Street Art: Graffiti Gives Back

1801 California (Lobby Gallery)

June 7 – July 27, 2018

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In this collaborative show, Arts Brookfield is pleased to feature art produced by Denver’s Access Gallery whose mission is to increase access to economic, educational and cultural opportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. The large murals in this show were created through Access Gallery’s “Graffiti Gives Back” program where graffiti artists are paired with students not normally associated with graffiti; for example, elderly students suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s. In this case, the lead artist, Josiah Lopez, not only presents some of his own work but also the work created by his art students in this unique, award winning project. The opening reception for STREET ART: Graffiti Gives Back is on June 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and will feature a fundraising element for Access Gallery. Many of the artists will be in attendance.

1801 California St
Denver, CO 80202


Adam Moore: Fancy Tails, Stories from The Lap of Luxury

701 Gallery (701 W 6th Ave at 6th & Galapago)

July 6 - 31, 2018

  • Opening Reception: First Friday July 6th 6:00 - 10:00 pm
  • Live music by DJ SetSet, and Light Refreshments Provided
Inspired by real life stories such as Leona Helmsley's dog Trouble, and Joan Crawford’s shih-tzu Princess Lotus Blossom, Fancy Tails was first conceptualised as a fictionalized short story about a bitter old woman obsessed with collecting shih-tzus, Fancy Tails transformed into a graphic novel and visual narrative about what happens to us when a once glorious life fades to one of sadness, loneliness, and frailty, as well as our obsession as a culture to stay young and beautiful. The paintings give a playful homage to archetypal images of the Madonna and Child, and reference a 19th century cliche of a young girl affectionately holding a small dog or puppy.

701 Gallery
Art Gallery, Photography Studio & Event Space
701 W 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80204


Smithie Mitchell and Katie Hoffman

Anthology Fine Art

June 22 - August 10, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 29th 6-9pm
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“Beneath the Surface” will feature the abstract wood sculpture of Smithie “Smitty” Mitchell and the paintings of Katie Hoffman. Both artists are local to the Denver Metro area and have been creating art for decades.

Anthology Fine Art
3419 S Lincoln St.
Englewood, CO 80113
Tuesday-Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-5 or by appointment


Read more: Anthology: Smithie Mitchell and Katie Hoffman

Daisy Patton: Would You Be Lonely Without Me?

Art Gym Gallery at Art Gym Denver

July 12 - August 3, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, July 12, 2018, 5 - 8PM
  • Artist talk with Daisy Patton on Wednesday, July 25 from 6 - 8PM
  • Also opening July 12 in the Common Space Gallery will be Vacant Spaces which brings together Virginia Diaz Saiki’s intricate etchings and block prints with the gritty beauty of James Green’s dye on raw canvas
Art Gym Denver is honored to present Daisy Patton’s new series titled Would You Be Lonely Without Me? in the Art Gym Gallery with an opening reception July 12 from 5 - 8PM. Would you be lonely without me? is a series of oil portraits depicting women whose deaths were directly caused by a lack of access to safe reproductive care. Abortion is a highly contentious issue and one that is debated today, making Patton’s series relevant and timely.

Patton’s practice is one grounded in collecting found photographs, and this new series is no different. She paints the photos she finds of these women, and hand embroiders their names below, harkening not only to the tradition of woman as a homemaker, but also with the idea life being a thread cut short. Spending hours of research to find the names, images, stories and descriptions of these women, Patton crafts a way to solidify their individual identities and memories, when all too often these women’s stories have been forgotten or buried in the history of this ongoing debate. In her artist statement for the series, Patton said “let us remember the women lost during this barbaric era [pre-Roe vs. Wade] and fight to ensure this history is not repeated.”

This series is for sale and 100% of proceeds from the exhibition will go to support reproductive justice organizations.

Daisy Patton is a working artist living in Aurora, CO. She received a BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Oklahoma with minors in History and Art History and an Honors degree. Her MFA is from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University, a multi-disciplinary program. She has completed many artist residencies, including one at RedLine Denver and another at Minerva Projects in Denver. She will also have her first museum solo show, Daisy Patton: This Is Not Goodbye, at the CU Art Museum at the University of Colorado, Boulder, open from July 19 through November 17, 2018.

Located at 1460 Leyden St., Art Gym Denver is a 17,000 sq. ft. creative workspace for artists and arts professionals. The Art Gym and Common Space Galleries are open Monday through Friday from 9AM - 6PM. For information visit


“Manifestation” - Paintings by Nicole Korbe

Artists on Santa Fe

July 6 - 31, 2018

  • 1st Friday Art Walk: July 3, 6-9 pm
  • 3rd Friday Artist’s Reception: July 20, 5-8 pm
Nicole Korbe’s abstract paintings ride the edge of imagination and reality. Her use of colors and non-traditional painting tools result in images redolent of natural landscapes or city scenes. Resulting visions evoke moods ranging from soothing to energetic to dystopian.

Nicole’s painting methods include adding multiple layers of pigments, scraping through to reveal layers underneath and an intuitive reaction when the image begins to manifest itself. This collection includes many of her newer pieces created in oil media, including oil pastel or oil pigments combined with cold wax medium.

Artists on Santa Fe is a gallery with working artists' studios located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe. It's an engaging environment where visitors can interact with professional artists and view work in progress.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


In Sight On Site: Murals

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

See artists at work: May 29 – June 24, 2018

Murals on view through August 26, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 28, 6 – 9pm
  • Concept images:
  • Participating Artists/Artist teams: Sabin Aell, Ramón Bonilla, Sandi Calistro, Amelia Caruso, Daniel Crosier, Thomas "Detour" Evans, Sandra Fettingis, Jessica Forrestal, Los Supersonicos (Carlos Fresquez + Francisco Zamora), Anthony Garcia Sr., Andrew Hoffman, Max Kauffman, Patrick Kane McGregor, Korri Marshall, J.C. Milner, Jaime Molina, Tony Ortega + Arvada Center Summer Camp, Charles Parson, Heather Patterson, Mark Penner-Howell, Thomas Scharfenberg

Sabin Aell Mural Plan

Beginning May 29, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will host In Sight On Site: Murals, an exhibition of muralists working in the Center’s three gallery spaces. This summer, working on blank panels hung in all three Arvada Center galleries, artists will create murals in a variety of styles. Working on site at the Arvada Center as their schedule allows, visitors will be able to see murals develop over a weekend, a week, or even a month as artists work between May 29 and June 24. Completed works will be on display during a free opening reception, June 28, and the murals will remain in the galleries until August 26. The exhibition is sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center, and paint has been donated by Sherwin Williams.

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


We Make Our Own Wings

Emma Balder, Bonnie Ferrill Roman and Yoshitomo Saito


June 7 - August 25, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 7 from 6-9pm


Please join ATC DEN as we present our summer exhibition featuring a sculpture and mixed media art show by three varied Denver artists, Emma Balder, Bonnie Ferrill Roman and Yoshitomo Saito. These artists are each at different stages of their careers, yet they are linked by the common thread of transcendence within their work and processes.

Emma's fiber paintings combine string and delicate layers of drawings with an eye towards form and spacial relations. She is an artist on the rise in Denver's RiNo art district.

Bonnie creates layered paper sculptures and we are excited to present her sculpture in an immersive environment to give the viewer an opportunity to participate in finding their own transcendence state.

Yoshitomo is a very well respected and established artist on a national level who works in Denver's RiNo art district as well. We are honored to welcome him and his unique motion sculpture to our exhibition.

3420 Larimer Street
Denver, CO 80205



A Group Exhibit featuring the works of: Emit, Tuke One, Keith Jive, Mike Graves, Topher Straus, Art by 13


July 20 ‐ August 09, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, July 20 from 6-10pm

Bitfactory Gallery is pleased to present Boombox a group exhibit with a focus on Modern Art and the sub‐genres of Graffiti, Street Art and Pop Art. Boombox will feature the work of Emit, Tuke One, Keith Jive, Mike Graves, Topher Straus, and Art by 13.

Bitfactory is located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in Denver
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and by appointment

Read more: Bitfactory: Boombox

Roberto Juarez: Processing: Painting & Prints, 2008 - 2018

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

June 7 - September 16, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday June 7
  • 4:30-5:30 artist talk ($8 members / $12 non-members)
  • 5:30 members preview
  • 6:30-9pm free public reception
Roberto Juarez, Window/Pater, (detail), 2016, Mixed Media on Canvas, 96"x96"

Roberto Juarez is a painter, printmaker and creator of large scale public projects who has been active since the early 1980s.

Guest curated by Edward J. Sullivan, this exhibition, with more than 65 works of art, is a comprehensive selection of the New York-based artist's work from the past ten years. It presents Juarez as a dramatic interpreter of natural phenomena and abstract form. Emphasis on his many unique processes and techniques enhances our understanding of his multifaceted accomplishments.

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
1750 13th Street
Boulder, CO 80302


Black & White, an Open Call Exhibit

In the annex: Savage Art by Heather Savage

Core New Art Space

July 12 - 29, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday July 13 from 6-9pm
Black and White is an exhibition that seeks to show art that has cast away the color system and focuses on the visual power of black and white; reflecting the innovative and contemporary in painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture. This show was juried by Dr. Deanne Pytlinski, Art Dept. Chair at Metropolitan State University of Denver and features both regional and national artists. 

Heather Savage has always been drawn to art and the feelings it can convey. Having grown up in a “beige” middle class life, she matured and learned to use art to bring vibrancy into her life. Working on her BFA, Savage fell more in love with the process and being different. Intense contrasting colors and texture lure the viewer into a world where lies a dynamic tension between pretty and pain. Success lies in making the viewer take a second look.

CORE New Art Space was founded in 1981 as a non-profit contemporary art cooperative. It is comprised of 24 member artists and is located in Denver’s historic Santa Fe Arts District. Core provides professional gallery space to its members as well as to the broader arts community. Core offers additional opportunities to artists in the form of juried feature exhibitions. The mission of Core New Art Space is to encourage the exploration of new and different forms of expression and to promote to the general public the understanding of contemporary art.

CORE New Art Space
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Gallery Hours:
Fri: Noon-9 pm
Thu/Sat: Noon-6 pm
Sun: 1-4 pm


Dear Younger Me: Postcards from New Americans to Their Past Selves

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

July 20 - August 25, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday July 27, 6-9pm
PMH fellows imagesDear Younger Me highlights photography and writing by New Americans who are adjusting to life in Colorado. The artists are from a variety of countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Brazil, Ukraine, Nigeria and Congo. Each artist created postcards to their past selves (before migrating and resettling) to share experiences and impressions of life in America and what they miss about their home country. Please join us for an opening reception on July 27 to meet the artists and hear them speak about their work.

The artists are engaged in a year-long fellowship run by Picture Me Here, a storytelling program for refugees and immigrants that partners with CPAC as a fiscal sponsor.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204


Daisy Patton: This Is Not Goodbye

CU Art Museum on the University of Colorado Boulder Campus

July 18 - November 17, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, July 19, 6-8 pm
  • Curated by Sandra Q. Firmin
Daisy Patton, "Untitled (Of Hoston)", 90 x 135", Oil on Archival Print on Panel, 2018

In this series, Daisy Patton uses American postmortem photography as a substratum for her paintings. These photographs are intended to commemorate the deceased and offer solace to those grieving. In the photographs Patton selects, ornate funeral parlor interiors and elaborate trappings—floral arrangements, religious symbols and decorative rugs—overwhelm the presence of a body. Patton enlarges found black-and-white postmortem photographs taken in the late 19th through mid-20th century and lavishly paints over them. Her application of shocking colors and extensive patterning vivifies the photographs. Raised painted surfaces appeal to the sense of touch and feel experience. Vines and floral motifs emanate from and enter into the bodies, suggesting cyclic journeys. Faces, folded hands and other photographic passages untouched by Patton’s brush bring into relief the corpse and personalize our relationship with the dead.

Given the immersive scale of Patton’s tableaux, viewers participate as mourners, both for those who have died and for our own movement toward death. This Is Not Goodbye encourages bereavement rituals and supports a public discourse on how we approach loss in American society.

CU Art Museum
Visual Arts Complex
1085 18th St
Boulder, CO 80309


35th Annual All Colorado Art Show

Curtis Center for the Arts

July 14 - August 25, 2018

  • Reception: Saturday, July 14th 6-8pm
  • Juror's Talk: Thursday, July 26th 6pm
curtiscenterThe Curtis Center for the Arts is proud to present the 35th Annual All Colorado Art Show. This exhibit features artists in all mediums that reside in Colorado. Over 60 Colorado artists will be featured in this exhibit.

We are honored to have Greenwood Village resident and international artist Patricia Aaron as this year's juror. Ms. Aaron has been featured in numerous gallery, museum, university and airport exhibitions. She received her MFA from the University of Denver School of Art and Art History and a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland. Patricia is represented locally by Space Gallery.

Curtis Center for the Arts
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80121


Pink Progression

Center for Visual Art

May 31 - August 18, 2018

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Pink Progression is an exhibition addressing concepts of human rights, gender, sexual identity, feminism and inclusivity. Pink Progression is a series of exhibitions commemorating and celebrating the solidarity established during the women’s marches in 2017 and 2018. During the marches, pink created a strong visual statement representing unity and empowerment. For the CVA exhibition, over fifty local artists incorporate or respond to this hue as they explore how social interactions are affected by gender and identity expression.


Tya Anthony, Fawn Atencio, Libby Barbee, Michael Bernhardt, Tonia Bonnell, Mindy Bray, Trine Bumiller, Katie Caron, Danielle Cunningham Tierney, Rachael Delaney, Rebecca DiDomenico, Sally Elliott, Steven E Frost, Melissa Furness, Jennifer Ghormley, Ania Gola-Kumor, Emma Hardy, Kim Harrell, Ana María Hernando, Veronica Herrera, Tsehai Johnson, Margaret Kasahara, Anna Kaye, Rian Kerrane, Mary-Ann Kokoska, Sandy Lane, Viviane Le Courtois, Suchitra Mattai, Irene Delka McCray, Daisy McGowan, Laleh Mehran, Amy Metier, Susanne Mitchell, Kelly Monico, Sophie Lynn Morris, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Kate Woodliff O’Donnell, Mark Penner-Howell, Jennifer Pettus, Bonnie Ferrill Roman, Martha Russo, Ajean Ryan, Julia Rymer, Dylan Scholinski, Natascha Seideneck, Sue Simon, Frankie Toan, Chinn Wang, and Melanie Yazzie


Fawn Atencio & Susan Vaho, Mindy Bray & Sophie Lynn Morris, Katie Caron & Marie Perrin-McGraw, Sally Elliott & Bonnie Stolzmann, Melissa Furness & Estee Bershof, Jennifer Ghormley & Jodi Stuart, Kim Harrell & Katie Hoffman, Tsehai Johnson & Edie Tavel, Anna Kaye & Mark Brasuell, and Irene Delka McCray & Karen Keilpikowski

Make-a-Recycled-Sketchbook workshop with Jennifer Ghormley: Saturday, June 30, 1-3pm

Using scrap materials collected from other workshops and printing projects, students will learn the process to create one-of-a-kind books that have a variety of uses. We will turn ‘oops’ prints and found papers into the book covers, up-cycled newsprint becomes the interior pages. Next the books are bound together on the sewing machine. Then participants may decorate or embellish as desired. We will focus on embracing the pink color theme, as it relates to the Pink Progression exhibition. Instructor will provide all basic materials. Participants are welcome to bring scraps and materials as well, including fabric. ALL skill levels welcome, ALL ages welcome.

Center for Visual Art
Metropolitan State University of Denver
965 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 12:00 - 5:00 PM


Sherman Finch & Jiffer Harriman: Kinetic Iterations

Ayn Hanna: LineScapes

Madeleine Dodge: RUST

Laura Ahola-Young: Echo Trail

Dairy Arts Center

June 22 - July 29, 2018

Dairy June July Exhibition
Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO 80302


Read more: Dairy Arts Center: 4 Summer Exhibitions

Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

Denver Art Museum

May 13 – August 12, 2018

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Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Late Fragment (after Carver) , 2012.
Recycled painting, acrylic paint, steel studs, grommets, artificial sinew, glass beads, and agates; 84 x 110 in.
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum. Photography courtesy of Denver Art Museum.

The Denver Art Museum will present contemporary artist Jeffrey Gibson’s first major museum exhibition, showcasing his acclaimed multi-disciplinary work from 2011 to the present. Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer will feature about 65 objects comprising large and mid-sized figurative works, text-based wall hangings, a significant selection of his illustrious Everlast beaded punching bags, painted works on rawhide and canvas, as well as videos.

Organized by the DAM and curated by John Lukavic, curator of Native Arts, the exhibition will chronicle a pivotal moment in the artist’s career when his contemporary artistic practice converged with his Native American heritage.

“Jeffrey Gibson is widely recognized as a unique and influential voice in contemporary art as well as within Native American art circles, and we are eager to present his first major museum exhibition, which is bold in both color and scale,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “This exhibition builds on our ongoing initiative to showcase contemporary art by American Indian artists. It is also a continuation of our emphasis on organizing monographic exhibitions, exposing, and in some cases introducing, our visitors to a single artist’s creative process.”

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


Read more: DAM: Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today

Denver Art Museum: Hamilton Building (Level 2)

June 24 - September 16, 2018

  • Entrance to the exhibit included with museum General Admission
Image credit: Matthew Brandt, Lake Isabella CA TC 2, 2014. Three chromogenic prints soaked in Lake Isabella water.
Each element: 91 13/16 x 65 in.; Unique. Courtesy of Matthew Brandt and Yossi Milo Gallery. © Matthew Brandt

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today presents over 100 photographs by 40 contemporary photographers who take landscape as their subject. From the spectacular to the seemingly mundane, and from celebratory to critical, these artists surprise us with their often highly experimental approach to the medium. Their work reflects their perceptions of how we live in the world today, and how the choices we make now will shape the landscapes of the future. The traditional idea of landscape photography calls to mind mountains, meadows and coastlines. Today, “landscape” photography has grown to encompass scenes that show conflicts between cultures, or between nature and civilization, as well as inspiring views of wilderness. New Territory showcases artworks that look at these features and conflicts in new ways, and that challenge viewers to contemplate our complex relationship with the landscape.

New Territory: Landscape Photography Today is organized by the Denver Art Museum. It is generously funded by the Adolph Coors Exhibition Endowment Fund, donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

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


Real Shapes: Amanda Martinez, Joani Tremblay, Aaron Mulligan, Erik Frydenborg, Robert Taite, Sarah Schlesinger, Amber Cobb, Michael Villarreal, Jacob Haupt, Lauren Pakradooni


​June 15 - July 22, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday June 15 from 6-11pm
  • Curated by Aaron Mulligan
UntitledNo.13Jacob Haupt, Untitled No. 13 (2017)

DATELINE is pleased to present Real Shapes a group show curated by Aaron Mulligan, artist, curator and co-founder of JuiceBox Art Space.

Real Shapes broadly explores varying definitions of plasticity — environmental, material, cultural, behavioral — through a play on its meaning as both a highly malleable and ubiquitous substance. Originally used to describe ‘the art of modeling or sculpting figures’, today the word ‘plastic’ refers primarily to its corresponding polymer petroleum product. The works on display in Real Shapes unifies the classical meaning of the term with the cultural implications of anthropomorphism, ambiguity, and isolation derived from daily life in the Anthropocene. By bringing together artists who work and, in some ways, rely on plastic as material, Real Shapes is an attempt to reinstate the original meaning of plastic which, Mulligan writes, ‘is close to synonymous with “flexible”’ and, somewhat significantly, predates the discovery of the synthetic material. In effect, the exhibition asks the viewer to view these works at a distance from their materials by occupying an imaginary ‘Gumby’ world where everything is pliable and stretches outward into its next real shape.

Aaron Mulligan is an artist and curator based in Denver, Colorado, where he currently runs JuiceBox, a gallery and educational space, alongside artist Lucía Rodrígez. Prior, he was based in Brooklyn, New York. Mulligan earned his BFA in painting from Metropolitan State University of Denver and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art.

3004 Larimer St
Denver, CO 80205
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Micro Cosmos

Featuring Guest Artist Nicole Banowetz

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

June 28 - August 31, 2018

  • Opening Reception, part of DAVA’s 25th ongoing anniversary celebration: Thursday June 28th from 4 to 7 pm
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Nicole Banowetz explaining her works to students

Micro Cosmos focuses on artwork inspired by microbiology created by DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) youth, along with guest artist Nicole Banowetz.

This spring, DAVA students used microscopes to discover the worlds of microorganisms. Artistic Petri dishes and cellular installations were created by middle/high school students. Younger artists experimented with microscopic shapes and images. This exhibit is part of our theme for 2018: Crosscurrents in the Arts and Sciences, showcasing the artistic intersections between science with the arts.

Colorado based artist Nicole Banowetz exhibits her works internationally. Her giant inflatable fabric sculptures, inspired by microscopic forms such as algae and viruses, invade indoor and outdoor spaces. Her inflatable sculptures will be displayed as part of the exhibit. Additional pieces will pop up outside of the building for the opening night only. Nicole shared her artistic process and her interest in the positive and negative qualities of microscopic life forms with youth at DAVA.

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA)
1405 Florence St
Aurora CO 80010
Mon-Fri: 10:00 am-5:00 pm or by appointment



Bruno Novelli: Turmalinas No Céu

David B. Smith Gallery

June 29 - July 28, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Friday, June 29, 6 - 8 pm; Free and open to the public with the artist in attendance

Bruno Novelli, Pedra Azul, 2018, acrylic on linen, 70 x 58 in

David B. Smith Gallery is pleased to welcome back Brazilian painter Bruno Novelli for his second solo exhibition, Turmalinas No Céu. Spanning the main gallery and project room, Novelli expands on his visual language defined by luscious colors, tropical imagery, and collage -like layered compositions. Roughly translating to “tourmaline sky,” Turmalinas No Céu explores what Novelli terms a “tropical delirium,” a type of aesthetic utopia where imagery imbued with personal meaning materialize into paradisiac landscapes.

Exotic and yet familiarly primal, viewers can feel the pulse of Novelli’s nocturnal jungle scenes. Spider monkeys peer out from behind mountains of sliced agate, while glowing moons coax tropical flowers to bloom. Alongside scenes of fantastical rainforest flora, fauna, and celestial bodies, are smaller canvases that Novelli describes as invitations for introspective experience. In contrast to the spindly jungle scenes of the larger canvases, these smaller scale works deliver a powerful visual punch, many featuring hazy color gradients and slices of Brazilian gemstones sprinkled over the surface.

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


Cyberscapes by Serenity Forge

Denver Botanic Gardens: Gates Court Gallery

May 30 – August 5, 2018

  • Reception: Wednesday, May 30, 5:30-7:30pm; Artist Talk: 6:30pm
Still image of Summer at Dusk from “Four Sided Fantasy,” published by Serenity Forge, developed by Ludo Land, 2016. Digital print.

Experience landscapes both familiar and strange in the virtual worlds published and developed by indie video game studio Serenity Forge. Through the colors of the autumnal countryside to the desolation of parched Martian deserts, explore the creation of narrative through the dream-like vistas of games designed for meaningful experience. Drawing from games including “Lifeless Planet,” “The King’s Bird” and “Once Upon a Coma,” Cyberscapes explores the power of places that tell stories.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206


Pixelated: Sculpture by Mike Whiting

Denver Botanic Gardens

April 28 - September 23, 2018

Pixelated explores the relationships between the natural world and the artificial world of digital media. Mike Whiting says “Gardens are in their own way virtual spaces—carefully created environments. The contrast of the sculptures’ geometric and manmade materials can seem at odds with the gardens, but they are connected in the dialogue about the re-presentation of nature.”

Whiting’s sculptures also represent the intersection of two distinct visual styles: 8-bit pixel graphics—which have enjoyed a recent resurgence in games like "Minecraft"—and minimalist sculpture. Technological limitations in early video games like "Pac-Man" and "Space Invaders" reduced the graphics to simplified shapes, while the minimalist art movement created artworks that purposely lacked detail. Pixelated investigates the opposite intents of these two artistic approaches that result in a strikingly similar visual outcome.

Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St
Denver, CO 80206


Summer Sizzle

Depot Art Gallery (2069 W. Powers, Littleton)

July 3 - 29, 2018

  • Gallery Reception: Friday July 13, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Gallery hours: 10:00 to 5:00 on Tue - Sat; and 11:00 to 4:00 on Sun


Naturally Inclined: Candace Shepard & Faith Williams

Edge Gallery

July 20 - August 5, 2018

  • Opening reception: Friday July 20, 5-10pm
  • Evening of Live Music: Friday July 27, 7-9pm
  • First Friday reception: August 3, 5-10pm
Artists Candace Shephard and Faith Williams present a mixed-media exhibit exploring the deeply personal connections of natural ecosystems: from the microscopic moments that tie organisms together to the dynamic balance of the environment.

Edge Gallery
7001 W. Colfax
Lakewood, CO
Thu: 1-5pm, Fri: 1-9pm, Sat:12-5pm


Made in Colorado

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

Gallery 808 (June 7 - July 30, 2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emmanuel Gallery
Auraria Higher Education Center
10th and Lawrence St Mall
Denver, CO 80204
Tue-Fri: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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