Discover why The Mile High City is the place to be when it comes to incredible arts and culture.

NOTE: Due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus (Covid-19), some events may be canceled. Please check directly with the venues for the latest status. 

Blockbuster Exhibitions 

SALVADOR DALÍ: GARDENS OF THE MIND

Thru Aug. 22, 2021 
Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind features two rarely seen series of fanciful color lithographs of flowers and fruits on loan from The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mixing flora with the artist's signature motifs, these works underscore Dalí's ongoing infatuation with his native landscape of Catalonia and the intriguing images of his Surrealist works. See it at Denver Botanic Gardens.

STONEHENGE: ANCIENT MYSTERIES AND MODERN DISCOVERIES 

Thru Sept. 6, 2021
After centuries of speculation, experts are finally starting to understand the mysteries of Stonehenge, thanks to archaeological excavations and advances in scientific techniques. Explore where, when, why, and perhaps most intriguing, how Stonehenge was built. See it at Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

NUMBERS IN NATURE: A MIRROR MAZE

Thru Sept. 19, 2021
This immersive experience at Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) is hardly by the numbers. It beautifully illustrates how patterns surround us in nature, from the veins in a leaf, to the spiral of a nautilus, to the spots on a giraffe. Enjoy, fun hands-on activities to spot patterns in music, art, architecture and even your own body. 

VAN GOGH ALIVE THE EXPERIENCE

Thru Sept. 26, 2021
Don't just admire Van Gogh's paintings — immerse yourself in them at the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world, coming soon to Stanley Marketplace in Aurora! This large-scale, multi-sensory digital art experience gives visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves into Van Gogh's artistry and truly venture into his world. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, color, sound and fragrance that has been called an 'unforgettable' multi-sensory experience. Van Gogh's masterpieces come to life, giving visitors the sensation of walking right into his paintings. 

NOW SHOWING

LOVE IS...

Thru Aug. 7, 2021
Center for the Arts Evergreen’s latest exhibition presents works inspired by the thematic title from a diverse group of local Colorado artists with equally diverse interpretations. 

PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: CPAC'S 2021 MEMBERS' SHOW

Thru Aug. 7, 2021
The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is proud to present its 58th Annual Juried Members’ Show, highlighting outstanding photography by 53 talented artists from Colorado and across the United States.

KEVIN SLOAN | SOFT MONUMENTS

Thru Aug. 14, 2021
Whom or what do we choose to memorialize? Whom or what should be put to stone, to song or paint? Who deserves bronze? What ascends, what is toppled? This group of paintings and sculptures reconsider what is worth keeping, revering and cultivating. See it at K Contemporary.

GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY: WORKS FROM THE SBAI

Thru Aug. 15, 2021
From daffodils to daisies and buttercups to bananas, discover a world of yellow growing all around you through illustrations created by students and faculty of Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art & Illustration (SBAI).

GEORGETOWN PLEIN AIR 2021 FESTIVAL

Thru Aug. 15, 2021
The Georgetown Heritage Center & Cultural Arts Program is pleased to present its fourth annual Plein Air event in vintage, picturesque Georgetown. A charming town of colorful Victorian buildings ringed by mountain views, Georgetown has long been a favorite of artists. Join us for this painting event in the summer mountain air!

JOHN HORNER, SARAH TENNEY, ALEXANDRA LORRAE & SUE CROSBY

Thru Aug. 15, 2021
View exhibits from four of Lakewood's Edge Gallery's members, including John Horner: Plague Series, Sarah Tenney: Harbinger, Alexandra Lorrae: It Comes At Night and Sue Crosby: Re-Entry.

PERCEPTION, INSPIRATION, BEAUTY - DANID KARIM

Thru Aug. 15, 2021
Danid Karim believes art permeates all aspects of being and is interested in the pursuit of beauty, the simple forms of daily life, nature, our planet and all in it. Karim’s sumptuous and classically styled paintings capture that grace and serenity, whether found in the simple forms of everyday life, in humanity or in the realm of nature. See it at Core New Art Space in Lakewood

AMBIGUOUSLY DEFINED - CHRIS HUDSON

Thru Aug. 15, 2021
Chris Hudson's debut exhibition dives into the veiled lines between ambiguity and clarity. These pieces reflect a theme of camouflaged images and fleeting statements. His work involves peeling back layers of paint to represent what's below and above; some have harmony, while others have agitation. Curious figures and creatures emerge from within, often unintentionally. See it at Core New Art Space in Lakewood

THE ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION: SELECTIONS FROM THE MOA COLLECTION

Thru Aug. 20, 2021
Founded in 1981, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Museum of Outdoor Arts! To celebrate this milestone anniversary, MOA has acquired a single artwork from several of the exhibitions it has hosted over the years to create an eclectic, one-of-a-kind collection that tells the story of the museum's past.

EACH/OTHER: MARIE WATT AND CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
This is the first exhibition to present together the work of Watt and Luger, two leading Indigenous contemporary artists whose processes focus on collaborative artmaking. The exhibition will feature 24 mixed-media sculptures, wall hangings and large-scale installation works, along with a monumental artist-guided community artwork. Although each artist's practice is rooted in collaboration, they have never before worked together or been exhibited alongside one another in a way that allows audiences to see both the similarities and contrasts in their work. See it at Denver Art Museum.

COLORADO IN THE PRESENT TENSE: NARKITA GOLD, RICK GRIFFITH, NATHAN HALL, AND MAIA RUTH LEE

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
This exhibition of site-specific responses, large-scale projects, photography, sculpture, sonic movements and works that may live beyond the four walls of a museum centers on how artists in Colorado are absorbing, responding to, grappling with and reimagining the upended world in which we presently find ourselves, from COVID-19 to Black Lives Matter, climate change and beyond. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

JAIME CARREJO: WAITING

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
This new installation by the Denver-based artist explores the relationship between confinement and duration. Through a layering of Southwestern symbolism, mid-century desig, and objects from his own domestic space, Carrejo offers an environment reminiscent of an interior waiting room and exterior courtyard. These settings intend to prompt reflection on various physical and psychological barriers experienced during the pandemic as well as also pose the question of what will come after this extended period of waiting. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

KEITH HARING: GRACE HOUSE MURAL

Thru Aug. 22, 2021
Recently excavated from its original site, this site-specific mural that Haring executed in 1983/84 for those living at Grace House, a Catholic youth center in Manhattan, now exists as a series of 13 panels and additional ephemera, including the original plaque, mailbox and two doors that Haring integrated into his design. See it at MCA DENVER — Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

BINH DAHN: C.A.R.S ONLINE

Thru Aug. 25, 2021
The artist-curated C.A.R.S. Online series features past participants in the long-running Critic & Artist Residency Series at Colorado State University. In this virtual exhibition, Binh Danh investigates his Vietnamese heritage and our collective memory of war. His technique incorporates his invention of the chlorophyll printing process, in which photographic images appear embedded in leaves through the action of photosynthesis. 

38TH ANNUAL ALL COLORADO ART SHOW

Thru Aug. 27, 2021
Now in its 38th year, the All Colorado Art Show celebrates artists from across the state. Working in many different mediums, there is something for everyone in this exhibit at Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village

TURNING TOWARD THE LIGHT

Thru Aug. 27, 2021
Brought together by the common theme of celebrating the idea that art has tremendous power to uplift, enliven and fill our lives with light, established artists Patricia Finley, Lydia Riegle, Janet Rundquist and Cyncie Winter offer their newest series of colorful paintings at Lakewood Cultural Center. Through their individual and unique voices, these artists add to the conversation of finding “good” and lessening the harshness of a beleaguered world. In this way, they infuse others with inspiration and a sense of belonging to the world.

SMASH FINE ARTS FESTIVAL 

Aug. 28–29, 2021
This outdoor fine arts festival at Cherry Creek North - Fillmore Plaza features top-shelf artists (painting, photography, mixed media, wood, metal, jewelry) plus fine catering and live violin and piano music.

COLORADO MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL CENTENNIAL 

Aug. 28–29, 2021
Enjoy live music, contemporary art displays, a classic car show, a custom motorcycle show and fun attractions at the Colorado Music & Arts Festival in Centennial Center Park, Centennial. Hungry? visit the Food Garden, which offers delicious cuisine and cold domestic and craft beers.

AFFORDABLE ARTS FESTIVAL 

Aug. 29, 2021
Now one of the top 25 art shows in the nation, the Affordable Arts Festival at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton is considered the ‘Black Friday’ of art festivals! Find valuable art from more than 160 artists priced at $100 or less for this one day only. Proceeds from the $12 entrance fee go to fund scholarships for students at Arapahoe Community College

NOVO ITA | IMMERSIVE ART EXPERIENCE

Thru Aug. 29, 2021
Uncover the mysteries of the city and the dangers of the past through interactive characters, audio/video diaries, augmented reality sprites that can be conjured on a phone or tablet, and so much more! Guests at Spectra Art Space will be guided by nature sprites through botanical gardens and mind-blowing architecture inside of this mystical futuristic city. Lush and green during the day and brilliantly illuminated at night with over 1,000 interactive LEDs connected with smart controllers that guests will be able to interact with.

EXPERIMENTAL EXPRESSIONS

Thru Sept. 3, 2021
Recognizing a creative act as an experiment can ease the weight of seriousness and allow room for free-flowing ideation. In this exhibition, six artists navigate their respective mediums through creative spontaneity and emotional expression. See it at Walker Fine Art

ANSEL ADAMS: MASTERWORKS

Thru Sept. 4, 2021
The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is pleased to present 48 works from renowned photographer Ansel Adams.

SIMPHIWE NDZUBE: ORACLES OF THE PINK UNIVERSE

Thru Sept. 12, 2021
A genre first conceptualized in Latin America, magical realism infuses reality with elements of the fantastical. In the first U.S. solo museum exhibition for South African contemporary artist Simphiwe Ndzube, Oracles of the Pink Universe presents seven new immersive works exploring the interplay between magical realism and history. See it at Denver Art Museum.

ALL THE COSMOS A CANVAS

Thru Sept. 15, 2021
Drift deep into space and experience the majesty and wonder of our universe purely through images in this contemplative, aesthetic and introspective exhibition at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum

LOOKING FORWARD/LOOKING BACK

Thru Sept. 19, 2021
Celebrate Historic Denver's 50th anniversary! Looking Forward/Looking Back relives the early days as Historic Denver began restoring the home of the "Unsinkable" Molly Brown and the beginnings of the Molly Brown House Museum, which for the first time allowed the public to enter Brown's Denver residence and learn about the mark she left on the world. 

SOURCE MATERIAL

Aug. 13–Sept. 25, 2021
From the Dadaists through the Pictures Generation and beyond, artists have used found imagery as source material for larger ideas, often to critique popular media, express irony, or wax nostalgic. Moving past these often impersonal traditions, the artists in Source Material warmly visualize personal experiences and give new meaning to overlooked or forgotten histories. They use a range of approaches – from digitally manipulating found images to creating image sculptures – all with a sense of care that honors and elevates their past. See it at Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

JESS T. DUGAN: C.A.R.S ONLINE

Thru Sept. 30, 2021
The artist-curated C.A.R.S. Online series features past participants in the long-running Critic & Artist Residency Series at Colorado State University. In this virtual exhibition, Jess T. Dugan explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. 

STORIES WE TELL: THE COLLECTION TWO WAYS

Thru Oct. 10, 2021
This exhibition digs deep into the Clyfford Still Museum's vaults to present the collection in two complementary but alternate ways as a means to understand how artworks and their meaning can change based upon curatorial strategy. It begins with a new chronological presentation in the first five galleries. In the remaining four rooms, the artworks are grouped into specific thematic categories regardless of their chronology. 

THE CIVIL WAR MONUMENT "ON GUARD"

Thru Oct. 15, 2021
This monument stood in front of Colorado's State Capitol until it was toppled in June 2020 during protests for Black lives. Installed in 1909 to memorialize Colorado’s role in the Civil War, the monument holds multiple meanings for viewers today: a tribute to those who’ve served and sacrificed in the nation’s armed forces, a reminder of atrocities committed against Indigenous peoples, a symbol of white supremacy and injustice, a casualty of destructive lawlessness, and more. Lonnie Bunch, the first African American and first historian to serve as Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, said, "what you really want to do is use the statues as teachable moments. Some of these need to go. But others need to be taken into a park, into a museum, into a warehouse, and interpreted for people, because they're part of our history." See it at History Colorado Center.

ARMOR

Thru Oct. 16, 2021
This exhibition at Metropolitan State University of Denver - Center for Visual Art addresses different ways artists express concepts of bodily protection and the means by which we arm and mend ourselves physically, spiritually and emotionally. Explorations into armor will uncover how these structures or ideals can protect, but also fail us.

OF SKY AND GROUND: YOSHITOMO SAITO

Thru Nov. 28, 2021
Yoshitomo Saito's cast-bronze works at Denver Botanic Gardens capture and celebrate the elegant lines and subtle details of nature. From smaller seed pods to the arch of a branch, his compositions reinterpret organic forms to encourage contemplation.

SHIKI DREAMS BY PRISMAJIC

Thru Dec. 19, 2021
Shiki Dreams is the latest immersive adventure from Prismajic, the creators of 2019’s smash hit Natura Obscura. The multi-sensory immersive experience leads guests on a fun and mystical journey of exploration and discovery that combines art and technology in beautiful and amazing ways.

MUSEUM FOR BLACK GIRLS

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
"Black Girl Magic" is more than a buzzword or trend. It's the essence of Black women. The Museum for Black Girls is a space to celebrate this essence, as well as educate about the journey to our present state and liberation. Finally and most importantly, our museum serves as a love letter to Black women and our experience. This interactive pop-up gallery features multiple, vibrant exhibits. Visit at 1421 26th Street in Denver

EARTH ILLUMINATED

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
Earth Illuminated is an immersive experience where the natural world and digital media merge to take you on an ethereal journey. Wander through a 13,000-square-foot space showcasing our planet's beauty from air, land and sea. Explore a series of immersive environments and large-scale interactive art installations that change the way you experience art and nature at Denver Pavilions.

FORTY YEARS ON THE ’FAX

Thru Dec. 31, 2021
Take a nostalgic ride down Colfax, with stops at the quirky and memorable places that gave the street its worldwide reputation. See it at History Colorado Center.

BLACK IN DENVER  

Thru Mar. 5, 2022
Narkita Gold is a Denver-based artist who's been honing her skills in digital photography since 2009. Her exhibition Black in Denver is a portrait and interview series that takes delves into Black life in Denver. See it at History Colorado Center.

STATE HISTORICAL FUND RETROSPECTIVE

Thru Apr. 30, 2022
This exhibit explores the rich contributions of History Colorado's State Historical Fund. Through the preservation of the built environment, the SHF has enhanced vibrant communities across the state for more than three decades.

SCULPTURE ON THE GREEN II: FEATURING ROBERT MANGOLD

Thru May 2022
MOA presents Sculpture on the Green II at Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre, the second installation of an ongoing, annual, rotating exhibition. This year features Colorado sculptor Robert Mangold. The sculptures are made from industrial steel piping. Some are painted a brilliant red, while others are simply polished, allowing for the beauty in the raw material to be revealed.

BRICK & SOUL // ARMANDO GENEYRO

Thru July 30, 2022
Local photographer Armando Geneyro connects the build environment with the people who shape its meaning. A versatile photographer, Armando specializes in events coverage and photojournalism. His passion for street photography allows him to connect to his subjects and immerse himself in different cultures. See it at History Colorado Center

MEMORY MIRROR

Thru Mar. 5, 2023
Lares Feliciano's Memory Mirror is an immersive installation that invites visitors to explore their relationship with memory through animation, dioramas and interactive storytelling. Designed to evoke the memory of a relative's living room, this exhibition will transform the museum's Precourt Family Discovery Hall into a surreal domestic den that is both familiar and fantastic. See it at Denver Art Museum.

NIGHT LIGHTS DENVER

Night Lights Denver features rotating content designed by local artists and the community and projected on the Arapahoe Street side of the Daniels & Fisher Tower every Thursday through Saturday evening.

COMING SOON

SUMMERFEST 2021 

Sept. 4–5, 2021
Summerfest, now in its 41st year, features a fabulous selection of gallery-quality fine art and fine crafts chosen by a jury process. Live music, a children’s craft area, fresh food and a micro-brew beer festival round out a spectacular entertainment experience in the pristine foothills of the Rocky Mountains at Buchanan Recreational Park in Evergreen

CHERRY CREEK ARTS FESTIVAL

Sept. 4–6, 2021
The 30th anniversary Cherry Creek Arts Festival will transform the streets of Cherry Creek North into an innovative outdoor fine art show. Enjoy free parking and admission to see 265 national juried artists selling incredible original artworks. And don't miss a full block of family-friendly activities on "ARTivity Avenue," live music and more. 

SPECTRUM OF BEING

Sept. 10–Nov. 6, 2021
Aristotle developed the first known theory of color, believing it was sent by God from Heaven through celestial rays of light. From Newton to Geothe, studies on the spectrums of color and light have been conducted for millennia, and while the sciences of these matters are now widely accepted, artists continue to experiment with the use of these concepts to induce varying emotions through their work. In this exhibition, six artists bridge the intuitive and the visceral to address the viewers’ individual life experiences. This exhibition serves as an invitation to the shared visual experiences of human existence. See it at Walker Fine Art

FERVOR: ANA MARÍA HERNANDO

Sept. 11, 2021–Jan. 2, 2022
Interdisciplinary artist Ana María Hernando harnesses the power of painting, poetry and installation to honor and alter traditional feminine craft and community in this exhibition at Denver Botanic Gardens. Her love of plants, flowers and the spirit of nature permeates her work. Fervor features her installation Écoutons | Escuchemos | Let's Listen, created in response to bird sounds submitted from more than 200 people across the globe.

DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL

Sept. 18–19, 2021
This fine art and fine crafts festival at Central Park's Conservatory Green Neighborhood supports Colorado artists while showcasing a select group of national artists.

IMMERSIVE VAN GOGH

Sept. 30, 2021–Feb. 6, 2022
Renowned for transforming venues into unforgettable art experiences, the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit strives to highlight the unique architecture of its spaces while integrating influences from its history and community. Get ready to be transported the second you step inside!

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