Paul Brokering: You Are Here

1801 California lobby in downtown Denver

August 27 - November 8, 2019

AB Paul Brokering Captivate
Brookfield Properties brings works by Paul Brokering to the gorgeous lobby gallery at 1801 California in the upcoming free exhibition “YOU ARE HERE … photographic typology” with a free opening reception on August 29 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Running through November 8, these typographical photographs featuring shifting shapes, colors and repeating patterns of built environments will be on display through Denver Arts Week. Brokering’s photographs of both rural and urban landscapes reflect patterns, whether his lens is noticing grain elevators, old doors, dilapidated buildings in a rural setting, or the architecture and cultural ambiance of exterior and interior city environs. “YOU ARE HERE … photographic typology” is part of 13 pairs of typologies each grouped by a unifying color as a way of classifying 325 images. A grid of 25 images of dissimilar oddities are grouped together in a particular color field.



40 West Gallery

October 4 - 26, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday October 4th from 6-9pm

40 West Arts is a state-certified arts district located along, and with direct ties to, the West Colfax corridor, an avenue with a 100+ year history that stretches back as far as the 1860s when this ‘Golden Road’ was the primary route for travelers hoping to find riches in the mountains during the Gold Rush.

History is an essential component of what makes us unique and for our Roots exhibit, we ask artists to explore their personal narrative with questions like, ‘Who Am I’ and ‘Where Did I Come From’. Roots is a show all about the artist's unique interpretation of their own history and makeup, whether that includes physical places and spaces, items or objects that remind them of their childhood or a past event, people, or even abstract works that create a mood or feeling that resonates for them. Broad and varied interpretations of this concept were welcomed, the possibilities are truly limitless because we all define ourselves in such diverse ways.

40 West Arts also hopes that the works in this exhibit bring up themes around human migration, belonging, race and ethnicity, what makes a home and how we sustain ourselves on a personal and societal level.

40 West Arts District will also have all of their galleries and creative spaces, including new-to-the-district galleries Core New Art Space and Kanon Collective open to the public with new exhibitions and artwork on display. Enjoy beer and wine, light bites and tons of incredible and inspiring artwork in galleries and spaces.

40 West Gallery
1560 Teller St
Lakewood, CO


Nude vs. Naked

Art Gym Gallery

October 10 – November 1, 2019

  • Co-curated by Lori Hellstrom and Elke McGuire Opening reception: Thursday, October 10, from 5-8 PM
  • Including works by Michael Dowling, Brenda LaBier, Wendi Schneider, Noah Sodano, and Ouida Touchon
Curatorial statement:

“The exhibition Nude vs. Naked came about after thinking where we, as artists, draw the line between experiencing being nude versus naked and how we define those lines. Through discussion about these two words, we came to realize that we differed in our definition of each. As we visited the studios of the artists and selected the works, we asked them to think about what the terms Nude and Naked mean to them and decide WHY they created the piece(s) we selected.

“The exhibition spans a wide variety of works. Medium, gender of the artist, gender of the sitter, art historical references, etc., all play a part in the motivations from each artist exhibited. After these conversations and exploration of this theme, we have concluded that there truly is no right answer to what it means to be ‘nude vs. naked;’ that the drive behind these definitions is at the heart an emotional one attached to each individual’s experience.”

Food for the opening will be provided by Damaris Ronkanen, owner of Cultura Chocolate. Cultura Chocolate have been members in the Maker’s Kitchen at Art Gym for three years, and we are thrilled to celebrate their success with their soon to open chocolate factory and cafe in the Westwood neighborhood of Denver.

Art Gym Denver
1460 Leyden St.
Denver, CO 80220


32nd Annual Holiday Exhibition

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery

November 1 - December 30, 2019

  • 1st Friday Art Walk: November 1 from 6-9pm
  • Sunday Brunch at the Art District on Santa Fe: November 24 from 11am-3pm
2019 11 Holiday Show
The winter holidays will soon be upon us and the festivities will begin. Be prepared this season, if you aren't already, and finish your gift shopping now to avoid that last-minute hectic rush. Artists on Santa Fe Gallery + Studios has a huge variety of specialty handmade items that will be perfect for your family and friends. Stop in and have a leisurely look at our fantastic array of functional and decorative art.

We will be displaying paintings, ceramics, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Join us during the week and on 1st and 3rd Fridays for fun evenings at our gallery. While you’re visiting us, explore two floors of studios inhabited by thirty artists working in a variety of media. Visit with the artists and see what's happening at Artists on Santa Fe Gallery.

Artists on Santa Fe Gallery
747 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Mon-Fri: 10-5; Sat: 10-4


Autumn Member Exhibition

Artists on Santa Fe

October 2 - 28, 2019

Leigh Cabell

Autumn is nearly upon us, visit the Artists on Santa Fe Gallery + Studios for their Autumn Member Exhibition. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the gallery and working studios of our 31 resident artists. New work will include paintings, ceramics, photography, sculpture and jewelry.

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
Mon-Fri: 10-5; Sat: 10-4


Colorado Abstract +10: A Survey

Arvada Center

September 12 - November 17, 2019

  • Opening reception: Thursday, September 12 from 6-9pm
The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art and the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities open a collaborative exhibition titled Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey at both locations to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the stunning book, Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture. Originally published in 2009 by Fresco Books with a foreword by Hugh Grant, notable art writers Michael Paglia and Mary Voelz Chandler highlight the history and continuing tradition of abstraction by artists in the state. The exhibition, Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey, will be split with Kirkland Museum displaying works from the historical section of the book, and the Arvada Center presenting a contemporary survey of the work in the book as well as additional artists working in abstraction that have impacted Colorado’s art scene.

Colorado Abstract +10: A History will present two and three-dimensional artworks created by the artists featured in the historical section of the book, tracing the history and development of this artistic style in Colorado

Colorado Abstract +10: A Survey will be on view at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities September 12 - November 17, 2019 and will display the work of artists originally included in the publication and introduce additional artists working in abstraction that have madean impact on Colorado's art scene

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


Lim Ok-Sang

Art Students League of Denver

October 11 – November 29, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, October 11 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Guest curated by local contemporary artist Sammy Lee, this exhibit features a collection of international works from acclaimed Korean artist, LIM Ok-sang, who critically engages folklore, the people and politics in his work.

Art Students League of Denver
200 Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203
Mon-Thu: 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sat: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Us: an exhibit by Denver LGBTQ+ artists

Bitfactory Gallery

October 18 – November 7, 2019

  • Featuring art by Carlos Flores, Jeremy Patlen, Clint Ramstetter, Kenzie Sitterud and Louis Trujillo
  • Opening reception: Friday, October 18, 6-9 pm
KenzieSitterudKenzie Sitterud - I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry, I'm Sorry - Mixed Media On Wood - 48 x 36 

LGBTQ+ artists have been, and always will be active in the art world but are underrepresented in galleries and exhibits. In keeping with Bitfactory Gallery’s goal to showcase emerging artists, they proudly present “Us”, an art exhibit by Denver local queer artists, on view October 18 through November 7, 2019. While the show is comprised entirely of artists that identify as something other than straight, the intention is not to further segregate and separate one community from another. “Us” is intended to demonstrate that, regardless of the pronoun one uses, art enriches all of our lives. The public is invited to celebrate the fact that we are all part of “Us” at an opening reception on October 18, 6-9 pm at Bitfactory Gallery, 851 Santa Fe and to view and purchase work during regular gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and by appointment.

Louis Trujillo is a Denver native, creating works in his private studio and a shared studio at Art Gym Denver. His artwork is inspired by his dreams, his family, and his identity as a gay male. He received his B.F.A in drawing at Metropolitan State University of Denver where he was awarded the Nagel Art Thesis Grant and the Nagel Directed Studies Scholarship. He is a former member and PR Director of SYNC Gallery located in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. His artwork is part of national private collections. He currently works at Art Gym Denver assisting the Gallery Curator and Membership/Program Director.

Carlos Flores is a writer, cinematographer, painter and composer. Born in Puerto Rico and raised partial there and partially in the United States, as well as being bisexual, his work often explores the dualities and challenges in his queerness and cultural/linguistic diaspora. It seeks social relevance and respect for our ancestors, our community and our future. He lives in Denver, CO with his wife Connie and their watch-eyed dog, Nutmeg.

Jeremy Patlen is a Denver-based landscape and portrait photographer who has been shooting professionally since 2003. Whether traveling, documenting weddings or photographing people, he constantly seeks out the beauty that gives a place or person its intrinsic character.

Clint Ramstetter was born and raised in southern Colorado and has resided in and around Denver for the past 30 years. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and drawing from the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in 1999. In addition to working in many areas of the fine art industry, he has exhibited his paintings in bars and delicatessens in the Denver area.

Kenzie Sitterud works as a multimedia artist and designer, primarily producing immersive large-scale installations and designed experiences. Sitterud graduated in 2016 with a BFA in Communication design from Metropolitan State University of Denver and began their second year as an Artist-in-Residence at RedLine Contemporary Art Center located in Denver. They are a Colorado Creative Industries and NEAA recipient for the 2017 Career Advancement Grant and most recently received a 2019 P.S. You are Here Grant through Denver Arts & Venues to complete a commissioned public project for Design Workshop Foundation. In May 2019, Sitterud will produce a series of experimental works in collaboration with other Denver creatives for Denver Art Museum’s Untitled Event series, developing new explorations of queerness in public spaces.

Bitfactory Gallery, located at 851 Santa Fe Drive in the heart of Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe, exhibits work by the best emerging and up-and-coming local, national and international visual artists. Owner/artist/curator Bill Thomason strives to showcase art that may not be a good fit for other galleries. Additionally, he hosts one major or renowned artist a year, bringing new and exciting work to Denver. The Bitfactory building also houses artist studios with the vision of providing a helpful, friendly atmosphere for artists to work solo or collaborate with others. 

Bitfactory Gallery and Studios
851 Sante Fe Blvd.
Denver, CO.


Gretchen Marie Schaefer: Folding and Thrusting

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

October 3, 2019 - January 19, 2020

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, October 3rd at 6:30pm
  • Curated by Cortney Lane Stell
  • Aritst talk: Thursday, November 21st from 6:30-7:30pm: An interview between Exhibiting Artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer and contemporary landscape painter Beau Carey exploring Schaefer’s work, which combines geographic abstraction with notions of perception
gsboulderImage: Gretchen Marie Schaefer, Folding (detail), 2019. Image courtesy of the artist

Folding and Thrusting is a solo exhibition of new work by Denver-based artist Gretchen Marie Schaefer. Rooted in geology, the exhibition features a large-scale dimensional painting and photographic works that combine geologic abstraction with notions of perception. This exhibition expands on her most recent body of work that, through challenging our relationship with the earth, delves into the implicit power dynamics embedded in common ways of seeing the world. By challenging these common assumptions, these sculptural paintings and photographs explore the nature of vision and the cultural frameworks that bolster world-views.

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


Read more: BMoCA: Gretchen Marie Schaefer

Karma & Faith

The Chancery Art Space

November 1, 2019 - February 7, 2020

  • Opening: Friday, November 1 from 5-8pm
In this exhibition, Artists Karma Phuntsok and Faith Stone explore the traditions of Buddhist Tibetan thangka paintings through a Contemporary re-framing of this ancient art form. Karma layers his thangka paintings with influences from Aboriginal Australian artmakers. Faith's work is deeply rooted in a desire to preserve this beautiful and meaningful Tibetan cultural expression.

Come discover the long history of this artistic tradition with guests Curator Sarah Magnatta, Ph.D., and Artist Faith Stone who will be available to answer any questions you have about the history, philosophy, symbolism and meaning of these works.

We are blessed with such breathtaking works in our inaugural exhibition and invite you to join us to experience the joy and wisdom of these two incredible artists.

The Chancery Art Space
1120 Lincoln Street, Suite 150
Denver, CO 80203
Monday - Friday 11am - 6:30pm 


Colorado Mosaic Artists: Origins

First Congregational Church (1128 Pine St. in Boulder)

October 4 - November 30, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday October 4th from 6-9pm
  • Over 70 mosaics from 20 CMA artists and an art piece from our guest Dianne Sonnenberg
  • Colorado Mosaic Artists (CMA), a non-profit organisation that unites mosaic artists and enthusiasts all over Colorado

The theme for this show originated at a 2 day, intensive workshop given by guest artist, Dianne Sonnenberg, called “Concept to Completion,” said Vice President of CMA, Carrie Doman. “The focus of the weekend was learning how to process a vague concept and create a meaningful work of mosaic art. As the workshop came to a close Dianne challenged the artists to take the theme “Origins,” apply the concepts learned and create a personal work of art with each artist’s unique point of view. Many of the pieces in the show are the result of that challenge. We are so excited to include a piece by Dianne that was created for this exhibition. The show will include more than 70 mosaics, including wall art, 3-dimensional pieces, art created from found objects, and tiles, glass, beads, fabric, shells and rare stone.


All Member Show

CORE New Art Space

August 30 - October 20, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th, 6-9pm
Kathy Mitchelle - Lichen

Newly relocated to the 40West Arts District, this long-standing 38-year old cooperative will be exhibiting a variety of mediums and disciplines from it’s current membership. Don’t miss either exciting First Friday Art Crawls; September 6th, then again on October 4th when the members will have changed out all their work with a fresh new exhibition.

Core New Art Space
6851 W. Colfax Ave. (inside Pasternack’s Art Hub)
Lakewood, CO 80214
Friday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Claudia Roulier and Michelle Lamb: The Night Circus

Core New Art Space

October 25 - November 10, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday October 25, 6-10pm
  • Halloween building bash: Saturday October 26, 6-10pm
  • First Friday Day of the Dead Reception: November 1, 6-10pm
  • All three receptions are costume themed, so trick out or not, treat yourself to food, libations and a raffle chance to win an original piece of artwork
Come one come all step right up marvel at the curious and magical art by artists Claudia Roulier and Michelle Lamb

Roulier’s work features a post-apocalyptic place where darkness and unease dominate a world with no rules. Where up is down and down is nowhere to be found. A place filled with the mysterious, the curious, black magic and strange rituals. Where no one person, animal or thing is innocent.

Lamb’s work features a post-industrial carnival where cannily crafted assemblages reinvent a world with new rules. Where what is below rises above, where the insides are out, and where nature melds with machinery. A place filled with intriguing riddles. Where the obsolete is guilty of beauty.

Core New Art Space
6851 W. Colfax Ave. (inside Pasternack’s Art Hub)
Lakewood, CO 80214
Friday 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM


La Frontera de Cristal (The Crystal Frontier)

Colorado Photographic Arts Center

October 11 - November 23, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday, October 11 (6-9 pm)
  • Featuring Griselda San Martin, Tom Kiefer, and Elliot Ross
Photo by Griselda San Martin from her series The Wall

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center presents La Frontera de Cristal (The Crystal Frontier) an exhibit highlighting three contemporary photographers’ views of the border separating Mexico and the United States.

In her series The Wall, Griselda San Martin documents Friendship Park, a stretch of the border where families meet to share intimate moments through the fence that separates them. Tom Kiefer's current project, El Sueño Americano – The American Dream, features the personal effects and belongings of people apprehended in the desert by U.S. Border Patrol agents. Elliot Ross documents his five-month journey in 2017 with writer Genevieve Allison along the entire length of the 2,000-mile border. Through portraiture and topographical studies of infrastructure imposed on the landscape, American Backyard looks at the reality of American lives on the border.

Named after Carlos Fuentes' 1995 novel, La Frontera de Cristal invites us to look beyond the political rhetoric surrounding the immigration debate and consider fresh perspectives on the landscapes and people that exist in the shadow of the wall.

Colorado Photographic Arts Center
1070 Bannock St
Denver, CO 80204


Instructor Showcase

Curtis Center for the Arts

November 2 - December 28, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Instructor Showcase will feature works from instructors currently teaching classes at the Curtis Center for the Arts in a wide variety of mediums and styles. This exhibit will also display smaller works form the artists that will be priced for the holidays.

Curtis Center for the Arts
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80210
Monday - Friday: 8:30- 4:30; Saturdays - 10am - 4pm


Naturally Colorado

Artists Include: Lauren Lang, Jeff Goudy, Larry Pennington, Kathleen O'Dell Snead,Bridget Calip, Don Gardner and Linda Ghent

Curtis Arts and Humanities Center

September 7 - October 26, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Saturday, September 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 12: Live raptors will be in the gallery from 11am - 2pm
  • Proceeds from sales in this show will benefit Nature’s Educators
Naturally Colorado is a collaboration between seven local photographers designed to celebrate the stunning diversity in both the state’s landscapes and its wildlife. The artists would like viewers to be able to appreciate every aspect fully; from the soaring peaks to the river valleys to the rolling plains – this is how we see our home.

Curtis Arts and Humanities Center
2349 East Orchard Road
Greenwood Village, CO 80210
Monday - Friday: 8:30- 4:30; Saturdays - 10am - 4pm



Center for Visual Art

August 1 - October 19, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday August 2 from 6-8pm
Collectivism, opening August 1 at the Center for Visual Art, MSU Denver invites viewers to explore how working in collectives provides artists an outlet for expression that is different from their individual practice, in particular in areas of activism and humor, and additionally in how those modes of practice overlap. The exhibition features the work of 13 local, international and historic artist collectives including: Ant Farm, Distill Collective, DMB Collective, KUT, Ladies Fancywork Society, Secret Love Collective, Shattered Moon Alliance, subRosa, Tea Project, TVTV, Videofreex, The Women’s Art League and Women’s Video News Service.

“CVA is committed to presenting compelling contemporary exhibitions that spark dialogue and we are pleased to present work created through collective action that so thoughtfully engages with current issues our visitors are eager to discuss including gender, identity, media, privacy, technology and gentrification” says Cecily Cullen, Director and Curator of CVA. “It is our hope that the teamwork and collaboration inherent in this exhibition and the collective examination of contemporary issues will inspire our community to come together in conversation.”

Collectivism includes the work of several local artists collectives including Ladies Fancywork Society, Secret Love Collective and the Women’s Art League showcasing the dynamic creativity and diversity of Colorado’s flourishing art scene.

Boulder-based Women’s Art League will exhibit “vagina china” – their large-scale community art project that explores issues related to sex trafficking, connecting this alarming global reality with a centuries older global trade in Asian ceramics.

Ladies Fancywork Society and Secret Love Collective, both based in Denver, will each exhibit new work. Ladies Fancywork Society to will unfurl Our Lady, a large scale crocheted sculptural intervention while the Secret Love Collective will install an alternative world onsite at CVA replete with an interactive costume closet where visitors can explore different identities and ways of being.

Secret Love Collective will also present a variety of unique events throughout the run of the exhibition including the Parade of Selves and the In Bed By Ten dance party DJed by member DJ L.A. Zwicky on August 2. The group will also host an interactive, art making game show, Collect This!, on October 10 where participants will collect seemingly random elements to make art. Costumes, puppets and potentially artful chaos to ensue.

Other events include an artist talk and performance by the noted cyberfeminist artist collective subRosa. Members Hyla Willis and Faith Wilding will join guests in conversation about their practice on September 5. On September 6, members of subRosa will present a new performance, Gentrification U, that explores the intersections of the higher education industry with housing gentrification, the gig economy, and the new forms of digitizing and monetizing of life and death. All events are free to attend.

Other highlights include the Tea Project whose work shares the voices and experiences of men in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp highlighting the human rights violations of the Global War on Terror. Also included are KUT, an anonymous group of Latvian filmmakers, musicians, artists, politicians and cats and Shattered Moon Alliance, a collaborative duo that explores sci-fi world-building that re-centers feminist perspectives.

Additionally, interactive art making stations throughout the gallery will allow visitors to create their own art and correspond directly with the collectives themselves.

“We feel it is important to provide fun and meaningful opportunities for visitors to not only engage with the exhibition but to also directly interact with the artists,” says Cullen. “By adding these participatory elements within the exhibition, we hope visitors will be inspired to express what is personally meaningful to them and share issues that are important in their communities.”

Collectivism also features the work of two MSU Denver Art Department faculty members, Associate Professor of Art and Collectivism co-curator Tsehai Johnson and Associate Professor of Art Michael Bernhardt. With Distill Collective, Johnson departs from her ceramics practice to create conversational and collaborative drawings through the mail. Bernhardt, of DMB Collective, is one of the three creators of the album War On Christmas which pokes fun at the daily stream of data from the world of current events in politics, as well as the self-absorbed nature of social media and beyond.

MSU Denver Art Department Chair, Associate Professor Art History, Theory and Criticism and Collectivism co-curator Deanne Pytlinski, who has written extensively on 1960’s feminist video art and counterculture, rounds out the exhibition with her selection of videos from prominent, historical experiemental and feminist film collectives including Ant Farm, Videofreex, TVTV and Women’s Video News Service.

Collectivism is organized by the Center for Visual Art and is curated by Cecily Cullen, Director and Curator of CVA, Tsehai Johnson, Associate Professor of Art, MSU Denver and Deanne Pytlinski, Chair, MSU Denver Department of Art and Associate Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism.

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


Fall 2019 MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibition

Center for Visual Art

November 1 - 30, 2019

  • Opening reception: Friday, November 1 from 6-8 pm
msubfaThe Fall 2019 MSU Denver BFA Thesis Exhibition marks the culmination of MSU Denver studio art and communication design students’ education. Graduating students will present their thesis work across one exhibition opening November 1 on view through November 30, 2019.

MSU Denver’s BFA Thesis exhibitions are held bi-annually at the Center for Visual Art located in the heart of Denver’s Arts District on Santa Fe Drive offering students valuable exposure to the broader local arts community. These dynamic exhibitions offer a chance to see some of MSU Denver's best and brightest emerging art and design talent.

The exhibition features the work of 21 artists and designers including: Monique Archuleta, Alexandra Dirksen, Annamarie Dunn, Erin Graboski, Visi Herman, Bradley Kramer, Julie Le, Amber Likun Song, Benjamin Myklebust, Margaret Pollock, Cheyne Potter, Jesse Pudillo-Davila, Sean Reifman, Grace Rink, Helen Rivera, Krystle Ruiz, Kristin Smith, Shaina Smith, Megan Stevens, Hans Wendlant and Jasmine Wynter

MSU Denver BFA graduates explore a variety of social issues in their exhibition including themes around identity, addiction and social interaction. Visitors are invited to interact with select installations and explore their understanding of current issues through work created in diverse media including ceramics, communication design, painting, photography and sculpture.

The Center for Visual Art is a division of the MSU Denver Art Department which is dedicated to providing students an unparalleled urban learning environment and a strong sense of community within the local art scene. In addition to hosting the BFA Thesis exhibitions, the Center for Visual Art contributes to MSU Denver’s status as a higher education art program in Colorado that maintains accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Learn More

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


Terry Decker and Lydia Riegle

D’art Gallery

October 17 - November 10, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday October 18 from 6 – 9 pm
  • Sunday Art of the Brunch on Sunday: October 27 from 11 am - 4 pm
dartThe third exhibition cycle for the D’art Gallery features two concurrent solo exhibitions: “Gems of the West” and “Soulprint” by two member artists, Terry Decker and Lydia Riegle. Terry Decker and Lydia Riegle will give Artist Talks on their process and inspiration in creating their work on Sunday, November 10 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

D'art Gallery
900 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, Colorado



The Dairy Arts Center

October 18 - December 1, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday October 18 at 5pm
Kathleen Probst

Land affects all of us. From the moment we take our first steps to the realization that the land we walk on may not actually belong to us, the place where we settle, grow, and become who we are shapes us in unexpected and often unbelievable ways.

Artists, in particular, have always been drawn to the grandeur of the land and have been able to interpret and scrutinize it with honed detail in many different forms. Some artists connect to the earth through physical touch and interaction, performing on top or within a landscape, while even more artists use traditional methods of creation to process the landscape that surrounds them. With Grounded, the Dairy Art Center focuses on three distinct approaches to artists reacting to their landscape.

In the MacMillan Family Lobby extended through the Hand/Rudy Gallery is artist Sonja Hinrichsen. Presented primarily through photographic documentation, Hinrichsen’s ephemeral Snow Drawings “accentuate natural features and emphasize the sublime beauty” hidden beneath the freshly fallen snow of the sites she chooses or is invited to work with. Often collaborating with a large group of public volunteers, Hinrichsen guides groups in the creation of snow drawings, created through walking looping paths with snowshoes in fields of snow or on frozen lakes.

In the Hand/Rudy Gallery, Hinrichsen traces the looping, man-made lines from her various snow drawings over the years. Through a series of performances, Hinrichsen traces images of the projected landscape, while documenting the performance. Building upon each performance she projects the documentation and traces the relief on top of the evidence of the prior. The layered work that is left within the gallery space is an artifact of observation, physical connection to the land, and feels topographical in nature.

The Polly Addison Gallery takes a different approach to landscape with the hard-edged fiber abstractions of Idaho-based artist Kathleen Probst. Her works are interested in pairing down a composition to the most essential elements, showcasing the artist’s intricate quilting technique and hand-dyed fabric. With forms reminiscent of icebergs, jutting mountain peaks, and folded origami sculpture, Probst subverts these sharp, powerful objects in a softened, welcoming way through her use of color and material.

ReCalling Re/Call in the McMahon Gallery, guest curated by Louise Martorano, Executive Director of Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver, invites six artists to reflect on their own work in connection to the land. Created almost a year ago, Re/Call, created by Martorano and Mary Caulkins, asked a group of artists to lead the public through a weekend of performance, interactive sculpture, discussion, and reflection within the sprawling landscape of Fairplay, CO.

This exhibition invites a selection of these artists back into a gallery space to present similar works for a different audience. Artists of the bARTer Collective ask us all to publically consider and share our personal relationship to the land, while artist Eileen Roscina Richardson utilizes natural materials found in her personal landscape to create kaleidoscopic sculpture paired with closely observed illustrations. Artist Gregg Deal collaborates with his daughter to create Invisible Loss Movement, a performance work that eliminates all color, flair, and music from a tribal powwow, only leaving behind a black, silent placeholder for the audience that is invited to watch. Climate research scientist Tyler Jones, asks his viewers to consider the sound of climate change through various one-on-one interviews that he presents via sound and video installation.

Grounded will open on October 18th, starting at 5:00 pm. At 5:30 pm a brief introduction and discussion of the works on view will be made. At 6:00 pm the second of three performances by exhibiting artist Sonja Hinrichsen will begin. The reception is an opportunity to meet and mingle with the artists and curators. Live music, light fare for attendees, plus drinks available for purchase. All receptions are free and open to the public.

Artist Sonja Hinrichsen will be hosting a series of three public performances as part of her exhibition. Please join us Thursday, October 17th, Friday, October 18th, and Saturday, October 19th at 6:00pm for her performances.

Dairy Arts Center
2590 Walnut St
Boulder, CO. 80302


Eyes On: Jonathan Saiz

Denver Art Museum - Hamilton Building (Level 4)

May 12 - November 17, 2019

Eyes On Jonathan Saiz
Jonathan Saiz, Study for Utopia, 2018. Mixed media
Courtesy of the artist and K Contemporary Gallery, Photo by Wes Magyar. © Jonathan Saiz

Jonathan Saiz’s installation #WhatisUtopia is comprised of a column covered with 10,000 tiny drawings, paintings, and sculptures. By definition, utopia is “an imagined community or society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.” The artist employs social media to spark conversation and document responses about our ability to re-envision and embody a modern utopia. More than 10,000 artworks were made to be given away after the end of the exhibition.

Consider Jonathan Saiz's invitation to join his dialogue about utopia. Engage through Instagram at @utopia_is_free with the hashtag #WhatisUtopia or #JonathanSaizatDAM.

Details about the giveaway will be posted beginning October 2019. To receive email notification, register at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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


Our Planet

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts

September 19 - November 13, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 19th from 4 to 7 pm
  • Featuring guest artists Natascha Seideneck and Anna Kaye
NataschaSeideneck OilHorizon
Natascha Seideneck - Oil Horizon

This exhibit features artwork created by DAVA (Downtown Aurora Visual Arts) youth during summer programs. Artworks by guest artists Anna Kaye and Natascha Seideneck add depth to this environment themed exhibition. Our Planet opens to the public on Thursday, September 19th from 4 to 7 pm with film screenings. 

Inspired by field trips and talks about water, climate change and natural ecosystems with Aurora Water and Bluff Lake Nature Center, DAVA students explored the natural environment and the urgent need to respect our planet… Middle and high school Job Training students created a totem and a mural which will then be on display at Bluff Lake Nature Center. Younger students in the Open Studio built a large paper maché ponderosa pine with a background of a forest ecosystem. They also engaged in discussions about plastic in the ocean and climate change through a ceramic arctic landscape and mixed media ocean animals.

Guest artists add content about forest fire, climate change and environmental disasters in innovative ways. Anna Kaye’s drawings and animation represent the life coming back after a forest fire through an ongoing study of burnt wood and the changing landscape. Natascha Seideneck’ s photo based artworks explore current and past changes of the landscapes causes by human activity and natural disasters.

Computer Art Lab students used moving image to reveal social and environmental concerns during a collaboration between DAVA and the Colorado Film School. The resulting short films are included in this exhibit. They tell powerful stories using different formats: digital animation, stop motion, live action film and documentary. Film screenings will take place during the opening reception and throughout the duration of the show.

All of DAVA’s exhibits are free and open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or by appointment. For more information about the exhibits, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Downtown Aurora Visual Arts is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to strengthen the community through the arts with a primary focus on youth engagement.

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



Shantell Martin: Underlined

In the project room: Adam Milner: If digging something up makes it true, what does burying do?

David B. Smith Gallery

September 27 - November 2, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Friday, September 27th, from 6 - 8pm
Shantell Martin, KINDNESS, 2019, ink on paper, 24.25 x 18.13 in. (61.5 x 46 cm)

David B. Smith Gallery is proud to present Underlined, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Shantell Martin. Born in London, Martin’s reputation as a visual artist, designer, and cultural influencer is recognized around the globe. A textbook mover and shaker, Martin transcends media, bringing energy and authenticity to her iconic black and white drawings.

Opening in tandem with her solo exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, in Underlined, Martin will feature 6 new works on canvas and 12 works on paper, along with objects and custom furniture throughout the main gallery. Via curving continuous lines punctuated with faces, figures, and words, Martin offers insight into her subconscious. Created primarily in an automatic drawing style, without any sketches or compositional studies done beforehand, each piece resonates with an unmistakable quality of flow that has become her trademark.

Playful, insightful, and imbued with both personal and universal meaning, Shantell Martin’s natural skill and casual elegance are boldly featured in Underlined.
Adam Milner, 2019, glazed stoneware and 3D printed steel, 11 x 8.5 x 1 in. (27.94 x 21.59 x 2.54 cm)

Returning for his third solo exhibition with David B. Smith Gallery, Denver-born, Brooklyn-based artist Adam Milner continues his dialog with the various ways we keep and let go of the things around us. Milner’s deeply personal practice attempts to reconcile the things in his life through gestures of clinging, containing, combining, and releasing.

If digging something up makes it true, what does burying do? features a series of ceramic wall sculptures which incorporate personal mementos and artifacts. Drawing upon display systems of the home, museum, and store, Milner carefully brings items into dialogue with each other and gives attention to their support structures. The locks of hair of strangers, given to the artist during previous exhibitions, hang from ceramic hooks. 3D-printed steel wishbone fragments carefully rest on tiny shelves. A full moon, sculpted from life and cast in plaster, takes over one assemblage.

Scaled to American letter sized paper (8.5 x 11 inches), Milner’s works speak to the familiarity of standard formatting and its automatic intelligibility. The ceramic tablets position themselves as documents, whether they be love letters or contracts, and create a new system of value through collected fragments. In his ongoing investigation into the poetics of archiving and arranging, potentially overlooked items are thoughtfully reappraised and granted new dignity.

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


Read more: David B. Smith: Shantell Martin & Adam Milner

Trine Bumiller: This Land

Western History Art Gallery at the Denver Central Library (5th Floor)

September 8 - December 12, 2019

  • Opening Reception: Sunday September 8th from 2-4pm
This Land is the title of the popular song by Woody Guthrie. In it he sings of the incredibly beautiful American landscape repeating that it is land that belongs to us. The original song (including two verses often left out) was considered a protest song against the vast income inequalities that exist in the United States, and against the sufferings of millions during the Great Depression. It seems appropriate to address this with paintings about national parks in a federally owned building. Both are public spaces, both are places that everyone can access and appreciate.

The exhibition includes paintings from several different series, all of which include some direct reference to public lands of the United States. Rocky Mountain National Park, where I was an artist in residence, is represented by many of the100 Paintings for100 Years series, completed during the centennial of the park. A Denali National Park residency appears in the form of several multi-paneled paintings, abstract renditions of facets of the Alaska landscape. Preparatory sketches reveal the process behind the paintings.

To paint a place is to know it and in these paintings, I have tried to depict not just the factual aspects of a landscape but the myriad details and moments that make up one’s personal experience of a place. From reflections in water, to light through branches, to textures of a rock, the paint, applied in many transparent layers, delves into a world beyond what is seen. A memory of the place, as a sensory impression, becomes the historical record. The many paths taken to absorb the different biospheres become evident in the use of multiple panels and seemingly endless repetitions, alluding to the passage of time and the span of distance and area.

To record a place is to commit it to more than memory but to also mark its existence. In this time of diminishing resources and natural spaces, the making of the paintings becomes a ritual, or a prayer, and the outcome becomes both a record of, and an anthem to the environment. That this environment is ours to appreciate, use and learn from, is a parallel to the library itself, a place of public domain, where people come to gain knowledge about worlds beyond their own.  -Trine Bumiller, September 2019

Western History Gallery
Denver Public Library, Central Branch (5th Floor)
10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Denver, CO 80204
Mon and Tues: 10am - 8pm
Wed to Fri: 10am – 6pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm
Sun: 1-5pm


Faith Williams: Anthropocene

Stephen Shugart: Fractures

Edge Gallery

October 4 - 20, 2019

  • Artist’s Reception: Friday, October 11th from 6 - 10p
  • Special Gallery Lights Out Evening: Friday, October 18th from 6 - 10p
  • New Location: 6851 W. Colfax in Lakewood, In the art hub at Pasternack’s
  • One block west of Casa Bonita and one block east of Edge's old location in the 40 West Arts District
  • See EDGE’s Fence Art Installation on the 40 West ArtLine: 



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