Postponed – Professionals in Conversation: Becoming an Artist – Clyfford Still Museum


Audience clapping - photo by James Dewhirst

Photo by James Dewhirst

Postponed – Professionals in Conversation: Becoming an Artist

Wed, Mar 18, 2020, 6:30–7:30 pm
Venue: Clyfford Still Museum
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Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and visitors. In response to concerns around limiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to close the Museum to the public temporarily effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020. This closure will remain effective until further notice. As the stewards of a public art collection, we are proud to help protect our community. We hope to reschedule many of the postponed events and programs later this year and we look forward to welcoming you back in the galleries soon.

Please note: the panel has been postponed and we will try to reschedule for a different date later in 2020.

Many artists look back on their career and can recall a moment when they found their voice. Sit down with several established, Colorado-based artists and learn about their early years. Dean Sobel, director of the Clyfford Still Museum, will moderate. Speakers include Homare Ikeda, James Surls, and Melanie Yazzie.

Homare Ikeda

Homare Ikeda

Homare Ikeda was born on a tiny subtropical island near Okinawa, off the coast of Japan.  The island’s associated life-forms greatly influenced his artistic vision.  Ikeda had no exposure to the world of fine arts, but was interested nonetheless.  He moved to the U.S. in 1978 and a college professor in Stockton, CA guided him to the University of Colorado – Boulder where he received a BFA and MFA.  Ikeda also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine.  He was an artist in residence at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, NE, and at Platte Forum and RedLine in Denver, CO.  Currently, he teaches painting at the Art Students League of Denver and continues to explore painting.

Artist James Surls

James Surls

James Surls is an internationally recognized artist and one of the most preeminent living artists in the U.S. He graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College and from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, then moved to Splendora, TX with his wife and artist-Charmaine Locke. While there, he founded the Lawndale Alternative Arts Space at the University of Houston in the late 70s. Surls currently resides and has his studio in Carbondale, CO. 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, including: the Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; The country of Singapore; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY.

Melanie Yazzie

Melanie Yazzie

Melanie Yazzie is Professor of Art Practices and Head of Printmaking at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. Her works belong to many collections including: the Denver Art Museum, Anchorage Museum of History & Art, the Art Museum of Missoula, the Institute of American Indian Arts, the Kennedy Museum of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. 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.

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