Catalogs

This exhibit catalog 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 hosted by Rocky Mountain College Art + Design and 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 form 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 art the ability of our own skin to mend, grow, and express ourselves.” —Tree Bernstein*

Participating Artists: 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.

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This catalog features PINKPROGRESSION: COLLABORATIONS at the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, one of the top ten most-attended cultural organizations in Metro Denver. 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. Over 150 artists, writers, dancers, and musicians utilize the power of networks to inspire social change. This publication includes essays from author and professor of women and gender studies Lorraine Bayard De Volo and art + architecture writer Mary Voelz Chandler, and is designed by artist, designer, and professor Kelly Monico. This publication features over 100 pages of incredible artwork including our community button installation as well as our poetry book, “Refuse to Stay Silent.”

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This catalog documents PINKPROGRESSION’S 2020 exhibit “Coalesce” at McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, CO. Eighteen notable local creatives incorporate 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. The catalog includes Author and Professor of Women and Gender Studies Lorraine Bayard De Volo’s essay, “An Intersectional Celebration of the 19th Amendment.” The cover design is by Judy Anderson featuring a detail of Fertile Rhthym by Tiffany Matheson, Scottie Burgess, and Robin Hextrum.

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In 2018, PINKPROGRESSION participated in a series of unique exhibitions incorporating compelling artwork, interactive workshops, artist lectures, books, and community collaborations. These exhibitions were inspired by the historical womxn and sister marches that began in January 2017. PINKPROGRESSION commemorates, celebrates, and builds on the solidarity established during these marches, addressing a variety of concepts, such as human rights, gender identity, and equality. This catalog includes essays from scholar, critic, and author Maria Elena Buszek and art historian, writer, and cultural critic Kealey Boyd, is designed by artist, designer, and professor Kelly Monico. This publication features over 100 pages of incredible artwork from Colorado artists who participated in PINKPROGRESSION 2018 exhibits.

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