Just like the building rising at the juncture of I-25 and the Colfax viaduct, the list of local artists working on Meow Wolf Denver has been kept largely under wraps, though names have been leaking out.
And now Meow Wolf, the Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment behemoth that grew out of a ragtag collective, has officially announced the 110 Colorado artists who've been working on the Denver installation, the third in the Meow Wolf lineup and the most narratively complex.
“Fasten your seatbelts, Meow Wolf Denver is our most ambitious project to date! With hundreds of creatives working on this massive endeavor, including overwhelming talent from local Denver-based artists, we can’t wait for guests to experience the magic confined within these uniquely shaped walls,” says Ali Rubinstein, CCO and Co-CEO of Meow Wolf, in an announcement of the names. “Starting this fall, guests can explore four floors of exhibition space, with portals transporting them to worlds beyond their wildest imagination.”
The actual date of the opening has not been announced, nor has the name of the Meow Wolf Denver installation. The flagship in Santa Fe is The House of Eternal Return; Omega Mart, the Las Vegas project, opened in February and includes some work by Coloradans, too.
But that lineup is nothing like the who's who of local talent — from emerging to established artists — that's been working on Meow Wolf Denver, which will fill four floors with 79 separate art projects. Just for starters, there's "Wheelchair Space Kitchen" from former mayoral candidate and Westword MasterMind Kalyn Heffernan and musician Gregg Ziemba; "Earth Spirits of the Subconscious Mind," by Cal Duran and David Ocelotl Garcia; “Indigenous Futurist Dreamscape Lounge,” by Molina Speaks (another Westword MasterMind); and the “Aquakota” nightclub, conceptualized by the late Colin Richard Ferguson Ward and completed in his memory by Peniel Apantenco and Kim Shively.
Here's the complete list of local artists included in the 300 creatives working on Meow Wolf Denver:
Individual Collaborating Artists & Duos from Colorado:
Ashley Frazier, Michael Sperandeo
Brandan Styles "Bzurk”, Ellie Rusinova
Cal Duran, David Ocelotl Garcia
Christopher Owen Nelson, Sam Carlson
Douglas A. Schenck “DAS”
Jaime Molina, Pedro Barrios
Jodi Stuart, Libby Barbee
Justin Gitlin aka Cacheflowe
Kalyn Heffernan, Gregg Ziemba
Katy Zimmerman, Erika Wurth
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
Marjorie Lair, Kyle Vincent Singer
Reed Fox, Ben Weirich
Sabin Aell, Randy Rushton
Viviane Le Courtois
Wynn Earl Buzzell Jr.
Collaborating Artist Groups From Colorado
Andrew Novick, Pamela Webb, Robert Ayala
Chad Colby, Lexis Loeb, Hayley Kirkman
Charles Kern, Ty Holter, Ben Jackson, Rachel Bilys, Brett Sasine
Demiurge LLC: Joe Riche and Wynn Buzzell
Eriko Tsogo, Jennifer Tsogo, Tsogo Mijid, Batochir Batkhishig
F. Ria Khan, Armon Naein, Blake Gambel, Calvin Logan, Charles Candon, Harrison Bolin, Luke Collier, Maria Deslis, Sky Johnson, Sofia Rubio-Topete
Ladies Fancywork Society
Merhia Wiese, Annabelle Wiese, Maggie Wiese, Eunseo Zoey Kim, Dan Griner
Mike Lustig, Mitch Hoffman, Tim Omspach, Nathan Koral, Evan Beloni, Ryan Elmendorf, Scott Wilson, Charlis Robbins
Molina Speaks, Stevon Lucero, DJ Icewater, Felix "Fast4ward" Ayodele, Diles, Emily Swank
Oren Lomena, Alaine "Skeena" Rodriguez, Alius Hu
Peniel Apantenco, Kim Shively, Colin Richard Ferguson Ward, In memoriam
Sam Caudill, Sean Louis Rove, Juancristobal Hernández
Secret Love Collective: Katy Batsel, Lares Feliciano, Colby Graham, Piper Rose, Frankie Toan, Katy Zimmerman, Lauren Zwicky, Genevieve Waller
The Church of Many: Andrea Thurber, Elsa Carenbauer, Anna Goss, Maddi Waneka and Emily Merlin
Waffle Cone Club: Kyle Vincent Singer, Scott Kreider, Marjorie Lair
Other Collaborating Artists and Groups
Everything Is Terrible!
Scott Geary, Wayne Geary, Gary Ashkin
While that's a lot of local talent, Meow Wolf looked outside the Mile High City for the general manager of Meow Wolf Denver. Last week it announced that the position will be filled by Alex Bennett, who arrives with nearly thirty years of experience as a venue manager and event producer for such projects as Ironman, Experience Music Project (now the Museum of Pop Culture) and the Seattle Center (known for the Bumbershoot festival).
Find out more at meowwolf.com.
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