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Past Exhibits

Facing Rocky Flats

April 28 – June 10
The former Rocky Flats nuclear weapons site is slated to open as a national wildlife refuge in the summer of 2018. Preceding the planned opening, this group exhibition looked at the past, present, and future of this contentious site. This exhibition also featured one-on-ones with a living book: a person who has had direct experience with Rocky Flats.

BVSD Art show 2018

Boulder Valley School District Annual Showcase

Closed 22, 2018
An annual celebration of work created by elementary students from across the Boulder Valley School District.

Pink Progression

Pink Progression

Closed March 24, 2018 – Canyon Gallery
On January 21, 2017, history was made when over two million people joined the historic, global women marches. During the marches, pink created a strong visual statement representing unity and empowerment. Inspired by the marches, this exhibition highlighted the work of over thirty local artists who used the color pink as a unifying element. Pink Progression had a simultaneous exhibition at the Denver Public Library from March 2nd through June 29th, 2018. For more information on the exhibit and to participate in Pink Progression’s postcard call for entry go to pinkprogression.wordpress.com

Jack Collom Teaching kids in Vienna

Why Cats Have Skinny Pupils: Jack Collom & the Writings of Boulder County School Children

Closed February 11, 2018 – Canyon Gallery
Jack Collom (1931-2017) began teaching in poets-in-the-schools programs in the mid-1970s nationwide (and abroad), a practice he continued for the rest of his life. He taught thousands of school children of all grades in Boulder County and wrote the book Moving Windows about teaching poetry to children. His boyish (even in old age) joie d’écrire was infectious and generations of students have been exposed to, “infected with,” poetry as a direct result of Jack Collom. This exhibition was a sampling of that poetry.

Maker Made Show

Maker Made: Works Presented by BLDG 61

Closed January 28, 2018 – Canyon Gallery
This show celebrated the work of designers, scientists, artists, engineers, and craftspeople who comprise our maker community. Showcased work included printed materials, three-dimensional objects, kinetic, and interactive projects.

Children's Illustration imageOnce Upon a Time:
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of Colorado

Closed December 7, 2017 – Canyon Gallery
A celebration of the talented writers and illustrators that reside here in Colorado! Sample illustrations, along with glimpses of each artist’s creative process; from storyboards and descriptions of illustration techniques to how they create a character. Programs with the participating artists took place every Saturday and Sunday (except Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving weekend) in the Canyon Gallery.

Ikebana Show 2017

Ikebana Exhibition

October 28 & 29, Canyon Gallery
The Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America presents their annual showcase of ikebana flower arrangements.  Artists set up on Friday, October 27 and the public is invited to watch or try their hand at the Japanese art of flower arrangement.

Open Studio Exhibit

Open Studios

Closed October 23, 2017 – Canyon Gallery
The Open Studios Tour Preview Exhibit show featured one piece of art from each of the participating artists in the annual Tour. The Preview Exhibit included painting, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, woodworking, encaustic, printmaking and more! The public was invited to visit the gallery to explore local art and map out their route during the tour, which took place October 7-8 and 14-15 in and around the city of Boulder. photo credit: Lauren Click

Gaden Shartse Monks construct Mandala

Closed September 17, 2017 – Canyon Gallery
As part of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder, Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastic Community in Mungod, India were in Boulder to create a Sacred Vajrasattva Sand Mandala. They constructed this Mandala over the course of five days, giving a Vajrasattva Empowerment on the last day just prior to the Dissolution Ceremony which included the distribution of Sacralized Sand to those in attendance. See a video of the Monks creating the Mandalaphoto credit: Lauren Click

Latino Hues Exhibit

Latino Hues

Closed July 30,2017 – Canyon Gallery
Tonos Latinos/ Latino Hues is an artistic/cultural event that disperses and promotes Latin American heritage, language and experiences in exhibitions of contemporary art. With hopes to build community, opening avenues of conversation towards a better understanding of cultural diversity. These artists, tied together by culture and community, wish to empower society with the richness and diversity of the Latin American community while also serving as an example of universal values such as social integration and cultural pride.

Environs: Landscapes of Imagination @ Main

Closed June 25, 2017 – Canyon Gallery

Environs transformed the Canyon Gallery into playscapes of the built environment for visitors of all ages. Imagine, tinker, and explores the ways in which changes in density impact our world; from the rural to the urban, and in between. Created by seniors in the CU Environmental Design program participating in an independent study under the guidance of senior instructor, Marcel de Lange.

The Unfurling @ Main

Closed May 17, 2017
The Unfurling was a music-inspired installation by composer and library maker-in-residence, Nathan Hall. Centered on a large paper scroll in which community drawing input was interpreted live by musicians. Also on view will be examples of other graphic scores. Live performances of The Unfurling took place on Thursday, May 11, 2017, and Wednesday, May 17, 2017, both at 1 p.m. in the Canyon Gallery, by members of The Playground Ensemble.

Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) @ Main

Closed April 30, 2017
The Boulder Valley School District held its annual K–8 Art exhibit at the Boulder Public Library. Art teachers from all elementary and middle schools selected six pieces of art and honor the student artists who created that art at the reception.

Looking for Common Ground: A Collaboration

Closed April 2, 2017
The Annual Members Show for the NoBo Art District was a non-juried exhibit featuring the works of 100+ member artists, artist demonstrations and live performances. Each event across several weeks invited the artists and audience to engage and collaborate.

repaired plate

Art of Repair

Closed February 12, 2017
Repair is an important alternative to recycling or throwing away.  See clever fixes for everyday objects, learn about how repair is both an ethos and an action, or stop by the fix-it-yourself station and make repairs on-site! Numerous repair workshops wore held in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

HOVAB @ Canyon Gallery: A Lasting Legacy

Closed Dec. 15, 2016
Canyon Gallery
Celebration! A History of the Visual Arts in Boulder (HOVAB), curated by the late Karen Ripley Dugan, is one of 18 exhibitions city-wide (and in Longmont) that embrace the city’s rich and vibrant visual arts scene from the late 19th century to the present, in order to create a living archive and lasting legacy for future generations to come.

HOVAB Book Arts

Closed December 28, 2016
Main Library
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.

quilt open studio

Open Studios

Closed October 10, 2016
Canyon Gallery
A sampling of the over 100 Boulder artists taking part in this year’s Open Studios tour.

Super Hombre by Tony Ortega.

Mestizaje, Hybridity by Tony Ortega

Closed August 24, 2016
Canyon Gallery
Exploring cultural hybridity, artist Tony Ortega, “Creates art to explore the blurring of boundaries between people, both cultural and geographic.” – Tony Ortega
Part of One Action 2016: Arts + Immigration Project.

Resilience: Immigration, Environment, Energy, and Empowerment

Closed July 23, 2016
Installation was outside Canyon Theater
Part of One Action 2016: Arts + Immigration Project.
The Resilience Project (TRP) presents photographs by Boulder County youth inspired by resilience themes of immigration, energy, environment, and youth empowerment. Participating schools are Arapahoe Ridge, Boulder, Centaurus, Fairview, and Monarch high schools and after-school programs: ECO-Exploring Culture & Opportunities, GENESISTER, and Lafayette Peer Empowerment Project. Organized by EcoArts Connections.

solarophone

Solarophone

Closed July 23, 2016
Installation was in the south entry to the Main Library
Exploring the sound of both the space & the physical structure of the conoid atrium. Solarophone makes sounds by triggering motors attached to the architecture & a collection of upcycled instruments from local schools.

jiffer exhibit

Calculated Mediations

Closed June 29, 2016
Explore intersections and interactions between digital and material. 3D printed breath exhalations, interactive kinetic and sound installations, images from circuit bent digital cameras and more. Curated by Jiffer Harriman.

Boulder Valley School District Art Show

Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) Art Show

Closed May 15, 2016
Art work of Boulder Valley School District students.

Tree of Life Art Exhibit

Tree of Life

Closed April 3, 2016
Trees have played an important role in many of the world’s mythologies and religions, and have been given deep and sacred meanings throughout the ages. For this exhibition, artists working in various media…

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Maurice Sendak: 50 Years; 50 Works; 50 Reasons

Closed Dec. 6, 2015
Created for the 50th anniversary of Where the Wild Things Are, we invite you to take part in an exhibition of 50 works by the late, great Maurice Sendak. The artwork is presented with heartfelt words from 50 extraordinary people, whose lives were all touched by this beloved author and illustrator…