Public Art in the News
By Joshua Berman
Friday, Nov. 29, 2013
"Daddy, where's the blue bronco?" asks my 6-year-old daughter... "It's coming up," I say. "Keep looking..."
I know some people complain about "Mustang..." Yet I am drawn to it and wouldn't want to see it go anywhere. Isn't that the purpose of good art — to get people to talk and feel a little uncomfortable?
By Susan Froyd
Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013
Michael Chavez had already worked as an artist and curator, experience that prepared him well for his current job as public-art administrator for Denver Arts & Venues. In that role, he both oversees and maintains the city's present collection of 350 works and coordinates new commissions. High on his agenda since he took the job a year ago is the desire to make that process easier for local artists, while supporting new works truly made for all the people, not just a select few. "I love the idea of reaching an audience that's not necessarily looking for it, and hopefully we'll inspire somebody to think of things differently," he told us in an interview last year.
Denver urban art mural transforms graffiti hot spot - The Denver Post
By Joe Vaccarelli
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
Excuse the traffic on Park Avenue under the Interstate 25 bridge. There's a lot more to see there now. A new mural that takes up the entire west side of the underpass is near completion and features local poetry and art. The project was funded as part of the Denver Urban Arts Fund as an anti-graffiti project in a hot spot for activity. Local artist Brenda Cleary led the project and worked with her family, some students from Emily Griffith High School and other volunteers.
Concrete Canvas: Denver Urban Arts Fund Celebrates Street Art with a Purpose - 303 Magazine
By Lindsey Bartlett
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013
Members of Denver Arts and Venues along with local master and youth artists met this past week at the 3rd annual Urban Arts Forum. The event offered insight to the monumental reach of urban arts not just into the community, but the lives of underprivileged youth. The Urban Arts Fund provides a positive outlet for kids and allows them to take part in sanctioned masterpieces for the whole city to enjoy.
"Beyond Blue" exhibit celebrates Denver's public art program - The Denver Post
Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
In 1988, Denver Mayor Federico Peña thought public art was so important he made an executive order to establish a public art program. Now, 25 years later, Denver Arts and Venues is celebrating that program, which was adopted into city ordinance in 1991, with a special exhibit called "Beyond Blue." The public art program ensures that all capital improvements that cost more than $1 million have 1 percent of their of budgets set aside for an art project. "Beyond Blue" will be shown on the third floor of the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., and in the lobby of the Buell Theater.
From "Mustang" to the blue bear, Beyond Blue celebrates 25 years of public art in Denver - Denver Westword
Monday, Oct. 21 2013
Denver is celebrating 25 years of the city's public art program with Beyond Blue, an exhibition running through December 22 in the lobbies of the Buell Theatre and the McNichols Civic Center Building, where it held an opening reception on October 17.
Transforming a Community One Brush Stroke at a Time - Milken Educator Awards, Connections
Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
We’re told we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. What about an entire school? Six years ago, Denver Public Schools' Brown International Academy’s white walls—its proverbial cover—were plagued with tagging and vandalism on a weekly basis...it was a regular battle between facility managers and taggers marking their turf. Like raising a flag on a conquered land, the vandals' message was so loud and clear that it likely contributed to parents' reluctance to enroll their children at Brown. Literally and metaphorically, things were not looking good. Visual arts teacher Barth Quenzer—“Mr. Q” to his students—believed, however, that if vandals could mark their territory with spray paint, the community could reclaim it the same way and learn valuable lessons in the process. Treating the school’s walls as the community’s canvas, Barth embarked on a five-year transformation project as dramatic as any “Extreme Makeover” you’ve seen on TV.
Concrete Canvas: Colorado Crush 2013 Street-Art Celebration Part 2 - 303 Magazine
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
Local and national street-artists dominated Denver in a big way for Colorado Crush 2013, covering over three blocks and thousands of feet of fence and concrete. The pieces had been worked on intermittently throughout the week leading up to the event and were finished last Saturday in the end of summer heat. Every artist that came out did unbelievable work. Before you see this public art in person, here are some of my favorite new murals painted in this years Colorado Crush 2013.
Denver StreetHeart Encourages People to Connect with the City Through Street Art - Denver Westword Show and Tell
Tuesday, Sept. 17
Adam Lichty wants Denverites to walk more -- and see a lot more. That's the motivation for Denver Streetheart, which collects street art from around the city and shares photos on Instagram with Lichty's 1,500 followers. But he doesn't want the experience to stop there. He wants people to go out and see the art for themselves. "One of the many goals is to get people to see the work, know where the work is at," he explains. "If they're out and about with a little bit of time, or if they're going from point A to B, it's really easy just to hop on the Instagram channel, look at the map and go, 'Okay, what's around me? Can I diverge my path by a block or two and enjoy some street art?'"
Graffiti art of Colorado Crush - Denver Westword Slideshows
Photos by Antonio Valenzuela
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013
A full day of graffiti -- and no one had to run from the police. Street artists from around the state gathered on Saturday to battle it out on walls along Walnut and Larimer. Entertainment included sets by Maxilla Blue and Boogie Blind.
Colorado Crush: In Celebration of Hip-Hop - Eye Candy, Hip Hop Roll Call
Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
Though we support any event that features Colorado hip-hop artists on the bill, we haven’t put our full backing behind many events. That said, we are a proud sponsor of Colorado Crush, and we’re excited to advocate and put full energy in the success of this particular party, for several reasons... The graffiti community will be repping hard for Colorado Crush, and themselves this weekend, but they aren’t the only ones. The sponsorship and public support of the City and County of Denver and the Urban Arts Fund has been groundbreaking. It’s rare for the graffiti community and the city to see eye to eye, as the art is often looked at as vandalism from a bureaucratic perspective, but the times are changing. Above and beyond their support of Colorado Crush, the Denver mayor, Michael Hancock will be addressing the crowd during the event.
Public Art — Beyond Murals and Sculptures - lies like truth (Blog)
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
I took a public art walking tour around Denver recently. The stuff is everywhere... What’s most interesting to me, though, are the pieces that go beyond the standard public art terrain of monolithic sculptures and WPA murals. On the two-hour walking tour I took with Denver Public Art Administrator Rudi Cerri, there were quite a few examples of pieces that go beyond the usual fare, helping to redefine the definition of what public art is and should be.
Denver artist paints South Broadway mural to help combat graffiti - The Denver Post
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013
On a street where graffiti seems never out of the line of sight, one local artist is fighting airbrush with paintbrush. Patrick McGregor is hand-painting a mural on the side of Brushstrokes Studio-Gallery on South Broadway, in part to deter graffiti artists from tagging the building.
Art for the Masses: Denver's Public Art Program Turns 25 - Confluence Denver
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
If you're adamantly opposed to PDAs -- that's public displays of art, not affection -- you've probably landed in the wrong city. With a current collection of about 330 public pieces, some commissioned on the taxpayer's dime, others privately funded, Denver's amassed approximately three-fourths the amount of public art lining New York's streets, and that's only the beginning of the story.
Street artist David Choe paints a new piece at 13th and Champa streets - Denver Westword Show and Tell
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Savvy street-art fans might have noticed that a new work has appeared by the foot bridge that traverses the intersection of 13th and Champa streets. The murals that already filled that space are now accompanied by more works by the same artist -- with permission from the city.
The Marek Walczak and Wes Heiss Interview - Untitled Art Show
Monday, May 27, 2013
Erik Isaac and Michael Keen welcome artists, Marek Walczak and Wes Heiss of artist team Walczak & Heiss to discuss the public artwork, ‘Fourteenth Street Overlay’ on The Untitled Art Show. The Untitled Art Show is a weekly, internet talk-radio show focused on visual art and the visual art world.
Listen to the full podcast here.
14th Street Overlay adds 23 sculptures -- and some surprises -- to 14th Street - Denver Westword
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Denver has a new piece of public art, 14th Street Overlay, which comprises 23 optic-based sculptures by artists Merek Walczak and Wes Heiss. "We are very excited to dedicate this piece as part of the greater 14th Street improvements," said Michael Chavez, manager of Denver's Public Art Program, at yesterday's dedication.
Mayor Michael Hancock was one of the many proud Denverites on hand to welcome 14th Street Overlay. "The heartbeat of a world-class city is the public art," he told the crowd.
14th Street turns into “Treasure Hunt”? - Colorado Convention Center Blog
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Since 2002, the 14th Streetscape project has transformed the street that welcomes many visitors to Downtown Denver. Thanks to the Downtown Denver Partnership, The Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, the City and County of Denver and The 14th Street property owners, 14th Street has inherited over 150 trees, bike racks, amazing lighting, and much more. But that’s not all…
Artists Walczak & Heiss along with the Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program have formally dedicated Denver’s newest public artwork, The 14th Street Overlay.
A Little Place Called Denver - Confluence Denver
Kara Pearson Gwinn
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
In Denver, the beer definitely flows like wine, but women flocking like the salmon of Capistrano? We’ll leave that to Lloyd Christmas. This photo essay walks us through a city defined by collaboration, vibrancy, entrepreneurship, innovation, microbrews, fitness and creativity.