Campus-wide Juried Student Art Exhibition

May 12 through May 27, 2016

Opening Reception: May 12, 5-7 PM


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In order to support a cross-disciplinary appreciation for art, this juried exhibition will be open to all University of Denver students, campus-wide. We highly encourage students from all departments and disciplines to consider entering their work in this multi-media show. The important dates and deadlines are as follows:

  • Midnight, Sunday, May 1 – Application/entry deadline
  • Thursday, May 5, 9-5 / Friday, May 6, 9-5 / Monday, May 9, 9-noon – Artwork drop off
  • Thursday, May 12 – Opening Reception

To submit your artwork for consideration you will need to make an entrythingy account and fill out the information below. For more detailed instructions go to the entrythingy help page.

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Early Women Artists of Colorado

March 24 through May 1, 2016

Opening Reception: March 24, 5-7 PM

Ernestine Parsons, Untitled (Colorado Landscape), n.d., Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts.

Ernestine Parsons, Untitled (Colorado Landscape), n.d., Oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts.

The eleventh exhibition in conjunction with the Curatorial Practicum course will feature early Colorado women artists researched by graduate students in art history under the direction of Dr. Annette Stott, Professor of Art History, and Dan Jacobs, Director of the Vicki Myhren Gallery and Curator of the University Art Collections, in a two year sequence of courses. A significant portion of the art displayed is on extended loan from the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art as part of a multi-year research partnership.

Learning to See Color

January 14 through March 6, 2016

Opening Reception: January 14, 5-7 PM

Madeline Bragg, Green Hands

Madeline Bragg, Green Hands

This exhibition explores the underpinnings of color, with a particular emphasis on the shifting and elusive quality of the concept, in order to help the viewer see color in a richer and more complex way. Artworks drawn from the University Art Collections will be placed in dialog with works by regional and national contemporary artists. Selections from the University Art Collections’ pristine portfolio of color studies by Bauhaus master Josef Albers (Formations and Articulations) will provide a through-line because this stunning collection of master prints was created as a career retrospective of his lifetime studying color and composition.

Major event tie-ins include a Colorado Symphony Orchestra concert at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the DU campus and a “Learning to See Color” symposium co-presented by the Clyfford Still Museum. The exhibition is co-curated by Vicki Myhren Gallery Director Dan Jacobs, and Adjunct instructor of drawing and color theory Jeffrey Keith. The Vicki Myhren Gallery acknowledges programming partnerships with The Clyfford Still Museum, RedLine, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts (DU), the Lamont School of Music (DU), the Anchor Center for the Blind, and many others.

For information on the CSO performance at the Newman Center, please click here.

For information on the Learning to See Color symposium, please click here.

Annabeth Rosen: The whole is equal…

October 8 through November 15, 2015

Opening Reception: October 8, 5-7 PM

Annabeth Rosen, Stump, 2012, glazed ceramic and rubber inner tube. Image courtesy of the artist.

Annabeth Rosen, Stump, 2012, glazed ceramic and rubber inner tube. Image courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition features pieces from an ongoing series of collected and bundled handmade ceramic “found” objects. Also included in the show are large-scale drawings relating to the to the ceramic artwork. Rosen, who is the Robert Arneson Endowed Chair in ceramic sculpture at University of California Davis, is a widely exhibited artist with works in many major art museums. She was also recently selected for “The Artist Project” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To see examples of her artwork and learn more about the artist, click here and here.

“To bundle, the gather up the pieces; to fit them together compactly; to bind them; to gather the fragile; to make it strong. To bid them into something monstrous but elegant, sublimely on the edge of dangerous. Each piece a package of thoughts; ideas wrapped and offered as an “all’-in-one”. A bundle of emotions, bound, ready to be carried away”. Pamela Wilson-Rykman

Recent Gifts to the University Art Collections

August 27 through September 27, 2015

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Vance Hall Kirkland, Blue Mysteries Suspended in Red Space, No 13 (No.3, 1976), Oil on canvas. Acquired from the Robert B. Yegge Trust for the benefit of the Sturm College of Law. Image courtesy of The Western Center for the Conservation of FIne Arts.

The Vicki Myhren Gallery continues to celebrate the donors of art to the University Art Collections. Through their generosity, the collections have grown rapidly, now numbering over 3300 catalogued artworks. Among many other works, recent gifts include one of Vance Kirkland’s largest and most ambitious paintings, an anonymous Hudson Valley School landscape dating from around 1850, and a new selection of Southwestern and Native American works donated by the late Helen Driscoll. Newly conserved English landscape watercolors donated by alumna Elaine Long will also be on view, along with prints by Thomas Nast and James McNeill Whistler. Returning by popular demand—and selected by our viewers—will be a large-scale print by Andy Warhol, a recent gift of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Choose your favorite Warhol print and help make our selection by voting at

Artwork Overload

We’re gearing up for the Decade of Gifts and Discoveries show, opening on January 9th! Artwork is flowing in from buildings scattered across campus, as well as from the Hampden Art Study Center. Today, the gallery team brought over a group of paintings, including two from the Sturm College of Law. The first is a 19th-century Florentine replica of Rafael’s Madonna della Sedia, which boasts a lovely carved and gilded frame. The second is one of the highlights of the DU Art Collection: a charming portrait of a peasant girl by the prolific painter Daniel Ridgway Knight, from around the turn of the century. This particular painting had been in the Law School for at least thirty years, and will be showcased in the exhibition.

Stay tuned for more! We’re looking forward to seeing you here for the opening reception.

Nessa, Kim, Anna and Dan muscle the Madonna della Sedia across campus.

Nessa, Kim, Anna and Dan muscle the Madonna della Sedia across campus.