In the midst of Colorado's stay-at-home order in early March 2020, local artists did what they do best: they continued to create. Some responded directly to the pandemic through the use of the new, changing imagery of society--face masks, sourdough bread, and quiet scenes at home. Others lost access to studio space and supplies, forcing them to get creative with kitchen-table studios and household materials. The artworks from this time capture the impacts of the pandemic on individuals and communities, portraying isolation, adaptation, despair, connection, distance, and closures.
Recognizing this outpouring of creativity from artists across Colorado, the Arvada Center asked for submissions of artwork created during the state’s response to the pandemic. Open from March - October 2020, the call garnered over 1,000 submissions of work from across the state. This exhibition showcases 259 works by 168 artists, offering a comprehensive overview with works of all mediums, subject matters, and processes.