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Art of the State: a Juried Exhibition of Colorado opens tomorrow

Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition

Walter Barton "Ursa Arctos" in Art of the State
Ursa Arctos by Walter Barton

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to present Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado. This statewide juried exhibition garnered 1,635 entries from 588 artists living and working in Colorado. Selections were made by Arvada Center Exhibition Manager and Curator, Collin Parson, and the Clyfford Still Museum’s Director, Dean Sobel. Parson and Sobel chose 191 works by 160 artists that represent a wide range of approaches from traditional to experimental.

Emphasizing the Arvada Center’s commitment to supporting Colorado artists, this exhibition will showcase the quality, depth and diversity of works being created in the state by emerging and established artists. This juried exhibition was open to all Colorado artists in all media. For the first time, all three of the Arvada Center’s galleries, over 10,000 sq. ft., will be dedicated to one exhibition, and there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy.


Art of the State CatalogCatalogs available for purchase at bit.ly/ArtofStateCatalog

Also available as an interactive e-book for iPad and iPhone at bit.ly/ArtofStateEbook


Arvada Beer Company supports local art!Opening Reception and Awards Presentation

Thursday, January 24, 6 – 9 p.m.
Opening reception beer provided by Arvada Beer Company.  All proceeds benefit Galleries at the Arvada Center.

A New Year, A New Executive Director: Meet Philip Sneed

Last week we bragged about all the new things the Arvada Center has in store for 2013….

Here’s one more to add to our list!

The City of Arvada has announced the hiring of Philip C. Sneed as the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities new Executive Director. The announcement concludes a seven month national search to fill the Center’s top position. Sneed who currently serves as the Producing Artistic Director of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival will assume his duties beginning February 4, 2013.

For Sneed, coming to the Arvada Center is a homecoming. “I received my very first paycheck as a working artist back in 1976, performing in the second play ever produced at the Arvada Center.” He went on to say, “I am deeply honored to come back to Arvada and to be entrusted with the leadership of a cultural organization that supports artists and offers a creative place for the community to experience the arts.”

David Cooke, Chair of the Arvada Council for the Arts and Humanities sees Sneed as an excellent choice. “He brings so much to the table in terms of regional presence through his years with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.” He said, “His experience in forging new partnerships and supporting donor development will further the Arvada Center’s position as the premiere multi-disciplined organization in the western United States.”

“From our first meeting with Philip, we knew we had found a person that was truly passionate about the arts and carried the broad knowledge required to lead the Arvada Center.” Stated Mark G. Deven, City Manager for the City of Arvada, “We are thrilled to have someone who has deep connections to the Arvada Center and also brings strong experience in the arts and community relationships.” Deven went on to say, “We feel we have found the right Executive Director to lead the Arvada Center into its next phase of growth.”

Prior to accepting the position, Sneed spent six and a half years as Producing Artistic Director of the prestigious Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF). He arrived in Boulder after spending twelve years as Artistic Director of The Foothill Theatre Company/Sierra Shakespeare Festival in Nevada City, California. While in California, Sneed initiated a cultural exchange program with the Maxim Gorky Theatre of Vladivostok, Russia, which resulted in seven projects, including a bilingual Hamlet in Russia, a new adaptation of Dracula, which he directed at the Gorky, and a CSF co-production of The Inspector General in 2011.  Nationally respected by his peers, Sneed recently served two terms as President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America.

What’s In Store for 2013 at The Arvada Center

2013 has almost 2,013 new things launching here at the Arvada Center! Well, not quite 2,013, but we do have TONS of new things coming on line this year!

Every department here at the Arvada Center is looking forward to launching new titles, new initiatives and new improvements to our facility and programs!

Here’s a glimpse into some of the new developments here at The Arvada Center…

  • New Main Gallery floor re-finished Jan 8, 2013
  • We will be launching a new website along with better ticketing/seating and education class system improvements
  • Sidewalks are currently being replaced and repaired all around the Arvada Center
  • Energy efficiency upgrades and additional lighting for safety and security will be made to the exterior lighting and will include the parking lots, building and sidewalks around the Center
  • We will soon be upgrading and adding improvements and new equipment to our security system
  • Galleries will be implementing new and improved digital interactive technology for experiencing the gallery exhibitions with your smartphone and/or tablet
  • Summer 2013 – we will bring new Summer Ceramics Visiting Artists Workshops
  • Summer 2013 – we are announcing new Summer Camps including:

    • Story Inspired Creations (visual art camp)
    • Arts and Discovery (science and art camp)
    • Passport to Seuss-ville (drama camp)
    • Character Journeys (drama camp)
  • This February, we launch our new Children’s Theater title,  No Dogs Allowed
  • The Summer 2013 Drama Camp Teen Intensive title is Footloose
  • Inaugural musical performance for the Arvada Center Theater Academy – title is to be announced
  • Front Range Youth Symphony is commissioning a new piece to be premiered at Arvada Center
  • We are launching a teacher professional development program about Arts-Infused Instruction in cooperation with Think360 Arts Complete Education. This is open to all elementary school teachers.
  • We are also developing Extended Outreach classes for Before & After School enrichment programs
  • Development department is launching a VIP Program – The Marquee Club -  that offers donors
    exclusive access to several new “behind the scenes” events, networking opportunities and unique art experiences.

We hope you join us this year so that you too can enjoy all these new programs and improvements and THANK YOU to all of our supporters that make these new things happen! Here’s to a great NEW year!


Happy New Year! Watch what we are starting the year with!

Happy *New* Year!

Welcome to 2013!

The Arvada Center is ready to tackle 2013 with a new art exhibition, a new children’s theater musical,  a new teen Theater Academy, and new education classes!

Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to present Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado. This statewide juried exhibition garnered 1,635 entries from 588 artists living and working in Colorado. Selections were made by Arvada Center Exhibition Manager and Curator, Collin Parson, and the Clyfford Still Museum’s Director, Dean Sobel. Parson and Sobel chose 191 works by 160 artists that represent a wide range of approaches from traditional to experimental.

Emphasizing the Arvada Center’s commitment to supporting Colorado artists, this exhibition will showcase the quality, depth and diversity of works being created in the state by emerging and established artists. This juried exhibition was open to all Colorado artists in all media. For the first time, all three of the Arvada Center’s galleries, over 10,000 sq. ft., will be dedicated to one exhibition, and there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy.

<learn more>
http://arvadacenter.org/galleries/art-of-the-state-a-juried-exhibition-of-colorado

 

 


No Dogs Allowed!

Written by “Maria” from Sesame Street – Sonia Manzano"No Dogs Allowed" Childrens Theater at Arvada Center
Music by Stephan Lawrence
Lyrics by Billy Aronson

Leaving the Bronx for a day at the lake is a real treat for Iris and her close-knit, extended family. Despite Papi’s instructions to pack light, Mami brings enough food for the tri-state region and Iris sneaks in the family dog.  After all, El Exigente is part of la familia. The trip is marked by memorable misadventure, but the family finally arrives at the lake, only to discover there are … No Dogs Allowed! Humor and cooperation save the day in this warm and cheery family venture.

<learn more>
http://arvadacenter.org/on-stage/no-dogs-allowed

 

 

 


Theater Academy

The Arvada Center Theater Academy offers talented youth, ages 13 – 18, a small-enrollment, high-level, in-depth program of theater Youth Teen Theater Academy Company instruction. This program is designed for serious actors who are interested in progressing as an artist and who desire a career in acting. Theater Academy Company actors perform in two productions each year and deepen their skills and knowledge in the areas of character work, scene study, auditioning, and production training.

<learn more>
http://arvadacenter.org/education/theater-academy-company

 

 

 

 

 

 


Winter Education Classes

Enroll yourself, your family or a little one in one of our new arts education classes. We offer classes for ages 18 months and up! Choose from classes in pottery, dance, singing, improv comedy and more! And register now for our Spring Break Camps – these fill up fast!

<view our catalog>
http://static.arvadacenter.org/docs/edcat_winter_2012_13_web-1-201211211515.pdf

and visit http://arvadacenter.org/education for more info!