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by Theresa Anderson

Homare Ikeda "Drifting" teaches Advanced Contemporary Art/ Painting at the Art Students League of Denve

Homare Ikeda “Drifting”
Ikeda teaches advanced contemporary art within the painting medium at the Art Students League of Denver


Art Students League Denver

From Monday, November 4, through Saturday, November 9 (during Denver Arts Week), the Art Students League of Denver is holding an open house where members and new prospects may sit in on as many classes as they’d like FOR FREE.* Click to see the schedule of classes.

Check out the format of the classes, the faculty, and the facilities. Unlike most university settings the league has two learning models from which to choose: the workshop and ongoing classes.

The workshop model is a bit more traditional and features “an in-depth class experience” within a finite time period. Examples include both a wide array of studio classes to series of lectures from professionals such as Ron Judish who, this semester, offers his wisdom on The Commerce of Art.

Where students enrolling for a workshop are required to pay for all scheduled classes at the time of registration, the League also offers a plethora of ongoing classes that feature “continuous learning in an open, individualized studio environment.” In these classes new students can jump in and enroll at any time unless otherwise noted. Studio and learning schedules are further tailored as members may prorate ongoing classes by registering for the specific dates they wish to attend.

Whether you are a professional who’d like to gain access to master painter Homare Ikeda in his ongoing painting class, Advanced Contemporary Art, or a beginner wanting to learn the basics of working in clay, there’s an assortment of classes tailored to fit individual needs. Check out the full catalogue here.

*If you miss this extra special event during Denver Art Week, you may always call the main office to schedule a class observation of an ongoing class.

Jack Balas "found"

Jack Balas “found” image courtesy the artist and Robischon Gallery


Jack Balas "chalk"

Jack Balas “chalk” image courtesy the artist and Robischon Gallery


As well as the class structure format the Art Students League of Denver has two exhibition spaces both at the Grant street location and at the Carson Gallery, an Exhibit Space of ASLD located on Santa Fe Drive. The exhibition, A Revisiting: Celebrating 10 Years of the Visiting Artist Series, upcoming in December, will bring a variety of works from artists who’ve shaped Denver through visiting artist classes at the League.

Notable artists include Jack Balas (images above), John De Andrea, Joellyn Duesberry, Margaretta Gilboy, Luis Jiménez, Donald Lipski, Jenny Morgan, Hiroki Morinoue, Robyn O’Neil, Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Holly Roberts, Daniel Sprick, Don Stinson, Yang Yang and the current visiting artist Daniel Kelm. 

A Revisiting: Celebrating 10 Years of the Visiting Artist Series
Dec 10, 2013–Jan 17, 2014
Third Friday Artist Reception:
Dec 20 | 5:30–9 pm

Carson Gallery, An Exhibit Space of ASLD

760 Santa Fe Drive | Denver
303-778-6990 x1000

Art Students League of Denver

200 Grant Street Denver, Colorado 80203

Main Phone 303-778-6990

10 am – 7 pm | Monday – Thursday

8 am – 5 pm | Friday – Saturday

Closed Sunday

Ana Penalba “architecture derives” Artist in Residency at Platteforum Creative Residency

Ana Penalba “architecture derives 1” Artist in Residency at Platteforum Creative Residency


Ana Penalba "architecture derives 4"

Ana Penalba “architecture derives 4”


PlatteForum Creative Residency

Ana Penalba will be in residence in PlatteForum’s large open studio from October 28 – December 12, 2013. Week by week visitors to the space may enter in to her studio and watch as Penalba recreates her newest drawings, architecture derives, into scale models using “simple material(s) such as thin wood, paper, foam and any sort of material of easy manipulation.”

Although she’s an architect by training—she works actively in the field as a member of COAM (the Spanish institute for architects) and currently works with Terreform as an urban architect researcher—she’s coming at these models as sculptural forms that make a new demand for function to follow form instead of the accepted reverse.

While Penalba is interested in unleashing her art making from the form constraints in architecture she also believes that in doing so this process “furthers innovation” in her field as well as making the youth she teaches aware of the impact design has on daily life.

Her residency and Learning Lab with the Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation will culminate with an exhibition at PlatteForum opening Thursday, December 12, through December 23, 2013, but, I’d encourage visitors to engage with her throughout her residency, especially to go and see her drawings that she brought with her from New York.

Kwaen Taek Park "How to Study Stars in the City"

Kwaen Taek Park “How to Study Stars in the City”


Kwaen Taek Park "blind performance"

Kwaen Taek Park “blind performance”


Arriving right on Penalba’s heels during the week of January 6, 2014, is the South Korean artist, Kwan Park. Park is on a roll having just received his second MFA in the spring of 2013 from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan (his first is from Seoul National University) and has just completed a 2013 Yaddo residency as well as a 2013 Expeditionary Residency at The Arctic Circle.

In a journey of history, I found various forms of loss: disappeared civilizations, devastated ruins, deterioration of technologies and unrealized dreams.

Kwaen Taek Park says his work ” is a process of compensation for unrealized dreams and loss in the life of developmentalism and capitalism by creating alternative tools, objects and environment. The forms of my work are not solid but organic, transitory, temporal, portable and re-assemblable. In a journey of history, I found various forms of loss: disappeared civilizations, devastated ruins, deterioration of technologies and unrealized dreams. The loss happens not only because of conflicting interests among powers, hegemony and ideology, but also by our fundamental ephemeral nature. A loss of one’s being is caused by its replacement, substitution and alternative. If so-called “progress” is violent in its pure nature, I am questioning whether this kind of violence is inevitable.”

During his residency, watch, visit with and become participant in Park’s performance that depending upon the trajectory his residency takes, could culminate in his proposed project Blind Walk. Similar to the blind performance, represented in the image above, Park has proposed constructing a large maze out of “organic, temporal and portable materials.” He’ll invite friends, lovers and even strangers to be interdependent upon each other’s will for navigation. Park see this performative piece as a continuation of his past works where he’s reflected his own experiences of loss and memory. “Blind Walk is not just participatory project but also a small-scale of the world representing blurred boundaries.”

1610 Little Raven Street, Suite 135
Denver, Colorado 80202

PlatteForum is open to the public Tuesday through Friday, noon – 4pm or by appointment 303.893.0791.

During exhibitions, PlatteForum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon – 4pm

James Balog "Pieces of the great Breidermerkurjokull washed up on the beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland."

James Balog “Pieces of the great Breidermerkurjokull washed up on the beach at Jokulsarlon, Iceland.”


Colorado Photographic Arts Center

November 7 – December 14, 2013 “scientist, explorer, artist, and photographer James Balog will present his work ICE: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers, at the new and interim Colorado Photographic Arts Center location in Highlands. The 1513 Boulder Street location in Denver is a pretty great interim space that’s located just across the bridge from both PlatteForum and the MCA Denver.

According to a statement by the Director Rupert Jenkins there’s a plan in the works for a permanent location as they are “developing a three-year Strategic Plan supported by a generous donation from Sue Cannon. The plan will refine our vision for growth, services, and relocation to a permanent multi-purpose center in Denver in 2015. To firmly locate the elephant in the room, this means, of course, that 1513 Boulder Street is an interim location – a temporary facility made possible by our board member Carol Keller.”

Important contributions by Denver stalwarts makes the mix of photographic advocacy, artist support, teaching and bringing a mix of local and international talent (such as Balog) not only feasible but a strong force in the community. Balog’s work, now hailed as the largest study of its kind ever made, will be shown as a series of “still images and time-lapse video from the Extreme Ice Survey” that he developed as a “photographic study of glaciers.”

Watch a short video, produced by National Geographic, of Balog discussing his work here.-

Events in conjunction with the exhibition include a public reception and book signing Saturday, November 9 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Members only preview from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Gallery Tour with James Balog at 4:45 (members only – RSVP to 303-837-1341)

"Mike Whitely: 2013 Members’ Show Purchase Award"

“Mike Whitely: 2013
Members’ Show Purchase Award”


"Stacy Gardner: 2013 Members’ Show Honorable Mention"

“Stacy Gardner: 2013
Members’ Show Honorable Mention”


After December 14, 2013 Colorado Photographic Arts Center will be closed until January 9, 2014 when the results of this year’s juried show opens to the public.  This year’s CPAC has chosen Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography and Media, Denver Art Museum to jury the exhibition.

“Before joining the Denver Art Museum (DAM) as Curator of Photography and Media Arts in 2008, juror Eric Paddock spent 25 years as the Colorado Historical Society’s (CHS) Curator of Photography and Film. Paddock has created many highly regarded exhibitions for the DAM, most recently solo shows by Laura Letinsky and Robert Benjamin, and “Dirty Pictures,” a group show. He holds an MFA degree in photography from Yale University. In addition to his role at the DAM, Paddock has taught as a visiting professor of art history and photography for the University of Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, and Colorado College, among others.  Recent published essays include an introduction to the DAM/Fraenkel Gallery revised edition of Robert Adams’s “Prairie” (2011); Robert Benjamin’s “Notes From a Quiet Life” (Radius Books, 2012); and the forthcoming Chuck Forsman Book, “Walking Magpie” (George F. Thompson Books, 2013).”

January 9 – February 15, 2014.

Get the information here on how to apply.

Top: A group of Chiricahua Apache students on their first day at Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pa. Bottom: The same students four months later.

Top: A group of Chiricahua Apache students on their first day at Carlisle Indian School in Carlisle, Pa. Bottom: The same students four months later. Image courtesy of John N. Choate/Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Boulder History Museum

Through a brief flurry of emails with Don Wharton, longtime attorney at Native American Rights Fund, I had a chance to get a small preview of his presentation, Let All That Is Indian Within You Die: The History of Native American Boarding Schools, that forms the backbone for The First Annual Chief Niwot Forum* that will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Boulder History Museum.

According to a museum employee and researcher, following last year’s co-sponsored series of talks in conjunction with the museum’s Chief Niwot ~ Legend & Legacy exhibition, the museum and the Native American Rights Fund decided to keep the conversations ongoing especially in light of the fact that next year marks the passing of 150 years since the Nov. 29, 1864 Sand Creek Massacre.

The Boulder History Museum committed to offering “compelling Native American historical topics to the Boulder community” has partnered last year’s Chief Niwot ~ Legend & Legacy exhibition (scheduled to return in 2014) with Native American Rights Fund, lawyer, Don Wharton, who will present the Chief Niwot Forum, Let All That Is Indian Within You Die: The History of Native American Boarding Schools.

Wharton will educate us on the philosophy behind these schools that were organized in collaboration between Christian churches and the federal government and (under)funded through the Indian Civilization Act Fund of March 3, 1819. For the most part the experiences of the students left them uneducated and suffering. According to an NPR article “the federal government began sending American Indians to off-reservation boarding schools in the 1870s, when the United States was still at war with Indians. An Army officer, Richard Pratt, founded the first of these schools (the Carlisle Indian School). He based it on an education program he had developed in an Indian prison. He described his philosophy in a speech he gave in 1892.”

“A great general has said that the only good Indian is a dead one,” Pratt said. “In a sense, I agree with the sentiment, but only in this: that all the Indian there is in the race should be dead. Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.”

Don Wharton will set out the details of this horrible genocide and the work it’s taking to “heal the damage done during the boarding school years” as there are reports as of the 1960’s that “for decades…that students in the boarding schools were abused. Children were beaten, malnourished and forced to do heavy labor. In the 1960s, a congressional report found that many teachers still saw their role as civilizing American Indian students, not educating them. The report said the schools still had a “major emphasis on discipline and punishment.”

The Boulder Historical Society and Museum was founded in 1944 by A.A. ‘Gov’ Paddock, then publisher of the Boulder Daily Camera. The organization, now called the Boulder History Museum, is located in the historic landmark Harbeck-Bergheim House on University Hill in Boulder and is located on the corner of 12th & Euclid on “The Hill.”

1206 Euclid Avenue

Boulder, CO 80302


Regular hours Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM to 5 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 4 PM
Closed Monday

Regular Admission- Adults: $6, Seniors: $4, Children & Students: $3, Members & Children Under 5 years: Free

Event Location:
Native American Rights Fund
1506 Broadway  

*ADMISSION for the Forum Thursday, November 14, 2013

Go to for more complete event information.

$20 General Admission

$10 Museum and NARF members

Proceeds benefit the continued efforts of NARF and BHM programs.

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