Made in Colorado

Emmanuel Art Gallery (June 7 - August 10, 2018)

Gallery 808 (June 7 - July 30, 2018)

  • Due to the size of the exhibition, Made in Colorado is presenting at another downtown location: Gallery 808 in the Santa Fe Art District, with different pieces installed in each location
  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 7 from 6 – 9 pm at both locations

The Emmanuel Art Gallery, located on the campus of CU Denver, announces the opening of Made in Colorado on June 7th. The juried show received nearly 1,000 submissions from artists throughout the state and works were selected by Olga Viso, named one of the most powerful women in art by artnet, and Cameron Gainer, a Colorado-born and internationally known visual artist, publisher, and gallerist.

Made in Colorado is the re-envisioning of Zip 802, the Emmanuel’s juried exhibition first conceived in 1985 featuring Denver artists hailing from the 802 zip codes. As Emmanuel Art Gallery director Jeff Lambson discovered when looking to revive the show, the Denver landscape has changed. Soaring real estate prices have pushed many artists out of the 802 area. To open the opportunity to show in the Emmanuel Art Gallery to as many artists as possible, he opened the call to all of Colorado.

“Colorado artists are making art that is powerful and timely,” says Lambson. “It is engaging with the politics, movements, fights, and conversations happening around the world in meaningful ways. By pulling together works made by artists around the State, varying perspectives are revealed about what’s happening in the world today and how Coloradoans are reacting, contributing, and seeking change.”

The Emmanuel Art Gallery, curated and run by CU Denver’s College of Arts & Media, is housed in Denver’s oldest standing religious structure, which is the first building in Colorado on the national historic register and the first building on the state’s landmark preservation commission. It is located at the historic crossroads of the original pioneer downtown and was a true melting pot of people coming from around the world to find their fortune and create new lives. First an Episcopalian Chapel, it was later converted to one of the first Synagogues in the West. It has been an art gallery since 1973.

Brining in two renowned jurors from beyond state lines validates the impact that Colorado is having in the creative industries nationwide. Viso is considered one of the leading contemporary art curators in the western world. The former director of the Walker Art Center and the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, she has also been a curator for the Norton Collection and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and served on the board of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Association of Art Museum Directors. Gainer has shown at museums around the world and his publication, The Third Rail, is a nonprofit quarterly devoted to a discussion of modern and contemporary art, politics, philosophy, and culture.

“At the Emmanuel, artists explore portraiture through aspects of cultural and personal identity. Landscape is another important subject as artists here examine humanity’s relationship to the natural world and also consider our impact on the environment,” says Viso, creating a distinction between the two spaces as a part of a single show. “Gallery 808 gathers artists of varying sensibilities who experiment with abstraction and the tactile and formal qualities of materials, including latex, paper, fiber, and human hair.”

The Emmanuel Art Gallery’s mission is to enhance understanding and experience of the visual arts through the presentation of significant art exhibitions, lectures and events. CU Denver recently took over management of the Emmanuel Art Gallery and is committed to exhibiting and making accessible the important art of our time.

CU Denver College of Arts and Media is the first college in Colorado devoted exclusively to arts and entertainment. The College of Arts & Media understands the influence of modern trends on traditional art forms, with a skilled faculty that is comprised of artistic masters and educators in creativity who are connected to the pulse of art, entertainment, and the creative industries.

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