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Shop Talk: Artist Profiles: Nan McKinnell

One of Colorado’s master ceramists, Nan Bangs McKinnell, died in early August Continue reading

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Artist Insight: Vance Kirkland’s Watercolors

Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) was a watercolorist for the first half of his painting career, and water continued to be an important part of Kirkland’s artistic process even when he began to paint primarily in oil. Continue reading

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Shop Talk- Artist Profiles

Edward Marecak 1919-1993 One of the most popular artists in the Kirkland collection is Edward Marecak. The son of Slovakian parents who emigrated from the Carpathian Mountains, Marecak was raised on a farm outside of Cleveland, Ohio. The Slovakian folktales … Continue reading

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Shop Talk: News from the KM Shop

Find us online! We’re proud to introduce our new online shop! Many of the beautiful items from our Museum Shop are now available to you 24/7 online. You’ll see rare regional art books, fascinating Kirkland catalogues, and stunning accessories and … Continue reading

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John Edward Thompson

John Edward Thompson (1882-1945) was called the “Dean of Colorado Painters,” a title later given to Vance Kirkland after Thompson’s death.  Thompson was born in Buffalo, New York and first studied art there and then in New York City. He moved … Continue reading

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15 Colorado Artists—Breaking With Tradition

It was creeping inexorably across America—modern art! An alarm was sounded by Rocky Mountain News columnist Lee Casey on 11 February 1948:  “The influence of decadent Parisians…Picasso and Cezanne…has even been felt in the West. Santa Fe has been damaged … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day Sale!

Save 20% on selected items! Shop the Kirkland’s gift shop and you’ll find a wide selection of gift ideas that are perfect for your mom—and many are on sale. Save on ceramics, accessories and more. Shop now for the best … Continue reading

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Doors Open Denver

Come to Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art during Doors Open Denver (April 16 & 17 from 10a.m.-5p.m.). All tickets are available at Kirkland Museum (1311 Pearl Street) this year, NOT at Union Station. Tickets for both Saturday and Sunday’s tours can be … Continue reading

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Herman Casagranda – A Legacy

Herman (Cas) Casagranda was born in 1917 in Ouray, Colorado, the son of an Austrian immigrant miner. He attended East High School and the University of Denver, and taught art and art history in the Denver Public Schools for thirty-one … Continue reading

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Last Chance to See Warhol in Colorado

Tonight (Wednesday, March 9th) at 6PM Photographing Warhol: Forum with John Bonath, Valere Harris Shane, and Mark Sink + Turn-About is Fair Play: Documenting Andy Warhol, an opening presentation by moderator Elliot King. The event is free and open to … Continue reading

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