Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection
September 6 – November 19, 2006

“Negotiating Reality: Recent Works from the Logan Collection” was produced by a group of nineteen students as a response to a selection of recent works from the collection of Vicki and Kent Logan. The exhibition was organized during the second Marsico Curatorial Practicum at the School of Art & Art History (SAAH) and resulted both the exhibition its catalog, written mostly by students.

Working under Myhren Gallery director Dan Jacobs, the group had an intense ten-week period to review available artworks from the Logan Collection, debate exhibition themes, finalize the selection of works, write entries and essays for the catalog and prepare interpretive materials for the exhibition.

In addition, they designed the exhibition itself, drafted all publicity materials, and performed a number of important organizational tasks. All of this was part of their training in art, art history, and museum studies. “Negotiating Reality” marks a continuing educational and programmatic partnership between SAAH and the Denver Art Museum (DAM). This is the third exhibition of works from the Logan Collection organized by the Gallery and the second curated by students. An exhibition of many of the works already given by the Logans to DAM appeared in “RADAR,” an inaugural exhibition at DAM’s new Frederic C. Hamilton Building.

Sarah Gjertson’s “Parlor Project”
January 4 – March 18, 2007

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School of Art and Art History faculty member Sarah Gjertson spent a year documenting the culture of the neighborhood beauty parlor in Colorado and beyond – a unique setting for conversation and community. Parlor Project features video, photographs, found objects and sculpture that represent the gradual dissapearance of a generation and culture. “In these places, you get to see the giant person that is in the little old lady,” Gjertson observes. “There are these huge personalities in what look like frail packages.”

8 Painters and Sculptors at the University of Denver 1930-1965
April 5 – May 6, 2007


Clockwise from L-R: Marion Buchan, Mary Conant, John Billmyer, Arnold Ronnebeck, Vance Kirkland, installation view, Louise Ronnebeck, William Sanderson

“8 Painters and Sculptors at the University of Denver, 1930-1965” was the first in a series of projects featuring distinguished teachers of art at DU. The exhibition focused on a selection of eight professors who were influential in bringing a diversity of artistic approaches to the regional art scene. Working in styles ranging from Impressionism and Cubism through Regionalism, Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism, they helped connect Denver with broader currents in the visual arts.

Featured artists: Louise Emerson Rönnebeck, Arnold Rönnebeck, Otto Karl Bach, Vance Kirkland, William Sanderson, Mina Conant, John Billmyer, Marion Buchan.

The exhibition included a plaster relief by Arnold Rönnebeck entitled Trio and Tone Shapes, an unrealized 1939 commission for a Denver Public Schools auditorium. A 1968 account by Vance Kirkland, Director of the School of Art, indicates that the piece was rejected by DPS as being “too modern.” The relief was retrieved from the Hosek Manufacturing Company by Kirkland in 1968 and was incorporated into the University’s art collections. Also exhibited was a new bronze casting of the same piece destined for installation at DU’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The exhibition was curated by Dan Jacobs, Director of the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery. The curatorial team included seven SAAH art history students: graduate students Kristin Bonk; Jill Desmond; Lauren Fretz; Laura Fry; Neely Patton; Petra Sertic; and undergaduate Alisha Stovall.


Congratulations to Gallery Director Dan Jacobs and his class of art history majors for winning Westword’s 2008 award for “Best Research Project.” This was awarded for last year’s “Eight Painters and Sculptors” exhibition that featured works by eight former faculty members of DU’s School of Art and Art History.

Click here for a Westword exhibition review by Michael Paglia
Click here for DU Today article by Elizabeth Wood

BFA Show
May 17 – June 8, 2007


Featuring works by: Kimberly Beesley, Sarah Craig, Sara Ann Evans, Kristin Fleischmann, Elizabeth Fox, Crystal James, Lindsay Brooke Smith, Robyn Speer.