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Time Machine Tuesday: The WPA in Colorado

During the height of the Great Depression, as banks failed, unemployment soared, and farm prices dropped, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal projects. The WPA focused on creating and providing jobs rather than handing out direct relief. Most of the WPA jobs were aimed at […]

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Herndon Davis, Colorado Artist

You’re probably familiar with the Face on the Barroom Floor, the mysterious portrait of a dark-haired lady on the floor of the Teller House in Central City. But did you know that the same artist who painted this iconic image also used his paintings to document the Colorado he knew, before it vanished forever? Herndon […]

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Navajo Textiles

One of the newer additions to our library collection is Navajo Textiles: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Published in 2017 by University Press of Colorado in conjunction with the museum, the book explores one of the world’s largest collections of Navajo textiles. “Bringing together the work of anthropologists and […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Native American Rock Art

Petroglyphs in Mesa Verde National Park. If you are exploring the rural areas of western Colorado you may see some examples of rock art created by prehistoric cultures.  According to the Colorado Historical Society’s 1984 publication Northwest Colorado Prehistoric Context,  “rock art sites are of two types: pictograph and petroglyphs.  Rock art panels can range […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Byers-Evans House Museum

Nestled between the looming structures of the Denver Art Museum is a hidden treasure, the Byers-Evans House Museum at 1310 Bannock Street.  Built in 1883 for Rocky Mountain News founder William Byers and owned for over 90 years by the Evans family, this lovely Italianate house is now a museum property owned by History Colorado.  […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Creative Spaces

As housing prices go up and more and more people want to live in the city, the space available to artists has become scarce.  In the mid-twentieth century, however, things were a little bit different.  After WWII, the flight to the suburbs left many inner-city apartments, warehouses, hotels, and other structures cheaply available, and artists, […]

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Colorado Artists

Our library collection contains a number of biographies on Colorado fine artists.  Titles of interest in our collection include: “The Art of ‘Nettie’ Bromwell,” by Maria Matthews, Colorado Heritage, Spring 1997. “C. Waldo Love:  Denver Artist,” by Stan Cuba, Colorado Heritage, Jan/Feb 2012. “The Cowboy, the Indian, and the Buckaroo:  Alexander Phimster Proctor in Colorado,” […]

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Denver Artist's Guild

One of History Colorado’s regional museums, the Byers-Evans House Museum, currently is holding an exhibit of artworks by Colorado artists who were members of the Denver Artist’s Guild.   Founded in 1928, the Guild included such well-known artists as Vance Kirkland and Allen True.  Our library has recently acquired a gorgeous new book from History […]

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Art Exhibition Honoring the State Capitol Dome

Now that the restoration of the Capitol dome is complete, Colorado Creative Industries is celebrating the restoration by asking Colorado artists to contribute original works of “two-dimensional creative interpretations of the capitol building and the dome.”  Selected works will hang in the Capitol Complex.  To enter, visit the Call for Artists from Colorado Creative Industries. Colorado’s capitol building and […]

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Colorado State Capitol Art and Memorials

Colorado’s State Capitol is filled with artworks, from murals by Allen Tupper True to stained glass windows commemorating famous Coloradans, portraits of every U.S. President, paintings, tapestries, and more.  On the Capitol grounds can be found a number of statues and Civil War cannons.  And in the Capitol dome you can find a history exhibit, Mr. Brown’s […]

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Creative Districts

In 2011 the Colorado General Assembly passed legislation to allow for the establishment of Creative Districts in Colorado.  According to the legislation, a Creative District is “a well-organized, designated mixed-use area of a community in which a high concentration of cultural facilities, creative businesses, or arts-related businesses serve as the anchor of attraction.”  They can […]

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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 […]

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Denver's Civic Center

Exciting news for Denver:  Civic Center has been recommended by the U.S. Department of the Interior to become a National Historic Landmark!  This is a prestigious honor for historic sites in the U.S. – according to the official announcement, if designated, “Civic Center would join a list of some of the most iconic, treasured and historically […]

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Folk Arts in the Classroom

Attention teachers:  as you probably know, one very meaningful way of teaching children the arts is by teaching about other cultures.  This not only challenges the children to think creatively but also helps them learn about traditions they may not be familiar with, and help promote acceptance of diverse peoples.  You don’t need a big […]

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New Guidebook on Arts Education

The Colorado Department of Education has just published a guidebook for arts education in Colorado. The new guidebook is in response to HB10-1273 from the Colorado Legislature. The guidebook addresses the need for arts education and the implementation of arts instruction in schools. Program evaluation, leadership and planning, student engagement, funding, and more are all […]

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Creative Capitol

Colorado has an interesting arts program called “Creative Capitol,” where artworks reflecting Colorado life, environment, and heritage are displayed in the State Capitol Building. According to the program’s website, “Staff and visitors are welcomed into the Lt. Governor’s office to view the rotating exhibitions and to the Governor’s office to view the permanent collection. This […]

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Over the River

Artist Christo’s plan to hang fabric over a portion of the Arkansas River has generated much controversy. Opponents worry that the project will harm the natural landscape, while proponents argue that the art will bring tourism dollars to the area. The BLM, in conjunction with the Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources, the Colorado Dept. of […]

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Arts Education

A new bill introduced this session, HB10-1273, aims to strengthen the requirements for Arts education in Colorado schools. If passed, this bill would require that all Colorado public schools offer classes in visual and performing arts, and all high school students would be required to take some arts classes. If you’re interested in reading about […]

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Colorado Public Art

Yesterday’s passing of artist Jeanne-Claude, who was working with her husband, Christo, on the “Over the River” installation over the Arkansas, reminds us that Colorado is full of public art. They made their name in Colorado history with the “Valley Curtain,” which hung in Rifle, Colorado for one day in August, 1972. (Christo says he […]

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Colorado Landscapes

The Colorado Council on the Arts has a new publication featuring landscape paintings by Colorado artists. Filled with beautiful prints, “Masterpieces of Colorado: A Rich Legacy of Landscape Painting”, offers biographical information on Colorado artists and discusses how living in our state influenced their art. The paintings in this book will be on display at […]

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Colorado State Capitol Building

While the 2006 Colorado legislature is in session, upgrades to the capitol building have been put on hold. It’s a great time to tour the capitol and sit in on the House and Senate proceedings. Did you know that a Colorado State Capitol Virtual Tour is available, along with historical information about this wonderful building? […]