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Art & Exhibits

The Freyer – Newman Center, which houses the indoor galleries, is temporarily closed.

Freyer – Newman Center galleries to open Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Current & Upcoming Exhibits

One Fell Swoop (2019), Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO. Photo: Scott Dressel-Martin.
Chatfield Farms

One Fell Swoop by Patrick Dougherty

On View Now
Outdoor
Chatfield Farms

Dougherty’s immersive sculpture at Chatfield Farms in Littleton, CO is created by weaving flexible saplings and branches into a complex and whimsical architectural form.

Image Credits: Jody Guralnick, Prima Lingua, detail, 72 x 48 inches, oil and acrylic on two panels, 2018.
York Street

Prima Lingua: First Words of the Earth

Jan. 17 - March 14, 2021
Indoor
York Street

Jody Guralnick explores the intersection of science and art, bringing to light the microscopic and often unnoticed structures of lichens, mushrooms, molds and more.

Xolotl: Dios Perro, Photograph by E&M photo (www.eandmphoto.com).
York Street

Alebrije: Xólotl

2021
Indoor
York Street

In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, Denver Botanic Gardens hosts the monumental sculpture Xólotl: Dios Perro (Xólotl: Dog Deity) by contemporary Mexican artist Oscar...

Marjorie Leggitt, Squash Flower, 2020, mixed media. © Marjorie C. Leggitt.
York Street

Golden Opportunity: Botanical Illustration

May 29 – Aug. 15, 2021
Indoor
York Street

Explore the world of yellow plants through illustrations created by students and faculty of Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art & Illustration (SBAI).

Ana Maria Hernando, La Ñusta de la laguna de Huaypo (The Ñusta of the Huaypo Lagoon), 2017, mixed media. © Ana Maria Hernando. Photograph by Ken Sanville.
York Street

Fervor: Ana María Hernando

Sept. 11, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022
Indoor
York Street

Interdisciplinary artist Ana María Hernando harnesses the power of painting, poetry and installation to honor and alter traditional feminine craft and community.

Traveling Exhibits

Vegetable and mason jar painting

V for Vegetables

Available from August 2020
Indoor
V for Vegetables

Explore the victory gardening movement in this traveling exhibit.

Skeleton sculpture

La Calavera Catrina

Available Now
Outdoor
La Calavera Catrina

Experience the rich history and iconography of La Catrina through colorful and joyful large-scale skeleton sculptures with this traveling exhibit.

Past Exhibits

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Extinction: Artists Respond
York Street

Extinction: Artists Respond

May 23, 2009 - July 28, 2009
Indoor
York Street

Juried by Simon Zalkind and Ivar Zeile, this exhibition asks contemporary artists to interpret the concepts, problems and issues of ultimate finality.

RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado
York Street

RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado

March 7, 2009 - May 17, 2009
Indoor
York Street

Plants depicted in exquisite botanical illustrations are identified in part with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. RARE was organized by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists to...

Paleobotanical Illustrations by Marjorie Leggitt
York Street

Paleobotanical Illustrations by Marjorie Leggitt

February 7, 2009 - April 26, 2009
Indoor
York Street

Nationally recognized scientific illustrator Marjorie Leggitt transforms the mysterious lines and shadows of fossils into understandable and recognizable shapes that add to our knowledge of...

painting of a flower
York Street

Synthesis: Paintings by Robin Schaefer

July 15, 2008 - August 29, 2008
Indoor
York Street

Robin Schaefer is a Denver native who uses traditional oil painting techniques to execute work that is complex and alluring, exposing luminous and vivid details...

people looking at urban-style painting
York Street

Urban Nature

April 19, 2008 - November 30, 2008
Outdoor
York Street

The Gardens invited street-style artists to create surprising connections between built and natural environments with paintings from more than a dozen street-style artists, all of...

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