A History of Visual Arts in Boulder

Celebration! A History of Visual Arts in Boulder (HOVAB) began in 2014 as the brainchild of curator, writer and cultural journalist, Jennifer Heath. It quickly manifested under the creative brilliance of a curatorial/steering committee comprising Sally Elliott, Kathy Mackin, Joan Markowitz and Kevin Kelley, our treasurer. Karen Ripley Dugan was an original member of the committee until her passing in July 2015. HOVAB is dedicated to her memory.

HOVAB revisits Boulder’s lively arts past, beginning in the late 19th century and continuing into the present – a long stretch designed for depth and context. As Boulder moves into the future with its cultural plan, it seems vital to look back at, explore, and celebrate the city’s vibrant past to create a living archive and thereafter a lasting legacy for future generations.

Our goals for the project are to:

  • Celebrate Boulder visual artists who have made an impact locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Heighten visibility of local artists past and present
  • Educate local community about the vibrancy of Boulder’s past and present art scene
  • Serve the community with a once-in-a-lifetime, high-quality art event
  • Attract more artists to Boulder
  • Lay a foundation for the future of visual arts in Boulder by providing access to Boulder’s visual arts legacy

Exhibitions take place in 18 galleries city-wide and in Longmont (where many former Boulder artists now reside), from September 29 through December 31, 2016.

An exhibition curated by Dr. Kirk Ambrose, Chair of the University of Colorado Department of Art and Art History, opens at the CU Art Museum concurrently to observe the accomplishments of Boulder women artists from 1898-1950. We have identified more than 200 visual artists, including digital media artists and filmmakers.

In addition to gallery exhibits, film screenings and programs, HOVAB offers a self-guided tour to take visitors all over the city to view sculptural, landscape and architectural sites.

'The-Tetons---Wyoming,'-Eve-Drewelowe-(Gift-of-Mary-Rogers-Thoms,-CU-Art-Museum,-University-of-Colorado-Boulder,-85A full-color catalogue is forthcoming in August 2016 to document A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder, the artist, the exhibitions and events. It will lay a foundation for the future by providing access to and immortalizing Boulder’s visual arts. Please consider supporting the production of the catalogue.  Those who donate $100 or more will have their names listed in the publication.  To make a donation, go to the “Donate” button below.  

The catalogue will be available at all participating galleries in Boulder and Longmont, as well as at bookstores, the Boulder and Longmont public libraries and on amazon.com.