Women of Influence: Colorado Artists and Curators
Intimate Dialogue: Seven Women, Seven Voices
Women of Influence: Colorado Artists and Curators
Women of Influence: Colorado Artists and Curators

Sept 13 – Nov 11, 2012


Curator organizer-Collin Parson

Image credit: Carol Dass

From Käthe Kollwitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Louis Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Judy Chicago, Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith, the world of art has been influenced by exceptional female artists. This fall, the Arvada Center is taking a regional perspective on notable women artists of Colorado. The Center invited seven of Colorado’s primary female curators to recommend “Women of Influence” from their corresponding regions. We relied on these curators’ expert knowledge of their respective regions, and left the definition of “influence” up to them. Generally, “Influence” is most understood as having an effect on something or someone. From their recommendations, the Center then selected artists from each region to create an overview of influential female artists of the state who range in age up to 99 years old. This show boasts a wide variety of media and concepts, and will feature installations, photography, video, prints, paintings and ceramics. This exhibition gives other curators, arts professionals, community supporters and Coloradans an opportunity to see the work of these great artists from their unique perspectives and learn more about the curators who selected them. Some of the artists in the show are teachers, all have prolific careers both in and out of the state; overall the work is inspiring.  In a gallery guide dating back to the 1989 Arvada Center exhibition 'Significant Colorado Women Artists' Lydia M. Peña, Chair of the Exhibition Committee stated, "Like its predecessors, this exhibition will have its critics, both men and women. We on the exhibition committee acknowledge that 'Significant Colorado Women Artists' is necessarily incomplete, thus providing limitless opportunities for others to organize representative exhibitions on women artists, so that eventually the oeuvre of all of us is well represented." Now in 2012, the Arvada Center continues the tradition of featuring prominent female artists of the state that began all those years ago.






Bebe Alexander – (Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities)

Joy Armstrong – (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center)

Shannon Corrigan – (Emmanuel Gallery Auraria Campus)

Karin Larkin – (formerly of Sangre de Cristo Arts Center)

Petra Sertic – (Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art)

Jeanne Shoaff – (The Lincoln Center)

Camille Silverman - (Western Colorado Center for the Arts)



Ashley Benton- Paonia

Valerie Brodar – Colorado Springs

Amelia Caruso – Ft. Collins

Carol Dass – Colorado Springs

Ania Gola-Kumor – Westminster

Margaret Kasahara – Colorado Springs

Jean Latka – Pueblo

Nan McKinnell – Ft. Collins

Terry Maker – Louisville

Amy Metier – Denver

Meredith Nemirov – Ridgway

Margaret Neumann – Denver

Martha Russo – Ward

Sara Ransford – Aspen

Betty Woodman – Boulder



Intimate Dialogue: Seven Women, Seven Voices
Intimate Dialogue: Seven Women, Seven Voices

Sept 13 – Nov 11, 2012

Upper Gallery

Curator: Collin Parson in consultation with Theresa Anderson

Image: Rebecca Vaughan

In this exhibition, abstracted intimacy is the specific uniting factor between seven artists. The seven artists featured in this exhibition are well-known in the Denver art scene, exhibiting at local galleries regularly. Intimate Dialogue artist Theresa Anderson explained the dynamics between these artists and their works: “I see us intertwined as mentors, exhibiting together, collaborators in organizations that support and encourage new paradigms of thinking in the visual arts. I am attracted to the works of these artists not because their work is similar to mine; in fact, I think the opposite. Each has her own visual vocabulary. But, this group is invested in art-making as a way of life with an intense interaction with the contemporary and alternative art community with an extreme regard for risk-taking and a high quality of work.” Seven themes describe the work in this exhibition, SCALE, BODY, RECIPROCITY, TRANSPARENCY, VULNERABILITY, PERCEPTION and SPACE. These artists will express these themes in their own unique way, and will beckon the viewer to explore what intimacy means to them.


Participating Artists:

Theresa Anderson

Christine Buchsbaum

Amber Cobb

Heather Doyle-Maier

Jennifer Jeannelle

Kathy Knaus

Rebecca Vaughan