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.
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. 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 is also placed in the Lieutenant Governor’s office, located in the Capitol, as well as the office of the staff for the Legislative Council.
Please send all questions about this program to Ruth Bruno, Public Art Program Manager, at [email protected].
Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways
February 2019 – April 2019
This exhibition features photographs of all 26 of Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways. Colorado’s Scenic Byways program protects and promotes roadways that offer recreational, educational, and economic benefits to Coloradans and visitors. These byways unite communities and the stories of their collective past. The byways are located in 48 of Colorado’s 65 counties and provide access to eight National Forests and two National Grasslands; eight National Monuments; two National Historic Sites; two National Heritage Areas; two National Wildlife Refuges; two National Recreation Areas; 13 National Recreation Trails; and four National Parks-Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Great Sand Dunes, Mesa Verde (a World Heritage Site), and Rocky Mountain National Park. Driving these byways, travelers can experience and be inspired by treasured places throughout the state.
September 2018 – January 2019
For 55 years, Think 360 Arts for Learning has led Colorado in cultivating and sustaining the arts as an essential part of a complete education, a vibrant economy and a dynamic community, through creative experiences for students, teachers and artists. Think 360 Arts delivers powerful arts experiences grounded in solid pedagogy to schools, libraries, senior living facilities and other community venues. Think 360 Arts focuses on in-depth programming that helps students and their teachers learn to express themselves creatively, engage more deeply in learning, think critically and grow personally.
With a vibrant roster of over 65 local artists, Think 360 Arts brings first rate arts experiences to schools and communities throughout the state of Colorado. This exhibition highlights the diverse talents of the Colorado creatives employed as Teaching Artists for Think 360 Arts for Learning. The teaching artist straddles two worlds of creativity and innovation, manifesting the creation of their own artistic practice while sharing that practice with students of all ages. This exhibit includes works by three artists – Robert Campagna, Jennifer Ghormley and Tony Ortega – representing the diverse vision, talent and creativity of Think 360’s robust roster. From photography to printmaking, installation to murals, Think 360 Teaching Artists are using education to cement their craft while fostering an appreciation for the arts in future generations.
The Beauty of Colorado: Artwork by PAAC Members
June 2018 – September 2018
Plein Air Artists Colorado (PAAC) was created for the love of plein air painting and the camaraderie of painting outdoors. A founding principal of PAAC is to create opportunities for artists to paint outdoors together, and that these “paint outs” be open to everyone of every level. “Paint out” locations are posted on their website: http://www.pleinairartistscolorado.com/
This exhibition features original artwork of Colorado scenes in a wide range of media. Many of the paintings were created especially for this show – PAAC members were inspired to paint larger plein air paintings than usual or to create large studio pieces inspired by plein air paintings. The paintings feature a broad spectrum of viewpoints of our beautiful state, from the urban centers to the most remote and wild spaces.
The exhibition includes work by the following artists:
Jody Ahrens, Melissa Arthur, Patty Carberry, Jenifer Cline, Dawn Cohen, Merri Daley, Stephen DeOrio, Alison Dickson, Marianna Duford, Patty Dwyer, Jeanne Echternach, Lisa Ellison, Joni Emily, Mary Pat Ettinger, Andrea Gabel, Ted Garcia, Gary Gore, Fran Gottlieb, Lisa Camilla Hale, Nelia Harper, Susan Haskins, Shaun Horne, Shelley Howard, Marie Johannes, Leslie Jorgensen, Holly Kernes, Jan Kirkpatrick, Sheryl Massaro, Deborah McAllister, Maryann McGraw, Margueritte Meier, Jennifer Reifenberg, Barb Smith, Cheryl St. John, and Emilie Young.
Discover Southern Colorado
March 2018 – June 2018
This exhibition at the Colorado State Capitol is a collection of works by 25 members of the Spanish Peaks Arts Council, located in La Veta, Colorado. Many members travel at least an hour to participate in SPACe shows, choosing to live in rural areas of southern Colorado.
Founded in 1975, the Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) is a non-profit community-based organization dedicated to the support and enrichment of the arts and art education in the Spanish Peaks region of southern Colorado. The SPACe galleries display the works of regional artists in a variety of changing exhibits throughout the year, while the SPACe gift shop provides artist members a year-round outlet for their arts and crafts. Many of the 150 members who support SPACe are not artists and many are part-time residents, all of whom appreciate and support the arts in our rural community. Hard working community volunteers are the core of the organization. For more information visit www.spanishpeaksarts.org.
December 2017 – March 2018
This exhibition at the Colorado State Capitol complex features artworks by 15 members of the Aurora Artists Guild. These 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.
This exhibition includes work by Mary Clark, Dan Fyles, Beverly Green, Sharon Keys, Nina Nadeau, Jo Ann Nelson, Trista Rohbran, Andi Sahlen, Brian Serff, Melissa Stearns, Mary Joy Stone, Dwight Taylor, Pegi Taylor, Ellen Westbrook, and Sandra White.
The Aurora Artists Guild (AAG) is a non-profit organization that foster and perpetuate the ideals of visual fine arts in Aurora. AAG promotes continual learning and growth of members in various art disciplines. In 1995, the Aurora Artists Guild began co-hosting the Gateway to the Rockies Art Show with the City of Aurora, showcasing 2D and photography, and incorporated a miniature competition that was open nationally. AAG continues to dedicate itself as a group to provide artists in Aurora and the surrounding area an opportunity to work together, encourage one another, and promote fine arts. For more, visit www.auroraartistsguild.com.
Art Students League Faculty Exhibition
September 2017 – December 2017
This exhibition at the Colorado State Capitol complex features artworks by members of the faculty at the Art Students League of Denver. Each work highlights the talents and creativity of the staff, showcasing works in styles such as classical drawing, abstract painting, monotype prints, encaustic art, oil, and acrylic painting. These 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.
The Art Students League of Denver provides students with the opportunity to study with artists who work in a range of mediums. Through classes, workshops, and summer camps, students learn new techniques, define their personal philosophy, and add creativity to their lives. Faculty included in the exhibition include Jenna Almond Williams, Ali Alzobaede, Rick Brogan, Mitch Caster, Sandra Ceas, Chuck Ceraso, Raj Chaudhuri, Molly Davis, Doug Dawson, Sally Elliot, Victoria Eubanks, Jennifer Ghormley, Rob Gratiot, Theresa Haberkorn, Martha Heppard, Joe Higgins, Homare Ikeda, Sandra Kaplan, Mark Lunning, Tom Mazzullo, Marianne Mitchell, Tony Ortega, Dennis Pendleton, Karen Roehl, Judith Scott, Raz Scott, Jill Soukup, Clyde Steadman, Teresa Vito, Jacqueline Webster, and Jeff Wenzel.
Scenes from the Pikes Peak Region & Garden of the Gods
June 2017 – September 2017
This exhibition at the Colorado State Capitol features works of art that highlight the beautiful Pikes Peak Region and the Garden of the Gods. With mediums ranging from oil to acrylic to batik, artists from Colorado Springs Art Guild showcase the farms, mountain towns, peaks, rock formations, and native heritage that are unique to this region of Colorado. Each work demonstrates the pristine beauty that Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods have to offer. 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.
The Colorado Springs Art Guild is comprised of community artists and professionals. This diverse group is one of the oldest art guilds in Colorado, and provides educational and display opportunities for artists of all ages. Members featured in the exhibition include Alana Thrower, April Stark, Carol Naylor, Carole Sebben, Chad Keith, Cheryl Lafon, June Heimsoth, Jean Pierre DeBarnay, Judith McKay, Jacqueline Pearson, Joel Sundquist, Kathy Parks Jackson, Karen Standridge, Kang Lee Sheppard, Lee Murphy, Mireille Damicone, Mary Gorman, Nancye Culbreath, Retta Hetke, Sharon Rege, Susan Tormoen, Teri Atkins Brown, Wanda Veltkamp, and Diana Cordaro.
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.
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
Laura Phelps Rogers
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:
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
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:
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.
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.