Local and Regional Art News Including Events, Call For Entries and National News of Local Interest

CPAC's Hal Gould Award Dinner & Auction

CPAC's Hal Gould Award Dinner & Auction, Honoring Eric Paddock

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6 PM

Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club, 1330 27th St, Denver

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Hal Gould, Brief Encounter: Self-Portrait with Joan (1959)

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC) is pleased to present its 4th annual Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award to Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography at the Denver Art Museum. An award dinner, live and silent auction will be held on May 18th, 2016, at Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club in Denver (6 PM). Auction items will include artwork, exclusive experiences, getaways, and more. Tickets ($150+) and details at www.cpacphoto.org/HalGould2016. Proceeds will support CPAC’s mission to foster the understanding and appreciation of excellent photography through education, exhibitions, and community outreach.

 

Call for Entries: 2016 Mask Project

Call for Entries: 2016 Mask Project, A benefit for The Denver Hospice

Entries due by Friday May 20, 2016 at 5pm

Entry Fee: Just your time to paint a mask

  • To become one of our artists of a painted mask to be auctioned off this September, please register at http://www.themaskproject.org and click on Create A Mask button
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The Denver Hospice produces The Mask Project – a gallery of handcrafted clay masks by renowned artists, celebrities, sports figures, heroes and community leaders.

Through the online auction of hundreds of masks and generous community sponsorships, this biennial community event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for end-of-life care throughout the Denver area.

More than 1 million visitors to the Cherry Creek Shopping Center viewed The Mask Project. The online auction of masks generated hundreds of thousands of hits on The Mask Project website http://www.themaskproject.org where bidding gets fierce – especially during the final days.

Since its founding in 1998, The Mask Project has captured national attention and raised nearly $4.5 million for end-of-life care.

 

Call For Entry: Plein Air Artists Colorado 2016 Exhibition

Call For Entry: Plein Air Artists Colorado 20th Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition and Sale

Deadline to submit entries: Sunday May 15, 2016 at CaFÉ (http://www.CallForEntry.org)

Exhibition runs September 1 - 30, 2016

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Don’t miss this opportunity to exhibit works at Mary Williams Fine Arts, Boulder’s premier art gallery, and to be part of PAAC’s 20th Annual National Exhibition

AWARDS: Last year over $20,000 in prizes (cash and merchandise) were awarded

JUROR OF AWARDS: Jeff Legg, PAAC Master Signature Member http://www.jefflegg.com

ELIGIBILITY: 
  • Open to all current PAAC Members working in two dimensional media, excluding photography, mixed media, fiber and digital media
  • Membership information: http://www.pleinairartistscolorado.com
  • Only original paintings completed “en plein air” in 2014, 2015 and until the deadline in 2016 are eligible
  • Works that have been exhibited in previous PAAC shows are not eligible for entry
  • No studio paintings
  • Still life paintings will not be accepted unless clearly completed outdoors
Mary Williams Fine Arts
5311 Western Avenue, Suite 112
Boulder, CO 80301

 

Call for Entry: Drawing Never Dies at RedLine

Call for Entry: Drawing Never Dies at RedLine

Entries due by Saturday May 14th 2016

Show runs July 8 - August 5, 2016

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Donald Fodness

Perhaps the oldest and most basic art act, drawing remains relevant despite significant changes in technology and the nature of art. The definition of drawing is blurry and often serves as a basis for study in most every other medium. Drawing is rarely is given the same attention as other disciplines within visual art, but is regularly a root for other artistic practices, as well as being a valid realm on its own.

Drawing Never Dies will survey the range of drawing taking place today. Approaches may span from minimal to maximal, meticulous to messy, monumental to miniature. From commonplace and traditional materials such as graphite and pens on paper, to drawing on the surface of the earth, to artists working with technology such as 3d pen drawings in space or forms intended for experience on the screen; we are interested in a broad/expansive survey of drawing now. We invite artists who consider their work from the vantage of drawing to submit to this juried exhibition.

Drawing Never Dies is open to all artists over the age of 18 working in any 2D, 3D, or new media. Artists are encouraged to submit their best work.

Guest Jurors: RedLine is pleased to announce Donald Fodness (artist & curator) and Daisy McGowan (Director & Chief Curator of Gallery of Contemporary Art, Colorado Springs) will serve as co-curators for RedLine's annual juried exhibition in the main exhibition hall.

RedLine
2350 Arapahoe St.
Denver, CO 80205
303.296.4448
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat/Sun: 11am-5pm
http://www.redlineart.org

 

MCA Denver's Failure Lab Teen Internship Program

MCA Denver's Failure Lab Teen Internship Program

Complete the online application by Monday, May 9, 2016 at 11PM

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Failure Lab (FLAB) is a school year-long leadership program for twelve high school teens. Teens work with professional artists to create projects and installations, learn the behind-the-scenes of MCA Denver, organize dynamic events for teens in the city, and learn about contemporary art.

All high school students in metro Denver are eligible. Applicants should be imaginative, team-oriented, dedicated, and interested in contemporary art. You do not need to make art yourself.

FLAB starts in September and runs through May. FLAB meets every Wednesday from 4-6PM at MCA Denver. The program requires a one school-year commitment.

Applicants (who submit all required application materials) must attend Applicant Day. Second round interviews will occur in late June/early July. Final selection of new teen interns will be announced by the end of July.

QUESTIONS?

Visit: http://mcadenver.org/failurelab.php
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202
303.298.7554
http://mcadenver.org

 

2016 Community Supported Art Colorado

2016 Community Supported Art Colorado

Spring Distribution: Denver Botanic Gardens, Thursday June 16th from 5:30-7:30pm

Fall Distribution: BMoCA, Thursday October 20th from 5:30 – 7:30pm

  • 2016 CSArt Artists: Pattie Lee Becker, Nanci Erskine, Michelle Fisher, Jordan Knecht, Irene McCray, Julie Puma, Mariana Vieira, Ashely Williams, Kate Woodliff, Mario Zoots
  • http://csartcolorado.org
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Modeled closely on the buy-direct, buy-local spirit of Community Supported Agriculture, Community Supported Art Colorado (CSArt Colorado) is a collaboration between Denver Botanic Gardens and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. CSArt Colorado offers art lovers the opportunity to own a specially curated group of artworks from local and regional artists.

CSArt Shareholders subscribe each season to receive 10 works of art from a limited collection of original artworks. The artworks are collected by the shareholder at distribution events twice a year where they enjoy food and drink, and have a chance to meet the artists. The works created especially for the season are revealed at each event. Past artworks have included wooden sculpture, encaustic, paintings, photographic prints, and sterling silver spoons.

Becoming a shareholder is a simple way to own a collection of original artwork while supporting your creative community.

Choose a 2016 share and enjoy collecting in person and meeting the artists in person.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206
720.865.3500
http://botanicgardens.org


Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.443.2122
http://bmoca.org

 

Family Saturday Workshops at the Dikeou Collection

Family Saturday Workshops at the Dikeou Collection

Every first Saturday, April - September, 2016

The Dikeou Collection is excited to announce the 2016 Family Saturday Workshop program that will begin on Saturday April 9 from 12-4pm at the Dikeou Collection, 1615 California St, Suite 515. All of the workshops are free to attend, and materials as well as light refreshments will be provided.

Since 2013, the Dikeou Collection has given people of all ages the opportunity to learn more about contemporary art by experimenting with new creative processes through the Family Saturday Workshop program. Each workshop is inspired by the materials, methods, and concepts used by the artists represented in the Dikeou Collection, and includes a tutorial and presentation of the artwork highlighted that month.

The following is a schedule and summary of the workshops that will be offered this April through September 2016:
  • Saturday, April 9: Margaret Lee Monument Construction Workshop at the Dikeou Collection, 12-4pm
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Margaret Lee, Think About Tomorrow or Don't, 2007, wood, watercolor, paper.

Margaret Lee's installation Think About Tomorrow or Don't is a scaled-down, wood monument inspired by the Wright Brothers monument from Kitty Hawk, North Carolina commemorating the first sustained flight of Oliver and Wilbur Wright in 1903.

Participants are invited to create a wood replica of their favorite monument, or invent one of their own using small pieces of wood, glue, and paint, and also think about who or what the monument is for and what it means to them. This workshop will take about 1.5 hours to complete.
  • Saturday, May 7: Joshua Abelow Pattern and Color Theory Workshop at the Dikeou Collection, 12-4pm
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Joshua Abelow, Call Me Abstract, 2013, oil on burlap.

A balance of geometry, color, and symbols characterizes Joshua Abelow's abstract paintings. Abelow says, "My work is a kind of abstract, autobiographical storytelling. I use text, figuration, and geometric abstraction to piece together different narratives that are interconnected." His series of small paintings on canvas titled Call Me Abstract depicts his phone number painted in a repetitive pattern over a brown and yellow geometric background.

For this workshop, participants will create their own mini-series of works on paper inspired by Abelow's use of color, pattern, and symbols. The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the color wheel to gain familiarity with basic color theory and how color can be used to affect pattern and shape in surprising ways. Colored paper will be used to create a geometric patterned background for the series with common designs/symbols like numbers, letters, and other simple motifs, used for their visual not literal value, painted on top. This process is repeated to create three more works on paper using different color or pattern schemes.

  • Saturday, June 4: Paul Ramirez Jonas Music/Sound Art Workshop at the Dikeou Collection, 12-4pm
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Paul Ramirez Jonas, Pause/Play, 2000, and His Truth Goes Marching On, 1993.

Paul Ramirez Jonas used everyday objects like coffee cans and water bottles to create the instruments in his Pause/Play and His Truth Goes Marching On musical artworks. In His Truth Goes Marching On Ramirez Jonas filled each bottle with a different amount of water to create different tones of sound. With Pause/Play an air pressurized hose signals the various instruments to play.

Participants in this workshop will create their own musical instrument with materials that can be found around the home like bottles, nutshells, combs and cups to create alternative ways of making, playing and listening to music.
  • Saturday, July 2: Chris Johanson Paper Mache Workshop Dikeou Collection, 12-4pm
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Chris Johanson, mountain/fortress, 2001, paper, acrylic paint, wood, and glue dimensions variable.

Chris Johanson's work mountain/fortress invites the audience to think about how scale and material influence what certain objects represent. Using a fortune cookie-like quote inscribed on the side of a miniature mountain, Johanson questions what is solid, utilitarian or even useable if the scale is offset.

In this workshop, participants will create their own miniature-sized mountains and fortresses. A model made out of wire provides the foundation for the models, which will then be layered with paper mache and painted.

  • Saturday, August 6: Chris Gilmour Cardboard Construction Workshop at the Dikeou Collection, 12-4pm  
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Chris Gilmour, Ford, 2006, cardboard and glue.

Artist Chris Gilmour transforms cardboard into amazing objects like cars, pianos, cameras, and even people and cities. In his 2006 work entitled Ford, Gilmour contrasts the macho, hyper-masculine design of sturdy American-built cars, to a utilitarian, easily accessible material like cardboard.

Participants will utilize cardboard scraps to create something unexpected with this ordinary material.

  • Saturday, September 3: Vik Muniz Non-Traditional Masterpiece Workshop at the Dikeou Collection, 12-4pm
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Vik Muniz, Milan (Last Supper), cibachrome, 3 panels.

Vik Muniz's Milan (Last Supper), is an enlarged photograph of a recognizable scene from art history which he has carefully drawn with chocolate. After photographing his masterpiece, he licks his "plate" clean creating space for the next creation.

Participants are given a choice of famous masterworks to replicate and can do so in a variety of methods that Vik has utilized. Colored sand, hole punch circles, shredded magazines and newspaper, small craft gems, puzzle pieces, and cloth, are applied to a famous masterpiece line drawing. There will be the option to mount the creation on chipboard or take a photograph of the piece, like Vik did with his chocolate painting.

ABOUT THE DIKEOU COLLECTION

The Dikeou Collection is a Contemporary Art Collection in Downtown Denver that was established in 1998 by siblings, Devon Dikeou and Pany Dikeou. Operating as an extension of New York publication, zingmagazine, the Dikeou Collection features work of approximately 30 international artists. Devon Dikeou is an artist herself, the founder, editor, and publisher of zingmagazine, as well as a collector. Her interest in the platform of exchange between collector, artist, viewing context-museum, collection, gallery, magazine, and viewer engendered her artistic practice, zingmagazine, and the formation of the Dikeou Collection.

The Dikeou Collection
1615 California St, Suite 515
Denver, CO 80202

 

Belmar Block 7 First Friday Art Walk

Belmar Block 7 First Friday Gallery Art Walk

Every First Friday from 6-9pm at Belmar's Block 7 Arts

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Block 7 Arts is conveniently located just south east of Alameda & Wadsworth at 445 S Saulsbury St in Lakewood's Belmar Shopping District. There is free parking in the garage with entrances on both the north and south end of the block as well as paid parking on the street.

 

2nd Annual Littleton Plein Air Paintout

2nd Annual Littleton Plein Air Paintout

Depot Art Gallery

June 2 and 3, 2016

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This year the event has expanded to two days of painting in the Littleton area with the resulting creations on display (and sale) at the Depot June 3 through 12. The Paintout is open to all plein air painters, working in any media.

Juror Carl Judson, author of “A Guerrilla Painter’s Notebook” will award cash prizes on Friday, June 2, at 6:00 at the Paintout Dinner. Registration includes dinner and a T-shirt.

The Depot Art Gallery is located at 2069 West Powers Ave in Littleton. For Paintout information beyond what is on the website, contact Paul Nutting at 720-982-7269.

 

Untitled 2016 at the Denver Art Museum

Untitled 2016 at the Denver Art Museum

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(left) Buntport Theater leads a detour at Untitled: Second Life
(right) Visitors get creative at Untitled: Chain Reaction

On the final Friday of the month, January through October, from 6 to 10 p.m., the Denver Art Museum (DAM) offers a unique after-hours museum experience with unconventional art encounters, new insight into the DAM collections, artmaking activities, a cash bar and more. At each mixed-media Untitled Final Friday event, the museum highlights a specific theme with exhibition and collection inspired activities and community collaborations. 

“Untitled Final Fridays are created hand-in-hand with members of Denver’s creative community,” said Jaime Kopke, manager of adult programs. “The program serves as a platform for artists to share their work, be inspired by the museum and activate our collections. Untitled events are designed for individuals looking for an offbeat art experience. It’s a place where people interested in arts and culture can be part of Denver’s active creative ecosystem together.”

During Untitled, visitors are encouraged to curate their own night by choosing from the full menu of activities ranging from hands-on projects and tours with a twist to unexpected performances and expert chats.

Each year, the DAM hosts Meet Here for discussion and brainstorming with community creatives of all disciplines—including musicians, chefs, dancers and crafters. Their feedback and ideas help develop the upcoming season’s programs.

A preview of the 2016 Untitled Final Fridays season line up follows:

Untitled: Family Matters
Jan. 29, 6–10 p.m.
The Untitled season kicks off with a look at traditions, skills and stories passed down through the generations.

Untitled: Homegrown
Feb. 26, 6–10 p.m.
Find out why there’s no place like home as you dig into Denver and traverse the local landscape.

Untitled: Risky Business
March 25, 6–10 p.m.
Throw caution to the wind and dive into dicey situations and downright dangerous occupations.

Untitled: Show Down
April 29, 6–10 p.m.
Suit up for a Samurai spectacular with a night of face-offs, heroic tales and victorious orchestrations.

Untitled: Rising Sun
May 27, 6–10 p.m.
Celebrate Japanese culture past and present in a creative extravaganza produced by Andrew Novick.

Untitled: Power House
June 24, 6–10 p.m.
Be part of the action with a focus on female artists and architectural interventions.

Untitled: In-Sync
July 29, 6–10 p.m.
Gather your crew and band together for a night of synchronized moves and creative collaborations.

Untitled: Center Stage
Aug. 26, 6–10 p.m.
Soak up the spotlight and strut your stuff with dance-offs, divas and artistic showstoppers.

Untitled: Stop Motion
Sept. 30, 6–10 p.m.
Untitled winds down with a final look at dance, photography and artworks expressing time.

Untitled: Glory Days
Oct. 28, 6–10 p.m.
Roll back the clock to the glory of the Renaissance and be part of a creative-in-residence mega-reunion.

Untitled Final Fridays Vocabulary: A quick look at events that occur at Untitled.

Detour: Non-art experts lead tours through the DAM’s collections from their point of expertise. Past examples include geologists, comedians, historians and fashion designers.
Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme: At each Untitled Final Friday event, visitors can watch Buntport Theater perform their sitcom Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme based on a painting found in the modern and contemporary art collection.

MakeARTtalk: An ongoing series where local creatives produce a new work inspired by the museum collections, exhibitions or the space itself. MakeARTtalk participants share their ideas with the audience while discussing their inspiration, process, successes and failures, as well as the final work.

Off the Record: DAM staff dish on behind-the-scenes stories about the collections.

Untitled Final Friday events are included in general museum admission and are free for DAM members. Students presenting a valid ID receive 2-for-1 admission when tickets are purchased on-site. Youth 18 and under receive free general admission.

Untitled is presented by your 6 Hometown Toyota Stores and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering is provided by Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org

Denver Art Museum
100 W 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80204
720.865.5000

http://www.denverartmuseum.org

 

18th Annual Art on the Streets in Colorado Springs

Colorado Artist and Curator Collin Parson selected to lead jury for 18th Annual Art on the Streets in Colorado Springs

  • Parson will be joined by Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Curator Joy Armstrong
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Collin Parson and Joy Armstrong

Art on the Streets celebrates the power of art in public places, while turning the streets of downtown Colorado Springs into a yearlong outdoor sculpture gallery.

Artists are chosen for inclusion through a jury process in which artistic quality serves as the primary criteria. Selected artwork will be exhibited June 2016 through May 2017 throughout the 40-square-block downtown district, with the majority of works clustered in the busiest 10 to 15 block core.

Artist and Curator Collin Parson has been selected as the Lead Juror for the 2016-2017 exhibit. A Colorado native, Parson serves as the Exhibition Manager and Chief Curator for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities in Arvada, Colorado. An arts administrator, artist, curator, and designer, Parson received his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology with emphasis in Lighting and Scene Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his Master in Arts in Visual Culture and Arts Administration from Regis University in Denver.

His creative work involves the control of light and color to create vivid geometric light and space works. Parson is a former member at the historic Pirate: Contemporary Art cooperative, is represented by Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver, and is an artist-in-residence at Red Line Denver. He has had the privilege of jurying many arts festivals and exhibitions and has received many awards and recognition for his curatorial projects including Unbound: Sculpture in the Field (2014) which received a "top exhibition of the year in the Denver area" in art ltd. magazine.

He was awarded as one of "100 Colorado Creatives" by Denver’s Westword in 2013, and was featured in Colorado Homes and Lifestyle magazine. Parson is the son of Colorado sculptor Charles Parson, whose experience with the region's arts community help Collin long before his professional career began, and he is proud to be continuing his family’s educational and creative traditions.

Parson will be joined by Joy Armstrong, Curator at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. During her tenure at the FAC, she has had the pleasure of collaborating on over 40 shows, featuring local/regional and national/international artists from the permanent collection as well as major temporary exhibitions. She was nominated for the Pikes Peak Arts Council “Excellence in Curatorship” award for her work on Katja Loher’s Miniverse, and won “Excellence in Curatorship” and “Creative, Intriguing, Astonishing” PPAC awards for Pamela Joseph’s Sideshow of the Absurd.

Most recently, she curated El Mac: Aerosol Exalted and collaborated with Museum Director Blake Milteer on Springs Surreal and Collections Surréaliste. Armstrong has coordinated many special events for the FAC, and has served on multiple juries and as guest curator for other regional institutions such as the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. Armstrong holds a Master of Arts degree in Art History from Kent State University, where she specialized in contemporary art and body art, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Communications from the University of Denver.

Previously, she has worked as the Assistant Director of Galleries for the Kent State University School of Art, the Director of the Eells Gallery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and as the Senior Exhibition Technician for the Akron Art Museum. Locally, she has been deeply involved with some of the region’s most dynamic non-profit institutions, including GOCA, Harley’s Hope Foundation, Imagination Celebration, and NEDA.

Art on the Streets is managed as a program of Downtown Colorado Springs, through Downtown Ventures, Inc. The program is presented by Founding Sponsor U.S. Bank, with additional support from generous corporate and individual donors.

18th Annual Art On The Streets Call For Artists Now Available

Visual artists are invited to apply for inclusion in the 18th annual Art on the Streets juried sculpture exhibition. The deadline for artists to apply is Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Selected artists each receive a $1,250 honorarium. In addition, artists are eligible for a $10,000 Juror Award and a $1,000 People’s Choice Award. Applications are now available online at https://www.callforentry.org. More information about the program and the application can be found at http://www.downtowncs.com/aots.

 

MCA Free Memberships For Colorado Artists

Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver Announces Free Memberships For Colorado Artists

To register for an artist membership, or to learn more, visit: http://mcadenver.org/imanartist.php
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MCA Denver is pleased to announce the I’m an Artist membership, a new program providing free museum membership for working artists residing in Colorado. This new membership level is the first in a series of initiatives and programs aiming to enrich Denver’s future by ensuring that artists and creatives are integral to its growth and success.

“MCA Denver is committed to being custodians of Denver’s creative future, by ensuring that Denver’s prosperity integrates the crucial creative elements that lend character and diversity to the city, promote innovative thinking, and attract even more creative talent,” said Adam Lerner, Director and Chief Animator at MCA Denver. "Free admission for artists is the first step we are taking towards the goal of adding color and texture to Denver's current and future success.”

MCA Denver is excited to be the first museum in Colorado to secure funding (for three years) to underwrite 1000 memberships, to be used exclusively by working artists. Beginning on November 19, Colorado-based artists can register for memberships through MCA Denver’s website (mcadenver.org/imanartist.php).

“Colorado artists have always been a crucial part of our program, and this initiative takes our support one step further. It puts a little more wind in the sails of the many creative individuals who add vitality to the life of the city, regardless of their career stature.” said Lerner.

To celebrate the new I’m an Artist membership, MCA Denver will be hosting a launch party on November 19, 2015 from 7-9PM. The party will coincide with the reopening of the Open Shelf Library, featuring work from twenty-three artists. The party will feature live screen printing of the artist membership cards, a vintage pinball tournament hosted by Marc Hughes, tunes from DJ Mike Giant, and drink specials in the MCA Cafe + Bar. Admissions to the event is one cent and open to the public.

This program is one of a series of initiatives and new programs that the museum will roll out over the next three years, in an effort to enrich Denver’s future by ensuring that artists and creatives are integral to its growth and success.

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
1485 Delgany
Denver, CO 80202
303.298.7554
http://mcadenver.org

 

Saw Artist Studios Open House in Carbondale

S.A.W. Artist Studios Open House

Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 3-8pm

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  • 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?")
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Studio For Arts And Works
525 Buggy Circle
Carbondale, Co 81623
http://sawcarbondale.com



4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour

The 4th Annual Gilpin Art Studio Tour

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

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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.

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

303.893.0791
http://www.platteforum.org

 

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RMCAD Public Art at Republic Plaza

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

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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
303.806.0444
Tue-Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
http://www.moaonline.org

 

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
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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

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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
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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

BRILLIANT

GOCA121 (Downtown Colorado Springs)

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


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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.

PERFORMANCE ARTISTS
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

INSTALLATION ARTISTS
Matt Barton
Aaron Smith

CRAFT SPIRITS + COCKTAIL ARTISTS
Distillery 291
Axe and the Oak Distillery
Lee Spirits Co.
The Principal's Office
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LIVE(LY) AUCTION

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

DINNER + COCKTAIL MENU
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

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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.

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Judy Anderson Announces Her Retirement form PlatteForum

Judy Anderson Announces Her Retirement form PlatteForum

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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.”

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

303.893.0791
http://www.platteforum.org

 

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