Over the years, the University of Denver has played host to a number of artist-instructors, from DU School of Art founder Vance Kirkland to present sculpture professor Lawrence Argent. But surprisingly, there's been no real catalogue of their collective artistic contributions as DU faculty members at least not until a group of art history students at the school were put to work researching and creating artist archives. One result of that project is Eight Painters and Sculptors at the University of Denver 1930-1965, the first in a planned series of exhibitions exploring artists at DU. The show opened April 5 at the Victoria H. Myhren Gallery on campus.
"This exhibit gives people a sense for how mainstream art movements were coming through Denver, and how those influences developed in this area," says first-year curatorial graduate student Laura Fry, a participant in the project. Works in numerous twentieth-century genres, including European cubism, Thomas Hart Benton's regionalism and early abstract expressionism are included in the show.
Eight Painters and Sculptors continues through May 6; the Myhren Gallery is located inside the School of Art and Art History, 2121 East Asbury Avenue. For more information, call 303-871-2387 or visit www.du.edu/art/galleries.
April 5-May 6