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Icebreaker 7 Call For Entry

Ice Cube Gallery National Juried Exhibition: Icebreaker 7

Juror: Ivar Zeile of Plus Gallery

Entries due by Saturday October 31, 2015


The seventh annual juried exhibition Icebreaker is sponsored by Ice Cube Gallery, a contemporary artist-run galery located in the River North Arts District of Denver. The exhibit has an open theme and artists of every medium are encouraged to enter.

JUROR: Ivar Zeile is one of Denver's pre-eminent cultural citizens, leading and participating in many art events and projects that have contributed to highlighting Denver as a strong and vibrant arts community. Ziele has also committed his time to helping young and emerging artists become established and recognized regionally and nationally. Zeile opened Plus Gallery in 2001 and grew it into one of Denver's most reputable programs for contemporary art exhibitions and artist representation. In 2009 it was named "Art Space of the Year" by the Denver Post.

Ice Cube Gallery at the Dry Ice Factory
3300 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
Fri: 12-9pm; Thu/Sat: 12-5pm


Outreach for Local Artists at Mountain High Appliance

Outreach for Local Artists at Mountain High Appliance

  • Our next theme is Abstract Art and display will run October through December 2015
  • Receiving: October 2nd 8am - 10am and 1pm - 3pm only
  • Pick up: January 4th – January 8th 2016 during regular business hours (Pieces left beyond 7 days will be donated to local charity for fundraising)


Mountain High Appliance is excited to support our community by opening the Louisville showroom as a gallery space for local artists of all mediums (2D and 3D) ages 15 years and up!

Mountain High Appliance is Colorado's premier appliance showroom with state of the art appliances displayed in 14 designer kitchens. This is a great opportunity to display your artwork in a high-traffic, professional setting to get the exposure your art deserves for FREE. Pieces can be listed for sale, and we do not take commission. We will accept cash and check sales only from buyers of your work(s).

• All art mediums will be considered but must be appropriate for a retail setting; no works depicting violence, nudity, or profanity will be accepted and we reserve the right to refuse any art at our discretion.
• Each artist may submit up to 5 pieces and they will be displayed for 30 days.
• Hanging items must be professionally framed with wire hanger.
• Artists are responsible for drop off and pick-up of all pieces to the Louisville showroom.

Please send JPG or PDF images of the work to be considered with dimensions to tasia (at ) mountainhighappliance (dot) com. Artists that are chosen for display will be contacted directly.

No phone calls please.

Tasia VanderVegt
Mountain High Appliance
1130 Pine Street
Louisvile, CO 80027
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RMCAD VASD Humor Lecture Series

RMCAD Visiting Artist, Scholar, And Designer Program: Humor Lecture Series

Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus

September 29, October 27, November 11, 2015

  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and events begin at 7:00 p.m

The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program at RMCAD is proud to announce its upcoming speakers in the yearlong Humor lecture series. All events take place in the Mary Harris Auditorium on the RMCAD campus. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and events begin at 7:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public, but seating is limited. RSVP information for each event can be found approximately one month prior to the event on the VASD Program website (vasd.rmcad.edu).

Dr. Peter Mcgraw And Chelsey Delaney

The first fall presentation features an on-stage conversation between two humor experts who will hash out the interplay of art, design, and comedy on Tuesday, September 29, 2015. Dr. Peter McGraw, a marketing and psychology professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, directs the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) and is the co-author of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. Chelsey Delaney leads User Experience at Planned Parenthood Federation of America at its new Digital Products Lab. She completed her Master's of Design thesis on the intersection of humor and interaction design in 2011 at Carnegie Mellon University.

Kalup Linzy

Video and performance artist Kalup Linzy will present a special live performance in conjunction with his exhibition in the Philip J. Steele Gallery on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. An exhibition reception will immediately follow the performance. Linzy received his MFA from the University of South Florida and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Linzy has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim fellowship, a Creative Capital Foundation grant, and an Art Matters Grant. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Prospect.1 New Orleans, and MoMA PS1 and his work is in the public collections at the Whitney Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

Ian Bogost

Dr. Ian Bogost is an author and award-winning game designer. His VASD Program lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Bogost is the Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he also holds an appointment in the Scheller College of Business. Bogost is also Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, an independent game studio, and a Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, where he writes regularly about technology and popular culture.  

The Humor Lecture Series

This yearlong lecture series focuses on the application of comedy, parody, irony, play, and wit as instruments of communication and experimentation in art, design, and culture. As a fundamental element of the human experience, humor crosses nations and histories. Humor exists in a boundary- blurring space where joy and anguish meet allowing creators to reveal the severity and ridiculousness of contemporary life.

The VASD Program

The Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer (VASD) Program explores critical, diverse, and creative inquiry. This interdisciplinary initiative enriches the academic experience at RMCAD and serves the greater Denver-metro community.

Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) is an innovative, rigorous, and community-oriented global learning environment. Offering online and on-campus undergraduate and graduate degrees, the school inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities, and the world. Find more information at RMCAD.edu or by calling 800.888.ARTS.

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


Sync Gallery Call for Members

SYNC Gallery is accepting applications for membership


If you wish to apply for membership, please submit the following to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:%20">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• A letter of interest explaining how you found out about SYNC Gallery, and the strengths you would bring to the gallery as a collaborative member.
• 5-10 jpeg images, no larger than 1MB each labeled with your name, title, medium, dimensions, and year completed.
• CV or resume
• artist statement and website

Your email attachments should not exceed 7MB

Once your information is received, a committee will review your submission, and notify you about the status of your application.

Sync Gallery
931 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Thu: 1-4pm
First & Third Fridays: 6- 9pm
Sat 12-4pm



Saw Artist Studios Open House in Carbondale

S.A.W. Artist Studios Open House

Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 3-8pm

Carbondale Colorado

  • Support your LOCAL artists: ceramics, painting, sculpture t-shirts, and other handmade ART-i-facts For Sale
  • Gallery FULL-O-WORK (that stuff is for sale too)
  • Beer + Food (donations accepted)
  • OUT-the-DOOR movie screening of The Big Lebowski at Dusk (Bring cardigans blanlæts, clairs, comfy things to sit on and ask your self, "what would the dude do?")

Studio For Arts And Works
525 Buggy Circle
Carbondale, Co 81623

Call for Entries: 5th Annual Best of Santa Fe Arts District

5th Annual Best of Santa Fe Arts District: Call for Entries

Deadline is Friday October 9, 2015


The corridor of vibrant, eclectic galleries and shops on Santa Fe Drive just south of Downtown Denver have been a long standing go-to destination for locals and visitors alike. Known as The Art District on Santa Fe, the area hosts one of the country’s largest First Friday Art Walks and was Colorado’s first officially recognized art districts. It continues to grow and sustain businesses that attract emerging and established artists and other creative ventures. On Santa Fe Drive visitors can explore artistic expression in all forms, from photography, ceramics, theatre, music and dance, to prominent gallery exhibits.

The district is proud to announce the 5th Annual Best of Santa Fe Call for Entry Exhibit and Awards. This signature, juried event showcases the very best of artists who have exhibited in the Art District on Santa Fe Drive over the last year. The event serves as one of the most unique and notable attractions in Denver’s ever-growing art scene. Entrants will be judged by three prominent individuals who work in the arts in Colorado whose names will be announced at a later date. All entries must be made online through the CAFE website - www.callforentry.org and the work must have been exhibited in the Art District sometime between November 2014 and October 2015.

The accepted entries will exhibited from November 6 through November 24 at Habitat Gallery located at 828 Santa Fe Drive. Habitat Gallery was established in 2003 under the direction of fine artist Georgia Amar. During the exhibition on the night of November 20th from 7 to 9 pm there will be an Awards Gala honoring the “Best in Show” winners for this exhibit.


4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour

The 4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour

Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, 2015, 11am-5pm


Gilpin County Colorado: The 4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour will happen Saturday and Sunday September 19-20, 2015, 11am-5pm, with a Meet the Artists Preview Night on Thursday September 10th at the Gilpin County Library, 15131 CO-119, Black Hawk, CO 80422, from 6 to 7:30pm. The Gilpin Art Studio Tour is organized by local artists to foster an appreciation of the arts in Gilpin County that coincides with the fall aspen viewing. Enjoy your day in the high country meeting the artists and craftspeople who exhibit their art, demonstrate their craft and offer work for sale.

This is the 4th and most exciting year to date. There are more artists participating than in previous years with a wider array of styles, including painters, photographers, mosaic and collage artists, ceramic artists, sculptors in multiple media, fiber and glass.

The Gilpin Clay Studio is a teaching studio housed in the Gilpin Rec Center where staff and students make a variety of functional and decorative clay work. Make sure to pick up a class schedule and visit the sculpture garden at this stop! The Gilpin Arts Association is housed in Washington Hall; a National Historic Site built in 1862 across from the historic Central City Opera House. The history, architecture and art are something not to miss. The Central City Visitors Center Gallery is a showcase gallery for the Gilpin Arts Association and is just down the street from Washington Hall.

The Gilpin County Library Art Salon will only be open on Saturday for the tour, but you can see samples of each artist’s work during normal business hours starting on September 9th and continuing to the end of the month.

Meet the Artists Night will be held at the Library on Thursday September 10th from 6 to 7:30p with live music and refreshments. This event is a great opportunity to preview samples of the work seen on the tour and meet many of the artists as well.

The 4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour is a free, family friendly event that has something of interest for everyone! Come support the artists, view the aspens at their peak and see the beauty of the high country. Artists’ studios will be marked by signs along the tour route in and around Gilpin County, directing you to each stop. Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GilpinArtStudioTour for the latest updates. Maps are available at our sponsors, artists and many other locations in Gilpin County, or visit www. GilpinArtStudioTour.org for full maps, samples of each artists work, descriptions and more information.

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Platteforum 2016 Artist Residency Participants

Platteforum Announces 2015/2016 Artist Residency Program Participants

  • Artists Include Jennifer Stratton, Uchay Joel Chima, Franklin Toan and Blair Bogin
pf.logo.2 PlatteForum is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Artist Residency program participants. These artists have been chosen through a competitive international selection process and will each spend two months in residency with PlatteForum in the coming season. PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program supports contemporary artists as they work, strengthening their individual practice through collaboration and community engagement.

Each artist’s residency will conclude with a two-week public exhibition of the artist’s work alongside a body of work by Denver youth who have been led in weekly workshops by the resident artist during his or her time in residency. PlatteForum’s public receptions for each residency, at which the artists and kids talk about their work together, will be announced at a later date. All public receptions will take place at PlatteForum, 2400 Curtis Street, Denver, CO.

PlatteForum’s 2015/2015 Artist Residency line-up is as follows:
  • Sept. 5 – Oct. 26, 2015: Jennifer Stratton (Durham, NC)
  • Nov. 2 – Dec. 18, 2015: Uchay Joel Chima (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Jan. 11 – Mar. 4, 2016: Franklin Toan (Denver, CO)
  • Mar. 14 – May 6, 2016: Blair Bogin (Chicago, IL)
“It is part of PlatteForum’s mission to encourage our resident artists to connect to the community,” says Judy Anderson, PlatteForum Founder. “We want this residency to expand our artists’ potential, and to be able to walk away after the completion of the program with an expanded view of how art impacts the world today.”

PlatteForum’s Artist Residency program celebrates the creative process, fostering and challenging artists to incorporate social practice into their process. Each resident artist becomes a catalyst for innovative and expanded thinking about what art is and can be. Located in a rich urban context, PlatteForum’s dynamic, artist-centered residences are built upon the notion of engaging the broader community in the creation of new work, where artists, youth, and the public collaborate. Residents will share their process and work with youth in a supported environment, and with guidance from PlatteForum staff.

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



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Call for Submissions: Currents New Media Festival 2016

Call for Submissions: Currents New Media Festival

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday November 15, 2015

Simulacra, by Karina Smigla-Bobinski - CURRENTS 2015

Submission Guidelines

CURRENTS’ curators look for the unique ways artists use technology as a tool for expression and communication, and ways that scientists, programmers and developers are integrating the arts and aesthetics into their explorations and projects.

The citywide Festival will be held in venues throughout Santa Fe: El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the digital dome facility at the Institute for American Indian Arts, Santa Fe Art Institute, Peters Projects, Axle Contemporary, Warehouse 21 and the Santa Fe Railyard Plaza.

In addition to exhibitions CURRENTS 2016 offers panel discussions, workshops and multimedia performances. All exhibitions and most events are free to the public.

This years categories are:
  • New Media Installation
  • Outdoor Architectural Mapping and New Media Installations
  • Single Channel Video and Animation
  • Multimedia Performance
  • Fulldome
  • Experimental or Interactive Documentary
  • Web Art, Art Gaming, Mobile Device Apps
  • Oculus Rift
  • Robotics
  • 3D Printing
  • Interactive Installations for Children


Call for Entries: Black & White & Metal Exhibition at 40 West Arts

Call for Entries: Black & White & Metal Exhibition

Sponsored by 40 West Arts

Entry Deadline: Saturday October 17th, 2015

  • Exhibition Dates: December 1 – 31, 2015


Join us for the 40 West Black & White & Metal Exhibition! Sometimes a monochrome palette can say more than a full spectrum of color and create a striking contrast. We invite work that is composed of black, white and the shades in between. Entries open to all media

More info: http://www.40westarts.org/uploads/40_West_Arts_Black__White_show_CALL_FOR_ENTRIES_v5.0.pdf

40 West Arts Gallery
1560 Teller St
Lakewood, CO 80214 Tue-Sat: 1-4pm


Call for Members: Core 2015

Call for Members: Core 2015 

Core New Art Space at 900 Santa Fe Drive in Denver's Historic Santa Fe Arts District is seeking new creative members. Photography, painting, sculpture, mixed media, ceramics and installation art is welcome. To apply for membership or for details visit our website at http://www.corenewartspace.com and start selling your artwork today!

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


RMCAD Public Art at Republic Plaza

Museum of Outdoor Arts Public Art Program Sponsors Temporary Sculpture for Republic Plaza

Above: A rendering by RMCAD students of the temporary public art piece titled Pike's Peak or Bust

On August 18, 2015 students from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) will install a temporary outdoor public art piece at Brookfield Property Partners' iconic Denver skyscraper Republic Plaza, located at 370 17th Street. The sculpture will be installed on the building's north outdoor plaza pedestal at 17th and Tremont and will be on display through November 2015. There will be a public opening reception at the property on August 20th from 5:30-8pm.

The project is generously supported by Arts Brookfield and is a product of the Museum of Outdoor Arts' (MOA) Design and Build Program, in which emerging artists create temporary, site-specific public art from design to installation in only eight weeks. MOA worked with Arts Brookfield (sponsor) to commission the students in RMCAD's Experimental Studies summer class to design, build, and install this temporary public art piece. The resulting art piece, Pike's Peak or Bust, is a large-scale temporary sculpture that pays homage to the Colorado Pike's Peak Gold Rush of the 1800s (see rendering above). The sculpture was constructed over an eight-week period by eight participating students overseen by RMCAD faculty member and artist, Matthew Harris.

"MOA's Design and Build program has been operating for nearly 25 years", said MOA President and Executive Director Cynthia Madden Leitner. "We work with various stakeholders in the community to secure a site and realize a piece of site-specific public art. We are fortunate to have collaborated with Arts Brookfield and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design on this year's project."

Since 1991, MOA's Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art projects. Assisted by university instructors and professional artists, Design and Build participants produce exciting and original site-specific art works for public spaces in the Denver metro area. Interns find creative solutions to practical challenges as they master the skills to transform their creative ideas into finished pieces. The program generates temporary public art and exhibitions while offering lessons in collaborative teamwork, problem-solving and aesthetic and technical considerations. From concept to installation, students must consider a variety of elements including environmental concern, safety, budgeting, project design, proposal writing, maquette making, construction and installation.

Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield's premier buildings in Denver, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. For more information, visit the website, Facebook page or follow Arts Brookfield on Twitter.

RMCAD is an innovative, rigorous, and community-oriented global learning environment. Offering online and on-campus undergraduate and graduate degrees, the school inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities and the world. RMCAD offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Animation, Art Education, Commercial Photography, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interior Design; a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management for the Creative Industries; and a Master of Arts in Education, Leadership + Emerging Technologies. Find more information at RMCAD.edu or by calling 800.888.ARTS.

The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of "Making Art a Part of Everyday Life". MOA receives partial funding from the City of Englewood, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) of Arapahoe County and the Xcel Energy Foundation. MOA owns and operates Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in collaboration with its tenant AEG Live - Rocky Mountains, and is home to art studios and indoor galleries at its main headquarters on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center.

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


Sculpture In the Park 2015 in Loveland

32nd Annual Sculpture In the Park Show and Sale

Benson Sculpture Garden

29th and Aspen Drive, Loveland, CO

Saturday/Sunday August 8th and 9th, 2015

  • Sat: 9:30am - 6pm; Sun: 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Over 2000 sculptures by 160 jury-selected artists
  • $7 per adult, 14 & Under Free
  • http://sculptureinthepark.org


Call for Entry: Art of the State 2016 at the Arvada Center

Call for Entry: Art of the State 2016 at the Arvada Center

Deadline for Entries: October 12, 2015

The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to present Art of the State 2016, a juried exhibition of Colorado. As a follow-up to the 2013 award-winning exhibition, Art of the State 2016 will highlight the quality, depth and diversity of Colorado artists. All three of the Arvada Center’s galleries, over 10,000 sq. ft. will be dedicated to this exhibition. Art of the State 2016 will continue the Arvada Center’s long support of Colorado artists. This exhibition will be juried by Gwen Chanzit, (Modern Art Curator, Denver Art Museum), Michael Chavez, (Public Art Program Manager, Denver Arts & Venues) and Collin Parson, (Exhibition Manager and Curator, Arvada Center).
  • Email Notification: November 6, 2015
  • Entry Fee: $35 for up to three pieces
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  • This juried exhibition is open to all Colorado artists in all media
Eligibility and important restrictions to note: Any artist currently residing in Colorado and over the age of 18 is encouraged to apply. Artworks submitted must be available for sale, original, and created in the last 2 years. Framed works cannot exceed 6 ft. in any direction, and any wall work cannot weigh over 100 lbs. Sculpture cannot exceed 8 ft. in any direction. No work will be accepted that has been shown at the AC previously.

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


Black Cube Opens in Denver

Black Cube Opens in Denver

  • "Enter Black Cube: A Nomadic Contemporary Art Museum"
  • Featuring Executive Director and Chief Curator Cortney L. Stell
  • Official launch event and first official pop up exhibition on October 1 at 7:00pm sharp at the Trading Post at Red Rocks

The Black Cube Container, one of Black Cube's flexible pop-up structures (Museum Shop, Performance Space, or Gallery)
built by Demiurge, A Denver-based art fabrication company 

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new, nonprofit "nomadic contemporary art museum," known as Black Cube. Functioning without a permanent exhibition space, Black Cube is experienced primarily through site-specific pop-up art exhibitions and shops conceived by our artist fellows.

Black Cube has two key goals:
1. Increase access to contemporary art
2. Support artist career sustainability

The Black Cube Container, one of Black Cube's flexible pop-up structures (Museum Shop, Performance Space, or Gallery) built by Demiurge, A Denver-based art fabrication company. As an alternative to the traditional 'white cube' museum or gallery experience, we bring art to unexpected places through our program of roving pop-up exhibitions. These might be unfamiliar spaces like abandoned grocery stores, or common spaces such as a downtown parking lot. These unusual exhibition sites become places of discovery for both the casual passer-by and the attentive art visitor.

Founded by artist and philanthropist, Laura Merage and established by the David and Laura Merage Foundation, the institution upholds the belief that art is an essential part of a vibrant, just, and healthy society. All of Black Cube's programs start with artists' ideas and the challenge to connect those ideas to new spaces and new audiences. We are very excited to have Cortney L. Stell serve as the Black Cube Executive Director and Chief Curator.

All Black Cube artists will be fellows, participating in the Artist Development Program where they will receive guidance and support for professional development. Artist fellows will each produce a pop-up art exhibition and will create affordable art items (known as Art Objects) that are offered for sale to the public at the pop-up sites and online in the Black Cube Shop.

Black Cube will host its official launch event on September 30 at the Trading Post at Red Rocks featuring its first artist fellow, Desirèe Holman (Oakland, California). Desirèe is internationally known for her multi-sensory work which illuminate ideas of identity, knowledge, and the complexities of the human psyche. This live cinema experience will include a projection on the famous rocks of Red Rocks in conjunction with a live performance. Watch for more information on this exciting event and our full list of 2015 artist fellows coming soon!

Our websitewill launch next month, but in the meantime, follow us on social media to stay in the know as Black Cube unfolds. We look forward to engaging with you through our artists, pop-up projects, and programming.


Colorado Springs 17th Annual Art on the Streets

Colorado Springs 17th Annual Art on the Streets Announces Artists
Sean O’Meallie - Poly Poly - Found objects (poly vinyl chloride) and steel cable

A site-specific work, Poly Poly explores the air space above a downtown alleyway, encouraging visitors to view their surroundings with a fresh perspective. A toy inventor turned artist, Sean O’Meallie has incorporated elements of Colorado Springs founder General Palmer’s right-angled grid city layout in his vertical curtain of vinyl macaws. 

“I thought this space could use some inflated toy parrots.” - Sean O'Meallie
Downtown Colorado Springs and Downtown Ventures are pleased to announce the selection of artists for the 2015-2016 Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. Now in its 17th year, Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs, a Colorado Certified Creative District, into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery.

A national call for artists attracted 73 proposals from artists in 19 states and 18 Colorado cities. Artists were selected through a jury process in which artistic quality served as the primary criteria. This year’s jury included David Tryba, Founder of Tryba Architects; Andrew Tirado, local artist and recipient of the 2014-2015 Juror Award; Blake Milteer, Museum Director and Chief Curator for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center; and Daisy McConnell, Director of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art.

Selected artists each receive a $1,000 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award.

The 2015-2016 exhibit will be on display June 2015 through May 2016 throughout Downtown Colorado Springs. The thirteen artists/artist teams selected for the exhibit are: \
  • James Burnes, Santa Fe, NM
  • Jimmy Descant, Salida, CO
  • Steven Durow, Fruitland, MD
  • Maureen Hearty, Denver, CO
  • Yul Jorgensen, Walsenburg, CO
  • Angela Larian, Los Angeles, CA
  • Eric McCue, Colorado Springs, CO
  • David W. Mernitz, Westcliffe, CO
  • Sean Mueller and Jarod Charzewski, Charleston, SC
  • William Mueller, Sedalia, CO
  • Jacob Novinger, Gooding, ID
  • Sean O’Meallie, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Keith Roberts, Colorado Springs, CO
Art on the Streets is a program of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, through Downtown Ventures, Inc. The program is supported by private contributions, including founding sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from H.Chase Stone Trust, Nor’wood, Murphy Constructors, CALM Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and Boettcher Foundation. Through the 17 years of the program, Art on the Streets has exhibited more than 50 works of art downtown, and purchased several pieces now permanently on display. All of the artwork in the exhibit is for sale, and purchase inquiries are welcome. Additional information can be found at http://www.DowntownCS.com/AOTS.


Brilliant at GOCA121


GOCA121 (Downtown Colorado Springs)

Saturday, June 13, 2015; 6pm dinner, 8pm 'til midnight Art Party


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art presents BRILLIANT on June 13, the fourth annual art party extravaganza taking place at 121 S. Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.

BRILLIANT combines art, technology, mixology, performance, and music to completely transform GOCA 121 and the Nosh patio into the ultimate party. In the words of Daisy McConnell, GOCA director, the experience is “brilliant.” A five-course dinner with five cocktail pairings kicks off the evening of arts celebration, raising funds for GOCA in the process.

This year, GOCA’s BRILLIANT will feature new works and original performances by Grupo Folkloric de Pueblo, Pikes Peak Trickers Acrobatic parkour-style dance, Denver-based VJ’s Mario Zoots and Jerromie Dorrance, drummer Motown, UCCS-connected visual artists Matt Barton and Aaron Smith. Award-winning hip-hop artist, playwright, and educator Idris Goodwin will emcee the evening’s program. A live(ly) auction includes original artwork by Quebec City-based Jose Luis Torres and Denver-based Donald Fodness, tickets to Philharmonic concerts, Bearded Lady tattooing services, and more. Party-goers will also be treated to samples of local artisan spirits, like Distillery 291’s whiskey. BRILLIANT is a creative extravaganza that raises critical financial support needed to realize future gallery programs, exhibits, and innovative collaborations. Money raised at BRILLIANT pays for 2015-2016 exhibits and programs in both GOCA spaces and to the community.

Advance tickets are now available at http://www.brilliantgoca.com. Tickets for the BRILLIANT dinner + art party start at $99, and tickets for just the art party start at $25. Students tickets are $20 with ID. Discounted dinner + art party 4-packs and party only 10-packs are available; prices increase after June 8, 2015. Free parking will be provided in the Plaza of the Rockies garage.

Idris Goodwin, MC, hip-hop artist + playwright Grupo Folklorico del Pueblo Samba dancers Pikes Peak Trickers, parkour + breakdancing Desmond ‘Motown' Washington, percussionist Mario Zoots and Jeromie Dorrance, djs + digital collage artists

Matt Barton
Aaron Smith

Distillery 291
Axe and the Oak Distillery
Lee Spirits Co.
The Principal's Office

THEATREWORKS Season Passes / Original art by Plus Gallery artist Donald Fodness & Quebec City-based Jose Luis Torres / much more!

FIRST COURSE | Gazpacho with Brut Spanish Cava
SECOND COURSE | Citrus Ginger salad -- artisan green, pickled shiitake mushrooms, orange segments, sugar snap peas, cracked almonds, Asian ginger vinaigrette Watermelon infused sake Sangria
THIRD COURSE | Noodle nest -- cold rice noodles, sauteed citrus jumbo shrimp, jalapeno sauce with cilantro Spiced Pinche Colada
FOURTH COURSE | Airline Rainbow Chicken -- carrot purree with muti-color baby carrot glaze Kentuky bourbon with mint and ginger beer
FIFTH COURSE | Chocolate dessert medley Raspberry infused Vodka rimmed with Pop Rocks


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Leon Gallery Exhibition Fundraiser

Leon Gallery Presents A Fundraiser for Continental Divide: East of L.A. / West of Tehran

In conjunction with the Biennial of the Americas


Leon Gallery is seeking help to raise funds for this major exhibition featuring 3 Time Emmy Award Winning Artist Just Mashouf; Kymia Nawabi, Winner of Bravo's "Work of Art, The Next Great Artist" Season two as well as an exhibitionist at Brooklyn Museum; Laleh Mehran - Associate Professor of Digital Emergent Practices and recently has had a large installation at the DAM as well as BMOCA; Arya Ghavamian- recently named as one of the most important Persian Artists in Vanity Fair; Amitis Motevalli- international performance and multi-media artist, and performances by The Mast and Vatan.

100% of fundraising will go to the expenses for this exhibition, which include: shipping all of the artwork out, pay for the booking fees, fly the artists to Denver, and put them up at the Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast. I'm proud to say that after over 3 and a half years in business, this is the first time we have ever had to reach out to our collectors, friends, and collaborators in the arts to help our gallery rise to a whole new level and put on a world-class exhibition that will elevate the arts in Denver.

Read more: Leon Gallery Exhibition Fundraiser

Judy Anderson Announces Her Retirement form PlatteForum

Judy Anderson Announces Her Retirement form PlatteForum


On behalf of the Board of Directors of PlatteForum, we would like to congratulate and thank our Artistic/Founding Director Judy Anderson who will retire from PlatteForum on June 1, 2015. Her vision and leadership expanded and enriched the cultural community in The City and County of Denver by introducing/creating the first non-profit artist residency in Denver.

Anderson states: “For the past twelve and a half years, it has been my honor to lead PlatteForum as the founder and artistic director. As I retire from PlatteForum, I am excited to return to my studio and projects that have been germinating the past few years, and am excited about this new chapter at PlatteForum as we search for a new artistic director.”

Under Anderson’s guidance, more than 80 artists from around the world participated in the residency program and shared their passions with youth who have little-to-no access to learning through art. Anderson moved to Denver in 2002 and, along with East West Partner’s Mark Smith, co-founded PlatteForum to address diminishing access to the arts in public schools and to provide a place for artists to have the time and support to create new work. Believing that the arts are a means to develop a vibrant community of healthy, compassionate, and innovative people, these two visionaries created a place where underserved youth could interact with professional artists participating in one of the first community-engaged urban artist-in-residence programs in the United States. PlatteForum’s significance was quickly realized by the city and, in their fourth year, it was awarded the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, followed in 2011 by National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Mark Smith, Founding Board Chair and Partner, East West Partners: “Judy has been the driving force behind PlatteForum from its inception—from an idea to the successful organization it is today. Under her leadership, it has developed into a unique model for both artists and underserved youth. PlatteForum is well poised to grow and prosper because of Judy’s dedication and commitment to the arts and education.“

Jerry Barnett, Board Chair: "As a former educator in the arts, I am truly honored to be the board chair of PlatteForum. The amazing success of the artist-in-residence program and the excitement of young students as they discover their own creativity, their own voice, and build self-confidence is a source of pride for our community. With Judy's guidance moving forward, we will find a passionate new artistic director and set the stage for the next chapter of this beloved organization.

Connie Robertson, Past Board Chair: It was my pleasure to serve as PlatteForum board chair while Judy was at the artistic helm. Invigorating and inspirational to watch, Judy guided the direction of PlatteForum, influenced the artists who were in residence, nurtured the creativity of the youth, and changed the Denver cultural community. Smart, talented, creative and visionary, she will be missed at PlatteForum, but has positioned the organization for the next step in their evolution…and you can bet we will hear from Judy, the artist.”

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



Experience the Visual Arts in Denver Colorado

Experience the Visual Arts in Denver Colorado

Joel Shapiro's “For Jennifer” outside the Clyfford Still Museum - photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org

Any trip to Denver for the arts enthusiast will of course include time at the Denver Art Museum, however there is much to see beyond the DAM when it comes to the local art scene. Here is Ken Hamel of DenverArts.org’s list of the Mile High City’s top destinations for the visual arts.
  • The Clyfford Still Museum - Clyfford Still is an icon of the NY School and his works are prominently displayed in America’s finest institutions including NY and SF MOMA, the Hirschhorn and the Met, but it’s Denver that is home to the world’s largest collection of Still’s work, bequeathed to the city in exchange for hosting the collection in the outstanding Brad Cloepfil designed Clyfford Still Museum, , which surpasses the nearby Daniel Libeskind designed DAM extension as the finest museum building in Denver
  • Golden Triangle Galleries - the area around the DAM fits neatly into a triangle bounded by Colfax, Speer and Broadway, and there are several fine galleries within easy walking distance of the DAM including Goodwin Fine Art, Walker Fine Art, Sandra Phillips Gallery and William Havu Gallery
  • The Kirkland Museum - Denver artist Vance Kirkland’s work runs the gamut from landscape to surrealism to Op Art, and while the Kirkland Museum highlights the artist’s vast output, it is also home to a broad cross-section of historical Colorado artists from the last century to present, as well as an outstanding collection of 20th century design
  • RedLine - Hosting an excellent year round slate of contemporary exhibitions in addition to dozens of artist studios, RedLine is perhaps Denver’s most important artist residency program with alumni populating local galleries and arts institutions
  • River North aka RiNo - North of RedLine is the RiNo neighborhood, an old warehouse district that while fast becoming a hotspot for new bars and restaurants (including a purveyor of fine Kombucha), is also the longtime home of several excellent gallery and co-op spaces including the co-located Rule and Hinterland spaces, Ironton, the Dry Ice Factory and the Pattern Shop Studio. Be sure to check out The Source as well, a converted warehouse that is home to Svper Ordinary Gallery and several fine dining and drinking spots
  • LoDo - Take in a bit of Denver’s history in the Lower Downtown (LoDo) neighborhood which is home to the recently restored Union Station and Coors Field, as well as 2 of Denver’s top galleries, Robischon and David B. Smith and the must see Museum of Contemporary Art Denver designed by David Adjaye
  • Lower Broadway - south of the DAM on lower Broadway you’ll find several excellent restaurants in addition to a hipsters paradise of bars, coffee shops, boutiques, and one of Denver’s most ambitious contemporary art spaces Gildar Gallery; head another mile south to “Broadsterdam,” the area of Broadway south of Mississippi St., home to a wealth of antique stores and the world’s most concentrated strip of legal pot shops
  • Co-ops - Denver’s co-op gallery scene--artist run exhibition spaces fueled by a broad spectrum of full and part time participants--spans the Santa Fe Arts District (Santa Fe Drive between 6th and 10th Avenues) and the Navajo Arts District (37th and Navajo west of LoDo); while First Friday festivities are the Santa Fe District’s claim to fame, the Navajo District is hopping most every Friday night and is home to one of Denver’s oldest and most prestigious co-ops Pirate Contemporary Art as well as Edge, Next and Zip 37 galleries
Ken Hamel is the director of DenverArts.org, a local organization supporting the visual arts in Denver. Be sure to check out DenverArts.org for the latest arts events in and around Denver.

Clyfford Still Museum
1250 Bannock Street
Denver, CO

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
1311 Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80203
Tue-Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 11-5

The Sandra Phillips Gallery
420 West 12th Ave. (12th & Elati)
Denver, CO 80204
Tue - Sat: 12:30 - 5:00 PM

Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204

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

Rule Gallery
3254 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205

3254 Walnut St.
Denver CO, 80205

Ironton Studios and Gallery
3636 Chestnut Place
Denver, CO 80216
Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Pattern Shop Studio
3349 Blake St

Denver, CO 80205

SVPER ORDINARY Gallery + Retail Space
at The Source Marketplace
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80205

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

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202

Gildar Gallery
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed-Sat: 12-6pm or by appointment

Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204

Pirate: Contemporary Art
3655 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM


Liz Hickok RiNo Mural

Large-scale Liz Hickok mural brings new life to vacant RiNo building

  • On view at 3357 Downing Street in Denver
  • Liz Hickok’s photographs and time-lapse videos are on view through April 4th 2015 at Michael Warren Contemporary (MWC)
photo courtesy of Michael Warren Contemporary

(from the press release)

A large, captivating photomural by artist Liz Hickok has been installed on the windows of a vacant RiNo building at Downing and 34th streets. The image, entitled Preternatural, is part of a new body of work from the San Francisco artist, who used a liquid crystal solution to create miniature worlds where both natural and urban environments were overgrown by strange formations. She then photographed these formations, magnifying them to accentuate their crystal structure and vibrant detail.

While Hickok was preparing for an exhibition at Michael Warren Contemporary (MWC), in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, she began planning how she might execute a long-standing goal: to insert her otherworldly imagery into large-scale public settings. The fact that her show was to coincide with Month of Photography Denver provided the ideal setting. “With this piece, I hope people imagine something magical and surreal is going on inside the building – that my imagery enhances the cityscape and becomes a part of the neighborhood,” says Hickok.

Working with Mark Sink, founder of Month of Photography Denver and The Big Picture program, Hickok mocked-up examples of how her work might look on large exterior building walls. This innovation appealed to Jorgen Jensen and Amy Harmon of Urban Market Partners (UMP), who jumped at the opportunity to let Hickok use one of UMP’s properties for her newest creation. The collaboration, which also included Gary Reed, of Reed Art and Imaging, realizes a hope that art can reach neighborhoods and populations that might otherwise be overlooked.

Liz Hickok’s mural will be on view for an extended period of time at 3357 Downing Street in Denver. Liz Hickok’s photographs and time-lapse videos of her crystal formations are on view through April 4th at MWC.

Michael Warren Contemporary is located in the heart of the Art District at 760 Santa Fe Drive. The gallery presents contemporary artwork with emphasis on materials and process. Additionally, MWC showcases artwork from the van Straaten Gallery and Riverhouse Editions, consigned collections of fine art prints.

Reed Art & Imaging provides photography and digital art printing services. Established in 1976, Reed Art & Imaging is committed to the highest standards of professional quality and service in conventional photo film processing / film developing and photography, as well as, state-of-the-art digital imaging, giclée printing and photo printing technologies.

Urban Market Partners is a full service real estate group building partnerships to implement progressive development projects. UMP’s portfolio is specific to the Urban Planning, cultural and market development initiatives in Denver's Urban Core.


Denver's Month of Photography 2015

Month of Photography: March 2015

A Month Long Celebration of Photography

Various Locations Throughout the Metro Denver Area

Details: http://www.mopdenver.com

Month of Photography Denver Curator Mark Sink - photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org



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