Arts & Entertainment

Arvada Center hosts second Art of the State exhibit

Posted 1/24/16

To give a window into the sheer talent present in Colorado’s artists, the Arvada Center is hosting its second Art of the State exhibition.

Art of the State, which includes artists from as nearby as Arvada, Lakewood, Golden and Westminster and …

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Arts & Entertainment

Arvada Center hosts second Art of the State exhibit

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To give a window into the sheer talent present in Colorado’s artists, the Arvada Center is hosting its second Art of the State exhibition.

Art of the State, which includes artists from as nearby as Arvada, Lakewood, Golden and Westminster and as far away as Grand Junction and Steamboat, is on display through March 27 at the center, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd. The galleries are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. They also remain open until 7:30 p.m. on evenings with theater performances.

“This exhibit highlights the quality, breadth and diversity of the Colorado art world,” said Collin Parson, exhibition manager and curator. “Even with less work on display than the first Art of the State, our galleries are still full of a variety of works.”

The juried show is held every three years, and exhibition coordinator Kristin Bueb said this year 511 artists submitted about 1,432 works. Eventually, jurors Parson, Gwen Chanzit and Michael Chavez winnowed it down to 148 pieces from 124 artists.

“Part of the reason we hold this every three years is because that allows for more diversity in artists involved,” Bueb said. “We have something from every medium here — there is nothing that wasn’t included.”

That variety is a result of the call for entry, which was open to any Colorado artist older than 18, in any media. Some of the chosen work includes more traditional forms such as photography and sculpture to newer forms like a video game and digital screens.

Visitors can vote for their favorite works in a People’s Choice competition, and jurors selected best in show, second and third places, and honorable metions. Art institutions from all over the state will also send representatives to pick special award winners.

The show offers a nice mix of ages and career stages, Parson said. New and returning artists are on display, but even returning artists are not the same as they were three years ago.

“Many of these artists who were here last time have gone on to big projects and some really wonderful things,” Parson said. “It’s an event people look forward to because it’s such a great representation of the scene.”

What unites these often divergent artists and styles is their dedication to their home state.

“No one here has gotten too big for Colorado,” Bueb said. “They’re still here supporting the state, and touting the scene.”

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