August 8, 2018
RedLine’s 48 Hours of Socially Engaged Art & Conversation Summit, inspired by the City of Denver’s Imagine 2020 Cultural Plan and touching on such topics as social responsibility and giving back to the creative community, does so in a myriad of ways while showcasing local artists and arts-related nonprofits. The public is invited to participate in the full two-day summit or any part therein; within a framework of performances, workshops, ten-minute talks, demonstrations and panels, its Socially Engaged Art Projects segments promote art-directed participatory experiences.
August 8, 2018
The boards of Denver's arts and culture nonprofits sometimes don't match their audiences. That often proves a stumbling block to equity and inclusion. RedLine, the nonprofit contemporary art center in Five Points, has a mission that's built on diversity and inclusion. And that means having leadership that mirrors its audience
August 3, 2018
On Thursday, August 2, the day after world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma made his Red Rocks debut, he teamed up with a slew of organizations and people across Denver-area neighborhoods to talk about community. While most other musicians come to a city, play and leave, Ma has used his 36-city, two-year tour as a chance to use his star power to help community organizations working to improve their neighborhoods.
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.
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.
June 1, 2018
Thomas "Detour" Evans has become a Denver icon. And the city has been lucky to watch the evolution of this artist. He has exhibited in galleries and bars; his outdoor murals can be found along I-70 and in nooks throughout the RiNo Art District; he's an Instagram star.
‘No matter what, DIY is going to exist,’ so Denver officials and artists are looking for creative solutions
May 14, 2018
[Molly] Bounds is a local printmaker and muralist currently in residence at RedLine, where she’s been working with executive director Louise Martorano to find ways to get artists free or low-cost housing and studio space.
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.
January 10, 2018
Denver can look forward to eight new pieces of public art thanks to the creativity of local artists and $65,000 in grants from P.S. You Are Here.
With an unusual setup that combines exhibition spaces with fully subsidized artist studios, RedLine has upended the local art world during its brief existence, discovering scores of noteworthy emerging artists through its residency program. The nonprofit space launched by artist and mega-wealthy donor Laura Merage selects fifteen to eighteen artists to work alone in a series of modern studios, and also to work together as a community. The studio doors are always left open, allowing visitors to RedLine's always compelling exhibits to catch sight of the artist-residents at work on their pieces; if the artist isn't there, viewers can still see what they're working on.
December 5, 2017
The announcement comes right in between the anniversaries of the Dec. 2 fire at the Ghost Ship DIY art space in Oakland killed 36 people and the Dec. 8 shutdown of Denver DIY spaces Rhinoceropolis and Glob.
December 5, 2017
The City of Denver put some actual cash where its mouth is today, promising $300,000 to help so-called D.I.Y. art spaces get up to code. It’s the latest, and possibly final, chapter in a saga of concern over the health and saftey of low-scale artist-friendly havens that started when the city abruptly closed down the Rhinoceropolis art and music space in December 2016.
Cannupa Hanska Luger: “Weaponizing the privilege” of being an artist at CVA, RedLine (and watch the video)
August 23, 2017
At RedLine, [Cannupa Hanska Luger] is producing two related works. A performative piece, which features a small troupe of local dancers, and an immersive installation that has his now-familiar shields set before landscape videos captured via drones in the air. The exhibits are co-curated by Libby Barbee and Kirsten Walsh.
August 11, 2017
“In order to be a strong ecosystem where artists can thrive, we have to have a healthy amount of cross-pollination” says Libby Barbee, Arts in Society and Programming manager at RedLine. It’s that aim, along with a vested interest in socially and community engaged art, that anchors the 48 Hours Summit, a free and open-to-the-public series of talks, workshops, and visual and performance art on August 11 and 12 related to the gallery's annual theme: (dis)place.
August 7, 2017
From massive arts institutions to high-end commercial galleries and DIY spaces, Denver boasts an array of venues showcasing first-rate art. Some are worth visiting for the openings alone, some are particularly kid-friendly, and still others are simply must-see spots for visitors to the Mile High City.
April 20, 2017
About 265 artists and organizations applied and 21 will get cash... So, cheers to the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, the Hemera Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and RedLine for making it all happen.
April 3, 2017
Photographer Mark Sink is the force behind Denver’s Month of Photography, a biennial multi-venue celebration of photos and photo-based works. Apparently being the impresario of such a vast undertaking wasn’t enough for Sink, though, so he’s once again curated MoP’s cornerstone exhibit; the current iteration, Between the Medium: Seeing Photographically, is now on view at RedLine.
March 28, 2017
Race, gender and identity have preoccupied artists working with photography since at least the 1980s, and it is fascinating to see those inquiries continue today through current exhibits at Leon Gallery and RedLine. While Tya Alisa Anthony’s focus at Leon is on race from her African-American perspective, and Jess T. Dugan’s at RedLine is on gender from her LBGTQ perspective, the politics and representation of identity is crucial to both.
February 8, 2017
Nearly ten years ago, philanthropist Laura Merage created RedLine with the goal of providing studios for artists and exhibition spaces for art. Considering the crunch on artist spaces in Denver right now — the Rhinoceropolis eviction being just the tip of the iceberg — Merage was prescient. At the time she opened RedLine, rent was cheap and the neighborhood around 23rd and Arapahoe streets was down at the heels. Now, with the alternative scene under threat from rising rents and gentrification, a place like RedLine has only become more important. Too bad there aren’t a couple dozen more like it around here.
January 20, 2017
...The time is right for a show like RedLine’s 2017 resident exhibit, Nice Work If You Can Get It. McGowan, whose own day job is director/curator at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Galleries of Contemporary Art, asked 27 past and present RedLine residents to make art commenting on the sacrifices they must make daily in order to simply be artists.
January 11, 2017
On January 10, artists who have lived and worked underground came together at RedLine, under the banner of the week-old coalition Amplify Arts Denver, to brainstorm how the DIY community can build resources and political power.
December 22, 2016
5. Drawing Never Dies, RedLine, July 9-August 5.
An unexpected pleasure, Drawing Never Diesserved as a necessary update on art’s most basic technique. Jurors Donald Fodness and Daisy McGowan sorted through a mountain of entries but kept an open mind and presented a survey broad enough to include work in multiple dimensions and produced in everything from graphite to ceramic, string, blood, snail trails, ribbon, lasers and digital ones and zeros. A fresh filter for familiar names like Adam Milner, Clay Hawkey, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Bruce Price, Suchitra Mattai, Mario Zoots and more.
November 28, 2016
The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation’s Livingston fellowship picks five emerging leaders each year and helps them to develop their careers. RedLine’s Louise Martorano is one of this year’s picks.
November 11, 2016
After twenty years, Artnauts has established a track record for work driven by a desire to share our fears and social issues and find common ground with people of other cultures. But surprisingly, the collective has never officially exhibited a social-exchange show in the United States — until now. To celebrate twenty years of creating a global village through art, Artnauts will come home to roost right here in Denver, at RedLine Gallery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.