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Call for Entries: Farm-to-Table at 40 West Arts

Call for Entries: Farm-to-Table: Things That Grow on Vines Exhibition

Sponsored by 40 West Arts

Entry Deadline: Saturday September 19th, 2015

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Join us for our 4th Annual Denver Arts Week Exhibition, Farm-to-Table Art Banquet: Things that Grow on Vines Exhibition. From pumpkins to grapes to green beans, the vine is defined as any plant that has a long, slender stem that trails or creeps. Apply your creative lens to the idea of plants and food (or other) that climb, twine, and cling. Entries open to all media.

This exhibition will open late October, and will also be included in the metro-wide Denver Arts Week and its print and web inclusions. The show will run for four consecutive weekends along with weekday afternoon gallery hours, and include two receptions. The event will be promoted to thousands of people through the 40 West Arts social media networks and area newsletters as well through artists and participating partners in the event. The media exposure for this event will be strong, and similar to past 40 West events. In addition, the featured artists will be listed on the 40W website event page, with a link to their own web site.

More info: http://www.40westarts.org/uploads/40W_Farm_to_Table_Things_that_Grow_on_vines_CALL_FOR_ENTRIES_v5.0.pdf

40 West Arts Gallery
1560 Teller St
Lakewood, CO 80214 Tue-Sat: 1-4pm
http://www.40westarts.org

 

Zine Swap at Abecedarian Gallery

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Saturday August 8, 2015 from 4-8pm

Free and open to the public; all ages welcome

  • If you have Zines to donate to Denver Public Library or University of Denver, or swap with others, come by any time during the above hours
  • If you wish to donate Zines but are unable to come on August 8, contact Lauren (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for details on how to donate your Zine
Abecedarian Gallery is pleased to be working with University of Denver, Penrose Library Special Collections and Denver Public Library, Douglass Collection of Fine Printing and Binding in developing a project that will provide long-term stewardship for a variety of Zines.

This project, launched in summer 2015, is actively soliciting donations of Zines from contemporary creatives that will be placed in the above mentioned institutions.

What's a Zine?

According to Merriam-Webster a Zine is a noncommercial, often homemade or online publication, usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter.

Here's what Wikipedia has to say: A zine (/ˈziːn/ ZEEN; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or fewer, although in practice the majority are produced in editions of fewer than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. They are informed by anarchopunk and DIY ethos.

Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text (an example being the hardcore punk zine Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, poetry, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single-topic obsession, or sexual content far outside of the mainstream enough to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by revenue from sale of zines.

Small circulation zines are often not explicitly copyrighted and there is a strong belief among many zine creators that the material within should be freely distributed. In recent years a number of photocopied zines have risen to prominence or professional status and have found wide bookstore and online distribution.

Denver has a Zine Library, why donate Zines to other Denver libraries?

Both Denver Public Library and University of Denver provide environmentally stable, longterm care and storage of Zines. The individual Zine details will be accessible for online research (primarily via Worldcat). The Zines will also be available for onsite viewing and study at either of the institutions. This will offer a very different experience than the drop-in and browse store-front or pop-up exhibits of the Denver Zine Library.

Abecedarian Gallery
910 Santa Fe, Unit #101 (just south of Swift's diner)
Denver, CO 80204
303.340.2110
Thu-Fri: 1:00-6:00 pm
Sat: 12:00-4:00 pm
http://www.abecedariangallery.com

 

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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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

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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
  • Questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 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
720.898.7255
http://arvadacenter.org

 

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
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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.

 

Call for Artists: Art on Loan Program for Colorado's US Senators

cagCall for Artists: Art on Loan program for Senator Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner's Washington D.C. offices

Sponsored by the Colorado Artists Guild

Open to Colorado Artists Only

  • Submission deadline: Monday, August 31, 2015
Welcome to the fifth year of the Art on Loan program for Senator Michael Bennet’s Washington D.C. office, coordinated by the Colorado Artists Guild. Beginning with this year’s submission, we have now been asked to expand this art on loan program to include Senator Cory Gardner’s office as well.

Senator Bennet and his staff are looking for 12 to 15 pieces of 2D artwork and possibly 2 or 3 sculptural pieces. Because the Senator’s office and conference rooms have 25 ft ceilings, they would like large pieces of artwork with a minimum height of 36 inches (including frame).  As for style, they continue to be open to all submissions.

Senator Gardner and his staff are looking for a mix of sizes.  Like Senator Bennet’s office, they have a few rooms with 25ft ceilings, but they also have other rooms that are smaller, so could use a few pieces of artwork in the 18” to 24” size range.  The style they are looking for is a little more specific.  Senator Gardner enjoys artwork that is more historic, and because he is from the eastern plains he would like see artwork that represents that part of the state as well.

Loan term: 1 to 2 years
Shipping will be paid for by the Senator’s office
Artwork will be insured

Submission Details:
  • Maximum of 2 images per person
  • Image size: 72 DPI and no larger than 1920 Pixels on the long side
  • Image should be labeled as: last name_Title.jpg
  • Email images to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Submission deadline: Monday, August 31, 2015
In your email response, please provide;
  • First Name, Last Name
  • Address, City, State, Zip
  • Contact phone number
  • Email address
  • Title of artwork
  • Size of artwork (if framed, include frame in measurements)
  • Medium
  • State if the artwork is framed or gallery wrapped
  • Price of artwork
  • Your preference for the loan term, 1 or 2 years
  • Senator preference for submission, either Senator Bennet, Senator Gardner or both
Schedule (all dates past submission deadline are subject to change)
  • Submission deadline: Monday, August 31, 2015
  • Image consolidation and submission to Senator Bennet’s office: Friday, September 11, 2015
  • The Senators and there staff with select the artwork over the next 15 to 20 days.
  • Artist selection and notification approximately Friday, October 9, 2015
  • Shipment to the Senator’s Office by Friday, October 30, 2015
Fred Lunger
Colorado Artists Guild
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
http://www.coloradoartistsguild.org

 

2015 Denver Modernism Show Art Gallery: Call for Entries

Denver Modernism Show Art Gallery: Call for Entries

Juror: Dana Cain, Art Collector and Denver Modernism Show Owner/Operator

$200 Best in Show Award

  • Sept. 1 - Deadline for submissions
  • Sept. 4 - Notify artists of acceptance status
  • Sept. 10 - Accepted artists deliver work to National Western Complex Expo Hall, 2-6 pm
  • Sept. 11 - Opening Night. Accepted Artist plus one guest admitted to Preview Party, 6-10pm
  • Sept. 13- Closing Date: Artists must pick up work at National Western Complex Expo Hall, 4-6 pm

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To enter, visit the online entry and payment page at https://danacain.webconnex.com/modart2015

 

Call for Proposals: Fort Collins Gardens on Spring Creek

Fort Collins Gardens on Spring Creek Great Lawn Project (Design Phase)

The deadline for submissions is Monday August 10th, 2015

More information: Art in Public Places: http://www.fcgov.com/artspublic/current-competitions.php
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The City of Fort Collins, Colorado, Art in Public Places Program is seeking an artist/team to collaborate with the Project Team and develop site-specific artworks for the new Great Lawn Project at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The project team would like the art to engage the community and have an educational message. This project is open to artists within a 100 mile radius of the City of Fort Collins. The Gardens on Spring Creek community botanical gardens in Fort Collins are situated on an 18-acre site along the Spring Creek corridor.

The Gardens welcome visitors with inspiring displays of plants suited to the Front Range growing conditions. The first garden, The Children's Garden, opened in 2006 and was followed by the Garden of Eatin' and Wetland Demonstration Site in 2009, and the Rock Garden in 2010. Funds are currently being raised for future gardens: The Great Lawn, The Undaunted Garden, and two naturalistic gardens—the Prairie Garden and Foothills Garden.

 

2015 CSArt Colorado Call for Entry

Season 4 CSArt Colorado Call for Entry

Call closes Saturday August 8, 2015 at 11:59pm

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Be a part of Season 4! Join Denver Botanic Gardens and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art for another year of Community Supported Art.

A few things to know:
  • $20 fee for entry
  • Open to Colorado residents only
  • If accepted, artists receive a $1,000 honorarium
  • Call closes August 8, 11:59:59 p.m. MST
  • Entries accepted through CAFÉ (callforentry.org) portal only
  • Artists will be notified late summer 2015
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 between the Crop or Harvest share, each offering a different mix of artists — or buy them both!

 

2015 Biennial of the Americas

2015 Biennial of the Americas

Now? NOW! (Main Art Exhibition at the MCA Denver)

Vis-à-Vis: Biennial Ambassadors Residency Exhibition (at the McNichols Building)

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The Biennial of the Americas connects business, art, culture and civic leaders from throughout the Americas by building lasting relationships, addressing shared issues and inspiring action. Beginning July 14 with opening week events, and continuing through August 30, 2015, the Biennial of the Americas will feature groundbreaking art installations, engaging conversations and live performances that celebrate our shared cultural heritage and rich connection to the world around us.

 

Help the DPL Design a New Library Card

Help the Denver Public Library Design a New Library Card

Deadline for entries is August 15, 2015

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When you think of Denver, what image comes to mind? How about when you think of the Denver Public Library? Break out your creativity and help us design a new Denver Public Library card!

We are seeking original artwork or photography that we can use on one of several new cards issued at the Denver Public Library this fall. Our panel of judges will look for original, creative and interesting artwork that reflects the spirit of Denver and the work we do at the Denver Public Library.

Some general guidelines:
  • Rectangular artwork is best
  • Please no photos of people (in the distance is okay)
  • Do not include any copyrighted material
  • Winners will be announced in late August.
Non-digital, non-computer-generated art (painting, photo or collage to name a few; color or B&W) may be dropped off at any Denver Public Library location. Include the completed paper form (PDF) for in person drop off.  

Denver Public Library, Central Branch 
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80204
Mon and Tues: 10am - 8pm
Wed to Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 9:00am – 5pm
Sun: 1-5pm
http://denverlibrary.org

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

 

Read more: Brilliant at GOCA121

MCA Denver: Mixed Taste 2015 at the Holiday Event Center

Mixed Taste 2015

MCA Denver at the Holiday Event Center (2644 W. 32nd Avenue)

Every other Thursday, June 11 through August 20, 2015

  • 6pm Reception; 7pm Program
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Mixed Taste: Tag Team Lectures on Unrelated Topics pairs two speakers, who each speak for twenty minutes on two completely unrelated subjects, followed by question and answer on both topics, at the same time. During the first part of the program, no connections are allowed between the topics, during the Q&A anything can happen.

This summer, by popular demand, Mixed Taste moves to the Holiday Event Center, a bigger, better venue complete with padded seats and ample free parking at nearby North High School. This year’s Mixed Taste speakers include artists, writers, researchers, and performers from throughout the United States (and throughout the world). 
  • June 11: Fern Bars & George Orwell | Nicola Twilley & Helen Thorpe
  • June 25: Horror Films & the Sun | James Fiumara & Steve Tomczyk
  • July 9: Drinking Water & Miles Davis | Anya Groner & Scott Kinnamon
  • July 23: Sonic Art & the Domino Effect | Bruce Odland & Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker
  • August 6: Burglary & Rabies | Geoff Manaugh & Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy
  • August 20: Population Pyramids & Modern Dance | Erin Trapp & Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
at the Holiday Event Center 
2644 W. 32nd Avenue
Denver, CO
http://mcadenver.org

 

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.

Read more: Leon Gallery Exhibition Fundraiser

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

 

Experience the Visual Arts in Denver Colorado

Experience the Visual Arts in Denver Colorado

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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
http://clyffordstillmuseum.org

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
1311 Pearl Street
Denver, CO 80203
303.832.8576
Tue-Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
http://www.kirklandmuseum.org


Goodwin Fine Art
1255 Delaware Street
Denver CO 80204
303.573.1255
Tue-Fri: 11-6; Sat: 11-5
http://www.goodwinfineart.com

The Sandra Phillips Gallery
420 West 12th Ave. (12th & Elati)
Denver, CO 80204
303.573.5969
Tue - Sat: 12:30 - 5:00 PM
http://www.thesandraphillipsgallery.com

Walker Fine Art
300 W. 11th Ave (11th and Cherokee)
Denver CO 80204
303.355.8955
Tue-Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
http://www.walkerfineart.com


William Havu Gallery
1040 Cherokee Street
Denver CO 80204
303.893.2360
http://williamhavugallery.com

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

Rule Gallery
3254 Walnut St
Denver, CO 80205
303.800.6776
http://www.rulegallery.com


Hinterland
3254 Walnut St.
Denver CO, 80205
http://hinterlandartspace.com

Ironton Studios and Gallery
3636 Chestnut Place
Denver, CO 80216
303.297.8626
Mon - Fri: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
http://irontonstudios.com

Pattern Shop Studio
3349 Blake St

Denver, CO 80205
303.297.9831
http://patternshopstudio.com

SVPER ORDINARY Gallery + Retail Space
at The Source Marketplace
3350 Brighton Blvd
Denver, CO 80205
http://svperordinary.com

Robischon Gallery
1740 Wazee Street
Denver, CO 80202
303.298.7788
Tue-Sat: 11:00-6:00
http://www.robischongallery.com

David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee Street
Denver, CO, 80202
303.893.4234
http://davidbsmithgallery.com

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

Gildar Gallery
82 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Wed-Sat: 12-6pm or by appointment
303.993.4474
http://gildargallery.com


Michael Warren Contemporary
760 Santa Fe Drive
Denver CO 80204
303.667.2447
http://www.michaelwarrencontemporary.com

Pirate: Contemporary Art
3655 Navajo St
Denver, CO 80211
303.458.6058
Fri: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Sat/Sun: Noon - 5:00 PM
http://www.pirateartonline.org

 

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)
Liz
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

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

 

click! Photography Walks in Downtown Colorado Springs

click! Photography Walks in downtown Colorado Springs

  • 3rd Thursday each month at noon: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17, 2015
  • http://www.downtowncs.com/tours
BryanOller
Self Portrait by Bryan Oller

Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs announces click! Photography Walks, offering a new way to explore downtown Colorado Springs—from behind the lens.

Join acclaimed photojournalist Bryan Oller for monthly lunchtime photography walks. The architecture, people, and events of downtown Colorado Springs offer ideal and ever-changing photo shoot options. Oller will highlight different locations and topics each month, and will offer photography tips along the way.

Currently the Staff Photographer for Colorado College Communications, Oller served as a staff photographer for The Gazette, and then worked as a freelance photographer with work produced for The Independent, The Denver Post, the Associated Press, and Reuters. Oller has been assigned to cover events such as the Colorado floods and forest fires, Hurricane Katrina, Denver’s Democratic National Convention, and local presidential visits.

The hour-long walks will be held monthly on the 3rd Thursday each month at noon. 2015 click! Photography Walks will take place on the following dates in 2015: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17, 2015.

All levels of photography and camera types are welcome. Participants should bring their own camera. Tours will meet outside the South Tower entrance to Plaza of the Rockies, at 121 S. Tejon Street. Price for the walk is $5 (cash only, and free for Downtown Partnership members—call 719 886.0088 for membership/discount details). No reservations required, and walks happen in all types of weather, rain or shine.

click! Photography Walks are part of the Core Culture walking tour series presented by Downtown Colorado Springs. Support comes in part from Colorado Creative Industries, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boettcher Foundation as part of downtown’s Creative District programming. More information is available online at www.downtowncs.com/tours.

 

Weekly Drawing Workshop at RedLine

Non-Instructive Figure Drawing Workshop

RedLine

Every Monday from 6:30-9:30pm

redline mondays
RedLine is proud to introduce a non-instructive figure workshop that is open to all media 

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

 

Untitled 2015 at the Denver Art Museum

Untitled 2015

Denver Art Museum

Final Fridays January through October from 6-10pm

  • Free with museum admission
untitled
Buntport Theater’s "Joan and Charlie Discuss Tonight’s Theme"

(from the press release)

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

“Untitled serves as a platform for local creatives to share work, be inspired by the museum, and activate our collections,” said Jaime Kopke, manager of adult and college programs. “Untitled events are designed for individuals looking for an off-beat art experience. It serves as an opportunity for local creatives to share their creative processes and inspirations with Untitled visitors to create a fun, collaborative atmosphere.”

Visitors are encouraged to curate their own night by choosing from a full menu of activities ranging from crafty projects and tours with a twist to theater performances.

Untitled 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.

A preview of the 2015 Untitled season line up follows:

Untitled: On the Rocks: Jan. 30, 6–10 p.m.
Break the ice of the 2015 season with precious gems, designer jewels and specially crafted cocktails.

Untitled: Statement Piece: Feb. 27, 6–10 p.m.
Make a lasting impression in different media, from fashion to film.

Untitled: Dream On: March 27, 6–10 p.m.
Choose your own late-night adventure: Gear up for a museum-style all-nighter or kick back with some R&R in the galleries.

Untitled: Fake Out: April 24, 6–10 p.m.
Do a double take with life-like artworks, stage makeup and other optical illusions.

Untitled: Some Assembly Required: May 29, 6–10 p.m.
Put the parts and pieces together to see how artworks are made, collections amassed and installations assembled.

Untitled: Habitat: June 26, 6–10 p.m.
Traverse new terrain by exploring national parks, Colorado history and lounging in art-inspired environments.

Untitled: Fresh Cut: July 31, 6–10 p.m.
A summer celebrating flowers springs to life with a look at the art of arrangement and flower-focused food.

Untitled: Cross-Pollinate: Aug. 28, 6–10 p.m.
Take in the scientific side of flowers with a look at botany, bees and blooms.

Untitled: Offshoot: Sept. 25, 6–10 p.m.
Experience everything that flowers inspire, from perfumes to photography.

Untitled: Flip Side: Oct. 30, 6–10 p.m.
Hear the other side of the story as the backs of artworks are unveiled and alternative perspectives are revealed.

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

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 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. During Untitled, the MakeARTtalk participant(s) shares their ideas with the audience while discussing their inspiration, process, successes and failures, as well as the final work(s).

Off the Record: DAM staff and community members share their take on specific topics related to the evening’s theme.

The programming for Untitled is produced with local creatives from all disciplines, including chefs, crafters and musicians. On Nov. 14, the DAM hosted Meet Here, an evening of discussion and brainstorming for community creatives who brought the ideas and know-how for the 2015 Untitled season, museum residencies, and outdoor installations. More than 100 local creatives participated in the DAM’s annual brainstorming event.

Untitled is sponsored by Macy’s Foundation and CultureHaus and made possible by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Catering is provided by Kevin Taylor. For more information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org.

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

http://www.denverartmuseum.org

 

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