VSA Colorado/Access Gallery to host traveling exhibition of emerging artists. Presented by VSA Colorado, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Volkswagen Group of America.
First Friday Artwalk – April 3, 5-9 pm
Artist Workshop with Sophie Klafer – Friday April 17, 3-4:30 pm.
Opening Reception with Sophie Klafer – Friday, April 17, 5-8 pm
(Denver) VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is honored to host the artwork of 15 young artists who have received special recognition as emerging artists with disabilities who demonstrate promise in the visual arts.“The Journey” runs from April 3-May 1, 2015 at 909 Santa Fe Drive in Denver. The exhibition will travel to Colorado from Washington, D.C where it was previously exhibited at the S. Dillon Ripley Center of the Smithsonian Institution and the Volkswagen headquarters in Herndon, VA. This exhibit is part of VSA’s Emerging Artists Program, a collaboration between VSA and Volkswagen Group of America to support and encourage artists at a critical time when many are deciding whether to pursue the arts as a career. This is the 13th year of VSA’s partnership with Volkswagen in this important initiative.
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery will be hosting Photographer Sophie Klafer, 23 from New York City. She received an Award of Excellence for Her photograph “Dad and Me” which will be on exhibit during the show and she will be hosting a hands on artist workshop at the gallery on Friday April 17, 3-4:30 pm, before the opening reception. Please call for more details. The public is invited to view the exhibition
This year’s artists were challenged to create work that explores a journey. The 15 winners, selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants, were chosen for their sometimes startling and often enlightening interpretations. The each received cash prizes and were are brought, all expenses paid, to Washington, D.C. to explore the skills needed for a professional life in the visual arts, preparing them to competitively pursue arts-based vocations, whether as full-time visual artists or in a range of other professional capacities employing their creative talents. During this time, artists met with highly regarded professionals in the visual arts field and visit museums and galleries around D.C. The work chosen for the exhibition was selected by a jury of noted regional art professionals, including William Newman, the Carolyn S. Alper Professor of Contemporary Arts at the Corcoran College of Art + Design, Brandon Brame Fortune, Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery, and Sarah Tanguy, curator in the ART in Embassies Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State.
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery has, in previous years, had 2 local Denver emerging artists receive awards at this annual competition.
Who we Are?
VSA Colorado/Access Gallery is an inclusive nonprofit organization that engages the community by opening doors to creative and educational opportunities for people with disabilities to access and experience the artsVSA is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1974 by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith. Nearly five million people with disabilities participate in VSA arts programs each year through affiliate programs in each state and over sixty countries worldwide. VSA Colorado was established in 1978 and continues to thrive today. Each year VSA Colorado serves nearly ten thousand people with disabilities, their families and those that work with them
VSA Guiding Principles
Every young person with a disability deserves access to appropriate arts learning experiences. All artists in schools and art educators should be appropriately prepared to include students with disabilities in their instruction. All children, youth and adults with disabilities should have complete access to community cultural facilities and activities. All individuals with disabilities who aspire to careers in the arts should have the opportunity to develop appropriate skills.VSA Colorado is a full affiliate of VSA arts operating in the geographic confines of the State of Colorado. Visit the VSA National Office website. Access Gallery: The cornerstone of our work is the Access Gallery. Our exhibits include work by emerging or established artists with disabilities; group shows created by artists representing a particular disability/type of practice; shows exploring the theme of disability culture or how disability is viewed by society; and shows representing the various programs and projects sponsored by VSA Colorado. We are a free gallery and open to the public during gallery hours listed below. Closed on holidays Access Gallery is located at 909 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204. Art Access Gallery is a member of the the Art District on Santa Fe and participates in held the First and third Friday of each month.