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.
Hours and Cost
9 am - 6pm Monday - Friday
10 am - 5pm - Saturday
1pm - 5pm - Sunday
Best in Show: Scarlett Kanistanaux
2nd Place: Andrew Roberts-Gray
3rd Place: Derrick Velasquez
Nick Vella, Warren Tech Student for his Graphic Design
Clyfford Still Museum Award - Jo Marks Aardsma
Kirkland Museum Award - Chris DeKnikker
Opening Reception and Awards Presentation was held Thursday, January 24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Opening reception beer compliments of Arvada Beer Company . All proceeds benefit Galleries at the Arvada Center.
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.
..."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. "
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.