GOCA opened the 2017–18 season with a bang in August with GREAT EXPECTATIONS, a biannual survey of emerging artists from the Colorado Front Range. Ten phenomenal young artists are featured, a series of gallery conversations and a free concert series accompany—through November 11, 2017.
On September 8, GOCA opened the final exhibition in its 36-year old gallery site in the heart of campus. Democratic Vistas, retrospective on the art of two creative giants in this community—Betty and Murray Ross—is on display through December 9, 2017. GOCA is proud to have published the first book dedicated to the work of these two artists to accompany the exhibition.
An exhibition featuring two Colorado-based artists will open at our downtown gallery December 1st. Iconoclasm will explore minimalism across media through the works of Corey Drieth and Jonathan Dankenbring; on display through March 17, 2018.
The annual Senior Visual Art Majors Exhibit will run April 20–May 13, 2018—for the first time at our satellite location. From start to finish, the student artists own every aspect of this exhibit, mounted by the graduating class as part of their capstone course in the VAPA program.
To inaugurate the Marie Walsh Sharpe Gallery of Contemporary Art, GOCA’s director and chief curator Daisy McGowan has invited critically acclaimed and locally beloved artist Floyd D. Tunson to exhibit new works in this wholly new space. Tunson declares in his artist statement “I have become a Janus.” Depicted with two faces – one looking to the future and one to the past – Janus is an ancient Roman myth, the god of beginnings, transitions, time, duality, passages and endings. How auspicious then to open our doors with the exhibition Floyd D. Tunson: Janus—February 1–April 14, 2018.
A long-standing GOCA program is getting a big boost thanks to funding from the Bee Vradenburg Foundation for the Arts and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation. AWOL: Art WithOut Limits aims to engage audiences beyond the gallery walls through projects that dialogue with the landscape and architecture, connecting community through shared interactions with a range of art experiences. Temporary/rotating works and projects are slated to manifest across the grounds of the Ent Center for the Arts starting late Fall 2017. Works by artists from our region and beyond will both connect to and amplify GOCA exhibitions.
One such project will connect to the exhibition Lazy Stitch, organized by New-Mexico based Cannupa Hanska-Luger in collaboration with artists Frey A. Marie, Chip Thomas, Jesse Hazelip, and Kali Spitzer. Lazy Stitch will investigate the notion of the bead as object. Through multiple installations the artists will engage the idea that there is a hole in all of us and what we consume and what we waste is the thread that connects us all.