoke aquagraphs
Photo courtesy of MWC

Etsuko Ichikawa - photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org

To make the pyrographs, Ichikawa makes swirling curves that capture the fluidity of smoke but reveal her method which actually scorches the paper. She uses molten glass on the surface to capture her emotive gestures. She works quickly and deliberately to prevent the paper from igniting and then she pulls off the quickly- hardening glass, it leaves a diaphanous record of a fleeting moment in time. She says, “What lies in-between the ephemeral and the eternal has been the underlying concept of all my work, and this innovative process using fire allows me to record the immediacy of the moment.”  

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204


RedLine: EPIC Arts 2015 Youth Exhibition

EPIC Arts 2015 Youth Exhibition


May 16 – 31, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Saturday May 16, from 1-4 PM
  • Student Work Inspired by Social Justice

Each semester, EPIC Arts engages students at under-resourced Denver schools to provide an opportunity to explore social issues through contemporary art. RedLine and community artists collaborate with local educators to implement socially engaged art projects giving students greater voice on issues that are relevant to their lives. The spring collaboration cumulates in a youth exhibition in RedLine's exhibition hall.

“(Three things I learned during the EPIC project are that) we should fight for things that are unfair, we should be proud, and we should be happy.” -Participating student, Kindergarten

“My students became much more invested in their own artwork after visiting RedLine. They also felt like artists, rather than art students.”- Participating teacher

“Working with young children completely opened up my perspective as an artist. Translating my own work to them was eye-opening, and learning strategies to get them to be creative was so beneficial!”-Participating artist

This semester, the following schools will have their students' work displayed for the community to view:
  • Bruce Randolph Middle School 6th Graders
  • Emily Griffith High School, Ages 17-21
  • Hallett Fundamental Academy 5th Graders
  • Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy 6-8th Graders
  • Odyssey School of Denver 6th Graders
  • Thornton High School 9th – 12th Graders
  • University Preparatory School 3rd Graders
And in collaboration with Bringing Back the Arts Foundation:
  • Bruce Randolph High School 11th -12th Graders
  • Columbine Elementary School 4th Graders
  • Whittier ECE-8 School 7th Graders
About Bringing Back the Arts Foundation

The First Lady of Denver, Mary Louise Lee, created the Bringing Back The Arts Foundation to restore art programs in Denver Public Schools, expand access to our city’s cultural institutions for all residents and spotlight local performing artists.

2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat/Sun: 11am-5pm


Myhren: Threshold: 2015 BFA Exhibition

Threshold: 2015 BFA Exhibition

Vicki Myhren Gallery

May 14 - June 6, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, May 14, 5-7 PM
  • Exhibiting artists: Conor Dowdle, Brianna Hayes, Heather Kegel, Maeve Leslie, Scott T Leutenegger, Brian Napier, Julianne Sirotek, and Matthew Swisher

Vicki Myhren Gallery
Shwayder Art Building
University of Denver School of Art & Art History
2121 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80210



The Fig and The Wasp at the Zhou b Art Center

The Fig and The Wasp

Zhou b Art Center (Chicago)

May 15 – June 12, 2015

  • Opening reception: Friday, May 15, 7-10pm
  • Presented by Denver collective Hyperlink
Fike and Harris

Please join us for the upcoming exhibition The Fig and The Wasp at Hyperlink. This group exhibition explores collaboration in art making through multiple creative interpretations varying from traditional collaborations to audience-activated works. The participating artists include: Fike and Harris, Hannah Givler, Miller and Shellabarger, Peter Reese, and Tatiãna.

Hyperlink is a Denver-based collective of artists who select a new city each year to physically enact the way the internet has shaped our experience as artists. While the net has opened the floodgates for artists to easily disseminate their imagery, geographical distance is still often a real limitation to tangible and meaningful connections. Hyperlink artists connect to local artists through critical dialogue, curated exhibitions, and collaboration. For the 2014/15 year, Hyperlink has elected Chicago as their home page and will operate out of the Zhou B Art Center.

Zhou b Art Center
1029 W. 35th St. Room 015 (lower level)
Chicago, IL 60609
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Art Gallery at the DPAC: Grounded in Flight

Grounded in Flight: G Cody Day, Daniel House Kelly, Richard Hart & Chris Tidd

The Art Gallery at the DPAC

May 15 – June 27, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 15 from 7:30 - 11:00 pm; Live music will be performed by Ethos Music with Frances Ryan & Nicky Tidd
  • Artist Talk & Closing Reception: Tuesday, June 16 from 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Art Gallery at the DPAC presents "Grounded in Flight”
a trip that explores modern day relics and ends up on the other side of the moon

The Art Gallery at the DPAC
1000 14th St #B
Denver, CO 80202


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Edge: Deborah Henson and Katherine Johnson

Deborah Henson and Katherine Johnson

Edge Gallery

May 15 - 31, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 15th from 6-10pm

Deborah Henson - Some Bees

Deborah Henson: Sit

My loss was the Polaroid. My gain was the iPhone. It allows for an obsessive, continual adaptation of the image. These photos are displayed with chairs or other seats, to permit a stillness that the iPhone image rarely experiences. 

Katherine Johnson - Dark Connection

Katherine Johnson: Connecting Dark & Light

Is darkness a statement in a field of light or is light the message offered by the shapes of darkness? Through focusing on the juxtaposition and interplay of light and dark, with a limited color palette, my work brings a sense of pared down reality and core meaning. I see the dark and light paintings as exploring the archetypal meaning of darkness and light in myself and in the world.

Edge Gallery
3658 Navajo Street
Denver, CO 80211-3037
Fri: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM


Spark: John Matlack and Rob Watt

John Matlack and Rob Watt

Spark Gallery

May 14 - June 7, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday May 15th from 6-9pm

Unfinished Bridge, 2014

This exhibit is made up monotypes that are intended to ultimately function as drawings. The prints consist of transferred photographs that are juxtaposed against multi-hued patterns of printers ink, with a neutral gray-green background.The prints are then drawn on in a style which is both obsessively technical and cartoon-like. The photographic elements were taken in California, Thailand, and the Rocky Mountain West. I am an artist whose work has functioned, in its various phases, like photography and digital imagery, through aerial perspectives and the breakdown of space. My paintings, drawings and prints inevitably explore landscape and memory as well as illustrating the impact and intrusion of technology.

Summer Isolated, 2014

My work makes reference to the seasons, landscapes, Ancient Egypt, the 1950’s, and patterns, among other things. It is done by hand on silk, and I think of it as “drawing and painting with thread.” This show consists of work done over a year and a half period.

Spark Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu-Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM
First Friday and Openings 6:00 to 9:00 PM


PlatteForum: Sarah Rockett

Sarah Rockett: Hide & Seek

Colfax Community Network Youth: Spit Worm, Ike & Whatever


May 15 - June 5, 2015

  • Opening Reception: Friday, May 15, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Sarah Rockett, Resident Artist at PlatteForum, is an artist fascinated with drawing and painting since she was a very small child in Michigan. At night in bed, when it was dark, she, like many of us, was terrified by the scary things hiding under her bed. Her lamp became her saving grace, illuminating the room and dispersing the unknown creatures lurking below. Later, in the freedom of graduate school, Rockett was introduced to sculpture and expanded her two dimensional drawings into three-dimensional objects. Ethel, a spider-like object constructed from bed springs and domestic materials, sits at the center of Hide and Seek. Oozing from below and painted directly on the floor, a bizarre twisting form creeps and leaks into the surrounding space. Simultaneously horrifying and humorous, the work expresses the anxieties and fears that travel through childhood into adulthood. As in Sarah’s childhood, a lamp, titled Grace, becomes the saving grace from the darkness of the unknown.

Sarah led a series of Learning Lab workshops with nineteen spirited youth from Colfax Community Network. The kids explored their inner creatures, those unique and idiosyncratic beings that inhabit their personal world. Through exercises in writing, drawing and stitching fabric, the kids then created their three-dimensional creatures, allowing each child to embrace and express their own fantastic weirdness.

2400 Curtis St
Suite 100
Denver, CO 80205
Mon-Fri: Noon - 4:00 PM or by appointment




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