Colorado Abstract +10: A History & a Survey

Colorado Abstract +10: A history & A Survey - One Exhibition, Two Locations. Background artwork: Lewis McInnis, Hawaii 44 x 44

Lewis McInnis


The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art are proud to partner to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the 2009 book Colorado Abstract: Paintings and Sculpture, by Michael Paglia and Mary Voelz Chandler, with a foreword by Hugh Grant. This landmark publication highlighted the history and continuing tradition of abstraction by artists in the state.

The Arvada Center, in their Main Gallery, will exhibit a contemporary survey of works by artists originally included in the publication. In their Upper and Theatre Galleries, additional artists working in abstraction that have also made an impact on Colorado's art scene will be featured.

Kirkland Museum will present an exhibition of two and three-dimensional artworks created by the artists featured in the historical section of the book, tracing the history and development of this artistic style in Colorado.

Exhibition underwritten by Jodie Steeves and Nancy Terry


What is Abstraction? play video

What is Abstraction?

Learn how the artists of “Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey” define and think about the term ‘abstract art.’

The History of abstraction in Colorado play video

History of abstraction in Colorado

Colorado holds a unique position in the history of Abstraction thanks to the influence of both American and European artists working in the state.

Colorado’s impact on abstract artists play video

Colorado’s impact on abstract artists

The artists of “Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey” discuss how the weather, landscape and other unique elements of life in Colorado impact their work.

My work is… play video

“My work is…”

The artists of “Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey” explain what drives them to create abstract art.

My work is… play video

Vance Kirkland

Kirkland Museum Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant details Vance Kirkland’s life and career in Denver, as well as his impact on and contributions to the art world.


Colorado Abstract +10: A Survey

September 12 – November 17, 2019

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
6901 Wadsworth Blvd. Avada, CO 80003

Exhibition Discussion

Saturday, September 28, 10 am – 12 pm

with Michael Paglia & Mary Voelz Chandler

Art & Wine Pairing

Saturday, October 5 1:30–3 pm and 4–5:30 pm

Pair art with wine as we cover thebasics of art appreciation and draw parallels between various art pieces and the wine that best goes with it. Cheese included!

Buy 1:30 p.m.

Buy 4:00 p.m.

Thirsty Thursday at the Arvada Center

Thursday, October 17, 6–8 pm

Free and open to the public. Enjoy a complimentary drink (beer, wine, or non-alcoholic option) while you meet the artists, explore the galleries, and join in on activities throughout the gallery spaces.


Participating Artists:

  • Patricia Aaron
  • Sabin Aell
  • Ramón Bonilla
  • Teresa Booth Brown
  • Tonia Bonnell
  • Mark Brasuell
  • Trine Bumiller
  • Michael Burnett
  • Scott Chamberlin
  • Michael Clapper
  • Jodie Roth Cooper
  • Emmett Culligan
  • Robert Delaney
  • Mark Dickson
  • Haze Diedrich
  • Sophia Dixon Dillo
  • Sandra Fettingis
  • Sarah Fox
  • Carlene Frances
  • Dylan Gebbia-Richards
  • Ania Gola-Kumor
  • Jane Guthridge
  • Carroll Hansen
  • Wendi Harford
  • Ana Maria Hernando
  • Ruth Hiller
  • Lorey Hobbs
  • Monroe Hodder
  • Homare Ikeda
  • Andrew Jensdotter
  • Erick C. Johnson
  • Max Kauffman
  • Jeffrey Keith
  • Andy Libertone
  • Emilio Lobato
  • Nancy Lovendahl
  • Virginia Maitland
  • Terry Maker
  • Robert Mangold
  • Patrick Marold
  • Frank T. Martinez
  • David Mazza
  • Lewis McInnis
  • Amy Metier
  • Stan Meyer
  • Lola Montejo
  • Pard Morrison
  • Matt O'Neill
  • Charles Parson
  • Heather Patterson
  • Kate Petley
  • Margaret Pettee Olsen
  • Bruce Price
  • Don Quade
  • Michael Raaum
  • Carl Reed
  • Clark Richert
  • Martha Russo
  • Lorelei Schott
  • Stephen Shachtman
  • Sue Simon
  • Craig Marshall Smith
  • Ben Strawn
  • Bernice Strawn
  • Mel Strawn
  • Mark Villarreal
  • Paul Weiner
  • Jeffrey Wenzel
  • Jerry Wingren
  • Dave Yust
artwork: Carlene Frances, Seijaku #723, 72 x 72, oil on canvas

Carlene Frances


Angelo di Benedetto

Colorado Abstract +10: A History

September 6, 2019 – January 12, 2020

Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art
1201 Bannock Street Denver, CO 80204

Advance tickets:

$5 suggested donation admission
for Kirkland Museum members
$10 for non-members
$12 at door


Participating Artists:

  • Otto Bach
  • Jack Ball
  • Herbert Bayer
  • Watson Bidwell
  • Edgar Britton
  • Charles Bunnell
  • Jack Canepa
  • George Cecil Carter
  • Mary Chenoweth
  • Dale Chisman
  • Roland Detre
  • Angelo di Benedetto
  • Nadine Drummond
  • Dorothea Dunlop
  • Martha Epp
  • Ken Goehring
  • Charles "Bill" Hayes
  • William Joseph
  • Vance Kirkland
  • Pawel Kontny
  • Harvey K. Litvack
  • Ethel Magafan
  • Edward Marecak
  • Gene Matthews
  • Beverly Rosen
  • William Sanderson
  • Elizabeth Yanish Shwayder
  • Paul Kauvar Smith
  • Ruth Todd
  • Elise Train
  • Chase Varney
  • Frank Vavra
  • Wilbert Verhelst
  • Hugh Weller
  • Ann Sink White
  • Al Wynne