About the Museum – Clyfford Still Museum

About the Museum


PH-4, 1952 (rotated counterclockwise to clear the ceiling) in storage at the Museum. Photo by James Squires

Home to the world’s most intact public collection of any major artist, the Clyfford Still Museum offers nine beautiful galleries of Still’s art, historic photos, objects and letters from the Clyfford Still Archives, interactive features, a pair of tranquil outdoor terraces, views into storage and conservation areas, a hands-on art creation studio, shopping, exciting programs and events, and more. The Museum opened in 2011 adjacent to the Denver Art Museum in Denver’s Golden Triangle Creative District. The two-story, 28,500-square-foot building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display Clyfford Still’s work.

The Museum allows visitors the unique experience to understand the legacy of Clyfford Still, an artist whose life has been shrouded in mystery and the bulk of whose work has been hidden from public view for decades.  Considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Clyfford Still (1904–1980) was among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists who developed a new and powerful approach to painting in the years immediately following World War II. He had a unique artistic vision and was unwilling to compromise it for money or recognition. As he evolved as an artist, Still’s works transitioned from outdoor scenes, people, and machinery to more abstract shapes, colors, and lines to express an idea or feeling. He painted on huge canvases to invite viewers to experience and be absorbed by them. Still did not name his works because he wanted people to make their own interpretations.

After the artist’s death in 1980, the Clyfford Still Estate was sealed off from public and scholarly view. Still thought the best way to experience his art was by seeing it all in one place and his will stipulated that his estate be given in its entirety to an American city willing to establish a permanent museum dedicated solely to his work, ensuring its survival for exhibition and study. In August 2004, the City of Denver, under the leadership of then Mayor John W. Hickenlooper, was selected by Still’s wife, Patricia Still, to receive the substantial Still collection. In 2005, Patricia Still also bequeathed to the city her own estate, which included select paintings by her husband as well as his complete archives. The Clyfford Still Museum collection, which represents 95 percent of the artist’s lifetime output, includes approximately 3,125 works created between 1920 and 1980.

The Mission

As the steward of Clyfford Still’s art and legacy, the Clyfford Still Museum’s mission is to:

Preserve, exhibit, study, and foster engagement with its unique collections;

Generate outstanding exhibitions, scholarly research, educational and other cross-disciplinary programs that broaden the definition of a “single-artist” museum; and

Be a gathering place for the exploration of innovation and individual artistic endeavor.

Officers and Board of Directors

Christopher W. Hunt, President
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Anschutz Exploration Corporation

Sarah A. Hunt, Vice President
Director, The American Museum of Western Art

Amie C. Knox, Secretary
Documentary Film Producer

Jennifer Evans, Treasurer
Community Leader

Daniel Benel
Portfolio Manager, Anschutz Investment Company

Albus Brooks
Vice President, Milender White

Sandra L. Still Campbell
Daughter of Clyfford Still

Ramey Caulkins
Community Leader

Jeremy Flug
Co-Chairman, Gulftech

Curt R. Freed, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center; nephew of Patricia Still

Christoph Heinrich
Director, Denver Art Museum

Chris Hinds
Councilman, Denver City Council District 10

Bobby LeFebre
Writer | Performer | Cultural Worker

Kent Rice
Executive Director (retired), Arts & Venues Denver

Judy Schiff
Community Leader

Mark Smith
Partner, East West Partners

Morris Susman, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon (retired); Former Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Ginger White Brunetti
Executive Director, Arts & Venues Denver

Museum Leadership Bios

Dean Sobel, Director
Dean Sobel was appointed Director of the Clyfford Still Museum in February of 2005. A specialist in 20th – century art, Sobel spearheaded the effort to create a permanent home for the Clyfford Still and Patricia Still estates. Sobel led the process of selecting Brad Cloepfil and Allied Works Architecture as the architect for the new museum and established the vision and inaugural exhibition and public program for the new institution. From 2000 through 2005, Sobel was Director of the Aspen Art Museum, where he acted as chief management officer and artistic director for this non-collecting kunsthalle dedicated to modern and contemporary art. Prior to this appointment, from 1995 through 2000, Sobel was Chief Curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where he held the joint position of Curator of Contemporary Art. Over the course of his career, Sobel has organized over 60 exhibitions of international contemporary art, including dozens of one-artist retrospectives and projects. He is also the author of One Hour Ahead: The Avant-Garde in Aspen, 1945-2004, which was published in 2004.

Christopher W. Hunt, President, Board of Directors
President of the Board of Directors since 2005, Christopher W. Hunt has played an integral role in creating a permanent home for Clyfford Still Museum in Denver and has helped to lead the museum’s capital and endowment campaigns. Hunt is a founding partner and Chairman of Caerus Oil and Gas, LLC, a privately held energy company based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to forming Caerus Oil and Gas, Hunt was the founder and president of Knightsbridge Capital, a private investment firm located in Denver, Colorado. Prior to founding Knightsbridge Capital, Hunt served as a vice president at The Anschutz Corporation, where he provided financial, investment, and merger and acquisition services for the company’s investment portfolio and served in the Denver and 2 London, England offices. Previously, Hunt served in the private investment group of Bechtel Enterprises in San Francisco, CA. Hunt has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University (magna cum laude) and a master’s degree in business from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

David Anfam, Adjunct Curator
David Anfam is a writer, curator and leading authority on modern American art. He is the Senior Consulting Curator at the Clyfford Still Museum and the Director of its Research Center. His publications include Abstract Expressionism (1990), the catalogue raisonné Mark Rothko: Works on Canvas (1998), which won the Mitchell prize in 2000, as well as studies on Anish Kapoor, Edward Kienholz and Wayne Thiebaud. He continues to be a regular reviewer for The Burlington Magazine. Anfam received his BA (prima cum laude, 1976) and PhD degrees (1994) from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.

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