Jacquelyn Connolly Selected as New Director and Curator for Emmanuel Gallery
photo credit: Andrea Moore
DENVER – The College of Arts and Media, University of Colorado Denver along with Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Community College of Denver are pleased to announce that Jacquelyn Connolly has been selected as the new Director and Curator for the Emmanuel Gallery. An alumnus of CU Denver, Connolly returned to the Auraria Campus in February to serve as Interim Director after the position was vacated by director Shannon Corrigan. After a national search was conducted she was selected as the finalist and began her new role on November 17th. She brings with her a strong skill set of exhibition making, community engagement and a passion for the education of future arts professionals. Her community ties and collaborative mindset make her an asset to this long beloved Denver institution.
Associate Professor and Chair of the CU Denver Visual Arts Department, Lanny DeVuono, said, “We had a committee representing all three schools that support the Emmanuel and its programming, and an overwhelmingly high number of capable and talented applicants. We are delighted to welcome Jacquelyn Connolly and look forward to what she will bring to this important Auraria Campus institution”
Connolly has spent eight years curating exhibitions and managing public art projects in the Denver community. Through her art consulting business she spent three years with Denver International Airport’s Art and Culture Program as their Curator producing exhibitions and managing large scale public art projects. She also contracted with American Airlines, the City of Denver, Art Planning and Associates and Western States Arts Federation. Prior to starting her consulting business, she worked for the state arts agency, Colorado Creative Industries- Art in Public Places Program, Arts and Venues Denver and the Denver Art Museum.
She says, “Emmanuel Gallery has long been esteemed by the Denver arts community and it is an honor to be a part of its tradition. I will continue my predecessor’s tradition of high quality exhibitions and grow the collaborative opportunities and funding sources for this unique space.”
Begun in 1973, Emmanuel Gallery is a tri-institutional non-profit art space supported by the Community College of Denver, The Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Colorado Denver. Emmanuel Gallery exhibits work of exceptional visual artists as well as faulty and students from Auraria Campus. It is free and open to the public, located in the heart of Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver.