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Current Exhibits

Chair of the Board

June 15 – July 15, 2018
Canyon Gallery
Chair of the Board examines the influence of publicly available maker technologies on contemporary design practice. A diverse range of Boulder area design professionals are each tasked with creating a chair from a single sheet of 4×8 plywood. The resulting unique designs are an experiment in the emergent micro-production phenomena. Created by library maker-in-residence, Steve Bullock, this exhibition is produced with the resources available at the library’s makerspace, BLDG 61. Come see how designers are tackling this archetypal design challenge and how these technologies can affect consumer market manufacturing.


June 9 – September 14
Arapahoe Ramp, Main Library

ORIGINS is a group exhibition about immigration and belonging. Curated by Melanie Yazzie and Jennifer Heath, this show shares artworks created by indigenous or descendants of indigenous people addressing the topics such as land, incursion, aggression, home, empowerment and resistance.

ORIGINS is a companion exhibition to PERILOUS JOURNEYS in the Present Box at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art from July 10 through July 28.

Past Exhibits

Upcoming Exhibits

Slow Mover

July 21 – August 19, 2018
Slow Mover is a series of artworks, using both traditional and interactive media to invite viewers to be slow, contemplate the passage of time and how we choose to move through it. The exhibition includes participatory works experienced over time and time-based interactive media. Presented by artists Matthew and Lisa Bethancourt.

Wish You Were Here: The Sweaters of Sam Barsky

August 24 – October 7, Canyon Gallery
Maryland artist Sam Barsky knits sweaters of iconic landmarks and then photographs himself wearing his work at those locations. This exhibition shares a collection of Barsky’s freehand sweaters, along with photographs of his travels, exploring his creative process. For this exhibition, Barsky is also creating a handful of Boulder-specific sweaters, which patrons will be able to “check out” and wear for their own selfie moment at some of Boulder’s most well-known sites.

Yarn-fiti: A Community Takeover

October 10 – 17, Canyon Gallery
Yarn enthusiasts of all types take over the Canyon Gallery with an immersive installation of yarn projects. This exhibition is comprised of community submissions, which have been collected throughout the year. Visitors will have the opportunity to add their own work throughout the week. Be part of this community happening by submitting your own knit/crochet/yarn creation. Monthly yarn-fiti workshops will take place through September to generate materials for this show!

Ikebana Showcase

October 19 – 21, 2018
The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America presents their annual exhibition of ikebana flower arrangements.

Critical Thinking & The Art of Science

October 26 – December 9, 2018
Short attention spans, misinformation, and instant gratification are defining characteristics of our current culture. The need to slow down and think critically is more vital than ever. This exhibition will partner 8 scientists with 8 artists to use technologies, visual art, sound and structure to artistically convey important scientific concerns. Related programs, including a critical thinking summit, are being planned. Presented by Robby Holb.

Art of Data

December 15 – February 3, 2019
The City of Boulder has a renewed focus on innovation that is being driven by a citywide effort to enhance data-driven decision-making and innovation. This show will celebrate art created by the community, inspired by the City of Boulder’s Open Data Catalog and other public City data. Visit our Art of Data Open Call page to learn about how to get involved.