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Overview

Colorado Creative Industries’ program of art exhibitions at the Colorado State Capitol brings rotating art exhibitions to the State Capitol to celebrate Colorado’s creative economy and share it with Coloradans and visitors. Exhibitions tie in with events happening throughout the arts community and showcase artists and cultural organizations from throughout the state.

Creative Capitol Exhibition Program

The art exhibition program at the State Capitol celebrates Colorado artists by bringing rotating art exhibitions to the State Capitol building. Exhibitions are sponsored by Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Established to capitalize on the immense potential for our creative sector to enhance economic growth in Colorado, the mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support and expand the creative industries to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs and enhance our quality of life.

The goal of the Creative Capitol exhibition program is to highlight Colorado artists and Colorado relevant themes. Colorado Creative Industries is currently seeking exhibition proposals for group exhibitions from for-profit and non-profit organizations for 2017 and 2018. No individual artist shows will be considered.

The exhibitions spaces for this program are nontraditional, in that several of them are not open to a public audience. The ground level of the Capitol’s rotunda is the most formal exhibition space and it is open to the public. Art will also be placed in the Lieutenant Governor’s office, located in the Capitol, as well as the office of the staff for the Legislative Council. Artworks will also be hung in the Joint Budget Committee room, and two legislative hearing rooms, all located in the Legislative Services Building, across the street from the Capitol. The Lieutenant Governor’s office, the Joint Budget Committee room, and the hearing rooms are not open to the public, however, the works will be seen on a daily basis by state legislators and staff. The Capitol has some general rules on content, including no nudity, no overtly political statements, and no offensive material.  These spaces can accommodate approximately 40 works (depending on size) total.

Interested partners should submit the following information:

  • Exhibition title and description, including theme/concept.
  • List of artists included in the exhibition (or selection criteria for selecting the artists/artworks)
  • Select images of artworks to be included in the exhibition; please include a sample artwork from each of the artists to be included.
  • Preferred timeframe for exhibition

Exhibition proposals can be submitted in Word or PDF formats. Images can be included within the proposal or sent as separate attachments. Please label image with Artist and Title. Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please submit all proposals via email to Ruth Bruno, Public Art Program Manager, at ruth.bruno@state.co.us. You may also direct relevant questions to this email.

Current Exhibition

Inside Outside Colorado: Photographs by Chuck Forsman and William Sutton

March 2017 – June 2017

This exhibition at the Colorado State Capitol Complex includes photographs taken in public lands throughout Colorado and  throughout the greater Western landscape by William Sutton and Chuck Forsman. Both Sutton and Forsman convey the beauty of the wilderness and capture scenes unique to the western United States.  The photographs highlight not only the beauty but the importance of these landscapes.  Selected works will be on display at the Colorado State Capitol complex, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, basement rotunda, Legislative Council staff offices, and the Joint Budget Committee room and hearing rooms in the Legislative Services building across from the Capitol.

William Sutton has lived in the American West for many years, and continues to reside west of Boulder, Colorado. Sutton received his BFA and MFA from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is a professor at Regis College in Denver and has taken photographs of the landscape of the area for over three decades. In his work, Sutton hopes to capture the need for preservation of public lands, as well as understanding the limits we place on these sites as we enter them and use their resources.

As a prominent landscape photographer, Chuck Forsman has connected his art with his growing environmental and land-use concerns. Forsman graduated from the University of California at Davis with a BA and MFA. Until 2008 he taught Painting at the University of Colorado in Boulder and still lives in Colorado today. His photography showcases the ordinary or everyday places in the American West rather than recognizable attractions.

Past Exhibitions

 

The Clear Creek Watershed through the Photographer’s Eye

October 2016 – March 2017

 

The photographs included in this exhibition at the State Capitol complex were chosen from the entries in the Clear Creek Land Conservancy Annual Photography Contest. The artworks were selected by William Sutton, a professor of Photography at Regis College and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in the Creative Arts. Photographers entered photographs taken in the Clear Creek drainage basin of Colorado that highlight the exquisite natural areas that run from the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon in Golden to the start of Clear Creek at the Continental Divide. The winning photographs are displayed in the rotunda of the Capitol and the photographs chosen as finalists are shown throughout the rest of the Capitol Building and the Legislative Services Building. Photographers range from amateur to professional and showcase some of the wonderful creative talent found in Colorado.

 

Colorado photographers featured in the show:

Frank Burzynski, Larry Caine, Lionello DelPiccolo, Dave Edwards, John Gritts,

Tammy Hammond, Eric Hanneken, David Izuo, Jeff Kuhn, Peter Monson, Dan Orcutt,

Andrew Price, Terri Rosevear, Erin Tate, Jao van de Lagemaat, Ann Zimmerman,

and Oscar Zuniga.

  

 

I Will Meet You There

August 2016 – October 2016

 

I Will Meet You There is a group exhibition featuring artworks from members of the Colorado collaborative artist group, The Field. The exhibition includes artworks by the following artists:

 

Leslie A. Aguillard

Rebecca Cumming

Mary Meyer

Robyn Peterson

Laura Phelps Rogers

T’Alyne

 

 

CO: BUILT – A Story of Colorado Collaborations

June 2016 – August 2016

 

A project of Something Independent, CO:BUILT pairs with Colorado creatives in exploring how inventive business partnerships can be the key to unlocking innovation. The images on display offer a unique look at Colorado companies coming together to develop new processes, products and game-changing relationships. Explore and take pause for you just may see a landscape that represents the future of work. It is collaborative, inventive, dignified and sustainable.

 

This CO:BUILT exhibition includes the works of Colorado photographers:

Chris Haugen / Free Lunch Creative

Jack Ludlam / Jack Ludlam Studios

with special thanks to the Colorado Innovation Network

 

  

Spotlight on Pueblo

April 2016 – June 2016

 

Colorado Creative Industries is hosting Spotlight on Pueblo, sponsored and managed by Pueblo Arts Alliance. Colorado Creative Industries also partners with Pueblo Arts Alliance to support Pueblo Creative Corridor, a state-certified Creative District. Forty Pueblo artists’ work will be exhibited at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver as part of the show. Daniel Levinson coordinated the exhibition with the goal to include as many of Pueblo’s locally and internationally-exhibiting artists as possible to fill the Capitol walls. This selection only represents a small portion of all the amazing work being made in Pueblo, and showcases the vast range in style, medium, and subject of the work being created by Pueblo artists.

 

Pueblo artists featured in the show:

Lionel Trujillo; Tom Latka; Rene Pendarvis; Karen Wallace; Joel Carpenter; Ann Yaeger; Radeaux; Lynn Chapman; Virginia Byrd; Ginny Smith; Teresa Vito; Jessica Driscoll; Spiel Speak; Donna Graham; Marilyn Hoisington; Jill Starkey; Jean Latka; Lynn Stenzel; Kathi Drummond; Tunde Darvay; Frances Burns; Kevin Malella; Nathan Solano; Bob Wands; Meghan Wilbar; Jerry Rebillard; Robert Pacheco; Gregory Howell; Holly Walter; Greg Rodriguez; Bob Benvenuto; Fran Dodd; Michael Martinez; Kim Furrh; Josiah Trujillo; Charles Zeis; Michael Archuleta; Kerry Bennett and Daniel Levinson.

 

Artworks by Colorado Landscape Artists

February – April 2016

 

Landscape painting became its own genre in the early 19th century, and derives its name from the Dutch word Lanschap, which means a patch of cultivated ground. The works in this exhibition feature various grounds often found in Colorado, and capture both nature’s beauty and the elements it endures. The selection of artists reflect styles from contemporary and representational to traditional; a diversity which allows the viewer to appreciate a particular mountain from the Rocky Mountains or explore an ambiguous forest.

 

The exhibition includes artworks by the following artists:

Stephen Day, Hollis Dunlap, David Grossmann, Daniel Keys, Warren Neary, John Roush, Scott Ruthven, Dave Santillanes, Andrzej Skorut, Matt Smith, Robert Spooner, and Mike Wise.

 

 

Artworks by Colorado Plein Art Artists

November 2015 – January 2016

 

Every year, over 200 artists are invited to paint “en plein air” (a French term meaning “in the open air”) in the largest urban plein air event in the country, the Colorado Plein Air Arts Festival. Following the festival, artists are invited to submit their plein air works to a juried competition judged by Rose Fredrick, writer and curator of the Coors Western Art Exhibit; and Kimberly Moore, the Director of Colorado LUXE Interiors + Design. The accepted artists’ works are on display on the 7th floor of the Denver Public Library between November and the beginning of January.

This exhibition highlights works from award-winning Colorado artists from the Colorado Plein Air Juried Exhibitions over the years, including the Best of Show winners from the past three – Mikael Olson, Kevin Weckbach, and Jim Beckner. It also includes works from the 2014 1st Place winner, Stephanie Hartshorn, and 3rd Place winner, Virginia Unseld. Although, they all have different styles, each artist reminds us of the very first festival hosted by the Golden Triangle Museum district eight years ago with their cityscapes, construction, and other city living scenes.

 

The exhibition includes artworks by the following artists:

Jim Beckner

Stephanie Hartshorn

Mikael Olson

Robert Spooner

Virginia Unseld.

Kevin Weckbach

 

Wonders of Nature: Artworks by Artists from 40 West Arts

August 2015 – November 2015

 

40 West Arts, in partnership with Colorado Creative Industries’ Creative Capitol program, presents highlights from Wonders of Nature, an exhibition celebrating the colors and textures of the natural world—from landscapes and wildlife to galactic grandeur and microscopic mysteries. The exhibition includes visual artists of all kinds—painters, photographers and mixed-media artists—who utilize their artist’s eye to capture nature’s majesty. Selected works will be on display at the Colorado State Capitol complex, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, basement rotunda, and the Joint Budget Committee room, as well in the lobby of the Office of Economic Development at 1625 Broadway.

 

The exhibition includes artworks by the following 40 West artists:

Dave Berry                    Faye Crowe

Dorothy DePaulo         Heather Diamond

Gail Firmin                   Barbara Gal

Leah Hendricks           Christy Holland

Katie Kirkland             Nan Lund

Emily Marino              Kathy Mitchell-Garton

Robert Newman         Valerie Savarie

Peggy Shaw                 Michele Sires-DeLorean

Kathy Snead               Heidi Snyder

Greg Squires                Ken Takahashi

Coreen Zuniga

 

 

Western Visions: Contemporary Colorado Landscape Photography

March 2015 – July 2015

 

Colorado’s landscape ranges from mountains to sand dunes to the vast Eastern plains. This natural beauty has inspired many artists over the years to document Colorado’s ever-changing landscape. Western Visions, organized by Colorado Creative Industries in conjunction with Denver’s Month of Photography, a biennial celebration of fine art photography, features photographs from four contemporary Colorado artists, Evan Anderman, Gifford Ewing, Susan Goldstein, and Patti Hallock. Selected works will be on display at the Colorado State Capitol complex, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, basement rotunda, and the Joint Budget Committee room.

 

The exhibition includes artworks by the following Colorado artists:

Evan Anderman

Gifford Ewing

Susan Goldstein

Patti Hallock

 

Honoring the Colorado Capitol Dome

October 2014 – March 2015

 

Colorado’s State Capitol has been an icon for over 100 years. This exhibition features artworks by Colorado artists and showcase the Colorado State Capitol and its 24-karat dome. By displaying artworks that depict the dome, we celebrate the restoration and unveiling of the re-gilded structure. Selected works will be on display at the Colorado State Capitol complex, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and the basement rotunda.

 

The exhibition includes artworks by the following Colorado artists:

Heather Arenas                                                Carole Buschmann

Richard Eisen                                                   Marlene Feinholz

Janine Fugere                                                   Susan Goldstein

Theresa Holst                                                   Jim Lambert

Marilyn Leuszler                                              Paul Lindberg

Linda Lowry                                                     Gary Michael

Dallas Parkins                                                  Linda Petrie Bunch

Michael Rieger                                                 Stephen Shugart

Evan Siegel                                                        Charles Tunstall

Anna Ursyn                                                       Jesse Van Horne

Josseline Van Nuffel                                        Jessica Wicken

 

Bruce Price at the State Capitol

May 12 – June 9, 2014

 

Bruce Price is a prolific Colorado artist. Working in the painting medium, he brings abstract concepts to the canvas. Bruce exhibits widely including a solo exhibition at the Denver Art Museum in 2013 and at local galleries Plus Gallery, ShowPen Gallery, RedLine, Robischon Gallery, Pirate Gallery, and Emmanuel Gallery. In 2009 he exhibited at Miami Basel. Price has a master of fine art from Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine, and a bachelor of fine art from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

 

 

Art + Quilt + Critique = Artique

February 5 through May 5, 2014

 

The practice of making art quilts differs in many ways to traditional quilt-making. Art quilting comes in the form of the fiber medium and combines traditional techniques with innovative methods to make objects of art rather than traditional functional blankets. Bringing together unique compositions, designs, textures, shapes, lines, color with embellishments, art quilters draw upon contemporary art themes, ideas and imagery.

Art + Quilt + Critique = Artique is an exhibition of fiber art by the Artique Critique Group of Northern Colorado. This group of artists meets monthly to offer each other critique of their artistic explorations and to share inspirations, theories, concepts and techniques. Each year, the artists challenge themselves to create a piece based on a theme and then display these art quilts in exhibitions around the community. This year’s theme is “It’s Not Just Black and White,” for which they each blindly selected a colorway and integrated it with a unique design using only black and white fabric.

 

The exhibition features art quilts by:

Tori Anderson                     Carol Anderson
Daisy Bolter                         Julie Hallquist
Mari Harpold                      Lynn Jaenke
Kay Jones                             Nora Jones
Patty Joy                               Stephanie Patterson
Jean Poland                         Janet Pugh
Betty Sutton                         Dorianne Thompson
Ruth Ann Thompson

 

 

November 4, 2013 through January 30, 2014

In honor of American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month in November, the Colorado Creative Industries Division’s Capitol Art Exhibition Program, in collaboration with the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, is featuring the artwork of Walt Pourier and the Live Life Call to Action Campaigns of the Stronghold Society.

The exhibition runs November 4, 2013 through January 30, 2014 in the Lt. Governor’s Office and basement rotunda at the Colorado state capitol building. A public reception will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2013 3:30 – 5 p.m.

About the Stronghold Society
Artist Walt Pourier is the Executive Director of the Stronghold Society, a nonprofit dedicated to instilling hope and supporting youth movements through Live Life Call to Action Campaigns. Stronghold Society’s mission is to inspire confidence, creativity, hope, and ambition for the youth of native and non-native communities. To encourage youth to take action to live a healthy life in mind, body, and spirit through the diverse means of skateboarding, arts, and creative movements. Visit www.strongholdsociety.org for more information.

 

Teaching Talent
June 20, 2013 – October 31, 2013

Experience the diverse talents of the Colorado artists who serve as faculty at the Art Students League of Denver, home to many of the Rocky Mountain region’s most well-known artists. This exhibit includes works by 11 artists representing the diverse vision and skill of ASLD’s faculty. Both nationally and internationally recognized, all faculty members are working artists who share their passion and expertise through a wide range of courses in a variety of media, including sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, painting and printmaking.

 

On my Own Time (OMOT)
December 25, 2012 – May 13, 2013

In its 18th year, the On My Own Time (OMOT) Employee Art Exhibition program is designed to identify, encourage, and acknowledge the creative talents of people who work for local agencies. Each participating company hosts its own exhibit of artwork employees and their families have created on their own time. Each agency exhibit is judged by a panel of art professionals convened by Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA). CBCA also organizes a multi-company show and reception, with awards presented for outstanding works.