Walker(credit: Denver Botanic Gardens)
Interested in the art of costumes? Or does historical, feminine art speak to you? Perhaps loud, colorful oil paintings peak your artistic interest. No matter what your preference, there is an art exhibit in Denver this year that will call out to your inner artist, as the shows schedule to delight Denver in 2016 are as unique as a Colorado sunset. But while great art is timeless, some of the exhibits coming to Denver this year are not, so start planning now because popular events sell out fast and may never return.
Rhythm & Roots: Dance In American Art
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000

Dates: July 10, 2016 to Oct. 2, 2016

Dancing is an art unto itself, but it’s also the muse for other types of art, which is the basis for the Rhythm & Roots collection coming to the Denver Art Museum. This multi-media collection includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, costumes and videos looks at American dance culture from 1830 through 1960. It covers everything from traditional Native American dance to Fred Astaire and is an interesting look at how art influences art.

Pioneers: Women Artists In Boulder 1898-1950
University of Colorado Art Museum
1085 18th St.
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 492-8300

Dates: Sept. 16, 2016 to Dec. 17, 2016

Take in a little history with your art at the “Pioneers: Women Artists in Boulder 1898-1950” exhibit at the University of Colorado Art Museum. This collection sheds light on the contribution women made to the arts and cultural scene in Colorado during the nineteenth and twentieth century, and also their influence on American art, which has largely gone unstudied. Pieces fromEve Drewlowe, Gwen Meux, Muriel Sibell-Wolle and Virginia True will be on display.  But the best thing about this eye-opening, mind-enriching exhibit is that it’s free to admire, as the University of Colorado Art Museum does not charge admission.

Stories in Sculpture: Selections From The Walker Art Center Collection
Denver Botanic Gardens
1007 York St.
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 865-3501

Date: April 29, 2016 to Oct. 2, 2016

One of the most spectacular venues for art in Denver is the Denver Botanic Gardens and its 23 acres of divine horticulture. Each year, the gardens does a wonderful job bringing through exhibits that complement the amazing plant life at its York Street gardens. This spring, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is lending Denver 13 sculptures for its alfresco gallery, including the whimsical Hare on a Ball on Portland Stone Piers by Barry Flanagan and Henry Moore’s abstract Standing Figure: Knife Edge along with work by George Segal, Louise Nevelson, Judith Shea, Isamu Noguchi, Saul Baizerman and Deborah Butterfield.

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Leon Benn
David B. Smith Gallery
1543 A Wazee St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 893-4234

Date: May 6, 2016 to June 4, 2016

In downtown Denver perhaps no neighborhood is more familiar with springtime notions of metamorphosis and reinvigoration than LoDo, having risen from a notoriously dangerous part of town to one of the most popular and trendy neighborhoods in Denver. Today in the heart of that neighborhood there is the David B. Smith Gallery, known in the community for bringing unique, national artists to the Mile High City in rotating shows reinvigorating their gallery with new, vital, creative blood. In May 2016, the David B. Smith Gallery is bringing in work by Philadelphia-born Leon Benn, whose paintings are as playful and colorful as the artist’s red, tousled hair. Benn’s oil paintings are most recognizable by his dramatic use of bold color and have shown in galleries across America. Benn is coming to Denver for a limited time exhibit, and he will be showing along with Matt Merkel Hess and Paul Wackers.

Star Wars And The Power Of Costume
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave. Parkway
Denver, CO 80204
(720) 865-5000

Dates: Nov. 13, 2016 to April 2, 2017

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Those ten words sparked the legacy of the most well-known movie franchise in American history, Star Wars. This fall, a unique piece of that legacy is coming to the Denver Art Museum in the “Star Wars and the Power of Costume” exhibit. Sixty original costumes from the films will be on loan from the Archives of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and displayed with sketches and videos showing the entire costume-making process from the films. From conceptual art for the world’s first Wookie to the couture gowns of Queen Amidala, the DAM exhibit allows fans of fashion and the film alike to delight in these one-of-a-kind designs.

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