Contemporary Abstraction

Core New Art Space

July 13 - 30, 2017

  • Opening reception: Friday July 14 from 6-9 pm
  • Juror: Karen Roehl
Karen Roehl, “Untitled 16-2170”, Acrylic on Stretched Canvas, 36 x 36”.

This national open entry show credits one of the most popular art forms known today, Contemporary Abstraction. Juror Karen Roehl, curated and judged the show based on overall impact, composition and mastery of techniques while giving a strong nod to creativity and craftsmanship. Over 300 entries were submitted for the exhibition, and 50 works have been selected with the goal of exemplifying the broad spectrum of Contemporary Abstraction in painting and sculpture.

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


Roehl took an innovative approach to her jurying process: she carefully read the artist’s statements and evaluated the work based largely on whether or not the artists were successful in communicating their intentions. Due to the fact that the symbolic content in abstraction is highly individual and the mysterious nature inherent in interpreting abstraction, the artists’ statements will be presented with the artwork, to aid in further understanding of aims of the artists.

Karen Roehl is a successful Denver artist who teaches basic and abstract painting at the Student Arts League. She is the chair of the Ice Cube Gallery, and has exhibited her work widely, including in the nationally acclaimed Coors Western Art Exhibition.

CORE New Art Space was founded in 1981 as a non-profit contemporary art cooperative. It is comprised of 24 member artists and is located in Denver’s historic Santa Fe Arts District. Core provides professional gallery space to its members as well as to the broader arts community. Core offers additional opportunities to artists in the form of juried feature exhibitions. The mission of Core New Art Space is to encourage the exploration of new and different forms of expression and to promote to the general public the understanding of contemporary art.

Core receives funding through membership dues, revenues from exhibition fees, and individual donations.

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