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Living & Learning from Art: A DAM Volunteer Shares Her Experience

Living & Learning from Art: A DAM Volunteer Shares Her Experience

For many years, Jeanne Kearns has been an invaluable volunteer at the Denver Art Museum. Serving on both the Guest Services Council and Volunteer Executive Board, Jeanne has contributed more than 2,000 hours to the museum. Before her time at the DAM, Jeanne was a consultant for the federal government and taught nursing at the University of Colorado. In 1996, she retired from her position as Executive Director of the Western Institute of Nursing and decided to dedicate her time to the Denver Art Museum.

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Conserving Shattered Silk in an Early 20th Century Souvenir Ribbon Quilt

Conserving Shattered Silk in an Early 20th Century Souvenir Ribbon Quilt

Lyrical, structured, bold, colorful, whimsical, meticulous, commemorative, and even “crazy," the quilts currently on display in First Glance/Second Look: Quilts from the Denver Art Museum Collection cover a staggering amount of design territory. Enticing the viewer’s eye to the back of the gallery is a striking grid of red and black interspersed with a rainbow of other colors.

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Young Artist Featured in The Shop at the DAM Raises $2,000 for Children's Hospital Colorado

Young Artist Featured in The Shop at the DAM Raises $2,000 for Children's Hospital Colorado

The Shop at the Denver Art Museum now features a new selection of designs in the popular line of stationary cards from Art by Adelyn. You may remember Adelyn Wall from an earlier blog post. She is the young artist and founder of Art by Adelyn, a Colorado nonprofit organization benefitting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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  10 Things That Make an Athletic Artist Tick—Q&A with Gail Folwell

10 Things That Make an Athletic Artist Tick—Q&A with Gail Folwell

She can be seen climbing around her taller-than-most-of-us sculptures barefoot and pedaling up Tour de France mountains in France. Artist Gail Folwell is on the move, like the subjects in her work.

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  Top 5 Reasons to Book a Group Visit to Brilliant Now

Top 5 Reasons to Book a Group Visit to Brilliant Now

October 1 update: Tickets for Brilliant are on sale for individuals as well as groups.

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  The DAM, Cleo Parker Robinson & Mexican Dance Company Celebrate Unity Across Cultures

The DAM, Cleo Parker Robinson & Mexican Dance Company Celebrate Unity Across Cultures

Unidos, the theme for this month’s CelebrARTE at the Denver Art Museum, means unified or united.

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  Come Face to Face with Painters, Portraits & People at Untitled #71

Come Face to Face with Painters, Portraits & People at Untitled #71

Update: Download the program (PDF) for Friday, September 26.

At Untitled #71 (Face Time) take a deep dive into the art of portraiture and chat with local and national artists.

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The DAM Publishes New Book About British Art

The DAM Publishes New Book About British Art

The Denver Art Museum is celebrating Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection by Berger Collection curator Kathleen Stuart, the first publication on the collection to appear in 16 years. It features in-depth essays on 50 masterworks by some of the greatest artists of the British school: Hans Holbein the Younger, Anthony van Dyck, Peter Lely, Benjamin West, Angelica Kauffman, Thomas Gainsborough, Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, Howard Hodgkin, and Adam Birtwistle.

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Shop at the DAM & Find Inspiring Items for Kids for $10 or Less

Shop at the DAM & Find Inspiring Items for Kids for $10 or Less

Teachers, parents, and kids will find inspiring activities, art supplies, and books in the Denver Art Museum's new North Shop. Come shop for these great items and explore many more.

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Take Action on International Literacy Day

Take Action on International Literacy Day

Today is International Literacy Day, which highlights the importance of literacy to individuals and to society. In 1991, designer Julius Friedman addressed the problem of adult illiteracy in a series of posters, four of which are on view at the Denver Art Museum in Drawn to Action: Posters from the AIGA Design Archives.

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7 Things Teachers Can Do With the DAM During the 2014–2015 School Year

7 Things Teachers Can Do With the DAM During the 2014–2015 School Year

With students settling in and instructional plans in place, take a moment to check out the seven top things you can do with the Denver Art Museum this school year.

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See Historic Paintings of Rocky Mountain National Park at the DAM

See Historic Paintings of Rocky Mountain National Park at the DAM

There are many reasons why the state of Colorado is so spectacular. One special gem for visitors and locals alike is Rocky Mountain National Park, only about 70 miles northwest of Denver. Dedicated in September 1915, Rocky Mountain National Park celebrates its centennial beginning this September in Estes Park, Colorado. To commemorate this momentous anniversary, the Denver Art Museum salutes all the artists who have visited the region and have documented its beauty.

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Paintings at the DAM Showcase Areas Protected by the Wilderness Act

Paintings at the DAM Showcase Areas Protected by the Wilderness Act

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Some of the historic landscapes protected by this act are celebrated in the Denver Art Museum’s western art galleries.

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  Get on the Brilliant Gala Guest List with The Museum Associates

Get on the Brilliant Gala Guest List with The Museum Associates

Want to be among the first to experience Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century? Consider joining The Museum Associates, members of a very special Denver Art Museum supporting membership level, who are invited to the elegant Opening Gala in November. The gala includes an exclusive exhibition preview with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, music, and more.

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"A Bead is Never Just a Bead": Native Artist on What Inspires His Work (Video)

"A Bead is Never Just a Bead": Native Artist on What Inspires His Work (Video)

Note: Jeffrey Gibson's video one becomes the other will be screened at Untitled: Show Down on April 29, 2016.

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There's No Place Like Home at Untitled #70 (Roost)

There's No Place Like Home at Untitled #70 (Roost)

Update: Download the program (PDF) for Friday, August 29.

The Untitled summer series comes to a close this month with Untitled #70 (Roost). We’ve spent June and July wandering and exploring, and now it’s time to return home, settle in, do some nesting and, of course, some birding too.

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DAM Volunteer Honored for 33 Years of Service
The DAM & the Museo de Arte Populars Artist in Residency Program Builds Bridges Through Art

The DAM & the Museo de Arte Populars Artist in Residency Program Builds Bridges Through Art

This month the Denver Art Museum celebrates a growing partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center (MCC) and the Museo de Arte Popular (MAP), and what better way than with this month’s CelebrARTE: Aventuras where we adventure on a weeklong journey along the Camino Realthe historic route that connected Mexico City to its northern frontiers, including Colorado.

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Thread Studio Artist Profiles

Thread Studio Artist Profiles

This series introduces some of the fiber artists who conduct demonstrations in the Nancy Lake Benson Thread Studio.

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  At the Mirror Continues Tradition of Japanese Print Exhibitions at the DAM

At the Mirror Continues Tradition of Japanese Print Exhibitions at the DAM

Nearly 70 Japanese woodblock prints from the Denver Art Museum's collection were exhibited together for the first time in 2014.

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Meet Thread Studio Demo Artist Paula Veschore

Meet Thread Studio Demo Artist Paula Veschore

Spinner and textile artist Paula Veschore can find a project in anything. “Everything to me is an art project whether it’s weaving, gardening, or a bucket of rusty horse shoes,” she said.

Veschore is one of seven demonstrating artists in the Thread Studio located on the sixth floor of the North Building in the Denver Art Museum. When demonstrating her craft in the museum, she uses a spinning wheel to transform raw materials into yarn. She uses this for various textile projects, including a complex knitted shawl.

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Helen Dill Society Members Make a Difference at the Denver Art Museum

Helen Dill Society Members Make a Difference at the Denver Art Museum

When Phyllis and Gary Vander Ark moved to Denver in 1970 they became members of the DAM to connect with their new community. Phyllis has now spent over 40 years as a volunteer, including serving as a greeter, docent, co-chair of three Collectors’ Choice events, and volunteer president. Meanwhile, Gary has made his mark in Denver as a neurosurgeon and founded Doctors Care in 1988 to provide healthcare to the underserved.

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DAM Collaborator Talks About Her Practice in Creating Tactile Art (Videos)

DAM Collaborator Talks About Her Practice in Creating Tactile Art (Videos)

Imagine viewing a painting without actually seeing it.

Imagine landscapes, portraits, and scenes that you can see through touch and feel.

For some museum patrons, this is the reality. And with help from sculptor and Colorado Center for the Blind art teacher Ann Cunningham, the Denver Art Museum has made huge strides in making art accessible to patrons who are blind and visually impaired.

Cunningham began as a sculptor with a special interest in low-relief. This is when a sculpture is carved out of a slab and emanates from the slab.

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  Curators to Discuss Denver & New York Connections to The American West in Bronze

Curators to Discuss Denver & New York Connections to The American West in Bronze

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, in two upcoming talks with the curators.

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