Denver celebrates 25 years of Public Art with ‘Beyond Blue’

Sep 30 2013

Special anniversary reception set for Oct. 17
The City and County of Denver is celebrating 25 years of its Public Art program with a special exhibition running through Dec. 22 and an anniversary reception on Oct. 17.
The “Beyond Blue” exhibition is on display at the McNichols Civic Center Building and in the lobbies of the Buell Theatre. The exhibits feature 75 artworks by 46 artists represented in the city’s distinguished public art collection.
Denver Arts & Venues will host a reception complete with live music to commemorate the anniversary and showcase “Beyond Blue.”
What: Denver Public Art 25th Anniversary Celebration Reception
When: Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Where: McNichols Building, third floor, 144 W. Colfax Ave.
The reception is open to the public and admission is free. Light appetizers and drinks will be served.
Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 by an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted by ordinance in 1991 by Mayor Wellington E. Webb, directs that 1 percent of any capital improvement project of more than $1 million undertaken by the city be set aside for the inclusion of art in the design and construction of the project. The city’s collection has grown to more than 350 works by such notable artists as Luis Jimenez, Lawrence Argent, Trine Bumiller and Donald Lipski.
“Public art beautifies our city and supports local, national and international talent,” Denver Public Art Program Manager Michael Chavez said. “The ‘Beyond Blue’ exhibition lets you see other works from the artists who’ve created iconic pieces such as the ‘Blue Bear’ at the Colorado Convention Center and the thought-provoking blue ‘Mustang’ at Denver International Airport. We hope the exhibits will surprise and delight visitors and give them deeper insights into the artists’ process and style.”
Visit the Public Art 25th anniversary page for more information, including “Beyond Blue” hours at the McNichols Building.
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