Artists at Work

See art take shape right before your eyes and get the chance to witness an artist’s creative process first hand. Artists from all over the world visit the DAM and create their work on-site.

Native Arts Artist in Residence

Kevin Pourier

See artist Kevin Pourier at work creating carved buffalo-horn jewelry in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Studio (level 3 North Building). Drop in Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1-3 pm to meet the artist and explore his artmaking process first hand.

January 20-February 1

March 10-15

Pourier’s finished works will remain installed in the Native Arts Artist-in-Residence Studio for visitors to browse between February 1 and March 15.

Jewelry Studio

November 16, 2014–March 15, 2015

Visitors are invited to explore their creativity in our hands-on Studio space (first floor Hamilton Building). In the Jewelry Studio visitors can explore the steps of jewelry design from inspiration to innovation, experiment with the tools and materials of jewelry making and learn from the experts through live demonstrations (weekends only). Jewelry Studio is fun for all ages with no experience necessary.

Image credit: Monarch Oyate Necklace, Buffalo Horn inlaid with Badland Sandstone and Mother of Pearl. Image courtesy of the artist.


Over the next two years, the DAM will be experimenting with a series of creative-in-residence programs. These residencies will feature local creatives from a variety of disciplines. The residents will be producing new work inspired by the museum and its collections, as well as working with visitors throughout their creative process. Through the creative-in-residence program, we hope to push the notions of what a museum can be – for visitors, for the creative community and for the institution itself. Things will get wildly creative and maybe a little messy too!

Nathan Hall

The DAM’s first Creative-in-Residence, composer Nathan Hall, will be in residence for the month of March producing a series of art-inspired, sound-based pieces. Catch Nathan at work in his “Piano Office” on Level 6 of the North Building on Thursdays (hours vary), stop by a Friday evening rehearsal (5:30ish – 7:30ish) or check out performances every Sunday at 3 pm. More info available here. Also, get the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—use the hashtag #soundslikeart.

The Native Arts Artist-in-Residence program is generously supported by The Virginia W. Hill Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.

Creative-in-Residence programs are funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.