Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design
Perception | Color | Line | Pattern
Heidi Jung: Black and White
Scot Odendahl: On the Roadside
Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado
Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design
Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design

Sept 12 – Nov 10, 2013

In partnership with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts

Curators Collin Parson, Bebe Alexander and Linda Ganstrom


Artist Image: Dylan Beck

In 2009, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) collaborated on the idea of a biannual ceramics exhibition not associated with their annual conference. The intent of the project reflected NCECA’s mission of introducing and educating the public on the vibrancy and diverse paths of contemporary ceramics, as well as the mission of the Arvada Center to make the arts an integral part of people’s lives and encouraging learning, innovation and creativity through high-quality arts experiences.

In their third collaboration, the Arvada Center and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts are producing Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design , which sought out dynamic, contemporary ceramic works addressing creative responses to current shifts in the artist’s world and work. The exhibition features 8 invited artists and 42 juried artists from all over the United States who explore their shifting world of ceramics by examining new technology, trends and societal change.

Our world is in flux, constantly moving and changing faster than ever. 3D Printers, Computer Numerical Controlled Machines, Oxygen probes and computer-controlled kilns affect concept and process, while commercially designed stains, decals and glazes reflect the latest trends in color and pattern sensibility.  Less obvious, yet equally significant shifts occur as artists use the internet and social media in innovative ways to teach, market and connect with different audiences, as the information age affects both how and why an artist makes and shares their work.  From trends influencing the domestic scene in the modern home to societal changes influencing the role of ceramics; the worlds of craft, fine arts, industry, design and education are intersecting with the world of ceramics.

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Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design Artists :

Ivan Albreht

Chad Curtis

Margaret HaydonBrian MolanphyShawn Spangler

Samantha BachmanElizabeth DeLyriaPeter Christian JohnsonMia MulveyGreg Stahly

Tiffany Bailey

Paul Eshelman

Ben JordanMegumi NaitohLinda SwansonLesley Baker

Gerard Ferrari

Jonathan KaplanMike RandKaren SwylerJohn Balistreri

Teri Frame

David KaufmannDerek ReevertsKatherine TaylorVlad Basarab

Brian Gillis

Jessica KnappAlison ReintjesKwok Pong Tso

Dylan BeckSarah GrossSean LarsonJustin SchortgenMichaela Valli-Groeblacher

Renee BrownJohn HamiltonWade MacDonaldMelanie ShermanDonna Webb

Anna Calluori-HolcombeHolly HanessianSarah McNuttJaney SkeerJanet Williams

Joshua Clark

Del Harrow

Ian MearesAmy SmithValerie Zimany


Perception | Color | Line | Pattern
Perception | Color | Line | Pattern

June 6 – Aug 25, 2013

Curator Collin Parson


Perception (n.): Process of registering sensory stimuli as meaningful experience.

Image Credit: Sara Hughes

This summer’s Main Gallery Exhibition brings 21 artists together to explore what can be accomplished with three basic artistic elements and principles: color, line and pattern. Though artworks in this exhibition have been created over a span of 63 years (the earliest created in the 1950s and the latest works in 2013), they all utilize pattern, line and color to create optically intriguing works of art. Movements in the mid twentieth century such as Pattern & Decoration (P&D), Op-art, and the local Criss Cross movement played a role in the creation of many of the works in the exhibition. What all of these works have in common is an incredible acuity in technique and skill, as well as  systematic and mathematical processes in rendering works that delight and exercise the eyes. Our eyes are always moving, and therefore always perceiving, and by simply looking, your eyes will become the subject of these works of art.



Otto Karl Bach

Adam Holloway

Lewis McInnis

Angelo di Benedetto

Andrew Huffman

Jen Pack

Charles Ragland Bunnell

Sara Hughes

Ted Rehm

Jaime Carrejo

Marty Jaquis

Clark Richert

Charlie DiJulio

Vance Kirkland

Beverly Rosen

Wendi Harford

Emilio Lobato

George Woodman

Aaron Higgins

Jennifer Lynch

Dave Yust


Heidi Jung: Black and White
Heidi Jung: Black and White

April 5 – May 5, 2013

Curator Collin Parson


The Arvada Center welcomes back Heidi Jung who began her career right here at the Arvada Center's Jefferson County High School Art Exhibition in 1989. Now, a thriving professional artist, she returns to launch the first Jeffco Alumni Exhibition. Jung’s works represent her classic yet haunting monochromatic botanical paintings and drawings. This exhibition will display her largest body of work to date, as well as collaborative pieces with the teacher that inspired her at the age of 15.

Jung states, “My connection to nature is both highly personal and unconventional. I incorporate ink, charcoal and acrylic media into compositions on vellum, striving with a natural hand to create an unspoken relationship between the image and the viewer.”

Heidi Jung’s love of plants and insects began at an early age and serves as both her inspiration and subject matter. Classically trained as a photographer, Jung continues to see the world through a lens; aesthetically bringing a mix of detail and movement to the foreground for the viewer. 

Jung’s artwork resides in many collections including the Four Seasons, the Hyatt Beaver Creek, and the Libeskind designed Museum Lofts. Jung also has works in the collections of Prince Bandar of Saudi Arabia and Kelsey Grammar to name only a few.

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Scot Odendahl: On the Roadside
Scot Odendahl: On the Roadside

April 12 – May 12, 2013

Curator Collin Parson


This solo exhibition features prints by artist and educator Scot Odendahl. A teacher at Jefferson County Schools for 8 years and currently at Warren Tech High School, he was selected from artists who participated in last year’s Juried Teacher’s Exhibition at Lakewood Cultural Center. Prior to his teaching career, Scot worked in advertising and as an illustrator and designer for the Denver Post. Odendahl’s prints explore the ability of the screen printing technique to simplify an object to its basic shapes and colors, therefore giving Scot the ability to direct the viewer to see the elements he considers most interesting in his subjects.   Odendahl states “I am a huge font nerd. As a graphic designer, it was the design element I found the most important.” The prints in this exhibition document road signs, particularly older signs, as they serve as historical documentation of a time when signs were created without the use of computerized fonts. - See more at:

Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado
Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado

January 24 – March 31, 2013

Jurors: Dean Sobel and Collin Parson

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities is proud to present Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado. This statewide juried exhibition garnered 1,635 entries from 588 artists living and working in Colorado. Selections were made by Arvada Center Exhibition Manager and Curator, Collin Parson, and the Clyfford Still Museum's Director, Dean Sobel. Parson and Sobel chose 191 works by 160 artists that represent a wide range of approaches from traditional to experimental. 

Emphasizing the Arvada Center's commitment to supporting Colorado artists, this exhibition will showcase the quality, depth and diversity of works being created in the state by emerging and established artists. This juried exhibition was open to all Colorado artists in all media. For the first time, all three of the Arvada Center's galleries, over 10,000 sq. ft., will be dedicated to one exhibition, and there will certainly be something for everyone to enjoy.

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Mary Jo AardsmaJames Crane IIIDavid GriffinMark LunningCheryl Rogers 

Patricia AaronRebecca CumingKent GunnufsonBrandon MaldonadoVija Rogozina

Margaret AbramsheChris D'ArdenneJane GuthridgePhillip MannRoxanne Rossi

Monica AielloCarol DassWendi HarfordPatrick MaroldAjean Ryan

Tyler AielloJohn DavenportCharlene HarlowMike McClungMai Wyn Schantz

Jody AkersDeborah DavisKaren HauganDawn McFaddenShelley Schreiber

Theresa AndersonJohn DeFeoPatty HawkinsLewis McInnisDave Seiler

Libby BarbeeChris DeKnikkerAdam HollowayTim McKayDavid Sharpe

Walter BartonDeborah DellHadley HooperTamar MillerPaul Sisson

Christi BeckmannLeah DennisonKendrick HowardJ.C. MilnerBob Smith

Terri BellRebecca DiDomenicoToby HuffmanAmy Mishkin-ChavezCraig Marshall Smith

Phil BenderHaze DiedrichLynn HullWilliam MitchellDarin Steege

Regina BensonFrederick DoerpholzErik IsaacPaul F. MorrisSally Stockhold

Andy BergJenna DouglassMarty JaquisLauri Lynnxe MurphyWilliam Stoehr

Susan BerkleyRick DulaErick C. JohnsonChelsea MyslikBernice Strawn

Brenda BiondoDiane EdwardsScarlett KanistanauxBruce NallMel Strawn

Emi BradyAlix EvendorffCarla KappaLynette O'KaneAndrew Sweet

John BreedingSuzanne FarisMargaret KasaharaTony OrtegaMarlea Taylor

Michael BrohmanSharon FederAnna KayeMarz PachecoShawn Taylor

Susan BrooksJohn FergusonHorace KerrPattie ParkhurstJacob Thaden

Allison BrownMarcus FitzgibbonsJeffrey KingJeneve ParrishMilton D. Tomlinson

Judith G. BrownCarlene FrancesKevin KissellAmeet PatelLaura Truitt

Michael BurnettLili FrancuzLisa KowalskiJessica PaulkSarah Van der Helm

Michael BurrowsMelissa FurnessLarry KresekLaura Phelps-RogersDerrick Velasquez

Beau CareyJudy GardnerKathleen KrucoffKaren PoulsonBill Vielehr

Katie CaronStacy L. GardnerBrenda LaBierLisa PurdyMeg Voigt-Meersman

Amelia CarusoRon GerbrandtCharles LehmanSara RansfordJeff Wenzel

Catherine ChauvinJason Lee GimbelGayla LemkeTed RehmLara Whitley

Diane CionniMonica GoldsmithBonny LhotkaZach ReiniMarc Willhite

Sandra ClarkAmanda Gordon-DunnAndy LibertoneJeff RichardsSteven Wood

Jennifer CollinsLinda GrahamColin LivingstonCraig RobbCraig Wright

Joseph ConiffRobert GratiotPatrick LoehrAndrew Roberts-GrayGene Youngmann



Best in Show: Scarlett Kanistanaux
2nd Place: Andrew Roberts-Gray
3rd Place: Derrick Velasquez

Honorable Mentions:
Monica Aiello
Walter Barton
Robert Gratiot
Charles Lehman
Nick Vella, Warren Tech Student for his Graphic Design

Special Awards:
Clyfford Still Museum Award - Jo Marks Aardsma

Kirkland Museum Award - Chris DeKnikker


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Opening Reception and Awards Presentation was held Thursday, January 24, 6 - 9 p.m.

Opening reception beer compliments of Arvada Beer Company .  All proceeds benefitted Galleries at the Arvada Center.



Best Big Art Show about Colorado Art - 2013

Arvada Center curator Collin Parson has redirected the venue's visual-arts program so that it zeroes in on work made by in-state talent. The resulting exhibitions included solos dedicated to David Yust and Robert Mangold, and group shows focused on representational artists and women. His most successful effort, though, was Art of the State. Parson asked Denver art-world celebrity Dean Sobel, the director of the Clyfford Still Museum, to share jury duty with him. Together they pared 600 entrants down to the 160 who were ultimately selected. Paintings — in particular, abstractions — dominate, but there is also a nice selection of sculptures, photos and ceramics. The show, which is still open, is a great way to encourage the people whose blood, sweat and tears create the community around here.



Visual arts review: "Art of the State" at The Arvada Center galleries presents 191 works by 160 Colorado artists  ~

..."it does capture the nature of work in Colorado these days, which is to say much of it is good and some of it is great. There's a terrific diversity in the rooms, stretching from a recent piece by 80-something Bernice Strawn to up-and-comers like Zach Reini, who graduated from theRocky Mountain College of Art + Design just last year. "


The impressive Art of the State showcases the work of 160 Colorado artists ~

A juried effort at the Arvada Center, Art of the State, has been attracting big crowds: When I was there last week, the galleries were mobbed, but not as much as at the opening, says exhibition manager and curator Collin Parson, noting that more than 800 people showed up that night.

Westword blog, Susan Froyd


Month of Photography blog post


"New exhibit shows varying styles in Colorado" ~

"Colorado is home to a vast and diverse number of artists in all kinds of mediums, and the Arvada Center’s Art of the State exhibition is offering a snapshot of that talent."


Eden Lane "In Focus" feature



“Four Artists to Represent Valley in ‘Art of the State’ Exhibition”

Feature article written by Andrew Travers in Aspen Daily News on January 19, 2013 





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