Woman placing heart in front of her favorite painting at the DAM

The DAM Celebrates Hearts for Art

February 9–14 you’re invited to show your love for a favorite work of art at the Denver Art Museum. (See the guidelines.)

Below, some of our staff share their favorite current artworks. Check out their faves and then visit the museum and show us your artwork crush!

“One of the reasons this work of art is my favorite is because I know its backstory. I saw the Hayagriva Mandala (located in the North Building on Level 5) being made by monk-artists of Seraje Monastic University and know there are two imperfections (created during the difficult conservation process). I can always locate the one on the orange bow, but the other one is harder to find.” – Rose Beetem, communications assistant

Woman with heart in front of sand mandala

“I have so many favorites. Right now, one in the A Place in the Sun exhibit (located in the Hamilton Building on Level 1) is my favorite. Walter Ufer is a beast!” – Franklin Cruz, gallery host

“The piece that speaks to me the most is Estes Park by Albert Bierstadt (located in the North Building on Level 7). I love stepping into the grand scale of the painting until it fills my field of view and imagining I can hear the wind making its way through the valley, feeling the change in temperature as clouds pass overhead, and smelling the pristine environment.” – Mike Kasper, audio video coordinator

“So ONE of my favorite works of art is Orion, by Deborah Butterfield (located in the Hamilton Building on Level 2). I love how much it is a conversation piece for family visitors. People love that it is a giant horse and then get amazed when they learn it is made from car parts! It’s fun to talk with visitors and experience them discovering that.” – Lindsay Genshaft, manager of family and community programs

Hearts for Art

“My favorite work of art on view right now would have to be Through the Greasewood by E. Martin Hennings (in the exhibition A Place in the Sun located in the Hamilton Building on Level 1). I love the colors and light in this work. To me it epitomizes the west and the feeling of lightness in the air. The billowing cloud on the blue sky shading the mountain range in the background catches my attention first and then the Indians on horseback come slowly into view, quietly ambling through the brush. This piece speaks of home (the West) to me.” – Greg McKay, associate director retail operations

Man in front of his favorite painting at the DAM

"One of my favorite works currently on view is Gustave Doré's The Family of Street Acrobats: the Injured Child (La Famille du Saltimbanque: L'Enfant Blessé) (pictured at top, located in the North Building on Level 6). Doré conveys a heartbreaking story in a truly captivating image. There is a magical, almost fairy tale quality in the painting created by the father's face paint and the shimmery tulle of the mother's costume, but the injured child and the looks of anguish on the parents' faces immediately shatter that illusion." – Shannon Robb, communications and public affairs coordinator

Desa Beslic is a fall 2015 content writing intern in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Her favorite thing at the museum is anything to do with photography. She recommends seeing Kenneth Josephson: Encounters with the Universe.

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