DAM Contemporaries

At DAM Contemporaries (DAMC), our goal is to support the modern and contemporary art department by providing the diverse community surrounding the Denver Art Museum with unique and engaging insights into contemporary art. We encourage the appreciation of modern and contemporary art to a broad and expanding audience.

Through programs and events that explore the leading edge of contemporary art in an intellectually accessible way, we build connections and encourage conversations among curators, scholars, artists, and collectors.

If you believe contemporary art can (and should) be both entertaining and challenging, engaging and provocative, we encourage you to join us at one of our upcoming events. Or, even better, why not become a member?

Contemporary artist Mickalene Thomas speaks with Rebecca Hart, the Denver Art Museum's Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Contemporary Art, at a Logan Lecture.

Welcome

At DAM Contemporaries (DAMC), our goal is to support the modern and contemporary art department by providing the diverse community surrounding the Denver Art Museum with unique and engaging insights into contemporary art. We encourage the appreciation of modern and contemporary art to a broad and expanding audience.

Through programs and events that explore the leading edge of contemporary art in an intellectually accessible way, we build connections and encourage conversations among curators, scholars, artists, and collectors.

If you believe contemporary art can (and should) be both entertaining and challenging, engaging and provocative, we encourage you to join us at one of our upcoming events. Or, even better, why not become a member?

About Us

Since its founding in 1978, DAM Contemporaries (originally, the Alliance for Contemporary Art) has supported the modern and contemporary art department of the Denver Art Museum. For over 35 years this volunteer and member-supported organization has provided the community with:

  • Dialogues with artists
  • Curator-led, behind-the-scenes tours of current exhibitions
  • Visits to private collections, galleries, and artist studios
  • Funding for DAM programming and acquisitions
  • Travel to national and international art centers

Current DAM Contemporaries programs include the Logan Lecture Series (made possible with the generous support of Vicki and Kent Logan. The Logan Lecture Series has brought nearly 100 contemporary artists to the museum to discuss their work and engage audiences in stimulating conversation about contemporary art. DAM Contemporaries also supports programming in Fuse Box, an exhibition space located on the Level 4 of the Hamilton Building dedicated to presenting installation and time-based arts.

At DAMC, our goal is to provide our members with uniquely engaging insights into the vibrant art community surrounding the Denver Art Museum.

DAM Contemporaries

Staff

  • Rebecca Hart, Vicki and Kent Logan Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Jennifer Miklosi, DAMC Manager

Executive Committee

  • Mandy Vink, Chair
  • Matt Holman, Co-Chair
  • Kathy Andrews, Secretary
  • Justin Reinking, Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • Kristin Bahnsen
  • Kecia Benvenuto
  • Andrea Berit Howell
  • Virginia Folkestad
  • Hugh Graham
  • Shanna Hennig
  • Teresa Kloser
  • Jeffrey Lambson
  • Jennifer McIntire
  • Amy Metier
  • Sandy Reichborn-Kjennerud
  • Gabrielle Schuller

Upcoming Events

DAM Contemporaries maintains a full schedule of events throughout the year. To learn about upcoming programs, subscribe to our email list.

Membership & Support

MISSION

DAM Contemporaries is a membership group that supports the Denver Art Museum’s Modern & Contemporary Department through programming and fundraising to promote a vibrant contemporary arts community.

MEMBERS ENJOY

All DAMC members attend Logan Lectures at no charge, participate in member-exclusive events and are invited to collection and exhibition-related programming year-round.

Please note: You must be a current member of the Denver Art Museum to join DAM Contemporaries. If you are not a member, please visit the Membership page to join today. 
If you have any questions about membership, please email damc@denverartmuseum.org.

DAMC MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

Individual $50—Benefits for one individual

Family $75—Benefits for two adults and children under 18

Patron $250—Benefits above + annual coffee and conversation with the curator

Sustaining $500—Benefits above + private tour by curator

Curators Circle $750—Benefits above + department publication

Colorado Contemporary Collectors $1,500—Benefits above + dinner at the curator’s home

News & Stories

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Enrique Martínez Celaya approaches art with an interdisciplinary mindset that draws upon his experiences as a scientist, author, and teacher. Celaya started his career as a physicist, working with lasers and superconductivity; as an artist, he now works in painting, sculpture, and photography. His contemporary art that incorporates sculpture, paintings, and projects often combines themes like “loss and redemption” or “regret and promise.”

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