About the Museum

Ceiling detail, Clyfford Still Museum

Detail of the perforated concrete ceiling that diffuses natural light into the Museum's upper-floor galleries. Photo by Jeremy Bittermann

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.

After the artist’s death in 1980, the Clyfford Still Estate was sealed off from public and scholarly view. Still’s 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 Still Museum collection, which represents 95 percent of the artist’s lifetime output, includes approximately 3,125 works created between 1920 and 1980.

The Clyfford Still Museum opened in 2011 and is the newest addition to Denver’s burgeoning Cultural Arts District located adjacent to the Denver Art Museum in the city’s Civic Center Cultural Complex. The two-story, 28,500-square-foot building was designed by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture specifically to display 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 more than 30 years.

The Mission

The Mission of the Clyfford Still Museum is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Clyfford Still’s art and legacy through the presentation, research, interpretation, preservation, and stewardship of its unique collections.

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

Sheila Bisenius
Community Leader

Sandra L. Still Campbell
Daughter of Clyfford Still

Ramey Caulkins
Community Leader

David C. Decker
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

Robin Pringle Hickenlooper
Director, Corporate Development, Liberty Media

Kent Rice
Director, Arts & Venues Denver

Judy Schiff
Community Leader

Mark Smith
Partner, East West Partners

Gary P. Steuer
President and CEO, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

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

Annual Reports

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report