The city of Denver is filled with art - whether you’re seeking it out or just walking along the streets. The city is packed with culture from galleries, museums, murals, and more. It’s easy to confuse the terms art museum and art gallery. An art museum typically houses several artworks, artifacts, and collections. They’re generally used as a way to educate the audience about certain topics and history. The objective of an art museum is to show the cultural and historical importance of a country to its residents and tourists. Art museums are non-profit-based establishments. An art gallery is a smaller scale where artists promote themselves and their work. When you visit an art gallery, you’ll gain a plethora of knowledge about a few artists and have the option to purchase their works. A gallery is more commercial, with an objective to introduce an artist and build a market for them. Therefore, a gallery is a profit-based establishment.
Now that you know what you expect when you visit an art gallery, where do you start? It can be hard to navigate the eclectic city, but we’ve got you covered. Here are some of Denver’s must-visit art galleries. If you know you love a certain style of art — such as modern or contemporary — we’ve noted styles so you can tailor your experiences to your likings.
The Robischon Gallery is one of Denver’s premier galleries. Created in 1976, the gallery continues to produce museum-level contemporary art exhibitions of regional, national, and international artists. The gallery is ever-changing, with new exhibitions scheduled seven times a year. Each exhibition is composed of two or three solo exhibitions presented in a group format. At 9,000 square feet, the space can feature up to twenty solo exhibitions at a time. The types of exhibitions are endless, but major categories include:
Each exhibition lasts a different length of time, so there’s always something new to explore at the Robischon Gallery. The current exhibition on display is “Deborah Dancy: A Faint Light.” Past exhibitions include installations by artists such as:
◾ John Buck
◾ Judy Pfaff
◾ Ann Hamilton
◾ Halim Al Karim
◾ Maria Friberg
The gallery features renowned artists that work in a wide range of styles and mediums. Robischon is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Whether you’re a beginner, collector, or curator, Robischon provides an incredible experience for all. If you’re interested in observing all types of art and exhibitions, plan your visit to the Robischon Gallery.
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The SPACE Gallery specializes in non-representational abstract and contemporary artwork. This gallery places a focus on new and innovative media and surface treatment. Visitors can experience a variety of art forms when visiting the SPACE Gallery, including:
◾ Print work
When you visit the SPACE Gallery, you will likely be introduced to a new artist. The gallery features emerging artists as well as established artists on the local and national level.
The SPACE Gallery’s current exhibition features three artists and works in their respective forums. The current artists with exhibitions include:
◾ Sue Oehme — Future Nostalgia
◾ Patricia Aaron — Mile Markers
◾ Jeff Glode Wise — Evidence of Unlikely Events
You can visit the SPACE Gallery Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re looking to observe from home, the SPACE Gallery has you covered with virtual viewing options.
The RULE Gallery Denver is one of two RULE locations, with the other being in Texas. The gallery was founded in 1991 by Robin Rule as a way to represent emerging and mid-career contemporary artists and artist estates. RULE focuses on fostering investigative art practices while helping emerging artists create and establish long-term careers. Aside from in-house exhibitions, RULE participates in various programming to expand community engagement.
RULE Denver is always bringing in and featuring new artists, so there is always something new to look at or consider purchasing when you step into the gallery. Current and upcoming exhibitions at RULE Denver include:
◾ Little Monastery by Jacob Feige
◾ Trappings of Arcadia by Jason DeMarte
You can visit RULE Gallery Denver Tuesday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
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K Contemporary, located in Denver, features contemporary works with a focus on installation-based and experiential exhibitions. The gallery represents mid-career and established artists within the national and international realm. The gallery has two current or upcoming exhibitions.
At the Denver Botanic Gardens, Radiant Season by Kevin Sloan is a series of paintings that invites its visitors to observe the silent inhabitants with whom we share our world. Sloan focuses on painting overlooked plants, animals, creatures, etc., and encompasses them in common urban landscape items such as traffic cones and metal objects. This exhibition will force you to observe these common plants and animals as Sloan transforms these items into mysterious icons. This exhibition is beautiful, radiant, and powerful. It’s one you won’t want to miss, so visit K Contemporary before it's gone.
Road Work by Andrew Jensdotter is a show featuring works by the artist in various mediums, including sculpture, drawing, and painting. Jensdotter is a Denver-based artist bringing a special and local feel to the gallery. This exhibition is inspired by Jensodotter’s experiences with a near-death health scare and the pandemic. He creates works that are essential, “leaving signs” along the road for others. Jensodotter shares his most intimate experiences through the beauty of art in a way you’ve never seen before. This exhibition can be viewed from May 15 through June 26, so plan your visit today.
The Mirus Gallery is named after the adjective mirus, meaning astonishing, extraordinary, and strange. With locations in California and Colorado, the Mirus Gallery champions new movements in contemporary art. This gallery features work by emerging and mid-career artists in solo and thematically organized group shows. When you visit the Mirus Gallery, you will observe work that emphasizes skill and process. You’ll be engaged from start to finish on a sentient, emotional, and evocative level.
You can currently visit the Mirus Gallery by appointment, where you will have the opportunity to sign up for a private viewing of exhibitions.
Michael Warren Contemporary
At Michael Warren Contemporary, owners Mike and Warren showcase contemporary artwork that speaks to them. They enjoy seeing and living with art, so this gallery is truly their passion. At Michael Warren Contemporary, you're likely to experience exhibitions with colorful abstracts and figurative work. Common exhibition types include:
◾ Works on paper
You can visit the gallery and enjoy the shows or work with the team to purchase a piece that speaks to you. The gallery features artists from around the country, allowing visitors to explore art from all cultures.
Michael Warren Contemporary is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you’re looking to shop for a piece right now, you can view pieces for sale through their online gallery.
FooLPRoof Contemporary Art
fooLPRoof is a top contemporary art gallery located in Denver that prides itself on being a commercial gallery offering high-end opportunities with a lower commission structure. The gallery features all types of rotating and new artists. Uniquely, fooLPRoof invites artists to their space, as well as allows artists to submit their works for exhibition. fooLPRoof supports and features all mediums, skill levels, and price points. When visiting the gallery, you can see artists in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum, Kirkland Museum, Art Department University professionals, local artists, out-of-town artists, and emerging artists. fooLPRoof’s collection is ever-changing and flowing, making a new and exciting experience every time you visit.
You can experience and shop fooLPRoof’s exhibitions online or in person by making an appointment. If contemporary art is a favorite of yours, you won’t want to miss out on visiting fooLPRoof Contemporary Art and experiencing their unique offerings and curated collections.
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Masters Gallery Denver
Masters Gallery Denver is located in the neighborhood of Cherry Creek North. Upon entering this stunning gallery, you’ll be greeted by a knowledgeable staff member who is committed to providing visitors with the utmost professional services. Masters Gallery represents a wide variety of local, regional, and international artists. Masters truly believes that regardless of your style and taste, they have a piece of art that will enhance your home.
Not only does Masters Gallery provide clients with over 40 years of experience, but the service doesn’t stop when you leave the gallery. Masters provides additional services to help make the entire process seamless, including:
◾ Viewing Art on Approval in Your Home
◾ Complimentary Installation
◾ Specialized Custom Framing
You can learn more about Masters Gallery’s lengthy lists of artists and their current exhibitions by visiting the gallery Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’re likely to walk away with a brand new and one-of-a-kind piece for your home.
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