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Woman and her daughter and another woman look at art in a large open gallery at the Clyfford Still Museum
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Clyfford Still Museum to host panel discussion with three Colorado-based artists about their early careers (event postponed)

Clyfford Still Museum to host panel discussion with three Colorado-based artists about their early careers

Denver, CO – March 3, 2020 – Inspired by the Clyfford Still Museum’s (CSM) current exhibition on view The Early Years: Clyfford Still in Canada, 1920–33, the Museum will host the panel discussion Professionals in Conversation: Becoming an Artist with three Colorado-based artists from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on March 18 at the Museum.  Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Speakers include Homare Ikeda, James Surls, and Melanie Yazzie and CSM Director Dean Sobel will moderate. The panelists will share individual perspectives on their early years as artists. The event is free, but registration is required at

About the Speakers

Homare Ikeda teaches painting at the Art Students League of Denver. He was born on small island near Okinawa, Japan, received a BFA and MFA from CU Boulder, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.  He previously served as an artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, and at Platte Forum and RedLine in Denver, CO.

James Surls is an internationally recognized artist who currently resides in Carbondale, CO. He graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College and from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His sculptures, drawings and prints, which reflect his unique sensibility to natural forms, are in major art museums and public and private collections throughout the world.

Melanie Yazzie is Professor of Art Practices and Head of Printmaking at CU Boulder. Her works belong to many collections around the country. Yazzie has exhibited nationally and internationally and is known for organizing print exchange projects that connect communities across the world.  She makes prints, sculptures, paintings, does surface design and jewelry design.

About the Clyfford Still Museum

Designed by Allied Works Architecture to display the revolutionary art of a modern master, the Clyfford Still Museum opened in November 2011 in Denver’s burgeoning Golden Triangle Creative District.  Considered one of the most important and mysterious 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 during and immediately after World War II.  The Museum’s collection represents 95% of the artist’s lifetime output.  As the steward of Still’s art and legacy, the 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.  Connect with the Clyfford Still Museum on FacebookTwitterInstagram or at

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