Xi Zhang: Shelter of Desire

1801 California

February 9 - April 28, 2017

  • Presented by Arts Brookfield in collaboration with Plus Gallery
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, February 16th from 4:30 - 7pm at 1801 California Street
  • The reception is free to the public with the artist in attendance
Arts Brookfield and Plus Gallery present the solo exhibition Shelter of Desire featuring major paintings by Xi Zhang. The exhibition, which takes place at 1801 California Street in the heart of Downtown Denver, will be the first opportunity for our patrons and the community to view Zhang’s latest developments within his Metallic Leaf Garden Series, which has been in progress since the time he left Colorado back in 2014. It’s a terrific and timely return for an artist who has been revered by collectors and critics alike in our state, and more recently across further expanses both in the U.S. and abroad.

Zhang had a profound year of growth in 2016, taking on a prestigious summer-long art residency in NYC with art-collector turned gallerist Marc Straus, who along with his wife Livia have one of the most remarkable collections of contemporary art in the world. Additionally, Zhang was nominated for the John Moores Painting Prize China, with related exhibition at the Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai, as well as the Premio Combat Prize, with related exhibition in Livorno, Italy. He also received the Gold Medal Prize for Painting from Art Forward contest #5, which was promoted across NYC through the Blouin ArtInfo Guide. Upon completion of his residency with Straus, Zhang moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where he commenced teaching as a tenured professor of painting at the University of Utah.

Shelter of Desire will remain on view through April 28th and is easily accessible in the lobby of the building at 1801 California, with hours of 8am-6pm Monday through Friday and 9am - 2pm on Saturdays.

1801 California Street
Downtown Denver


Moving Sale

Abend Gallery

April 1 - 30, 2017

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After 18 years on Colfax Ave, Abend Gallery is moving to a fantastic new location in the heart of the LoDo artist district on Wazee Street. As part of our relocation we are pleased to offer you an extraordinary opportunity to purchase works at an amazing discount.

We're very excited to announce this innovative new chapter as we create a more accessible, more dynamic, and far richer fine art landscape for our collectors. We have been offered the exciting opportunity to purchase and absorb local gallery Mike Wright Gallery into our operation, which will be renamed and re-launched later this year. Beginning April 1 the new gallery group, consisting of Abend Gallery, Gallery 1261 (our sister gallery), and the re-launched Mike Wright Gallery, will begin renovations to create an amazing and innovative new gallery concept where all 3 galleries will exist in a progressive space designed to enhance the collectors experience, while still maintaining each gallery's unique identity.

While all three galleries will share this space for programming and exhibitions, we will continue our program of utilizing outside venues such as the Denver Central Library, pop-ups in LA and other locales, art fairs, gallery takeovers, and other unexpected venues.

Abend Gallery
2260 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80206
Tue-Sat: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


80 Years–Guernica Revisited

Access Gallery

April 7 - 30, 2017 

  • Opening reception: First Friday, April 7 from 5:30-8:30pm
  • Gallery reception: Third Friday, April 21 from 5:30-8:30pm
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Javier Flores - Really

In the 80 years since Picasso painted his masterpiece Guernica, it has become one of the most recognizable works of art in the world. It is a symbol of resistance and a reminder of injustice in our world. Picasso’s aim was to convey the horrors of war—specifically, the 1937 German bombing of the small Basque village in northern Spain seen as a base for the Republican forces during the Spanish Civil War. Access Gallery at 909 Santa Fe Drive is holding an exhibit honoring the original painting and the symbolic tradition it encompasses, while relating to modern injustices like disability rights, the plight of Syrian refugees and the challenges of deaf artists in the USA.

The exhibit, 80 Years–Guernica Revisited runs April 7-30, 2017 with a reception on First Friday, April 7 and Third Friday April 21 from 5:30-8:30. The show will feature a mural entitled Really modeled on Picasso’s piece, that was created in 2013 with Artist-in-Residence Javier Flores. It was exhibited at the time and will be showcased again, along with other Guernica inspired works by Matt Sesow, Nancy Rourke, Javier Flores, Shazia’Ayn Babul and Josiah Lopez.

Access Gallery/VSA Arts of Colorado
909 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


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Denver Collage Club

Alto Gallery

March 10, 2017 - April 22, 2017

  • First Friday reception: April 7 (6-10 PM)
  • Closing reception: Saturday, April 22 (6-10 PM)
  • Exhibiting Artists: Adam Milner, Alex Huninghake, Alicia Bailey, Amber Cobb, Bruce Price, Coleman Mummery, Colin Ward, David H. Tippits, George Perez, Jaime Carrejo, Janice McDonald, Jeromie Dorrance, John Barnard, Kate Brackley, Kelton Osborn, Koko Bayer, Kyle Huninghake, Laura Shill, Mado Reznik, Mario Zoots, Mark Sink, Matthew Rose, Melissa Lynn, Paula Gillen, Samuel Mata, Suchitra Mattai, Susan Goldstein, Taylor Balkissoon, Zelko Nedic
Flyer: Paula Gillen

The Denver Collage Club is a gathering of local and international collage artists who have been gathering, sharing and exploring ideas on the topic of collage today. The Denver Collage Club is membership by invite. Founded by Mark Sink and Mario Zoots.

"In the beginning we invited our community of collage artists to gather on the second Tuesday of each month at RedLine Studios Denver.

The idea is to share and learn about current and historical work and forward-thinking ideas on the topic of collage today and form a group that will get international notice.

The meetings are a very informal social. Members bring something to show and tell or just drink and snack and listen. This is not a workshop or a club you simply join. The core members are formed out of quality of work and passionate drive in the field and their career. Some will stick and rise into the core membership...some will fall off, it not being their thing. Some will be core members and never come.

I have personally found success in the past with a Denver photography salon, curating serious and talented artists with common interests. From the core group, exhibitions are assembled and traveled to hub cities around the world. Success is high when presenting a pre-curated show of great talent to top galleries and museums. Power in numbers. Everyone got a lot out of it at many levels. I hope to achieve this with our group." -- Co-founder, Mark Sink.


Alto Gallery
4345 W. 41st Ave.
Denver, CO 80212
Thu - Sat: 12 - 7pm


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imPressed 2017: Destructive Beauty

Art Gym Gallery

March 30 – April 22, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30 from 5-8 pm
  • Printmaking Demonstration with Brandon Gunn and Gregory Santos: Friday, March 31 from 6-8 pm
  • Artist talk lead by juror Brandon Gunn: Saturday, April 1 from 1-3 pm

Art Gym Denver shines a spotlight on contemporary printmaking trends and printmakers from across the U.S through its 2nd annual printmaking exhibition impressed 2017: Destructive Beauty.

The exhibit displays a diverse range and exceptional use of printmaking processes including: photopolymer, line etching, aquatint, mezzotint, engraving, photo lithography, plate lithography, linocut, reduction woodcut, monotype, screen print, letterpress, book arts, and laser engraving.

The selected works maintain their beauty while exploring dark themes including: death and loss, cultural identity, internment camps, human trafficking, the war on drugs and prescription drug culture, social networking, pollution and natural resources, information misdirection, the protest at Standing Rock, and illegal border crossing.

The 27 prints in the exhibit were selected by Brandon Gunn, Interim Education Director of the Tamarind Institute and Gregory Santos, Printmaking Director at Art Gym Denver. 

Join printmakers Brandon Gunn and Gregory Santos for a start-to-finish demonstration of the photo plate lithography process Friday, March 31 from 6-8 pm. Watch a plate be exposed, developed, and then printed on a motorized Griffin lithography press. The demonstration will then show how to print a photo litho plate on an intaglio press! Free and open to the public.

Join us Saturday, April 1, 1-3pm, for a gallery talk focusing on the prints exhibited in Impressed 2017: Destructive Beauty. Co-jurors of the exhibit, Brandon Gunn, Interim Education Director of the Tamarind Institute and Gregory Santos, Art Gym's Printmaking Director will lead a conversation with local exhibiting artists: Sam Cikauskas, Kim Morski, and Ashley Nason. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments available.

The Art Gym Gallery and Café are open Tuesday – Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm.
Art Gym Gallery is situated within Art Gym, a 17,000 sq ft creative workspace for artists and arts professionals.

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm



Kim Dufford: "The movements of my hands: Strange, sweet world"

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery

April 5 - May 1, 2017

  • 1st Friday: April 7, 6-9 pm
  • 3rd Friday Artists Reception: April 21, 5-8 pm
Kim Dufford - “Safe Harbor”

"This show is a convergence of images that comfort me. It is a reaction to my present confusion. Looking deeper, finding solace, wellsprings of comfort. I am consciously seeking what nourishes, sustains, and delights me. Fighting despair with images that make me smile and feel strong. Art can do that for me, and for all of us.” Kim Dufford

Artists on Santa Fe is a gallery with working artists' studios located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe. It's an engaging environment where visitors can interact with professional artists and view work in progress. The gallery is a local favorite, and was featured in New York Time's "36 hours" series as one of the most accessible galleries in Denver.
Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Mon-Fri: 10-5; Sat: 10-4


46th Annual Jefferson Foundation High School Art Exhibition (Main Gallery)

Naomi Scheck: "Hewn" - Jeffco Alumni Exhibition (Upper Gallery)

Linda Scholes, Carpe Diem - Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition (Theatre Gallery)

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

April 7 – May 7, 2017

  • Opening reception: Monday, April 24, 6 to 9pm; Awards Presentation 7pm in the Arvada Center Main Stage Theatre
  • Awards presentation admission limited to award winners, parents/families, art teachers, and sponsors
India Flora; Alameda International High School

This Arvada Center favorite returns for its 46th year. The exhibition features more than 400 artworks from 23 Jefferson County High Schools submitted to 14 categories, in which they can win awards. Categories include ceramics, crafts and fibers, drawing, painting, jewelry, printmaking, photography, and more. This exhibition featuring the next generation of artists who go on to achieve great things is a must-see!

More information: https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/46th-annual-jeffco-schools-foundation-high-school-art-exhibition

Naomi Scheck: "Hewn" - Jeffco Alumni Exhibition

The Arvada Center welcomes back Naomi Scheck who began her artistic career in the Arvada Center’s annual Jefferson County High School Art Exhibition while attending Arvada High School from 1998-2002 with Linda Scholes, featured in the Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition, as an art teacher. Naomi went on to receive her BFA from the University of Denver and her MFA from Colorado State University. Now a talented professional artist, she returns to exhibit with a massive solo exhibition of her manipulated and cut paper compositions.

More information: https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/naomi-scheck-hewn-jeffco-alumni-exhibition

Linda Scoles, Carpe Diem: Celebrating the Human Spirit - Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition

In conjunction with the annual Jeffco Schools High School Art Exhibition, the Arvada Center recognizes the teachers that educate and train future artists with the Jeffco Teacher Solo Exhibition. Now retired, Linda Scholes taught at Arvada High School, where Naomi Scheck, featured in the Jeffco Alumni Exhibition, was one of her students. Linda studied art at the University of Northern Colorado and the San Francisco Art Institute, and has continued studying at Anderson Ranch, Santa Fe, and the Art Students League in Denver. Carpe Diem includes examples of Linda’s recent abstract works.

More information: https://arvadacenter.org/galleries/linda-scholes-carpe-diem-jeffco-teacher-solo-exhibition

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Arvada, CO 80003
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun: 1:00 - 5:00 PM


Flipside: An Alt Angle to Photo Processes

Art Students League Denver

March 4 - April 21, 2017

  • Juried Exhibition by Samantha Johnston, Executive Director of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center
  • Gallery Reception: Friday March 24th from 5:30-8pm
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Art Students League Denver
200 Grant St
Denver, CO 80203 303.778.6990


W. Max Thomason: Festus Dies Anniversa

Bitfactory Gallery

April 7 ‐ 29, 2017

  • Opening First Friday: April 7th from 6 ‐ 10 pm
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Festus Dies Anniversa is the solo exhibit featuring the artistic endeavors of W. Max Thomason, put together to celebrate the two year anniversary of Bitfactory Gallery. This spring exhibit features Max’s dive into a blurry dream world that centers on the out of focus human form. Max effectively captures a given moment in time and encourages the viewer to allow the paintings to pull emotions and thoughts of their own past and experience. The out of focus nature of his art leaves interpretation to the viewer and encourages introspection.

Max’s work has been featured on a national scale in Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, and New York. For more information please visit: http://bitfactory.net/exhibitions

Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Denver, CO.


David Cooley: Warp & Weft

Black Book Gallery

April 15 - May 5, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15th from 7-9pm; Free & Open to the public
This month we welcome back David Cooley for a solo show in the main gallery

Black Book Gallery
304 Elati St.
Denver, CO 80223
Tuesday - Friday: 10am-2pm; Saturday: 10-12pm


Once Removed: Photography by Evan Anderman

BMoCA at Macky

March 28 – May 19, 2017

  • Presented as part of Denver's Month of Photography
  • Reception & Artist Conversation: Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30–7:00pm
  • 6pm conversation with the artist and special guest Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography and Media Arts at the Denver Art Museum; in conjunction with the 2017 Conference on World Affairs
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Evan Anderman - Anton, Colorado - 2014

Once Removed: Photography by Evan Anderman presents a selection of works by the Denver-based artist that examine the subtle beauty of the rural Eastern plains of Colorado, a landscape that has been modified by both natural and man-made processes. His works seek to challenge our understanding of the relationship between human development and the natural world by documenting the way we use the land. The artist’s unique perspective mediates a view of agriculture and industry that is not ordinarily accessible without special skills, training, and equipment. While the images have an abstracted aesthetic quality, they reveal the manifestation of global tensions on a local scale.

Evan Anderman (b. 1964, Denver, Colorado) is a fine art photographer with a background in geology. He holds an MA and PhD in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in Golden and a BS in Geological Engineering from Princeton University, New Jersey.

BMoCA at Macky is an exhibition series presented by the museum in collaboration with Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, University of Colorado Boulder. Presented in the Andrew J. Macky Gallery in the foyer of the Macky Auditorium Concert Hall, the gallery is located at the intersection of 17th Street and University Avenue on the CU Boulder campus. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm and to ticketed patrons during Macky Auditorium performances and events.  

BMoCA at Macky is a series of exhibitions curated by BMoCA and presented in the Andrew J. Macky Gallery in the foyer of the Macky Auditorium Concert Hall at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Andrew J. Macky Gallery
Intersection of 17th St. and University Av on the CU Campus
Boulder, CO 80309


Mathias Kessler: Artifacts & Other Errors of Perception

Dylan Gebbia-Richards: Eclipse


January 26 – May 29, 2017


Austrian artist Mathias Kessler unearths the power of image and artifact to preserve truth and define history through re-imagined fossils excavated from art history, scientific inquiry, and travel. Mapping out intersections of Boulder’s natural and cultural ecosystems, Kessler invites us to participate in a site-specific reflection of our local landscapes.


With their build-up of wax and pigment, Dylan Gebbia-Richards' sculptural installations Eclipse our senses and engulf us in color and texture. Artificially-born and organically rendered, the work oscillates between the artist’s controlled technique and unpredictability.

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


Stacy Lewis: Divine Color

Central Presbyterian Church Sturgeon Gallery

April 10 – June 10, 2017

  • Meet the artist: Sunday, April 30th from 11:30am – 12:30pm; Friday, May 19th from 5:30 – 8:00pm
Color Crevasse, Acrylic and Gel on Canvas, 24” x 24”

For Denver artist Stacy Lewis, divine energy and spirit are reflected in vibrant acrylic colors. Her upcoming show, Divine Color, will be running from April 10 through June 10 at the Sturgeon Gallery, located in downtown Denver’s historic Central Presbyterian Church. Divine Color will feature nearly 10 works by Lewis, each distinctly celebrating spectrums of color.

By leveraging the inherent power of color – its vibration and its energy – Lewis blends acrylics with mixed media to capture the essence of an emotion, person, place or object. “Painting is truly a spiritual experience for me,” says Lewis, “Prior to starting a piece, I gain an immediate sense of what the subject represents in my mind, body and soul. I become less interested in the accuracy of translating the subject and more interested in how the blending of colors will evoke the unique divine expression of a subject internally and externally.”

In the end, Lewis uses color to create a sense of movement, dynamism and vibrancy while inviting viewers to develop their own connections to each canvas. Painting has been a part of Lewis’ life since childhood, growing up in a family of artists and using art as a form of personal expression as her own life has evolved. Divine Color is a reflection of the artist’s vision at this celebratory point in her life.

This vivid solo show will run from April 10 – June 10 with a chance to meet the artist on Sunday, April 30th from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., or on Friday, May 19, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Denver’s historic Central Presbyterian Church has long been known as a beautiful place to appreciate architecture and music. The Sturgeon Gallery adds creativity and beauty by featuring local artists on a regular basis. The gallery’s volunteer curator is longtime Denver artist Jean Herman. The gallery is situated in the Central Presbyterian Church and art can be viewed following Sunday services as well as during the artist reception dates above.

Central Presbyterian Church
1660 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203

Kimberly Putnam: A Pot to Pee In

Yulia Aiden: A Long Snow Job

CORE New Art Space

April 20 — May 7, 2017

  • Artists reception: Friday, April 21, 5-6 pm Collector’s and VIP preview; 6-9 PM Opening Reception
Kimberly Putnam’s A Pot to Pee In, explores the visual history of urinary segregation emphasizing the importance of gender equality in the bathroom while Yulia Aiden’s show, A Long Snow Job: Between Deception and Illusion examines the impact of social dogmas on feminine identity in a new body of abstract paintings.

Putnam, A Pot to Pee in

Aiden, Snow Job

CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm


Daniel W. Coburn: The Hereditary Estate

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

April 21 - June 3, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6-9pm, with an Artist Talk and Book Signing from 7-8pm
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Image: Daniel W. Coburn, Resurrection, 2014

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is pleased to present The Hereditary Estate, a solo exhibition by Kansas-based artist Daniel W. Coburn. The exhibition is comprised of deeply intimate photographs that challenge the conventionality of the family photo album and its role in portraying a narrative of the American Dream. This exhibition has traveled internationally and has been featured in The International New York Times and Family Photography Now, a major anthology of contemporary photography published by Thames & Hudson. On view April 21 - June 3, 2017, with an opening reception on Friday, April 21, from 6 - 9pm. There will be an Artist Talk and Book Signing by Daniel W. Coburn during the opening reception from 7 - 8pm.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204


Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford

Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum Joint Exhibitions

April 9 – July 16, 2017

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Mark Bradford (American, born 1961). Photograph courtesy the artist
Clyfford Still, PH-26, 1951

The Denver Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum unite the work of two artists separated by generations in a creative collaboration: Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford.

The 2 exhibitions include new paintings by renowned contemporary American artist Mark Bradford at the Denver Art Museum (DAM), as well as a unique presentation of Still’s work curated by Bradford at the Clyfford Still Museum (CSM). Bradford was honored in 2014 with the U.S. Department of State’s Medal of Arts and notably was recently named as the U.S. representative at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

“This exhibition takes our partnership with the Clyfford Still Museum to new heights,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “By visiting the exhibition at DAM and CSM, visitors will gain a deeper understanding of the connection between Bradford’s work and Still’s abstractions as they relate to the legacy of abstract expressionism.” Rebecca Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art, will curate DAM’s presentation of the exhibition in the Museum’s Gallagher Family Gallery.

“The title Shade has rich implications such as to shelter from light, to be in a shadow or to add black to a hue to darken it,” said curator Hart. “Both Clyfford Still and Mark Bradford have a unique relationship to black. At a time when other Abstract Expressionist painters had vibrant palettes, Still used black to force viewers out of their comfort zones. For Bradford, the choice of black isn’t neutral; it intentionally forces us to confront conventional notions of race. Each viewer will interpret the use of black differently, hopefully evoking emotions that connect them to the works on view.”

Bradford’s curation of Still’s work at CSM will feature approximately 15 works that prominently incorporate black pigments, spanning five decades. The selection reveals Bradford’s appreciation for Still’s frequent use of black and for Still’s many evocative statements about the color, including, “Black was never a color of death and terror for me. I think of it as warm and generative.” Bradford’s curation will be featured in the Museum’s two largest galleries. This exhibition marks the Museum’s third installment of its Artists Select series, which began in 2015 with an exhibition curated by visual artist and composer Mark Mothersbaugh, and continued in early 2017 with an exhibition curated by contemporary artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

Bradford believes his new work for this exhibition is in dialogue with Still’s. He recalled seeing a Still painting for the first time: “What caught my eye was the insistence of his paintings. His surfaces were more raw and immediate than other abstract expressionist paintings. His paintings are not just optical—they have a very physical presence.” In comparing his studio process with Still’s, Bradford said, “My paintings are made up of tearing. To me it represents a process that is more of a reality than laying down a perfect line of paint. It’s raw and violent but it still comes together. And it’s not just a tearing that you see in Still’s paintings, it’s a collision of colors. There aren’t smooth transitions.”

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


Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204



Richard Alden Peterson

Curtis Center for the Arts

April 3 - 28, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 6-8pm
  • Artist Talk: Saturday, April 15, 1pm
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Richard Alden Peterson, a 65 year old California native, is an experimental Colorado photographer since 1987, an arts community organizer, a photography teacher, and creator of an ongoing creative artist portrait series originally instigated in conjunction with MCA Denver. His imaginative art photos have been exhibited widely, and are in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Richard became entranced by photography on his 12th birthday when his Uncle gifted him with a toy darkroom set. For more than 53 passionate years his obsessions with creative photography and writing led him to unexpected and exciting? adventures. Peterson sold his first prints in 8th grade when he created the class portrait, made the prints in a darkroom, and sold them to students for 50¢. Also, in 8th grade he taught darkroom techniques to 7th graders.

When 15, a rock radio station hired Richard to photograph 1960s celebrities backstage at concerts. Some of the bands included Turtles, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Supremes, Mothers of Invention, Stone Poneys, Strawberry Alarm Clock, Cream and Ricky Nelson.

By the end of high school, Peterson was writing and photographing for the underground press in San Diego for the Door in the company of writers like Cameron Crowe, Lester Bangs and Mick Garris. In the mid-1970s, he became Aerial Photography for an early Punk 'zine, Search & Destroy, published by a City Lights Bookstore employee using funds from Allen Ginsberg. During this immersion into the eclectic San Francisco Punk scene, he photographed emerging legends passing through such as Iggy Pop, Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones, and the imaginative characters of the local scene.

During the Punk era, Peterson met legendary artist Bruce Conner becoming a friend and work associate for 30 years. During the Conner years, Richard collaboratively created darkroom and digital prints for Bruce, and worked with him on several other projects. Bruce's retrospective "It's All True", including many collaborative works, and portraits of Bruce by Richard, premiered at MoMA in 2016, moved to SFMoMA, and is now in a museum in Madrid. In the 1980s Peterson moved from San Francisco to San Diego and opened a gallery named after an intersection of San Francisco alleyways, Pink and Pearl, where he exhibited the unique and powerful artists he met during the early Punk scene, and continued to create evocative and moody fine-art photographs, and a well-received body of collaborative works with his wife Sydney. Many gallery shows and reviews appeared during this period.

In 1987, he moved to Denver to work as an advertising photographer for an upscale fashion store, Printemps, which closed in 1989. He stayed in Colorado with a Denver studio, continuing to create atmospheric portraits, and manipulated images. In 2012, the far-sighted MCA Denver museum director Adam Lerner gave Richard his first museum show where he appeared alongside prints created for Bruce Conner with Punk photos and artist portraits. Richard's work also appeared in the traveling Mark Mothersbaugh Myopia show.

Richard currently works as a museum specialist photographing art events, artist portraits, and art installations. And, still a passionate and driven artist, he continually creates new and unique art at his mountaintop studio outside of Denver.

Curtis Center for the Arts
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80121
Mon-Fri: 8:30-4:30; Sat: 10-4


Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place

Denver Art Museum

February 19 - October 22, 2017

  • Special opening preview sponsored by DAM Contemporaries: Thursday February 16th from 7:30-10pm
  • Meet the artists, and enjoy music, dancing, festive snacks, and a cash bar featuring specialty cocktails
  • DAMC Members $20; General Admission $27
Carmen-Argote-27Carmen Argote, Live/Work (detail), 2016. Mixed media, paper, and metal screen. © Carmen Argote

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place will feature site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Energizing and vibrant artwork will be presented by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe), and Xochi Solis (Austin).

These artists examine diverse narratives of migration and the complex layering of cultures throughout the Western United States through ideas related to labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility, and displacement. Installations will incorporate mixed-media, performance-based video art, digital animation, fiber constructions, painting, sculpture, and ceramics.

To foster creativity and provide insight into the artistic process, the on-site development of the installations will be visible to the public beginning in December 2016, with scheduled opportunities for visitors to engage with artists. The exhibition will open February 19, 2017, and will be on view through October 22 of that year.

Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place is organized by the Denver Art Museum, and is curated by Rebecca Hart, curator of modern and contemporary art at the DAM. An exhibition catalog will be available in The Shops and online.

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



Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon

Denver Art Museum - Hamilton Building 2nd floor

February 19 - August 31, 2017

Gio Ponti and James Sudler Associates, Model of the Denver Art Museum, 1966

Punctuating the upcoming North Building project announced on December 8, 2016, the Denver Art Museum is presenting Then, Now, Next: Evolution of an Architectural Icon—an exhibition on the iconic modernist building, its history and its future. The exhibition features historical photos, original architectural sketches, building models and project renderings to tell the story of the North Building’s evolution. Then, Now, Next has taken over the Gates Family Gallery on level 2 of the Hamilton Building through Aug. 31, 2017.

“For nearly 50 years, the North Building has been a significant part of the community, and we’re excited for the upcoming project that will ensure it continues to play a prominent role,” said Christoph Heinrich, the Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the museum. “We want to honor the building, and give our visitors an opportunity to reflect on its history and share the excitement for its future.”

The exhibition has been divided into three specific sections: Then, Now and Next.

The Then section takes visitors from the preconstruction site through build out—featuring Gio Ponti’s architectural drawings, historical photos and building model as well as other ephemera from the celebrated 1971 building opening.

The Now section features details on how the North Building has served an expanding and diversifying community since opening its doors nearly 50 years ago.

The Next section features the museum’s future plans, including renderings and an architectural model, and outline the guiding principles for the team: Stewardship of buildings and collections, offering a superior visitor experience, unifying the campus and inviting the whole community to enjoy the museum and its programs.

“By tracing the history of the North Building from its earliest development through its original construction, and then observing how it has developed into the building we experience today, this exhibition is a moment to reflect on its significance,” said Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture, design and graphics at the DAM. “Visitors can chart how the need for such a structure arose and examine how innovative a museum building it was for the late 1960s. They then can view how the new North revitalization project will celebrate Gio Ponti’s original vision for the building and be an open, welcoming destination for visitors.”

Exhibition visitors also have the opportunity to share their favorite North Building experiences through an in-gallery visitor feedback installation.

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



Elusive: works by Andrew Roberts-Gray

Denver Botanic Gardens Gates Garden Court Gallery

February 22 – May 14, 2017

  • Reception: Wednesday February 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Artist Talk: 6:30 p.m.
  • Organized in collaboration with Michael Warren Contemporary

Artist Andrew Roberts-Gray combines formal abstraction, the painted landscape and areas of unpainted canvas to create dynamic works that defy the traditional genre. He makes seductive work that hovers between painterly abstraction and sculptural space, peppered with symbolic elements.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York Street
Denver, CO 80206


MOXIE: Community College of Denver 2017 Student Art Show

Emmanuel Gallery

April 6 - 20, 2017

  • Opening reception and awards ceremony: Thursday, April 6 from 4-7pm
  • Juror: Carlos Frésquez
RomeroLeon Romero, Kid in the Crown, acrylic, collage on canvas, 2015.

This exhibition will feature artwork created by students at the Community College of Denver, including drawing, 2-D design, sculpture, painting, photography, and graphic design mediums. Please join us for an opening reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 4:00-7:00 pm. Scholarship awards will be given to selected entries in each category, plus Juror’s Choice awards. The artworks were juried and judged by Carlos Frésquez, Associate Professor and Painting Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and Blake Welch, Principal at PIQUE Creative.

Emmanuel Gallery
Auraria Higher Education Center
10th and Lawrence St Mall
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Silent Sentinels: Minuteman Missiles on the Plains

New Work by Evan Anderman

Evan Anderman Photography

March 2 – April 28, 2017

Evan Anderman Silent Sentinels Minuteman

The area surrounding the Pawnee National Grassland northeast of Greeley, Colorado has seen a long history of contested land uses. Ranching is the main agricultural activity that has flourished, the landscape dotted by stock tanks and windmills with cowpaths etched between in a large- scale game of Tinkertoy. More recent activities are increasingly intrusive on the landscape. In the last 10 years almost 400 wind turbines were installed on the bench just north of the grassland. At the same time, the discovery of oil and the growing use of fracking has resulted in the drilling of almost 100 wells in the private land that is interspersed within the prairie. The light pollution at night from both the windmills and oil wells is considerable, not to mention the increase of heavy truck traffic from the oil-field activities.

Interspersed within all of this is another, more ominous neighbor: dozens of nuclear missiles. Installed in the 1960’s in a loose pattern to make destruction by the Russians difficult, these missile silos dot the landscape every few miles or so and sit silently on a hair trigger, surrounded by a tall, barbed-wire fence. Each location has the same characteristic elements: a tall white spike housing a security system, a newer security system mounted on a telephone pole just outside the fence, and a characteristic orange weather vane on one of the fence corners. Once you know all these components, it is easy to pick out the silo locations from the surrounding landscape.

In the end, the most striking thing about the missile silos is the dichotomy between how unobtrusive they are, placed within the peaceful landscape, yet they represent unimaginable destruction. It gives one a pause when you realize what exactly you are looking at.

Evan Anderman Photography
209 Kalamath St., Unit 4
Denver, CO 80223


Read more: Evan Anderman Photography: Silent Sentinels: Minuteman Missiles on the Plains

Lanny DeVuono: Terraforming

Linda Connor: Gravity

Goodwin Fine Art

April 21 - June 3, 2017

  • Opening Reception for the Artists: Friday, April 21 from 5-8pm
Lanny DeVuono, Terraforming no. 8, 2017, graphite, gesso, gouache, wax on panel, 10 x 10 in.

Linda Connor, Ladakh, 2016, dye sublimation on aluminum, 30 x 24 in.
Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 11-5


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