Art students fermenting with ideas in local colleges provide a wealth of creativity that is on display in Denver student art galleries. Sunshine nearly all the time, endless snow-capped mountains as a backdrop, and a young, vibrant culture throughout the city are reflected in these works.
Created by young artists in academic ateliers from multi-school Auraria Campus to the University of Denver, they surprise visitors with talent, new perspectives, and inventive materials and presentation.
Visitors should check gallery information on their websites for the latest exhibits and current hours which will vary according to academic calendars and holidays.
Emmanuel Gallery, Auraria Campus
Presenting a combination of national and international shows and student exhibitions from the three colleges it represents in its location on Auraria campus, Emmanuel gallery at 1201 10th Street (near two RTD Light Rail lines) is always surprising. Occupying a historic church building from the early days of Denver, the gallery has lots of light and airy space perfect for anything from sculpture and painting to performance art. Several student shows a year plus BFA student shows give a wide variety of art experiences from traditional to technology-savvy. The Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the University of Colorado Denver combine their efforts to keep the space, located in the midst of student life, full of energy and originality.
Art Students League of Denver
Located in the Santa Fe Arts District, fantastic for a gallery stroll on any day and thriving with food, activity and street life during First Friday Art Walks, Art Students League of Denver’ s gallery at 760 Santa Fe Drive (accessible by RTD bus) shows the work of students of all ages and backgrounds. They study at the League’s school at 200 Grant Street, which also offers a gallery space.
University of Denver
In the southern part of Denver, the University of Denver Department of Art and Art History’s Myhren Gallery at 2121 East Asbury Ave (near the University of Denver RTD Light Rail stop) offers a combination of student work and shows that inform and educate both art students and the public. Exhibits featuring collections from around the country and overseas spotlight topics of interest in a variety of media including painting and photography by notable artists.
Arapahoe Community College
A community college with an artists’ colony, Arapahoe Community College near downtown Littleton at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, just southwest of Denver, is an oasis of creative life in a small town atmosphere. Their Colorado Gallery of the Arts in the Annex Building, first floor, and galleries at the Art and Design Center across from the Light Rail station in downtown Littleton, showcase student work. The student work varies in media from photography to ceramics and metalwork, and visiting exhibits feature artists from the local to national level. At the Art and Design Center, students work in a variety of media in a light-infused courtyard-style space.