clyfford still | museum
Abstract oil painting with yellow/gold, brown, black, orange, and red paint with bare canvas
Clyfford Still, PH-181, 1946 (detail). Oil on canvas, 43 5/8 x 41 1/4 in. Clyfford Still Museum, Denver, CO. © City and County of Denver / ARS, NY

AbEx Olympics

Thu, Jul 15, 2021 06:30 - 07:30 PM MDT

Venue : Online

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Category: Workshops + Activities,

Join us for an interactive night of virtual games, with an Abstract Expressionist twist! To warm up for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, you can test your creativity and team up with fellow art-lovers to compete for our own bronze, silver, and gold medals.

Denver-based artists Sarah Palmeri, Frankie Toan, and Derrick Velasquez will coach participants on the games and crown the winners. All games are designed for anyone with a love of Abstract Expressionism to play, no experience or knowledge required.

This program will be an interactive Zoom meeting and space is limited. Participants will get the most out of the games with their cameras and mics on. Spectators may watch a simulcast of the program on YouTube Live.

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About the Judges

Sarah Darlene Palmeri
Sarah Darlene Palmeri

Visual artist Sarah Darlene Palmeri explores the functionality of abstraction through a feminine, queer and contemporary perspective. While she primarily identifies as a painter, Palmeri often uses different tools that serve as a substitute for paint, ranging from fabrics like bedsheets and clothing to more organic objects like wood, seeds, and sand. Palmeri’s body of work explores the intersections of painting, social practice, and meditation and their collective ability to promote self-reflection, cathartic healing, and true social change. Palmeri holds a BFA in Painting and Drawing from Louisiana State University, and an Executive Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Notre Dame. She has been a member of Strangers Art Collective since 2015 and her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Iceland. Palmeri is currently living and working in Denver, CO.

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Frankie Toan

Based in Denver, Frankie Toan (they/them/theirs) is an artist working mostly with craft and DIY materials and techniques to create large soft sculptures, interactive works, and immersive installations. Their work ranges from text based non-traditional quilts, to p/lush fantasy bodies, to large collaborative immersive projects.  Frankie has participated in many group shows and collaborations nationwide. Recent projects include a commission for Meow Wolf’s permanent Denver exhibition, as well as the company’s Kaleidoscape immersive ride at Elitch Gardens amusement park, and a public art installation “Public Body” for “Between Us Alleys”- a public art intervention project in downtown Denver. They’ve had residencies at RedLine (CO) and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN) among other places. Frankie has also collaborated and co-directed on 2 large DIY productions in Denver: [Colony 933] an immersive dance theater mystery, and “No Place To Go” an artist-made haunted house. Frankie holds a BFA in Craft/Material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies.

Headshot of Derrick Velasquez
Derrick Velasquez

Derrick Velasquez is an artist and exhibition organizer who lives and works in Denver, CO. His most recent exhibitions include solo shows at The Herron School of Art and Design, The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Robischon Gallery, Pentimenti, and The Black Cube Nomadic Museum. He has had recent group exhibitions at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Carvlho Park, Transmitter, and was a 2017 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors and a 2019 MacDowell Fellow. Derrick also runs Yes Ma’am Projects, an artist-run gallery in the basement of his Athmar Park home and Friend of a Friend, a project space in the Evans School in the Golden Triangle.

Artificial Intelligence closed captioning is available for all of our live virtual programs via Zoom and recorded programs on YouTube. For other accommodation requests, email Sonia Rae at

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