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.

View a slideshow here:

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

Honorable Mentions:
Monica Aiello
Walter Barton
Robert Gratiot
Charles Lehman
Nick Vella, Warren Tech Student for his Graphic Design

Special Awards:
Clyfford Still Museum Award - Jo Marks Aardsma

Kirkland Museum Award - Chris DeKnikker

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Opening Reception and Awards Presentation was held Thursday, January 24, 6 - 9 p.m.

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Best of Denver 2013 Best Big Art Show about Colorado from Westword Best Big Art Show about Colorado Art - 2013

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  ~

..."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. "


The impressive Art of the State showcases the work of 160 Colorado artists  ~

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" ~

"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



“Four Artists to Represent Valley in ‘Art of the State’ Exhibition”

Feature article written by Andrew Travers in Aspen Daily News on January 19, 2013 





Opening Reception Photos Art of the State opening reception

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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!