Arvada Center’s Winter Gallery Exhibitions Center on Chairs

This January, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities hosts in SITu, three gallery exhibitions that explore the artistic potential of chairs opening January 18. A Latin term, in situ means: “in its original place” or “in position.” In the Upper Gallery, 50 artists transform 50 IKEA IVAR chairs into works of art as part of an Art Chair Auction. In the Theatre Gallery, chairs from the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art will be on display featuring a selection of designer chairs from the museum’s collection. And in the Main Gallery, From the Artist’s Perspective shows the interactive connection between an artist and their studio chair. Also on view around the Center is Victory by Stephen Farland and Brian Sartor, massive soldier statues made entirely of handmade chairs and chair parts. in SITu opens January 18 with a free public reception, and runs until April 1, 2018. The exhibitions are sponsored by Lutheran Medical Center.

in SITu

January 18 – April 1, 2018

Art Chair Auction

January 18 – April 1, 2018

Final Bidding Reception: March 31, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Upper Gallery

Images will be available December 30 https://www.flickr.com/photos/arvadacenter

50 of IKEA’s IVAR chair were generously donated by IKEA Centennial for artists to transform. These wooden chairs have been turned into sculptures, art objects, and re-imagined functional chairs, and will all be offered for auction throughout the duration of the exhibition. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Arvada Center Exhibitions program and will help keep our galleries free.

Chairs from Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

January 18 – April 1, 2018
Theatre Gallery
Images will be available December 30 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/arvadacenter

The Theatre Gallery will feature a selection of designer chairs from Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver. See a wide-ranging display of chairs from functional to sculptural, sleek and modern to audacious by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, Frank Lloyd Wright and Verner Panton.

From the Artist’s Perspective

January 18 – April 1, 2018
Main Gallery
Images now available at http://bit.ly/2Bf9puV

A prevalent element all artist studios have in common is a chair. No matter the type, style, or medium of work created by the artist, the studio chair is an important tool for their creative practice. In this exhibition, artwork by twenty-nine artists can be viewed while sitting in the artist’s studio chair, which will be situated in front of their work. While viewing artwork from the artist’s own studio chair, visitors can ponder each piece and hopefully gain a glimpse of the artist’s vision. 

Special Events and Exhibition Discussions

Opening reception for all exhibitions:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

6 – 9 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Chair Auction

The auction begins January 18, 2018, and ends March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

Final Bidding Reception: March 31, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Auction preview begins December 30 at https://galabid.com/auction/arvadacenter