PINKPROGRESSION addresses a variety of concepts, such as human rights, equality, gender identity,* and inclusivity. Progression refers to the hope for progress in the issues that we explore as well as progressing away from prejudice/erroneous stereotypes. Follow us on Instagram @pinkprogression.
*These exhibitions include all gender identities and expressions.
Exhibit Dates: August 23-September 23, 2022
Reception: September 1, 4:30-7PM
Artist Talk: September 15, 7PM
PINKPROGRESSION is an open collective that explores social issues and concepts, such as human rights, equality, gender, identity, feminism, and more. In 2020, PINKPROGRESSION organized a series of exhibitions that featured collaborations. A selection of eight artworks from these shows are featured in SYNERGY. The synergy between artists in this exhibition inspired multi-faceted works with diverse approaches. Collaboration involves a leap into the unknown, a place of vulnerability, a way to find humility, and the blending of minds to obtain wisdom + common ground.
Tya Alisa Anthony + Kim Putnam, Veronica Hererra + Lola Montejo, Tiffany Matheson + Scottie Burgess + Robin Hextrum, Corrina Espinosa + Elisa Groglio + Joanna Bugajska, Deborah Howard + Laurel McMechan, Susanne Mitchell + Janelle W. Anderson, Moe Gram + Grow Love, Ashley Frazier + Becky Wareing Steele
A special thank you to the incredible creative, Addie Tsai for writing an essay on creative collaboration for our exhibit. Thank you to O’Sullivan Art Gallery Director Robert St. John and the Regis art community for providing us with this opportunity!
Exhibit Dates: October 21-November 18, 2021
This show features fifteen figurative artists who take a close look at not only what skin looks like, but what it represents culturally and emotionally. The exhibit is curated by artists Irene Delka McCray, Tya Anthony,and Kim Putnam.
“The artists in this exhibit, Pink Progression: In Skin, ask viewers to take a look at assumptions we may harbor about what skin means to us personally and how we view those who look different from ourselves. Here we may consider the dignity of humans in a bright new light. If we can really see the marvelous subtleties of the skin in which our humanity is contained, with its ability to express the mystery of human emotion, perhaps then we can also share our mutual appreciation at the ability of our own skin to mend, to grow, and to express ourselves.” —Tree Bernstein*
Carol Coates, Eriko Tsogo, Irene Delka McCray, Jade Phillips, James Overstreet, Joseph Schwebach, Julie Puma, Kim Putnam, Lee LaBier, Melinda Kern, Sarah Bowling, Tony Ortega, Tya Anthony, William Stoehr, Xi Zhang
Thank you to Chief Curator of the Philip J. Steele Gallery Rick Dailey, gallery staff, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, and all participating artists + curators for creating this dynamic, meaningful exhibit.
*This excerpt comes from Tree Bernstein’s essay for Pink Progression: In Skin. Bernstein is an author, poet, artist, Professor of writing and literature, and RMCAD Alumni.
PINKPROGRESSION: COLLABORATIONS at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities from July 2 – November 8, 2020.
This exhibit incorporates a fusion of narratives through collaborative artwork. These multidimensional works emphasize the collective issues that confront us and the transformational ways of finding common ground. One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women’s right to vote, was ratified. This historic centennial offers us the opportunity to commemorate a milestone, recognize the consecutive dates in which all women attained the right to vote in America, and explore the complex struggle for universal suffrage today. Pink Progression: Collaborations features ideas of feminism, equality, inclusivity, gender identity, unity, community, and more. Over 150 artists, writers, dancers, and musicians utilize the power of networks to inspire social change.
PINKPROGRESSION PARTICIPATING ARTISTS @ ARVADA CENTER:
Deidre Adams + Brooke Atherton, Judy Anderson + Ginny Hoyle + Christopher Hecker, Theresa Anderson + Alicia Ordal + Kim Shively, Tya Alisa Anthony + Kim Putnam, Fawn Atencio + Bonnie Stolzmann + Sarah Wallace Scott , Mindy Bray + Tonia Bonnell, Trine Bumiller + Kathryn Winograd, Katie Caron + Lisa DiMichele, Irene Delka McCray + Tree Bernstein, Sally Elliott + Katie Elliott/3rd Law Dance + L. Ashwyn Corris, Corrina Espinosa + Elisa Groglio + Joanna Bugajska, Bonnie Ferrill Roman + Judy Gardner, Ashley Frazier + Becky Wareing Steele, Steven Frost + Frankie Toan, Sarah Fukami + Brooky Blunt + Nico Wilkinson, Melissa Furness + Rian Kerrane, Jennifer Ghormley + Victoria Eubanks, Ania Gola Kumor + Leah Swenson, Susan Goldstein + Gayla Lemke, Moe Gram + Grow Love, Jane Guthridge + Voices of Light Chamber Choir, Kim Harrell + Lynda Ladwig, Ana Maria Hernando + Amie Knox, Veronica Hererra + Lola Montejo, Deborah Howard + Laurel McMechan, Micaela Ironshell-Dominguez + Renee Chacon-Millard, Rochelle Johnson + Sylvia Montero, Samara Johnson + Alanna Lacey + Samantha Bares, Tsehai Johnson + Leslie D. Boyd, Margaret Kasahara + Jina Brenneman, Anna Kaye + Sarah Wallace Scott, Sammy Lee + Megan Gafford, Jessica Loving + Rachel Doniger, Marsha Mack + John Roemer, Virginia Maitland + Melanie Walker + George Peters, Julie Maren + Jessica Drenk, Laleh Mehran + Jayne Butler, Susanne Mitchell + Janelle W. Anderson, Sophie Lynn Morris + Hannah Untiedt, Jennifer Pettus + Rebecca Vaughan, Sandra Phillips + Virginia Folkestad, Julie Puma + Patricia Mclnroy, Sangeeta Reddy + Jodie Roth Cooper, Susan Rubin + Peter Illig, Martha Russo + Tina Suszynski + Anna Suszynski + Emma Hardy, Julia Rymer + Drew Austin, Dylan Scholinski + Daphne Scholinski, Sue Simon + Mark Brasuell, The Great Shout, Autumn T. Thomas + Tricia Waddell, Susan Vaho + Elaine Stires, Sherry Wiggins + Luís Filipe Branco, Kate Woodliff O’Donnell + Stacey Stormes, Belgin Yucelen + Anne Waldman + Akin Koksal
PARTICIPATING POETS + ARTISTS:
Constance E. Boyle + Petra Perkins + Brooke Granville + Gail Waldstein, Irene Delka McCray + Tree Bernstein, Joslyn Green + Deb Y Felio + Nancy Rice + Susan Bickert, Marj Hahne + Kathleen Willard, Ginny Hoyle + Judy Anderson, Theresa Rozul Knowles, Courtney E. Morgan + Eileen Roscina Richardson, Kimberly O’Connor, Eleanor Perry Smith + Chloe Heglin, Tanaya Winder + Precious Vicente, Kathryn Winograd + Carol D. Guerrero-Murphy, Belgin Yucelen + Anne Waldman
ARTIST TALK 1: Mindy Bray + Tonia Bonnell, Moe Gram + Grow Love, Rochelle Johnson + Sylvia Montero, Ania Gola Kumor + Leah Swenson, and Susan Rubin + Peter Illig
ARTIST TALK 2: Judy Anderson + Ginny Hoyle + Christopher Hecker, Bonnie Ferrill Roman + Judy Gardner, Sammy Lee + Megan Gafford, Deborah Howard + Laurel McMechan, Renee Millard-Chacon + Micaela Iron Shell Dominguez, Julie Puma + Patricia McInroy, Rian Kerrane + Melissa Furness, Ashley Frazier + Becky Wareing Steele, Katie Caron + Lisa DiMichele, and Martha Russo + Tina Suszynski + Anna Suszynski + Emma Hardy
ARTIST TALK 3: Trine Bumiller + Kathryn Winograd, Deidre Adams + Brooke Atherton, Jennifer Pettus + Rebecca Vaughan, Laleh Mehran + Jayne Butler, Belgin Yucelen + Anne Waldman + Akin Koksal, Sherry Wiggins + Luis Branco, Susan Goldstein + Gayla Lemke, Veronica Herrera + Lola Montejo, Sophie Lynne Morris + Hanna Untiedt, Corrina Espinosa + Elisa Groglio + Joanna Bugajska
Thank you to all participating artists for sharing your creative inspirations and collaborative explorations with us! The talks were so engaging, we urge you to check them out!
PINKPROGRESSION: COALESCE at McNichols Civic Center, from January 18 – April, 5 2020
This boundary-pushing exhibit coincides with the centennial of women’s suffrage and the fourth annual Womxn’s March. In Dearly Disillusioned, four local collectives, Birdseed Collective, Hardly Soft, Odessa, and Pink Progression, come together with unique and compelling perspectives on gender identity, protest, and equality. Curators and artists collaborate to explore new intersections of historical and contemporary narratives that inspire change in our community.
In Dearly Disillusioned, Pink Progression: Coalesce incorporates a fusion of narratives through collaborative artwork. This collective process utilizes the power of networks to inspire social change influenced by over a century of suffrage movements. Themes of inclusivity, equality, and gender identity are interwoven into mixed media approaches. These multidimensional works emphasize the collective issues that confront us and the transformational ways of finding common ground.
PINKPROGRESSION PARTICIPATING ARTISTS @ MCNICHOLS:
Jane Dodge + Judy Anderson, Tiffany Matheson + Scottie Burgess + Robin Hextrum, Kathy Mitchell-Garton + Diane Allison, Regan Rosburg + Sarah Pickman, Eileen Roscina Richardson + Courtney E. Morgan, Louie Trujillo + James Mullane, Eriko Tsogo + Batkhishig Batochir + Tsogo Mijid and Liz Quan + Sabin Aell
Arvada Press, Pink Progression uses social momentum for artistic exploration, by Clarke Reader, September 14, 2020
Denver Post, Pink Progression is keeping the spirit of the Women’s March alive, hats and all, by Ray Mark Rinaldi, August 30, 2020
Westword, Art Attack: Ten Ways to See Art Live or Otherwise This Week, by Susan Froyd, July 1 2020
5280 Magazine, Inside ‘Pink Progression: Collaborations’ at the Arvada Center, by Jessica LaRusso, June 29, 2020
DARIA, Dearly Disillusioned, by Mary Voelz Chandler, April 3, 2020
Westword, Ten Best Things for Denver Art Lovers to Do This Weekend, by Susan Froyd, February 20, 2020
Westword, Art Attack: Fourteen Best Things for Denver Gallery Lovers to Do This Week, by Susan Froyd, January 15, 2020
303 Magazine, Don’t Miss These Denver Events in 2020, by Cori Anderson, January 9, 2020
Center for Visual Art, May 31 – August 18, 2018
Denver Public Library, March 2 – July 29, 2018
Boulder Public Library, February 16 – March 23, 2018
2018 PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:
Tya Anthony, Fawn Atencio, Libby Barbee, Michael Bernhardt, Estee Bershof, Tonia Bonnell, Mindy Bray, Mark Brasuell, Joan Bremner, Trine Bumiller, Katie Caron, Danielle Cunningham-Tierney, Rachael Delaney, Irene Delka McCray, Rebecca DiDomenico, Sally Elliott, Bonnie Ferrill Roman, Don Fodness, Steven Frost, Melissa Furness, Jennifer Ghormley, Ania Gola-Kumor, Emma Hardy, Kim Harrell, Ana Maria Hernando, Veronica Herrera, Katie Hoffman, Tsehai Johnson, Margaret Kasahara, Anna Kaye, Rian Kerrane, Karen Kielpikowski, Mary-Ann Kokoska, Sandy Lane, Viviane Le Courtois, Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Suchitra Mattai, Laleh Mehran, Amy Metier, Daisy McGowan, Susanne Mitchell, Kelly Monico, Sophie Lynn Morris, Daisy Patton, Mark Penner-Howell, Marie Perin-McGraw, Jennifer Pettus, Martha Russo, Ajean Ryan, Julia Rymer, Dylan Scholinski, Natascha Siedeneck, Sue Simon, Bonnie Stolzmann, Jodi Stuart, Edie Tavel, Frankie Toan, Susan Vaho, Rebecca Vaughan, Sarah Wallace Scott, Chinn Wang, Kate Woodliff O’Donnell, Melanie Yazzie
Diana Khoi Nguyen, Jessy Randall, Jessica Comola, Tanaya Winder, Kim O’Connor, Sommer Browning, Janice Gould, Eleanor Perry-Smith, Natanya Ann Pulley, Phuong Thao Vuong, Jami Frush, Constance E. Boyle, and Laurie Duncan.
PARTICIPATING COMIC ARTISTS
SPECIAL FEATURE @ DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY highlighting photographs from the Women’s Marches: Photographs and Narratives
Met Media, Pink Progression art exhibit challenges social justice issues, by Ali Watkins, August 22, 2018
Golden Transcript, Pink Progression exhibit pays tribute to Women’s March Events, by Sonya Ellingboe, July 9 2018
Westword, Five Things for Art Lovers to Do and See this Weekend in Denver, by Susan Froyd, August 15, 2018
Westword, Reviewed: Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer (Closing) and Seven More Shows to See Now, by Michael Paglia, August 10, 2018
Denver Post, More than 50 artists remember landmark Women’s March with “Pink Progerssion” on Santa Fe, by Ray Rinaldi, June 22, 2018
Westword, Review: CVA’s Pink Progression is a Must-See Show, by Michael Paglia, June 6, 2018
Westword, The 21 Best Events in Denver, May 29 through June 4, by Westword Staff, May 29, 2018
Westword, Eight Arty Things to Do and See This Weekend, by Susan Froyd, March 7, 2018
Medium, Embracing the Society of the Spectacle as a Strategy to Combat It, by Steven Frost, in response to the Tilt West Roundtable: The Lure of Spectacle in Politics and Art
KGNU Radio, Pink Progression, by Maeve Conran, February 26, 2018
5280: Denver’s Mile High Magazine, New Exhibitions Celebrate Unity & Empowerment Through Art, by Rejena Carmichael, February 16, 2018
Daily Camera, Boulder Library launches ‘Pink Progression’ art exhibit inspired by Women’s March, by Syndney Worth, February 19, 2018
Westword, The 21 Best Events in Denver, Westword Staff, February 13, 2018
Westword, Five Arty Things to See and Do This Weekend in Denver, by Susan Froyd, January 24, 2018
Westword, Ten Arty Things to See and Do This Weekend in Denver: Pink Tea Social, Pink Fibers Collecting, and Pink Crochet Hats at Processus, by Susan Froyd, January 10, 2018
Westword, Mark Your Fall/Winter Calendar for These Top Colorado Art Events, by Susan Froyd, November 3, 2017
Westword, Don’t Toss Your Women’s March Signs, by Ana Campbell, January 17, 2017