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How Do You Define Creativity? More than 600 People Answer that Question in the DAM's New Report (Video)

How Do You Define Creativity? More than 600 People Answer that Question in the DAM's New Report (Video)

Tapping into Creativity and Becoming Part of Something Bigger (PDF) is the result of an 18-month investigation into understanding the impacts the Denver Art Museum’s exhibitions and programs have on visitors’ creative lives. And after one literature review, three focus group sessions, 38 interviews with visitors, and a survey of more than 600 people, we came to see that visitors define creativity as an expansive way of thinking and approaching the world. More

How the DAM Prepared Rare-Earth Magnets for Installation of Oceanic Textiles

How the DAM Prepared Rare-Earth Magnets for Installation of Oceanic Textiles

Rare-earth magnets are frequently used in the mounting or hanging of textiles, as has been previously highlighted in Denver Art Museum blog posts on the installation of American Indian, Chinese, and resist-dyed objects. More

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. More

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. More

Poster designed by Julius Friedman. Image is a pencil. Text reads "to 27 million American workers this is a useless tool."

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. More

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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Sharon Rouse guiding a tour at the Denver Art Museum

DAM Volunteer Honored for 33 Years of Service

Sharon Rouse Receives Minoru Yasui Community Volunteer Award

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Gary and Phyllis Vander Ark

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. More

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. More

Tom Wesselmann is Inspired by Chance

Tom Wesselmann is Inspired by Chance

In 1985 Tom Wesselmann wrote in his journal that “The prime mission of my art, in the beginning, and continuing still, is to make figurative art as exciting as abstract art. I think I have succeeded, but there is still a lot further to go.” More

Tom Wesselmann Finds a New Medium

Tom Wesselmann Finds a New Medium

“I’ve just had the best year of my life,” Tom Wesselmann said in a 1985 interview with The New York Times. “I always work in a kind of near ecstasy, anyway, but there’s really been something about the new work that grabbed me.” More

Janelle Ayón of Dancing Across Cultures Talks About US & Mexican Cowboy Culture as Part of CelebrARTE: Fronteras

Janelle Ayón of Dancing Across Cultures Talks About US & Mexican Cowboy Culture as Part of CelebrARTE: Fronteras

This Sunday at CelebrARTE we are taking a look at The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, and exploring the idea of la frontera with Janelle Ayón and Dancing Across Cultures. More

Wesselmann Wrote Country Music? This & Other Double Takes at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)

Wesselmann Wrote Country Music? This & Other Double Takes at Untitled #69 (Uncharted)

The Untitled summer journey continues on July 25 with Untitled #69 (Uncharted). This month is not so much about venturing into uncharted territory as it is about revisiting what we think we already know. Case in point: pop artist Tom Wesselmann, the subject of the Denver Art Museum’s latest exhibition Beyond Pop Art: A Tom Wesselmann Retrospective. Wesselmann is best known as a painter—his claim to fame is his series Great American Nude. More

The Denver Art Museum Welcomes a New Group of Tour Guides

The Denver Art Museum Welcomes a New Group of Tour Guides

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a tour guide at a museum or what a person has to do to become one?

One of the most rewarding parts of my job at the Denver Art Museum is having the opportunity to train and work with tour guides, or as we call them, docents. Training a new class of docents certainly requires a strong commitment from the institution in both staff time and resources as well as a strong commitment from docent mentors and provisional docents (docents in training), yet it’s well worth it in the end since it results in enriching our visitors’ experience. More

Family Audio Tours Help Visitors See More at the Denver Art Museum

Family Audio Tours Help Visitors See More at the Denver Art Museum

There’s more to visiting the Denver Art Museum than just looking.

Immersive multimedia experiences help guide visitors as they view a single piece of art or an entire exhibition. Among them are audio tours offered with several temporary exhibitions. These tours provide the larger story behind a given object within 90 seconds of sound.

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Tom Wesselmann Takes a Vacation

Tom Wesselmann Takes a Vacation

With the success of his Great American Nude series in the early 1960s, Tom Wesselmann could finally afford a larger studio. With a new studio came larger work and longer hours. Wesselmann explained, “I couldn’t pull myself away from the studio when it came time to go home at night. My fingernails would literally scrape on the tableI didn’t want to leave. I would go home and lie in bed and plot what I was going to do the next day. I couldn’t wait to get back to the studio, and the next morning I would rush there. It became a circular frenzy.” More

Tom Wesselmann's First Solo Show

Tom Wesselmann's First Solo Show

When artist Alex Katz visited Tom Wesselmann’s small New York studio for the first time in 1961 he wasn’t sure what to expect. The two had known each other from a painting trip to Green Camp when Wesselmann was a second year student at Cooper Union. He was only then transitioning from being a cartoonist to a painter and now Katz had heard from art critic Henry Geldzahler that Wesselmann was doing collages. More

DAM Art Storage Space

The DAM's Art Storage Gets an Upgrade

The Denver Art Museum’s new staff office building not only houses more than 100 staff members, but it’ll also soon be home to parts of our permanent collection. The DAM’s collections management team has begun to move art from a temporary storage space in the North Building into the new, purpose-built Bannock collections storage area this month. More

5 Things You Can Learn from Claire Wesselmann

5 Things You Can Learn from Claire Wesselmann

On Wednesday, July 9, artist Tom Wesselmann's widow, Claire, will be in conversation with Denver Art Museum master teacher for modern and contemporary art Danielle Stephens. Studio manager of the Tom Wesselmann estate, Jeffrey Sturges, will join them for a discussion about Tom Wesselmann and the retrospective of his work that opens at the DAM on July 13. More