I thoroughly enjoyed seeing so much of Vance Kirkland's art in one place. It was interesting to see the progression of his art through many styles. His studio was also very... read more
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed to...
Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art is temporarily closed to expand our universe! The museum’s new building, located at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street and expected to open in fall 2017, will offer visitors an enhanced experience with approximately 65% more display space while staying true to the salon style and intimate atmosphere for which the Kirkland is known.
The museum’s three collections are:
• International Decorative Art—A celebrated collection including notable examples of every major design period from Arts & Crafts to Postmodern.
• Colorado & Regional Art—The largest repository of art showcasing the state and region’s talent, concentrating on the 1850s through the 1990s with about 6,000 works more than 600 artists.
• Vance Kirkland Retrospective—Kirkland (1904–1981) is generally considered Colorado’s most distinguished modern painter. About 550 paintings and about 600 drawings and prints are held in his estate collection.
Central to the move, Vance Kirkland’s art school & studio building (built 1910–1911 for Henry Read's Students' School of Art) will be relocated to Bannock Street and oriented in the same direction. In a feat of engineering, the 1,384 square foot building will be detached from the existing museum, moved eight blocks west and placed on the north side of the new museum about September 2016.