When someone asks you what there is to do in Denver, perhaps the last thing that comes to mind is visiting an art gallery. But actually, Denver has a bustling art scene, and it’s no exaggeration that when it comes to art, Denver indeed has something for everyone.
If you have yet to take advantage of Denver’s art offerings, we recommend that you make it a point to check out its highlights in the coming year.
With so many unique galleries tucked throughout the city, coming up with a strategy to enjoy them can be overwhelming. If you are just getting started, take advantage of one of the city’s many Friday night art walks throughout Denver’s seven art districts.
The Art District on Santa Fe
The Santa Fe District is truly an embarrassment of riches. With the largest concentration of galleries in the state, the community is home to a wide range of genres and mediums. For total emersion, participate in the First Friday Art Walk, which features the best of the best.
Don’t miss: The Denver Art Society, a non-profit cooperative whose membership is open to anyone. Members can exhibit their art. Poets, musicians, and storytellers are also invited to share their talents.
River North Art District (RiNo)
One of the fastest growing cultural areas in Denver, RiNo features a fascinating collection of artistic spaces including galleries, design studios, and other creative businesses. The area is also known for its street art.
Don’t miss: fooLPRoof contemporary art is one of the newest additions to the Denver art scene and features fine contemporary art.
The Golden Triangle Creative District
The Triangle is home to eight museums and many independent galleries. The area is known for its diversity and is home to the Denver Art Museum.
Don’t miss: Native American Trading Company which features fine Southwest and Native American Art.
Tennyson Street Cultural District
Tennyson is home to Denver’s oldest art walk and is known for its many street performances and concerts at the renowned Oriental Theater.
Don’t miss: Alto Gallery, home to the Birdseed Collective, a non-profit dedicated to Denver’s urban community.
Arts on Belmar
The Belmar area is known for its pedestrian-friendly streets, shopping, dining, and entertainment. It is home to artists from a variety of media.
Don’t miss: Valkarie Gallery & Studio, an artist’s collective that features an eclectic array of work in an eclectic and open environment.
South Pearl Street
This bustling area features charming shops, restaurants, and a variety of galleries and craft studios.
Don’t miss: Colorado Potters Guild. The guild offers the opportunity to watch artists work, take a class, or purchase a unique handcrafted item.
40 West Arts
Tucked away in the suburb of Lakewood, 40 West Arts has one of the largest concentrations of art in the Denver area. The area has a large collection of public art, numerous galleries, and performance venues.
Don’t miss: 40 West Studios, which features a variety of artists working in various media.