In Sight on Site: Tony Ortega


Tony Ortega


"At the same time they're painting, you're teaching them the skill set"

During one week in month of June, Tony Ortega worked with a group of Arvada Center summer camp students to create this mural inside the Arvada Center. Click play to watch a time-lapse video of their work, and stop by the Center before August 26 to see all 21 murals up close.


Tony Ortega holds an MFA in drawing and painting from the University of Colorado and is currently an associate professor for Regis University. He is the recipient of the coveted Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1999) and the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1998). He has been a working artist and teacher for the past 36 years and is known for his vibrant, colorful artwork. Tony Ortega’s lifelong goal is to contribute to a better understanding of cultural diversity by addressing the culture, history and experiences of Chicanos/Latinos through his art. His work can be found in Denver Art Museum, Los Angeles County Museum and the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center. He has exhibited extensively in United States, Latin America and other parts of the world.

Students of the Arvada Center Summer Camp work in the Arvada Center Gallery to create a community mural alongside world- renowned artist Tony Ortega. Students participate in the entire mural process from concept to execution, using a variety of techniques like underpainting, dry brush, and pointillism.


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