Denver Art Museum receives NEA grant to support an Artist-in-Residence program for the Native Arts Department

Program will activate American Indian art galleries with working artists in a studio setting for visitors to experience and participate

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the Denver Art Museum (DAM) is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The DAM is recommended for a $50,000 grant to support an artist-in-residence program for the native arts department in 2013. The program will enliven the American Indian art gallery while also showcasing a key permanent collection of the DAM. Focusing on the ongoing creativity among native artists working in a wide range of media today, the program highlights the work of individual artists and their creative vision.

The resident artist will work on-site in an in-gallery studio in the level three American Indian art galleries that is visible and accessible for visitors. Through demonstrations, workshops and conversations with the artists, guests may choose to experience or participate in the creative process. The artist will work with education staff to develop public programs, community collaborations and multi-media content exploring creativity and artistic process for various channels including the museum’s online resource for teachers, Creativity Resource.

"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the Denver Art Museum,” said Chairman Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences and exemplary education programs."

“By providing artists with a space to work and create inside the museum, we give our visitors the chance to not only witness the creative process, but to also try their hand at making and doing,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum. “Visitors will have the opportunity to champion their creative spirit and dive into our world-class collection of American Indian art.”

The first participating artist-in-residence is graphic designer Walt Pourier who will be in the studio for weekend workshops in December 2012 and January 2013. During March 2013, photographer Will Wilson will install a photo studio and invite visitors to participate as sitters as he produces a series of tintypes. In July 2013, artist Marie Watt will facilitate sewing circles and work on a large-scale textile artwork in conjunction with the museum’s campus-wide exhibition Spun: Adventures in Textiles.

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at