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2018

Six Things for Art Lovers to Do and See in Denver- by Susan Froyd

June 13, 2018

RedLine’s Reach Studio, which provides studio space and a sense of collaboration and community to artists in need, pulls together a group exhibition once a year to bring the project full circle. Curated by former RedLine resident Sarah Rockett, Human Condition(s) investigates the interplay of morality and sticky human issues.

DENVER SHOWS US THAT THERE IS NO BETTER COMMUNITY BUILDER THAN ARTS AND CULTURE

June 12, 2018

As an organization, we are paying close attention to artists as agents of change, and want to encourage this work nationwide. The Redline Contemporary Art Center’s Arts in Society grant program is an excellent example of this work, annually funding projects that use art to address social issues and community needs across Colorado. They have funded projects ranging from a multimedia piece to highlight immigration issues and the diversity of life experiences in Montezuma County, to Colorado Black Arts Movement’s development of a performance piece focusing on the rituals of dinner in households in Denver’s Montebello neighborhood

Review: Redline Celebrates Its Tenth Anniversary with 10X- by Michael Pagila

January 31, 2018

It’s hard to believe that RedLine is celebrating its tenth anniversary, for two seemingly contradictory reasons. On the one hand, RedLine still seems so fresh and vibrant, it couldn’t possibly already have a decade under its belt…could it? On the other hand, RedLine has had such an outsized impact on Denver’s art scene, it’s amazing that it’s done so much in just ten short years…right?

A day of “Beautiful Artistic Chaos” Will Mark the First Anniversary of Trump’s Inauguration- by Benjamin Sutton

January 16, 2018

The lineup of Art Action Day events is very eclectic, from a roundtable conversation about the role of spectacle in art and politics at Redline Contemporary Arts Center in Denver to a night of feminist performance art at Freeform Art Space in Santa Fe.

2016

DENVER GALLERY UNITES WITH KIDS TO CREATE IMPACTFUL ART IN FIVE POINTS

Apr 8, 2016

Four years ago voters in Colorado approved extra funds for art programs in Denver schools and yet many districts still remain underfunded and badly organized with creativity struggling for equality within the common core curriculum. However, the lack of proper resources provided by the government in many schools has led to an uprising of community involvement with programs like EpicArts, operated through RedLine Contemporary Art Center. This program is a collaborative effort that brings together local professional artists, art teachers in underfunded schools and students of all ages to create an exhibition that is displayed in RedLine at the end of each semester.

2015

DENVER POST: ART: WORKING SIDE-BY-SIDE IN DENVER'S ICE CUBE BY RAY MARK RINALDI

Dec 4, 2015

Through Saturday. The exhibits "Field/Ground" and "Chasm" are the kind of shows Ice Cube gallery does right, pulling together diverse talents in the local art scene and examining what they can do side-by-side. 

 

2015 MAYOR'S AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN ARTS & CULTURE - REDLINE CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER

Nov 20, 2015

RedLine Contemporary Art Center fosters engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change. The nonprofit organization strives for artistic excellence while viewing art as a vehicle for strengthening neighborhoods and civic engagement. With its dynamic physical space, talented resident artists, and proximity tons one of Denver's most culturally diverse areas, RedLine Contemporary Art Center is a place where all forms of creative expression are celebrated and integrated into the fabric of the community. RedLine Contemporary Art Center is a recipient of the #IMAGINE2020 Award.

 

365 DAYS 365 ARTISTS: SUCHITRA MATTAI

Oct 23, 2015

My paintings, drawings and installations center on the general themes of identity and globalization through the tropes of landscape and embroidery. I draw from memory, history, travel, and pop-culture, and employ bright bold colors and patterns to ignite otherwise barren, abstract, and often highly conceptualized landscapes.

 

DENVER POST: USING ART'S UNIQUE LANGUAGE TO TELL WILD TALES - BY RAY MARK RINALDI

Oct 14, 2015

Sometimes art is absolutely necessary, and that is the case when you are trying to explain a dream. You can't photograph a dream, or a memory, or the qualities that make those things so real to the self and so invisible to others: fantasy, fear, fondness, incompleteness, arousal, mystery.

 

WESTWORD: CRITIC PADDY JOHNSON DISCUSSES THE ART OF THE ANIMATED GIF - BY BREE DAVIES

Oct 14, 2015

Paddy Johnson has been on the cutting edge of online criticism since she launched Art F City in 2008. Tonight, pop-up exhibition space Black Cube hosts this art critic for the Internet era at RedLine, where she will discuss the history and evolution of GIF art — the animated-image format that was born on the web. Johnson’s look at GIF art starts with its inception in 1998 and follows the medium through a digital and technological revolution, tracing its role in social media and society. 

 

WESTWORD: JOKES OF NATURE AT REDLINE LAUGHS AT THE BEAUTY OF THE GROTESQUE - MICHAEL PAGLIA

Oct 1, 2015

For the past several years, RedLine has featured shows that follow certain established themes. This year’s is “Play It Forward,” which curators have interpreted in a variety of ways. For the current exhibit, Jokes of Nature, Donald Fodness and Geoffrey Shamos have interpreted the theme to mean a fascination with the grotesque in contemporary art. But for the most part, the co-curators didn’t go for the gross-out aesthetic, as might be expected. Instead, they used the idea of the grotesque to feature oddities and displacements of some sort.

 

DENVER POST: SEEING BEAUTY HUMOR GROTESQUE RAY MARK RINALDI

Sep 18, 2015

The more reasonable side of you might want to dismiss "Jokes of Nature" based on the grotesque elements weaved into its works: A dead rat, human hair, pig intestines, disembodied doll heads, cow taxidermy. In theory, you'd simply choose to look away.

 

WESTWORD: GALLERY PREVIEW: JOKES OF NATURE, OPENING SEPTEMBER 4 -BY SUSAN FROYD

Sep 4, 2015

The art of the grotesque has staying power, as RedLine development director Geoffrey Shamos, a scholar of Renaissance art from northern Europe, and local contemporary artist Donald Fodness, who has an affinity for the style in modern times, will both tell you. In the present, the genre in all its incarnations — ugly, lowbrow, funny, satirical, weirdly beautiful — remains compelling because it both terrifies and enthralls us. As co-curators of Jokes of Nature... 

 

BONFILS-STANTON FOUNDATION: GRANTEE SPOTLIGHT

Aug 7, 2015

RedLine is a diverse urban laboratory where art, education, and community converge. Located in Five Points, RedLine is an innovative, mixed-use arts center that combines an artist residency program with project-based community engagement in the arts. RedLine strives to foster forms of social practice in the arts that inspire inquiry and catalyze change.

 

DENVER METROS MOM BLOG: FAMILY FUN IN NORTHEAST DENVER- BY LORISSA B.

Jul 24, 2015

Bearing the motto, “where art is made,” the RiNo art district is home to many art galleries and studios, all happy to see families! When you’re planning a visit, call ahead to get ideas about best times and dates. RedLine Studio believes in the transformational power of art and stands out in the Five Points community by infusing art opportunities. 

 

ART IN DENVER: PLAYGROUNDS AT REDLINE

Jul 23, 2015

il n’ya pas de hors-texte - there is nothing outside context, or so said Derrida. The concept of play - which curators Ruth Bruno and Cortney Lane-Stell have taken as their premise - is certainly contextual. Tell a toddler to play and they may spend hours digging in pea gravel. Tell an adolescent to play and they may pick up a video game controller. As adults, we don’t so much play as we watch others play (football, basketball, baseball, etc.). 

 

THREE ARTISTS TO CHECK OUT AT DENVER'S 2015 BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS - BY COREY H. JONES

Jul 17, 2015

Denver has seen a French fry-eating contest and hopscotch games recently in the name of artistic expression and cultural exchange. Now quite a few more exhibitions and events are underway, all as part of the 2015 Biennial of the Americas. Dozens of international artists, speakers and leaders have gathered in Denver for the festival. Participants representing more than 25 countries from the Western Hemisphere will share their cultures and ideas.

 

ELPERIÓDICO: LA ARGENTINA ARTIST AGUSTINA WOODGATE, PAINT STRIPES ON BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS

Jul 17, 2015

Denver-Colorado.- Young artist Agustina Woodgate Argentina, visiting this city invited by the Biennial of the Americas, began this week to paint his famous and rare giant in this city to redefine public spaces and encourage local and international cultural connections.

 

ANIVERSAR10: US ARTIST PAINTS RAYUELAS TO UNITE NEIGHBORHOODS

Jul 17, 2015

People participate spontaneously during the activity and then play along hopscotch. The Argentina artist Agustina Woodgate, who is in Denver (USA) and invited to the Biennial of the Americas, began painting his famous and huge hopscotch with the aim of promoting cultural connection in that city. 

 

MODERN IN DENVER: CONNECTING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ART

Jul 17, 2015

By activating two city blocks of hopscotch in seven neighborhoods, we have the opportunity to both physically and symbolically connect a city to its neighborhoods and underscore the importance of connection and access to transit and resources for all communities. 

 

WESTWORD: PERFORMANCE ART NOW! HIGHLIGHTS PLAY, EXPERIMENTATION AT BIENNIAL PAVILION - BY LUKE LEAVITT

Jul 16, 2015

It's not easy to find venues around town that support untested and new forms of expression, and the avenues for experimental and performance art are dwindling. "The art scene was more round in recent years. It's not so round now," says Justin Beard, who earned a BFA in sculpture from Rocky Mountain College of Arts and Design 2004. Instead, he adds, the market favors “high-end, trendy and sellable stuff.” Theresa Anderson, who received a BFA in painting from the University of Colorado in 2007, echoes these thoughts. 

 

DENVER POST: 2015 BIENNIAL HITS THE STREETS — WITH A PARTY AND PAINT- BY RAY MARK RINALDI

Jul 15, 2015

The Argentinian artists is drawing the game's familiar board in a pattern that will snake across seven areas of Denver, running down sidewalks and streets of one neighborhood, dipping into storm drains, and re-emerging in another part of town. Local residents pitched in, using a stencil to draw the squares with white house paint as the artist followed behind, numbering each one consecutively. As soon as the paint dried, kids began hopping from one square to the next.

 

WESTWORD:FIVE BIENNIAL-INSPIRED EXHIBITIONS AT DENVER GALLERIES AND IN THE STREETS! - BY SUSAN FROYD

Jul 15, 2015

An extension of RedLine’s Play Grounds, showing at the gallery through August 16, Agustina Woodgate’s Hopscotch invites the community outdoors to participate in a public playground: a series of giant hopscotch courts instigated by Woodgate, with help from volunteers, in a diverse cross-section of seven Denver neighborhoods.

 

DENVER POST: DENVER'S BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICAS RISES TO THE CHALLENGE OF BIG ART - BY RAY MARK RINALDI

Jul 14, 2015

Big art never comes easy, and that has meant more than a few bureaucratic hurdles for the creative minds bringing projects to this week's Biennial of the Americas. Imagine the level of permitting artist Marcela Armas needed, first to drill 100 feet down in a Denver park to remove a piece of the Earth's core then to take her precious sample across the Mexican border for some creative analysis.

 

PBS: ARTISTS WHO HAVE LIVED ON THE STREET GET SPACE TO CREATE - BY JUDY WOODRUFF

Jun 30, 2015

The RedLine art gallery in Denver helps artists who have experienced homelessness and other hardships. Here, in their own words, the artists talk about how the Reach Studio program has changed their lives. 

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS: HAVANA BIENNIAL: BARGAINS, HYPE, POLITICS AND THE MALECON - BY BETH J. HARPAZ

Jun 23, 2015

The Havana Biennial art exposition wrapping up Monday has been held 12 times since the 1980s. But this is the first since U.S. efforts to improve relations with Cuba began six months ago, allowing an unusually large contingent of American visitors. Here are some observations from U.S. art collectors and their representatives about how Havana's art scene has evolved and the impact of detente.

 

DENVER POST: ART THAT INVITES YOU TO "PLAY " AND SEE THE WORLD NOW - BY RAY MARK RINALDI

Jun 21, 2015

The real test for Denver's ambitious Biennial of the Americas isn't about how clever a party it can throw downtown every two years. It's more a measure of how well it boosts our self-esteem overall. Can this mid-size metropolis think of itself as an international city, a world player in politics, business and art, as proponents hope?

 

KUVO: IT'S "PLAYTIME!"- BY CARRIE SALDO

Jun 16, 2015

This week it is all about play! Play Grounds: Redline continues its year long exploration of play. The new exhibit "Play Grounds" runs June 13 - August 16, featuring contemporary artworks that encourage play. The indoor exhibition is at RedLine, and there are three interactive installations throughout the city of Denver. Be on the look out for those. And ... in addition to playing with art, you can make it yourself! 

 

DENVER POST: IRIT WALDBAUM HONORED AT REDLINE'S EPIC GALA- BY JOANNE DAVIDSON

May 10, 2015

When it comes to introducing an award recipient, it goes without saying that the job should be given to someone who knows that person well. Who else would share all those interesting factoids that might otherwise go unnoticed? Here's what I mean: When Irit Waldbaum received the 2015 Laura Merage Transforming Communities Award at RedLine's signature fundraiser, the Epic Gala, event chairs Bradley Joseph and Amy Whiteside Schaeffer lined up Dr. Art Waldbaum and the award's namesake, RedLine founder Laura Merage.

 

BRYAN LEISTER’S DIGITAL INSTALLATION PIECE AT REDLINE EPIC GALA

May 5, 2015

“My work explores the intersection between what is real and what is perceived. I am constantly searching for spaces where this boundary has become visible and through my work I try to examine this border.I am broadly influenced by the history of depiction and illusionism in painting, stemming from my background as an oil painter. The attempt to breach the physical world and move into a utopian space of perfection and beauty has propelled my work from the beginning. I continue along this path using any medium and format at my disposal, including video, installation and animation. I have found commonality in the role of mathematics, proportion and viewer perception in each piece that I do.By simultaneously pulling the viewer into a work and pushing the process out into the physical world, through painting, performance or motion, I hope to negotiate a space somewhere in between.”

 

CONFLUENCE DENVER: VOICE OF DENVER: REDLINE PLAYING IT FORWARD WITH HOPSCOTCH ART

May 5, 2015

How much can the street game of hopscotch bring communities together to play? And, how much can this type of play generate conversations about the importance of connectivity to each other and to the community? Well, Argentinian artist Agustina Woodgate created artwork using the familiar game of hopscotch -- only in this case making it thousands of squares long -- in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Miami, Florida; and Krakow, Poland. The experience demonstrated that hopscotch does indeed connect communities. 

 

WESTWORD: BEST WAY TO TAKE DANCING TO THE STREETS (2015) TARA RYNDERS

Mar 27, 2015

Dancer and RedLine resident Tara Rynders is on a global mission to bring her moves right out into the streets, and she's been doing it, country by country, since 2011, when she launched You & Me, an ongoing series of site-specific interactive performances that has been on the road ever since.

 

WESTWORD: BEST CONCEPTUAL SHOW (2015) DMITRI OBERGFELL

Mar 27, 2015

Conceptual art is usually more about thought than beauty. Not so for Dmitri Obergfell, who creates credible idea-pieces that are also gorgeous. On an intellectual plane, all of the offerings in Yinfinity: New Works by Dmitri Obergfell at Gildar Gallery were based on ancient or familiar symbols like the yin-yang circle, or the double profile of a bust of Janus. 

 

WESTWORD: BEST DISPLAY OF ABSTRACTION'S FEMINIST SIDE (2015) HARMONY HAMMOND

Mar 27, 2015

In the early years of feminist art, abstraction was seen as being part of the patriarchy and was therefore rejected by many women. The trouble with that idea was that in reality, many women were creating abstracts, including the lesbian feminist activist and artist who was the subject of Harmony Hammond: Becoming/Unbecoming Monochrome.

 

ARTSLANT: DENVER: A MILE HIGH STATE OF THE ARTS- BY LAUREN TRESP

Mar 24, 2015

RedLine is a non-profit organization that combines an exhibition space with a prestigious artist residency fostering emerging and mid-career artists. Occupying an expansive building on the edge of RiNo, the space hosts as many as 10 to 15 residents at a time, and many actively participate with the community through artist talks, youth education and outreach, and other events meant to engage the public with visual arts. RedLine is currently hosting two Month of Photography exhibitions. 

 

THE EYE OF PHOTOGRAPHY : DENVER: THE MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2015 MARK SINK, THE DIRECTOR - BY LA RÉDACTION / THE STAFF

Mar 20, 2015

MoP started in 2004. The founder Mark Sink was inspired by Arles and Houston FotoFest, Here his presentation for the festival MoP - Month of Photography Denver 2015. "MoP is a biennial celebration of fine art photography with hundreds of collaborative public events throughout Denver and the region March and April 2015. We are joining multiple museums galleries and schools surrounding fine art photography creating an exciting artistic and educational event for the city of Denver and the region."

 

COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO: BEAUTY IN PHOTOGRAPHS, DENVER POWWOW, AND MORE - BY JEREMY BRIESKE

Mar 20, 2015

“Playing with Beauty” is the signature exhibition of Month of Photography, Denver’s biennial celebration of the of fine art photography. The photos in this exhibition, curated by photographer Mark Sink, explore how artists working in the medium approach the subject of beauty today. Meanwhile, the sister exhibition, “Role Play,” emphasizes self-portraits by artists who, in diverse ways, embrace themes related to self-transformation. - See more at: http://www.cpr.org/news/story/beauty-photographs-denver-powwow-and-more-arts-happenings-weekend#sthash.p4STAEry.dpuf

 

WESTWORD: MONTH OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2015: TEN NOT-TO-MISS SHOWS IN MARCH AND APRIL - BY SUSAN FROYD

Mar 6, 2015

RedLine serves as MoP central for the next several weeks, and that includes two major group exhibits — Playing with Beauty, curated by Mark Sink, and Role Play, curated by Rupert Jenkins and Conor King of the Colorado Photographic Arts Center — and they’re both guaranteed to give audiences an eyeful of contemporary techniques and ideas in photography. Sink tangles with the question of “What is Beautiful?,” while CPAC’s duo present creative self-portraits. RedLine will also host a flurry of MoP events and talks in March and April; stay on top of the schedule at MoP online at mopdenver.com.

 

WESTWORD: EVERYTHING'S A GAME IN THE COMPELLING JUST PLAYING, AT REDLINE BY MICHAEL PAGLIA

Mar 1, 2015

RedLine, the brainchild of artist and philanthropist Laura Merage, is both a major exhibition venue, with its handsome and spacious galleries, and one of the top studio complexes in town. The studios are occupied by artists serving either as “resources,” meaning their rent is completely subsidized, or “residents,” who pay partly subsidized rent. Periodically, RedLine presents an exhibit dedicated to these artist-members; the current edition is Just Playing, which closes this weekend.

2014

WESTWORD: 12 DENVER ARTS FLASHBACKS FROM 2014 - BY SUSAN FROYD

Dec 23, 2014

Early in January, RedLine embarked on a quirky path through five exhibitions exploring the rise of women artists in the contemporary canon. The whole thing tipped off with a retrospective of work by members of Colorado's Front Range Women in the Visual Arts, a group that began forty years ago at the height of the feminist movement, and over the course of the year, explored women's work through the eyes and sensibilities of China's Chen Man, the multidiciplinarian Senga Nengudi, abstractionist Harmony Hammond, and finally, the iconic feminist artist Judy Chicago, who led the way for the others down a controversial road that sparked more than forty years ago. The Chicago show, a 75th-birthday retrospective and fete, ends Sunday.

 

EDUCATION, ENGAGEMENT RUN THROUGH DENVER EXCELLENCE IN THE ARTS AWARDS- BY JOHN WENZEL

Nov 23, 2014

A student clarinet player, an advocate for the disabled and a number of educational nonprofits are among the 2014 winners of the Denver Mayor's Awards for Excellence in the Arts, The Denver Post has learned. Mayor Michael Hancock will announce the awards at 11 a.m. Tuesday at a news conference at the McNichols Civic Center Building. The program, which began in 1986, recognizes people and organizations "that make significant and lasting contributions to the artistic, cultural and creative landscape in the City and County of Denver," according to Arts & Venues Denver.

 

KUNC: HISTORY WAS IMPETUS, BUT IT'S FUTURE WORK THAT DRIVES JUDY CHICAGO- BY CARRIE SALDO

Oct 31, 2014

Judy Chicago has long trumpeted the significant achievements of her gender. Often regarded as the mother of the feminist art movement, she – at 75 – is far more interested in work she's yet to conceive than her past labors. "I've had a real battle," Chicago said reflecting on her career. "I've had reviews that are so awful the earth is supposed to open up and you are supposed to get into it, dig yourself underneath the ground, and never appear again."

 

CONFLUENCE DENVER: REDLINE FUNDRAISER IS GREAT WAY TO ADD TO ART COLLECTION - BY MARGARET JACKSON

Oct 27, 2014

RedLine's fall fundraiser One Square Foot will give art enthusiasts an easy way to add to their collections on Nov. 1. RedLine, a diverse urban art laboratory where art, education and community converge, will feature more than 100 pieces of art for $100 each. Each work from local and regional artists is exhibited anonymously. "This event is an opportunity to provide support for RedLine and purchase incredible, affordable artwork from local artists," says Bradley Joseph, a RedLine trustee. 

 

COLORADO PUBLIC RADIO: ARTS BUREAU: FEMINIST ART, BEING DRACULA - BY STEPHANIE WOLF

Oct 24, 2014

A new exhibition at Denver’s RedLine gallery looks at the entire five-decade span of mixed media artist Judy Chicago’s career. CPR arts editor Chloe Veltman talked with Chicago, who is credited as being the mother of the feminist art movement.

 

DENVER POST: "JUDY CHICAGO" AT DENVER'S REDLINE HONORS GREAT AMERICAN TROUBLEMAKER - BY RAY MARK RINALDI

Oct 24, 2014

"Surveying Judy Chicago" is one of those exhibits that's more about the artist then the actual art. No doubt, there are interesting objects on display, historic ones from Chicago's four decades of groundbreaking, trouble-making projects. But the show is most interesting because of the story it tells of an American icon and professional agitator, chaptering through the artist's lifelong assault on oppression both professional and personal.

 

DENVER GALLERY SURVEYS ART TRAILBLAZER JUDY CHICAGO’S FIVE-DECADE CAREER - BY STEPHANIE WOLF

Oct 24, 2014

Mixed media artist Judy Chicago is widely credited as being the mother of the feminist art movement in the United States, devoting much of her career to exploring what it means to be female and to be a female artist. Chicago established the first feminist art program in the country at Fresno State University in California in 1970 and has written more than a dozen books about art history and feminism. In July, Chicago turned 75 and art institutions around the globe organized events to mark her milestone birthday.