Exhibitions

Lynn Heitler Retrospective

03/17/2017 to 05/15/2017

The works in this retrospective show are primarily monotypes, etchings and monoprints. A number of her paper works start with a base of calligraphy and other imagery, and then layered wtih inks and chine-collé materials  to give depth and richness to each unique work of art.

Veterans Affairs Art Exhibit

02/11/2017 to 02/26/2017

Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at Veterans Affairs health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition including 51 categories in the visual arts division.

Picture Me Here: Stories of Hope and Resilience by Refugees and Immigrants

01/29/2017 to 04/30/2017

This exhibition features work by participants from local and international Picture Me Here programs since the organization’s inception four years ago.

Tectonic SHIFT | Dynamics of Change

01/29/2017 to 05/07/2017

Curated by Bobbi Walker (Walker Fine Art) Tectonic SHIFT is a collective exhibition of regional artists exploring the concept of change.

SPOKES

09/15/2016 to 12/31/2016

SPOKES: A tribute to Colorado's Cycling Culture Through Art
Curated by Ivar Zeile
Supported by Denver Arts & Venues, White Rhino Customs and New Belgium Brewing Company

SPOKES is a tribute to Colorado’s cycling culture through art. The multi-faceted exhibition takes place at the McNichols Building in Denver, Colorado’s Civic Center Park, organized to coincide with the building’s most recent renovations.

Elevated

09/15/2016 to 12/31/2016

“Elevated” by Ian Houghton and Steven Derks.
Made of steel and aluminum.
Sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company and Visit Denver.

Art of Sport: Iconic Photographs of American Legends from 1956-today

09/15/2016 to 01/08/2017

This exhibition presents the work of legendary Denver photographer Rich Clarkson, known for his work featuring American sports icons.

I’ve got a bike! : Artists Respond to the Bicycle

09/15/2016 to 01/08/2017

Colorado is one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation. Bicycling and bicycle design can inspire and influence the creative process of the artist. Exploring that theme Colorado artists have created original work in a variety of media including installations, murals, video, paintings, written word and sound displayed alongside the classic or unique bicycles that inspired them.

100 Paintings for 100 Years

08/01/2015 to 09/13/2015

In the exhibition 100 Paintings for 100 Years the artist commemorates the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park by showcasing 100 paintings from her immersive residency experience.

Kevin Robb Contemporary Metal Sculptures

04/03/2015 to 09/13/2015

Kevin Robb is a Colorado contemporary metal sculptor whos unique, free flowing sculptures can be found throughout North America, Europe and Australia.  

Vis-á-vis: Biennial Ambassadors Residency Exhibition

07/14/2015 to 07/26/2015

Exhibition featuring work created during the Biennial Ambassadors residencies in Denver and Mexico City.

The Art of Rock: Remembering the 1960s

04/11/2015 to 09/13/2015

This exhibition highlights the early years of Rock & Roll when rock music was accessible to all and popular music played an undeniable role in defining the character and spirit of the 1960s.

Press Play

03/21/2015 to 06/28/2015

Press Play is presented by RedLine as part of a series of city-wide exhibitions to engage all ages and demographics in play.  This site specific exhibition includes a series of digital prints, video projections, video games and large scale installations.

From Dead Serious to Great Fun: A Month of Photography Feature

01/10/2015 to 03/29/2015

This exhibition highlights the work of renowned American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman (1906-1979) and a selection by current members of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). Philippe Halsman was the first president of the ASMP, an organization dedicated to serving the professional photographic community for over 70 years.

James Dixon Sculptures

11/01/2014 to 03/15/2015

Three large-scale sculptures by Denver artist James Dixon are featured at the McNichols Building. Dixon created each piece using a combination of iron and metal recycled clothes hangers. Although previously known for his bronze sculptures, these more recent works are part of Dixon’s series exploring transparency and textured surfaces. Inspired by Imagine 2020, this exhibition supports the cultural plan’s goals of integrating arts, culture and creativity into daily life, work and play, and celebrating our local talent. James Dixon is represented locally by Walker Fine Art. 

Culture Catalyst : Celebrating 20 years of Art at DIA

12/20/2014 to 03/08/2015

Culture Catalyst features historical elements reflecting the ground-breaking inaugural collection at Denver International Airport, new temporary commissions in celebration of twenty years of cultural impact and a sneak peek of what lies ahead for the fifth busiest airport in North America.

AIGACO25: Impacting Colorado Through 25 Years of Design

08/07/2014 to 12/07/2014

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the national professional association for design, turns 100 in 2014. This exhibition celebrates the accomplishments of AIGA Colorado and the impact design has had as a creative form in Colorado’s design history.

Fashion/Culture

08/21/2014 to 12/21/2014

The exhibition Fashion/Culture showcases Colorado artists using photography to explore the intersections between art, fashion, beauty and contemporary culture.

(Residency): Process to Consumption

05/09/2014 to 07/27/2014

The (Residency) Project & Exhibition: Process to Consumption is presented by Create Denver, which provides eight Denver-based artists with limited studio time on the third floor of the McNichols Building, three 4-feet by 4-feet wood ”vessels” in which to create their work, and the opportunity to highlight their process to the public over a two-month period leading to the final exhibition, July 10-27. The process and exhibition will challenge both the artist and audience, providing unique opportunities to approach the boundaries of the unfinished aesthetic, share in dialog, and observe the artists’ creative process from conception to the many stages, methods and perspectives of execution.

The Printed Square: International Fashion Scarves Dressing Up a War

06/14/2014 to 08/10/2014

More than 40 fashion scarves designed by international artists and manufactured by the renowned and innovative Ascher Company, London during World War II. Included in the exhibition are Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, and Henry Moore, who along with other artists lifted up the spirits of the wearer during a time of austerity.

The New West: Contemporary Perspectives of the Rocky Mountain Region

02/13/2014 to 06/01/2014

This exhibition features work by Western contemporary artists, each expressing a very personal connection to the Rocky Mountain Region. From abstracted landscapes to depictions of the modern cowboy to symbolic images of the West, these artists create an interesting and thought-provoking visual juxtaposition.

Open Press 25th Anniversary

01/09/2014 to 04/27/2014

Open Press 25th Anniversary
A Celebration of Tradition and Experimentation of the Fine Art Print
Exhibition dates:  January 9 – April 27, 2014

This exhibition celebrates the history and legacy of master printmaker Mark Lunning’s enduring impact on Denver’s art community since opening his printmaking studio, Open Press, in 1989.  With more than 50 artists hand-picked by Lunning himself, the exhibition will feature a wide range of styles and approaches to fine art printmaking.  Open Press coincides with the city-wide “Month of Printmaking” celebration in March 2014.

Posada: Mexican Master Printmaker

10/29/2013 to 02/02/2014

Denver Arts & Venues in collaboration with the Mexican Consulate and the Mexican Cultural Center present the exhibition Posada: Mexican Master Printmaker, featuring 90 works of the artist’s famous calavera (skull) and political prints. José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) is considered Mexico’s most notable printmaker. Posada used the image of the calavera, or skull, to poke fun at the bourgeois culture of the time and bring attention to Porfirio Diaz’s political reign. Diaz’s thirty-five year dictatorship over Mexico was a period of great progress for the country but the benefits were felt only by the very few. Millions of people worked in dire conditions and the prints of Posada reflected the despair of the people. Posada’s graphic illustrations were an important communication tool as many of the Mexican people of the time were illiterate. Posada died during the Mexican Revolution unknown and penniless. It was not until later in the 1920s when his prints were discovered. Today, Posada’s imagery is most often associated with the Day of the Dead celebration however, the revolutionary political themes, social commentary and imagery of his work are still poignant and relevant.

Beyond Blue: Celebrating 25 years of Public Art in Denver

09/19/2013 to 12/22/2013

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. Beyond Blue celebrates 25 years of public art projects by featuring 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 and provide insight into their artistic process and style. Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 by an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by Mayor Wellington E. Webb in 1991, 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 over 350 works by such notable artists as Luis Jimenez, Lawrence Argent, Trine Bumiller and Donald Lipski.

Coral Sphere

12/11/2012 to 05/21/2015
Coral Sphere by acclaimed Mexico City artist, Yvonee Domenge Semi-permanent outdoor installation This eye-catching blue steel sculpture was acquired from the prestigious Boeing Galleries of Millennium Park in Chicago, where it was on display since 2011. Denver was one of many cities across the country who submitted proposals to obtain the artwork, and we are honored and delighted to have been selected.

First Draft

07/16/2013 to 09/01/2013
July 16 - September 1 First Draft is a companion to Draft Urbanism and part of the 2013 Denver Biennial of the Americas. The exhibition examines the relationship between the artistic process and drafting. Featuring the work of twenty-three Colorado artists, the exhibition highlights the role of the artist as an investigator of new or unfamiliar ideas and forms. In this sense, a draft, rather than being a stage on the way to a final version, is a completed work of art in itself, representing a paused moment within an artist’s exploratory practice.

Built by Design

07/16/2013 to 09/01/2013
Since 1991, the Museum of Outdoor Arts' Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young Colorado artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative public art projects. This year, professional artists Susan Porteous, Susan Stites and Yumi Janairo Roth worked with students from Regis University, Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design and University of Colorado Boulder to create exciting and original works at the McNichols. The pieces explore issues of ignorance and prejudice, the freedom of imagination, and honoring the past.

Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA

04/04/2013 to 07/28/2013
Denver Arts & Venues and PLUS GALLERY are proud to present Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA, an exhibition of paintings by the young and talented contemporary Chinese artist based in Denver. Selected works created during the 2012 URRA Art Residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina will be shown for the first time. Xi Zhang was selected by Denver’s Biennial of the Americas to represent the United States in the distinguished program that every year brings together approximately 15 artists from around the world. This exhibition features artworks created by Xi Zhang from 2011 to 2013, from his bold and emotionally raw canvases illustrating figures in turmoil to the amusing vignettes inspired by 14th-century Chinese art. Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA brings together the artist’s strongest work to date showing why he is undoubtedly one of the most seminal artists working in Colorado today. Xi Zhang: 21st Century DNA is a collaborative exhibition project supported by the Cultural Partner Program at the McNichols Civic Center Building.

Traveling Route 40: Celebrating the Character of Colfax Avenue

02/28/2013 to 04/21/2013
Whether characterized as the longest continuous main street in the United States or the gateway to the Rockies, Colfax Avenue has been at the epicenter of entrepreneurial and cultural activities in the metro area for 150 years. Traveling Route 40: Celebrating the Character of Colfax Avenue is a tribute to the Avenue’s rich history, its present personality and its possibilities for the future. In conjunction with the 2013 Month of Photography Denver, 40 West Arts District and Colfax's business district partners invited photographers to capture the ever-changing character of Colfax Avenue. From its beginning as a dusty road, to its heyday of mansions for the Denver elite, to the neon-celebration of the 1950s, there's no place quite like Colfax. This exhibition was juried by Richard Van Pelt and is supported by the McNichols Cultural Partner Program.

In Camera Abstractions

02/15/2013 to 04/21/2013
This exhibition features the work of local artists Sabin Aell, John Davenport, Ethan Jackson and David Sharpe. This talented group manipulates work within the camera rather than digitally. Through multiple exposures on slide film, Sabin Aell juxtaposes industrial refineries with delicate specimens from the Museum of Nature & Science. John Davenport & Lincoln Phillips also work with multiple exposure photography, although the artist’s hand changes. Davenport initially runs the roll and then passes it onto Phillips without mentioning his content or subjects. Only after the film has been processed, can the two artists fully experience their compositions. Ethan Jackson interacts with light as material, utilizing the optics of camera obscura. Finally, David Sharpe’s color pinhole photographs capture the remote and otherworldly characteristics of the Colorado Eastern Plains. Pinhole photography is seldom produced in color, but the intense saturation of these abstract photographs vividly portray the natural extremities of the plains. This exhibition is curated by Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program, and is featured in conjunction with Month of Photography (MoP), a celebration of fine art photography through hundreds of collaborative public events throughout Denver and the region during March and April 2013.

Design by Colorado

10/24/2012 to 04/14/2013
Comprising the fields of furniture, consumer products, communication, interior design, and fashion, the Design by Colorado exhibition features some of Colorado’s leading designers, while highlighting the state’s thriving creative sector. The exhibit, in conjunction with Create Denver and Colorado Creative Industries, was originally shown at Denver International Airport in 2011. The 2012 – 2013 Design by Colorado exhibition presents the next level of dynamic design from local businesses, presented by Create Denver and sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Lightscapes by Collin Parson

10/24/2012 to 03/29/2013
Denver artist Collin Parson presents a body of artworks which combine light, space, color and dimension. Each glowing light box changes colors in subtle intervals creating unique meditative experiences.

Divine Matrix Flow by Highraff

10/24/2012 to 01/15/2013
Outdoor installation In January 2012, São Paulo’s famed street artist Highraff made a trip to Denver to paint this Divine Matrix Flow, a mural for the Denver International Airport Art & Culture Program as part of the live painting event Terminal Kings, presented by the University of Denver. Highraff’s nature-insipred abstractions are a spiritual exercise that marries mathematics and nature, pattern and accident. For Denver Arts Week, Divine Matrix Flow, will be transformed into a sculpture as it makes a rare appearance outside the secure environment of the airport: no boarding pass required!

FUERA de la FRONTERA/Outside the Border

10/24/2012 to 01/13/2013
Denver Arts & Venues in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Colorado Creative Industries, and the Museo de las Americas bring together 16 contemporary Colorado Hispanic artists, presenting works in various media including site-specific installations. Artists include: Esteban Blanco, Lui Ferreyra, Carlos Fresquez, David Ocelotl Garcia, Quintin Gonzalez, Ana Maria Hernando, Jolt, Emilio Lobato, Bob Maes, Delilah Montoya, Tony Ortega, Don Quade, Daniel Salazar, Derrick Velasquez, Mark Villarreal, Frank Zamora.

“Before I Die” by Candy Chang

07/01/2013 to 09/24/2013
Location: Outdoor Exhibition "Before I die I want to ___" is a global public art project that invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public space. Originally created on an abandoned house in the artist’s neighborhood in New Orleans after losing someone she loved, the project is about remembering what is important to you and creating public spaces that better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals. Visit Before I die at the McNichols Building to contribute your own wishes and goals.

Art for Industry: Textile Design in the Modern Age

08/03/2013 to 10/26/2013

Location: Boettcher Cultural Pavilion (Second Floor) Art for Industry features a selection of mid-century textiles that represent an era of transition in the furnishing fabric industry. During World War II, textiles reflected the austerity of the time with quiet and simple designs. In the years following the war, a sense of hope and rebuilding infused the arts resulting in a dramatic shift in style. A few progressive textile manufacturers’ desire for innovation took a risk and pushed the industry by commissioning non-traditional designers such as fine artists, graphic designers, architects, and others to design textiles. The result was a progressive and bold explosion of color, shape and pattern unlike what was produced by the industry before. These modern and avant-garde textiles are still visually engaging and influence textile designers today. Featured in this exhibit are textiles designed by Henry Moore, Marino Marini, Herbert Bayer, Frank Lloyd Wright and Zandra Rhodes.

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