Director of Conservation Sarah Melching bent over large map on table, working to consolidate flaking gold paint.


Behind-the-Scenes Conversations

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at the DAM? Satisfy your curiosity and get the inside scoop in a new series of dynamic conversations with museum staff and partners that will offer a glimpse into unexpected adventures, creative problem solving, and other insights into what it takes to make things tick at the museum.

In 2018, we'll explore how museum exhibitions come together, peek into a day in the life of our director, learn the ins and outs of conservation projects, discover how artists and curators collaborate, and much more.

Individual sessions are ticketed with a member discount: $5 member; $8 nonmember.

Not a member? Join today.


Denver Art Museum, lower level, Sharp Auditorium

Doors open 30 minutes before the program.


THURSDAY, MAY 10, 5:30-6:30 pm — A View from the Director's Office


What does a day in the life of a museum director look like? For Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the Denver Art Museum, it is fair to say that no single day is "typical."

In conversation with his administrative colleague Andrea Fulton, Deputy Directory & Chief Marketing Officer, the two will share their insights on the behind-the-scenes happenings of the director's office, unexpected adventures and highlights of their work, and what it's like to lead the museum in a period of exciting change.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 6-7 pm — Drawn to Collaboration: Curatorial & Artistic Dialogue


The Denver Art Museum has a history of collaborating with artists, from programming and exhibitions to site-specific artworks on our campus.

Get the inside story on how Florence Müller (Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion) and Jane Burke (senior curatorial assistant) worked in partnership with Jim Howard, a fashion illustrator, to conceptualize and develop the exhibition Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 6-7 pmCreativity in Action: Exhibition Development & Design


As visitors anticipate the arrival of a new exhibition at the Denver Art Museum, an extraordinary amount of action is happening behind the scenes.

Join Jill Desmond, Director of Exhibitions, Strategy & Gallery Design, and her dynamic team of colleagues to learn what it takes to transform the DAM’s ever-changing galleries from one exhibition to the next. Discover the creative challenges they've solved, untold stories from behind-the-scenes, and how they make our exhibitions look so polished by opening day.