Colorado Art

Did you know that August is American Artist Appreciation Month?  This celebration highlights the contributions Americans have made to the fine arts.  Art is all around us, even in state government – the Colorado Dept. of Transportation and the Colorado Dept. of Education have produced publications that highlight art in schools and along transportation corridors.  The State Capitol includes many fine works of art both inside and out; check out Memorials and Art in and Around The State Capitol and Art of the House from our library to find out more.  Some other publications in our library that highlight American art and artists include:

  • Masterpieces of Colorado:  A Rich Legacy of Landscape Painting
  • The Architecture and Art of Early Hispanic Colorado
  • Art in Public Places
  • Irene Jerome Hood:  A Victorian Woman and Her Art

Also visit, partially sponsored by Colorado Creative Industries (formerly Colorado Council on the Arts) to find out about American artists of today.

The Gallery of Presidents is one of the many examples of art in the State Capitol.  All of the portraits were painted by Lawrence Williams except for the most recent portrait, that of President Obama, which was painted by Sarah Boardman of Colorado Springs.  Lawrence Williams died in 2003.  Photo courtesy Colorado State Archives.