Stills: Moments in Time

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Paintings by Jennifer Hohlfelder and Cindi Yaklich

Like snapshot photographs, or “stills,” this exhibit explores oil paintings by Jennifer Hohlfelder and Cindi Yaklich that evoke storytelling through still lifes and figurative work. Whether through the lens of Yaklich’s realism or Hohlfelder’s nostalgic pieces, this exhibit reminds us to appreciate the fleeting moments of life’s, perhaps forgotten, moments.


I am an explorer, revealing the beauty in quiet, everyday objects that often escape notice. In my art, each object becomes a portal to our intricate reality, where light and texture interweave. These ordinary pieces, tucked away in life’s corners, hold hidden histories which contribute to our shared understanding of reality. I honor of the realist tradition, using oils on fine Belgian linen to bring untold stories to light. By recontextualizing the ordinary, I hope to reveal the beauty and interconnectedness in what is often overlooked.


I was raised in Boulder, Colorado by artistic parents. After studying art in a classroom setting, I spent years in independent studio practice honing my skills using oil paints on canvas. For many of my figures, I refer to old family photographs or scenes from my own travels using bold hues when taking the viewer to another place and time. Water appears heavily in my work as, for me, it invokes ideal times of peace and relaxation. Ultimately, nostalgia in my paintings is explored as an ideal that can offer joy and perhaps a reminder to appreciate the fleeting moments of life

Boulder Dog Tails

Two dogs in front of the Flatirons

Boulder Dog Tails is a collection of photographs created to reflect the natural beauty of Boulder
through the charm, playfulness and energy of the dogs that live and play here. Dogs are part of our natural
world and it only makes sense to combine the beauty of dogs and nature into works of art that fill our hearts
and minds with joy.

The images in this exhibit are selected from 43 dogs photographed in 39 different Boulder locations for the book
Boulder Dog Tails. Published in 2021, Boulder Dog Tails was a collaboration between the photographer,
pet guardians and the pets as a fundraiser to support Longmont Humane Society.

Marsha Steckling is a professional pet photographer in Boulder, CO and is a volunteer at Longmont Humane Society
where she has photographed over 4,000 shelter dogs to help them get adopted.

The Opening Reception will be held on January 19 from 5pm – 7pm, more information and tickets can be found here-

The Sink: The Rest[aurant] is History

The Sink Exhibit

The Museum of Boulder is proud to announce the new exhibit, The Sink: The Rest[aurant] is History, in partnership with The Sink and Savor Productions. Discover the fascinating history of The Sink, as this legendary restaurant turns 100 years old. This immersive experience delves into the iconic Boulder restaurant’s history, and the vibrant counter culture that surrounds it, including art, music, a film, and an interactive component for visitors near and far. The Museum of Boulder partners with The Sink and Savor Productions to present this exhibit celebrating this special milestone in Boulder’s history!

About The Sink: 

It’s hard to stake claim to being one of the best places to eat in Boulder, CO, but when you have close to 100 years in operation, it’s hard to say otherwise. Open since 1923, The Sink is Boulder’s oldest restaurant and is home to some of the best burgers and pizzas around, but we’re not just known as one of the best places to visit because of our food. You’ll have to stop by and see why so many people, including numerous celebrities, have made The Sink a must-see joint when visiting Boulder, CO.

Mission. Our mission is simple: to advance The Sink’s historic tradition by providing a memorable quality experience while supporting our employees, community, and the environment.

About Savor Productions:

Since 2005, Savor Productions has produced Boulder County Dining Events and illuminated the Boulder County restaurant scene. By featuring a myriad of restaurants—everything from best-kept secrets to fine dining stars—diners experience a celebration of the culinary creativity of the season’s best ingredients. Be it through dining together at our favorite restaurants or cooking together in a virtual cooking class, Savor Productions seeks to continuously create connections between chefs and their diners. Savor Productions prioritizes strengthening the community, just as much as elevating the Boulder County restaurant scene. Our restaurants are an essential piece of the vitality of Boulder, and our community recognizes that restaurants are one of the biggest supporters of the local schools, nonprofits and events of all kinds.


August 27, 2023 from 1pm – 4pm. Tickets are available here-


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Come enjoy history, art, and an experience brought to you by la comunidad! This exhibit honors the early Boulder County Latino families and their histories to date. The story includes tragedies, celebrations, and monumental movements. La comunidad was guided by tradition, faith, and a lust for life. Relying on each other’s generosity to get through the arduous and good times was rooted in tradition. La comunidad survived and thrived con corazon!

Watch the 9News exhibit preview

Check out a sneak peek of the exhibit

Check out 9News coverage of some of the unique baseball history in the exhibit

Meet collaborators and contributors, Gabe and Jody Lopez

Listen to a KGNU interview about the exhibit in English or Español

Read the Boulder Reporting Lab’s story ‘It takes them home’: Latino history exhibition tells local stories of pride, pain and perseverance

Read the ATLAS Institute shoutout for Andrea Fautheree Márquez’s project featured in Museum of Boulder’s Voces Vivas

Hear from Emanuel Martinez about his art on display and his life as a Chicano activist

Meet artists and collaborators Adriana and Tupak Palacios-Luna

Meet Chicana muralist Carlotta D. d. R. EspinoZa

Meet artist David Martinez

“Resistance and survival is a political statement. That’s a paradigm shift I’m having. The people in my family were leaders because they led us to thrive.” – Ray Rodriguez

“Dad opened the City Café because they wouldn’t serve him and Albert at a restaurant. Albert served in World War II on the USS South Dakota. He was home, in uniform, and his leg was all burned from when his ship was attacked. Dad took him out for a hamburger. Everyone else in the place was getting served, except Dad and Albert. Dad threw a fit. He knocked over a pie case, tore the “White trade only” signs off the window, and threatened bodily harm if they tried to serve anyone else. They called the cops. When Chief McPhillips got there, he agreed with Dad.” – Mary Gonzales Tafoya

“Identity is complicated, it’s chaotic, it’s complex. Identity isn’t just our ethnicity, race, or gender. It’s the way that we decided to live our lives. It’s the intersection between how we see ourselves and how we are perceived.” – Betsabet Samarripa

“When people sit at their table and pray, are they praying to thank the ag workers of color, or are they praying to a spiritual form of a white man with a long white beard? Maybe that’s why the ag workers don’t get the credit they deserve.” – Ray Rodriguez

“Life’s lessons were lovingly embraced in grandma’s kitchen. Today, the clacking of the rolling pin reminds me of grandma’s kitchen and the rhythm of my roots, steeped like melted butter on a hot tortilla.” – Linda Arroyo-Holmstrom

“I think I started back in 1960 working [at Rocky Flats nuclear weapons manufacturing facility] with the R&D people…. They didn’t tell us any of the dangers of working or handling this beryllium. They should have had it enclosed in plexiglas like they did the plutonium. As a result, all of us got sick, most of us got sick. Of course, I think there was about 36 or 30 of us that worked in the building for about 17 years or so, and I don’t think there’s but about 3 of us living.”
Alfonso Cardenas, from an interview conducted by the Maria Rogers Oral History Program in 2004 (courtesy Carnegie Library for Local History, Boulder)

“What I have learned from all of these stories of mi bisabuela y bisabuelo is that giving up, in this family, is not an option.” – Aliyah Sandoval Ordaz

Special thanks to our collaborators and funders, including but not limited to:

The Latino History Project (formerly known as the Boulder County Latino History Project, especially Lead Community Curator Linda Arroyo-Holmstrom and contributor Marjorie K. McIntosh, with support from Jasón Romero)

University of Colorado Ethnic Studies Department (especially Department Chair Prof. Arturo Aldama and student researchers Jacqueline Mora Manzo and Betsabet Samarripa)

Community Leaders who led community outreach focus groups and listening sessions (Phil Hernandez, Sonia Marquez, Justine Vigil-Tapia, Betsabet Samarripa, and José García-Madrid), the community members who shared their stories, the artists exhibiting their work, and the many other community contributors.


Luna Cultura (especially Adriana Paola Palacios Luna)

KGNU (especially bilingual reporter Rossana Longo-Better) Check out this series of interviews with Rossana Longo-Better and KGNU:

The Gabe and Jody Lopez Collection

The Norlin Library

The Longmont Museum

The Lafayette Miner’s Museum

The Horning Family

Terrapin Care Station

The Boulder Arts Commission

The Carnegie Library for Local History

Sponsored in part by Terrapin Care Station.

With generous support from the Horning Family

The Story of the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse: 25 Years of Global Friendship

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Join the Museum of Boulder and The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse in celebrating the 25th anniversary of this community treasure. This exhibit will follow the evolution of the teahouse, which is the only authentic Persian tea house in North America. On exhibit will be pieces from its earliest days to objects seen by patrons enjoying delicious food and of course distinctive teas.

The opening reception for this exhibit will be held on April 8, 2023 from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Standard admission applies. FREE for members of the Museum of Boulder. More information HERE.

JOYSOME: Bringing Joy to the Streets of Boulder


The JOYSOME project consists of images selected from hundreds of responses to a call for work on the theme of joy. The Museum of Boulder will be exhibiting a select few pieces from JOYSOME in our mini-exhibit space, the Mason’s Nook.

Submitted by artists and non-artists alike, the works in this exhibit span a range of disciplines and affective registers. JOYSOME celebrates our divergent experiences of joy while reflecting on the subjective worlds of this emotion, upon its unique timings and subsets, and upon joy’s crucial functions in human existence.

The selected images are printed on flags and exhibited between Dairy Arts Center (26th & Walnut) and East Window (4550 Broadway) as part of the Month of Photography Festival – March 2023.

More information about the JOYSOME project and a complete map of participating venues can be found HERE.

Beer HERE! Brewing the New West

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The incredible exhibit originally developed by History Colorado is coming to Boulder!

In five sections that span 1859 – present, the exhibit explores –

image-3 “Beer on the Mining Frontier,” when immigrants planted mining towns during the Gold Rush
image-3 “Brewing an Industry,” how Colorado became the industrial hub of the Rocky Mountain West
image-3 “Prohibition,” why the state went dry four years before national Prohibition
image-3 “Coors Country,” where Coors Brewing Company and Ball Corporation contributed to Colorado’s economy and culture
image-3 “The Rise of Craft,” when the connection grew between the rising outdoor recreation and brewing industries

Beer Here! will feature stories from the past, present and future, as well as more than 160 authentic artifacts from Colorado’s beer and brewing history, connecting time periods. Some of the most compelling objects include:

  • A Denver brewer’s union card from 1888, written entirely in German, because that was the language most brewers spoke at the time;
  • Adolph Coors’ original hand-drawn sketch of his first beer label, on loan from the Coors archive
  • A massive wooden bottle smasher used by the Denver Police Department during Prohibition
  • Beer-brewing equipment then & now;
  • The nation’s first recyclable aluminum beer cans, pioneered by Coors;
  • A Ku Klux Klan hood and membership manual to illustrate the hate group’s growth during Prohibition;
  • Coors pottery
  • Tom’s Tavern booth and memorabilia 
  • Soundbites from Charlie Papazian’s oral history (Note: Mr. Papazian will be the Museum of Boulder’s Keynote Speaker at its Annual Meeting, Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 at 5:00pm)
  • Other artifacts from Colorado’s hoppy history.

Also, museum visitors will be able to see and smell the ingredients Coors uses to make its beer, inside the exhibit and outside in the “beer ingredient garden.” Since beer is not allowed inside the gallery to protect some rare and important artifacts, the museum will feature an immersive saloon based on the Ward State House where beer may be served during special events. Book your event now!

This exhibit’s development was generously supported by the Ball Corporation and Coors Brewing Company and brought to Boulder thanks to a gift from Kathy and Brian Spear.

The Art of Beer (Here)
Local artists share their interpretations of beer art throughout the building. Featured artists include:
Nicc Elgh
Peter Garland
Karen Gruber
Tyler Hudacek
Jake Johanson
Meredith Johnson
Jeanne Kipke
Emma Mannino
David Martinez
Stacy Moore
Noelle Phares
Annika Radovcich
Jill Rumley
Chris Sammons
Aaron Uhl
Bryce Widom
Gili Wolf
Ky Wozab

The Artists of Voces Vivas

The Artists of Voces Vivas Exhibit

We are featuring the thought-provoking work of the Voces Vivas artists in an exhibit all their own, The Artists of Voces Vivas. Our community-curated Voces Vivas exhibit was used to build upon, and add to, the work local Latinos have been doing for years to preserve and share their own stories. Located on the second floor, The Artists of Voces Vivas, serves as a specialized exhibition during the simultaneous run of Open Studios 2022 in our Main Gallery. The exhibit showcases the captivating power of voices through art and reflects on the current and past stories of Boulder County’s Latino community. All artwork is for sale. 

A special thank you to all contributing artists and the community review panel, led by Linda Arroyo Holmstrom, for making this exhibit possible.

Les ofrecemos la exposición “Los artistas de Voces Vivas”, dedicada únicamente a presentar a los artistas de Voces Vivas y sus obras, que hacen reflexionar al que las contempla. Nuestra exposición, creada por la comunidad, ha sido una plataforma que sirve de base para contribuir al trabajo que los latinos locales llevan realizando ya desde hace un tiempo a fin de guardar y compartir sus propias historias. “Los artistas de Voces Vivas” sirve de exposición especializada que se desarrolla a la vez que “Estudios abiertos 2022”, que está en nuestra galería principal. Esta exposición destaca el poder cautivador de las voces en el arte y refleja las historias presentes y pasadas de la comunidad latina del condado de Boulder. Todas las obras de arte están a la venta.

Nuestro especial agradecimiento a los artistas colaboradores y al grupo de revisión comunitaria, dirigida por Linda Arroyo Holmstrom, que han hecho posible la exposición.

Pikas, Prairies, and the Climate Crisis

Pika Haying Laurenbuchholz

Using stunning field photography and video this exhibit in partnership with the Colorado Pika Project explores the surprising connections between Colorado’s shortgrass prairies and the American pika. Pikas, a cold-loving species that live in the high-altitude mountains, are threatened by warming temperatures and diminishing snowpack. Their survival may depend on our ability to protect a place hundreds of miles from their alpine home — the Great Plains.

Visitors will learn about conservation efforts to connect the dots between these two diverse areas, as well as ways that they can become involved in protecting pika, prairies, pronghorn, and more.

Featuring photography and video by:

James (he/him) & Lana Beissel (she/her)
James is a Colorado-based wildlife photographer on a quest to photograph all of Colorado’s 130 species of mammals. He combines photography with adventure travel into an activity he calls “crittering.” His work has been featured in Climbing, Rock and Ice, Colorado Outdoors, and National Wildlife Magazine. He and his wife, Lana, have recently started Just Float Films which specializes in 360 degree virtual reality films for wildlife conservation.

Lauren Buchholz (she/her)

Lauren is an expedition photography instructor and photojournalist whose work has been featured in over a dozen publications, including Outdoor Photographer, Orion, and Landscape Photography Magazine. She has been supporting American pika research in the Rocky Mountains since 2010. In 2020, she documented the Colorado Pika Project’s work in the White River National Forest in western Colorado, culminating in the “Protecting Colorado’s pikas ” StoryMap.

Krisi Odom (she/her)

Kristi is an internationally acclaimed photographer, Nikon Ambassador, and Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Her work has appeared either online and/or in print for the following clients: National Geographic, Nikon, Forbes, Rollingstone, Microsoft, and Outside Magazine. In 2021, her photos of the Colorado Pika Project were published in a digital story for National Geographic and one image from that story was named one of National Geographic’s best Animal photos of 2021.

Richard Reading, PhD (he/him)

Rich is Vice President of Science and Conservation at the Butterfly Pavilion. He has conducted or overseen conservation projects in dozens of countries, working primarily on grassland and arid ecosystems on six continents, including the Great Plains of North American. He has spent extensive time documenting and photographing the species in Colorado’s shortgrass prairies.

Traveling to School in Boulder County: What Moves You?

Walk to School Exhibit

One in every four households in Boulder County includes a school-aged child. Unlike their parents, most students today aren’t walking, biking, or taking the bus to school – instead, they are driven in the family car. Between fall 2021 and summer 2022, researcher Darcy Kitching collaborated with the Boulder County Youth Transportation Program and Growing Up Boulder to learn how students, parents, and transportation professionals think about weekday travel and the challenge of getting to and from schools around the region. Her findings illustrate the impacts of school choice and unequal access to transportation options, as well as opportunities for policy and program interventions to make it easier for more students to take an active trip to or from school. Learn about the research and share your own experiences with getting yourself or your children to and from school, at the display in the Mason’s Nook through November 1. Learn more here- Boulder County School Travel Study.

Open Studios

Open Studios

Visit the Open Studios Exhibit at the Museum of Boulder! This exhibit features over 150 pieces representing each of the local Open Studios artists. Open Studios is more than just the annual studio tour. Since 1995, the organization has grown to encompass numerous programs and projects designed to raise awareness and appreciation of art in our community. Over the last 25 years, Open Studios has become the most comprehensive visual arts organization in Boulder, including six different programs.

2022 Open Studios Tour Information:

Racism and Discrimination at the Lafayette Swimming Pool


Racism and Discrimination at the Lafayette Swimming Pool is a historical exhibit examining events in Lafayette during the 1930s, when the first Lafayette Swimming Pool was built and then shuttered. The exhibit, which features extensive research and photographs, highlights the brave efforts of Latina Rose Lueras, who fought for civil rights and justice in Lafayette in the 1930s.

List of collaborators:

Mr. Frank Archuleta, Ms. Rachel Hanson, Ms. Madelaine Vargas, Ms. Jessica Quintanilla, Prof. Marjorie McIntosh, Ph.D., Mr. Doug Conarroe, City of Lafayette, Lafayette Arts & Cultural Resources, Latino History Project, ARTS Lafayette, University of Colorado Public Outreach & Community Engagement, Lafayette Historical Society & Miner’s Museum.

Blue Line: Drawings Celebrating Life on the Boulder Foothills


City design majorly impacts the well-being of earth and its inhabitants. This collection of drawings represents the eco-conscious balance of natural and man-made systems. The 1959 creation of the “Blue Line” in Boulder, CO allows urban and natural spaces to flourish together.

Artist Statement:

My art is born out of a commitment to living in the present. The act of putting pen on paper and envisioning how the ink will flow out, is also a practice of noticing in detail the beauty of the everyday. 


Vanee Srikijkarn is a Boulder, Colorado artist who creates intricate pen and ink drawings. Hand-drawn botanic illustrations invite slower living and cherishing nature. As an alumni of CU Boulder (Urban Design), Vanee also enjoys drawing meaningful and interesting urban spaces.

100 Years of Boulder Community Health

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2022 marks Boulder Community Health’s 100th anniversary. This fall, the Museum of Boulder is celebrating the contributions BCH has made to the community with an exhibit highlighting the organization’s history, partnerships, and innovations. Explore 100 years of history, from medical procedures in the 1920s to the pandemic response, and beyond as we look at the future of BCH.

Free admission for BCH and Museum of Boulder Members.

Photo courtesy of Carnegie Library for Local History/Museum of Boulder Collection.

Jennifer Hohlfelder: “People and Places”

Seizing Moments

Otherwise known as the art of travel, through time and place. This is a collection of oil paintings centering around scenes of locales near and far as well as figurative work with a nostalgic flair. The collection hopes to take the mind to a recent memory, or one long ago, or simply just bring a smile to the lips. Expect to see scenery and people from coastal locales to iconic Boulder!

Artist Statement

b. 1965 Atlanta, Georgia

I was raised in Boulder, Colorado by artistic parents. They quietly instilled their passion into my life, which I finally started exploring on my own in 2010. After taking years of painting classes, in 2019, with major coaxing, I started exhibiting publicly to enthusiastic reviews of my fresh approach.  I taught myself to paint in oils which has turned into my favorite medium to work with, whether in impressionistic brush strokes or an impasto method. I tend to rely heavily on nostalgia, memories and scenes, people or objects from everyday life as inspiration. 

I believe this quote sums up my style perfectly: “[Her paintings] evoke a strong sense of nostalgia with a side of gorgeous simplicity. Nothing fussy, no overthinking – and that sparseness is what makes them strong. Her brushstrokes are raw, and her shapes not quite finished – as though they’re images from a memory you can’t quite fully recall, and yet the feeling of being there is whole and complete.” (Kimberly Beekman, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)

Jennifer Hohlfelder

Unmask the Racism

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Since March 2020, Stop AAPI Hate has collected over 10,300 reports of hate incidents targeting people of Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. Incidents are fueled by xenophobia and racism from the COVID19 pandemic. To bring visibility to the Asian/Asian American community and hope to all communities during these tumultuous times, Unmask the Racism is proud to present our community art project at the Museum of Boulder in their small exhibit space called the Mason’s Nook.

Chautauqua: 125 Years at the Heart of Boulder

Chautauqua Exhibit at the Museum of Boulder

The Museum of Boulder is proud to announce our new exhibit, Chautauqua: 125 Years at the Heart of Boulder, in partnership with The Colorado Chautauqua. The exhibit will highlight Chautauqua’s 125-years history, its thoughtful development and preservation of its historic buildings and grounds, and its enduring love for the vibrant art scene and natural oasis of Boulder. Visitors will learn of Chautauqua’s earliest beginnings in 1898 as a mountain getaway chosen expressly for its health-giving environment, leading to its present day commitment to remaining a center for healing, community engagement, and historic preservation. The exhibit will include archival photography, video, local plein-air artwork and an interactive musical experience from the famous Chautauqua Auditorium.  

Chautauqua has always celebrated anniversaries. The Centennial Garden was created in 1998 to celebrate Chautauqua’s 100th Anniversary and has become a haven for local residents and visitors. Now in 2023, this 125th anniversary will offer the community yet another opportunity to gather and celebrate this rare and important Colorado gem.

About The Colorado Chautauqua:
Located at the base of the Flatirons, the Colorado Chautauqua is one of only 26 National Historic Landmarks in the state of Colorado and one of the few remaining chautauquas in the United States. Now in its second century, the Colorado Chautauqua attracts over one million visitors each year while remaining committed to its historic purpose. We offer outstanding musical, arts and educational programs, charming accommodations in our historic cottages and lodges, indoor and outdoor meeting space, wedding and celebration venues, coffee, ice cream and shopping at our very own General Store, fine dining at the historic Dining Hall, and direct access to 40 miles of trails and thousands of acres of open space. 

Opening Reception:

January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm – 7pm – SOLD OUT

Join us for the opening reception of the Chautauqua: 125 Years at the Heart of Boulder exhibition at the Museum of Boulder at the Tebo Center. This event will be FREE to the public. Light refreshments and snacks will be served.

Boulder Arts Commission 
MidFirst Bank 
Daily Camera 
Factor Earth
Hazel’s Beverage World

Boulder Strong: Still Strong, Remembering March 2021

Photo Courtesy Of Ross Taylor

March 22nd, 2022 sadly marks the first anniversary of ten lives lost in a tragedy that had an impact on many people. We believe that photography can serve as a tool for reflection, story-generating and healing.

A series of collaborative portraits made by Ross Taylor, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, are on display at the Museum of Boulder, and several of the photos include audio stories. Examples include a portrait of the cellist who played for several days at the memorial site, the Assistant Manager of King Soopers, support staff from the Boulder Strong Resource Center, a museum staff member who cleaned every object and item left on the site, an inmate resident who raised money for the families of the victims, Sasha, a canine companion, and many more portraits.

The collaboration of the portraits and photos involved only those who wanted to share their story. The goal primarily focuses on the therapeutic act of building community through the power of documentary. By allowing a space for those to be heard and seen, documentary work can redirect memories of a moment and allow those negatively affected to reclaim strength through their representation. Selected artifacts of memorabilia from the memorial sites are also on display. Together, we process and celebrate the strength seen in each other’s reflection and response to tragedy as we move forward.

WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORY AND ABOUT YOUR CHOICE TO USE PHOTOGRAPHY: Perhaps you took photographs of art, poems, flags, painted rocks, flowers,  stuffed animals, musicians, etc. at any of the memorial sites -- send them via email to:
If you choose to donate your photographs to the Museum, they will be held in our archives, documented and may appear in future exhibits. 

We will commit to a broad representation of those featured in this documentary reflection. Ranging from all aspects of the human condition such as: race, age, socio/economic and the experiences related to the shooting, we will ensure that a wide cross section of representation will be present throughout. It is our desire to put a call out specifically to the South Boulder community. For those who are underrepresented in the area, we will make specific efforts to include them in this opportunity.

RETURNING: Contemporary Works by Arapaho Artists

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The Museum of Boulder is excited to collaborate with a group of Arapaho artists in the region to create a pop-up exhibit exploring the notion of indigenous artists coming back to their historical territory. RETURNING will feature the contemporary work of ten artists, with their individual perspectives displaying exclusive visual stories told in their personal styles. Robert Martinez, the Museum’s lead partner, notes that this is the first group contemporary Native art show featuring Arapaho artists in the area. RETURNING will open to the public on December 3, with the opening reception on the evening of December 2. 

Artists featured in the show include Robert Martinez, Brent Learned, Bruce Cook, George Levi, Jackie Sevier, Dallin Maybee, Ron Howard, and Eugene Ridgely Jr.

Artists' Bios:

Robert Martinez:

Robert Martinez was born in Wyoming on the Wind River Reservation in the small city of Riverton. He grew up a part of many different cultures as his lineage is Spanish, Mexican, Scotts Irish, French Canadian and Northern Arapaho. He graduated Riverton High School at 17 and through a scholarship, attended the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts specializing in Painting & Drawing and minoring in sculpture, in 3 years and at age 19, becoming the Youngest Native American to graduate from RMCAD at that time. 
As he was brought up in the center of the reservation, his native heritage remains a  constant inspiration and source of ideas for his work. Living in among the hard working  people of the West and experiencing their issues also deeply influence his creations.  The past and present often resonate strongly in Wyoming and those historical and contemporary chords echo throughout his work. 
Much of Robert’s current work uses the historical imagery, myth’s and stories of the West & Arapaho Culture combined with modern themes to create images that have a  statement on the issues of today. Using intense vibrant color and contrasting shades of  light and dark, he paints and draws striking forms that are confronting and engages the  viewer.  
His paintings and drawings have been shown across the Nation and have garnered noted acclaim. He’s been given Wyoming highest award for the arts, the Wyoming Governors Art Award. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Brinton  Museum, The Plains Indian Museum at the Cody Center of the West, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. 
A strong supporter of Education and of the Arts, Robert devotes time to helping and  mentoring emerging artists on his reservation and through out the Nation. He gives back to the community by speaking about art topics, giving workshops, and demonstrates his style to schools, agencies and art groups.  

“Native America the Beautiful” by Robert Martinez 

Brent Learned

Brent Learned is an award-winning and collected Native American artist who was born and reared In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He Is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Brent graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor degree In Fine Arts.

He Is an artist who draws,paints and sculpts the Native American Indian In a rustic Impressionistic style. He has always appreciated the heritage and culture of the American Plains Indian. He tries to create artwork to capture the essence, accuracy and historic authenticity of the American Plains Indian way of life. Although Brent has many different styles, he is typically known for his use of bold vibrant colors in his depictions of the American Plains Indian.

Brent has a passion for being active In the community.He was one of the curators of the Wintercamp show at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The Wintercamp show was geared toward giving new artists In the community an opportunity to show their work. Most importantly, this was the first all Native American show to feature contemporary Oklahoma Nattve American art. Brent has also had the honor of working with Dale Chihuly’s team on the Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Tower (Chihuly’s tallest installation to date) that resides In the Oklahoma City Art Museum.

Painting by Brent Learned.

Bruce Cook: 

As a Haida artist residing in Wyoming I am driven to explore and innovate.  The woods and natural materials I used that were once abundant in the Pacific Northwest are now scarce. This scarcity of resources has led to a creative drive which has been vital to my survival as a Haida artist in the high plains desert. 
My subject matter is Haida; both traditional and contemporary. As Native artists we are capable of inhabiting both forms simultaneously, I am free to create without the confines of being bound to one or the other.
My favorite mediums are yellow cedar and fresh red alder. Their suppleness, delicacy, strength, and willingness to be transformed in both form and texture make them perfect mediums for exploring Haida art. 
Each day brings with it a new desire to practice the forms of those who have come before me and a push to innovate in the forms that are yet to come.  This inspiration is my daily spirit to create.

Elk hide drum, “Wolf,” by Bruce Cook 

Dallin Maybee:

Dallin Maybee was raised on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Western New York, home of the Seneca Nation of Indians. He is a multimedia artist working in a variety of forms, including dance, beadwork, oil painting, jewelry, illustration/ledger art, and carving. Dallin’s work is in several public and private collections worldwide including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Light Bison Robe by Dallin Maybee

George Curtis Levi:

George Curtis Levi is an artist raised in the Western Oklahoma towns of Geary, El Reno, and Concho. He grew up immersed in the Cultural and Arts of the Arapaho and Cheyenne People. He is Arapaho and also Cheyenne & Oglala Lakota. 
The Artwork of the Arapaho is hailed as some of the Most Beautiful Art produced amongst all Native American Peoples, whether it is Beadwork, Ledger Art, Rawhide Work or Clothing, It all tells a story of the Individual who produced it and of the Arapaho People.
George is named after his Grandfather George Levi who was an Amazing Southern Arapaho Athlete in the 1920s and also carries his Arapaho Name “Big Bear”. George has participated in all of the major Indian Art Markets across the US and has art in many Museums and Institutions and Private Collections. 

“Arapaho Family” by George Levi

Jackie Sevier:

As an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe, she is proud of her Native American heritage. Legends and traditions of her native Wind River Reservation in Wyoming are often subjects for her unique works of art. 
Residing in the heart of the Nebraska sand hills near the small community of Seneca, her family encourages her to develop her talent and career at every opportunity.  As a former competitor, her husband Jim, a former PRCA saddle bronc rider, their children Chessney and son Jesse, and granddaughter Jymie competing in rodeo is also an important part of her life and is often inspiration.    
Continuing to study, Jackie credits “the greats who have not only taught me technique but expression, dedication, and determination.  Some of these people have been Benjamin Harjo, JR, King Kuka, and Reynold Brown. 
As Jackie’s work becomes recognized, awards and honors are accumulating; winning Best of Division for graphics at the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market, the Aplan award, the Diedrich award, and the Bonnie Ericksen Award at the Red Cloud Indian Art Show.  The National Campaign Office for the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian has commissioned work.  More of Jackie’s works can be found in private, corporate, and university collections throughout the United States, Japan, Australia, Germany, South Africa, and Great Britain.
Awards include honors at the Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe, NM; Heard Fair, Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ: Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK; Northern Plains Indian Art Market, Sioux Falls, SD; Red Earth Festival, Oklahoma City, OK; Cahokia Contemporary Indian Art Show, Collinsville, IL; Inter-Tribal Ceremonial, Gallup, NM; Lawrence Indian Art Show, Lawrence, KS; Artesian Arts Festival, Chickasaw Nation, Sulphur, Ok.
Jackie’s works have been included in “Let the Spirit Speak”, Pope VI Institute of the Arts, Washington, DC: “Our Way Continues”, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, The Sioux Indian Museum, Rapid City, SD, Museum of Anthropology, Lawrence, KS; “Influences of our Grandparents”, Oscar Howe Museum, Mitchell, SD; and “Heart Dreams and Legends”, a joint indigenous exhibit that toured the US and Australia.  Her works were also included at the Bradford Brinton Memorial Museum, Sheridan, WY: “The Cowboy, Rodeo & WYO Rodeo”, “West of the Mississippi”, and “Ladies’ Choice.”

Geometric fringed bag by Jackie Sevier

Ron Howard

Paintings by Ron Howard.

Eugene Ridgely Jr.

Ridgely is a member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe located in Ethete, Wyoming. His Northern Arapaho name, Nii’eihii No’oteihi, means Powerful Eagle. Ridgely has a BA in education and has developed educational curriculum in the Arapaho language as well as cultural sensitivity programs.As a lifelong artist, Ridgely was inspired by the artwork of his father, Eugene Ridgely Sr. Ridgely has been producing art professionally since the 1980s. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries nationwide.

“Thunderhead” by Eugene Ridgely Jr.
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Open Studios

Open Studios

Visit the Open Studios Exhibit at the Museum of Boulder! This exhibit features over 150 pieces from each local Open Studios artist. Open Studios is more than just the annual studio tour. Since 1995, the organization has grown to encompass numerous programs and projects designed to raise awareness and appreciation of art in our community. Over the last 25 years, Open Studios has become the most comprehensive visual arts organization in Boulder, including six different programs.