From the iconic “Blue Bear” at the Colorado Convention Center to the thought provoking blue Mustang at Denver International Airport, Denver’s collection of public art beautifies the city and supports local, national, and international talent. To celebrate 25 years of public art projects, Arts & Venues Public Art program brings you Beyond Blue. The exhibits will be on display at the McNichols Building third floor and in the lobbies of the Buell Theatre through December. These exhibits feature 75 artworks by 46 artists represented in the city’s distinguished collection.
These works, selected from the artists’ own archives and other collections, will both surprise viewers and provide insight into the artists’ process and style.
Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 by an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted by ordinance in 1991 by Mayor Wellington E. Webb, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the city, be set aside for the inclusion of art in the design and construction of these projects. The city’s collection has grown to more than 350 works by such notable artists as Luis Jimenez, Lawrence Argent, Trine Bumiller and Donald Lipski.
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