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.
|Mary Jo Aardsma||James Crane III||David Griffin||Mark Lunning||Cheryl Rogers|
|Patricia Aaron||Rebecca Cuming||Kent Gunnufson||Brandon Maldonado||Vija Rogozina|
|Margaret Abramshe||Chris D'Ardenne||Jane Guthridge||Phillip Mann||Roxanne Rossi|
|Monica Aiello||Carol Dass||Wendi Harford||Patrick Marold||Ajean Ryan|
|Tyler Aiello||John Davenport||Charlene Harlow||Mike McClung||Mai Wyn Schantz|
|Jody Akers||Deborah Davis||Karen Haugan||Dawn McFadden||Shelley Schreiber|
|Theresa Anderson||John DeFeo||Patty Hawkins||Lewis McInnis||Dave Seiler|
|Libby Barbee||Chris DeKnikker||Adam Holloway||Tim McKay||David Sharpe|
|Walter Barton||Deborah Dell||Hadley Hooper||Tamar Miller||Paul Sisson|
|Christi Beckmann||Leah Dennison||Kendrick Howard||J.C. Milner||Bob Smith|
|Terri Bell||Rebecca DiDomenico||Toby Huffman||Amy Mishkin-Chavez||Craig Marshall Smith|
|Phil Bender||Haze Diedrich||Lynn Hull||William Mitchell||Darin Steege|
|Regina Benson||Frederick Doerpholz||Erik Isaac||Paul F. Morris||Sally Stockhold|
|Andy Berg||Jenna Douglass||Marty Jaquis||Lauri Lynnxe Murphy||William Stoehr|
|Susan Berkley||Rick Dula||Erick C. Johnson||Chelsea Myslik||Bernice Strawn|
|Brenda Biondo||Diane Edwards||Scarlett Kanistanaux||Bruce Nall||Mel Strawn|
|Emi Brady||Alix Evendorff||Carla Kappa||Lynette O'Kane||Andrew Sweet|
|John Breeding||Suzanne Faris||Margaret Kasahara||Tony Ortega||Marlea Taylor|
|Michael Brohman||Sharon Feder||Anna Kaye||Marz Pacheco||Shawn Taylor|
|Susan Brooks||John Ferguson||Horace Kerr||Pattie Parkhurst||Jacob Thaden|
|Allison Brown||Marcus Fitzgibbons||Jeffrey King||Jeneve Parrish||Milton D. Tomlinson|
|Judith G. Brown||Carlene Frances||Kevin Kissell||Ameet Patel||Laura Truitt|
|Michael Burnett||Lili Francuz||Lisa Kowalski||Jessica Paulk||Sarah Van der Helm|
|Michael Burrows||Melissa Furness||Larry Kresek||Laura Phelps-Rogers||Derrick Velasquez|
|Beau Carey||Judy Gardner||Kathleen Krucoff||Karen Poulson||Bill Vielehr|
|Katie Caron||Stacy L. Gardner||Brenda LaBier||Lisa Purdy||Meg Voigt-Meersman|
|Amelia Caruso||Ron Gerbrandt||Charles Lehman||Sara Ransford||Jeff Wenzel|
|Catherine Chauvin||Jason Lee Gimbel||Gayla Lemke||Ted Rehm||Lara Whitley|
|Diane Cionni||Monica Goldsmith||Bonny Lhotka||Zach Reini||Marc Willhite|
|Sandra Clark||Amanda Gordon-Dunn||Andy Libertone||Jeff Richards||Steven Wood|
|Jennifer Collins||Linda Graham||Colin Livingston||Craig Robb||Craig Wright|
|Joseph Coniff||Robert Gratiot||Patrick Loehr||Andrew Roberts-Gray||Gene Youngmann
Best in Show: Scarlett Kanistanaux
2nd Place: Andrew Roberts-Gray
3rd Place: Derrick Velasquez
Nick Vella, Warren Tech Student for his Graphic Design
Clyfford Still Museum Award - Jo Marks Aardsma
Kirkland Museum Award - Chris DeKnikker
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation was held Thursday, January 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Opening reception beer compliments of Arvada Beer Company . All proceeds benefitted Galleries at the Arvada Center.
Arvada Center curator Collin Parson has redirected the venue's visual-arts program so that it zeroes in on work made by in-state talent. The resulting exhibitions included solos dedicated to David Yust and Robert Mangold, and group shows focused on representational artists and women. His most successful effort, though, was Art of the State. Parson asked Denver art-world celebrity Dean Sobel, the director of the Clyfford Still Museum, to share jury duty with him. Together they pared 600 entrants down to the 160 who were ultimately selected. Paintings — in particular, abstractions — dominate, but there is also a nice selection of sculptures, photos and ceramics. The show, which is still open, is a great way to encourage the people whose blood, sweat and tears create the community around here.
Visual arts review: "Art of the State" at The Arvada Center galleries presents 191 works by 160 Colorado artists ~ DenverPost.com
..."it does capture the nature of work in Colorado these days, which is to say much of it is good and some of it is great. There's a terrific diversity in the rooms, stretching from a recent piece by 80-something Bernice Strawn to up-and-comers like Zach Reini, who graduated from theRocky Mountain College of Art + Design just last year. "
A juried effort at the Arvada Center, Art of the State, has been attracting big crowds: When I was there last week, the galleries were mobbed, but not as much as at the opening, says exhibition manager and curator Collin Parson, noting that more than 800 people showed up that night.
Westword blog, Susan Froyd
Month of Photography blog post
"New exhibit shows varying styles in Colorado" ~ OurArvadaNews.com
"Colorado is home to a vast and diverse number of artists in all kinds of mediums, and the Arvada Center’s Art of the State exhibition is offering a snapshot of that talent."
Eden Lane "In Focus" feature
Feature article written by Andrew Travers in Aspen Daily News on January 19, 2013
View our Opening Reception photos on Facebook
Timelapse Video of floor re-finish and installation
Thank You Colorado Hardscapes for a beautiful new floor and a great video piece to showcase us and your fine work!