Current Loans

Virginia Maitland Retrospective 1965 - Present
Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Main Gallery
September 13–November 11, 2018 

Kirkland Museum is loaning 5 works to the Arvada Center's career retrospective of acclaimed Boulder painter Virginia Maitland. Maitland, long considered one of the region’s premier abstract colorists is featured in a 53-year retrospective, highlighting the evolution and determination of her art practice.

Maitland’s prolific career will be explored with over 45 artworks along with other archive materials from her prolific career, starting in 1965. She incorporates color, light, and nature into her large-scale paintings. Her color fields are an amalgamation of vibrant hues, composition, and translucent paint layers. To achieve this, Maitland applies at least 15-20 layers of poured paint while shifting the canvas, and then uses minimal brush work to define certain areas.

Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America
Milwaukee Art Museum
September 28, 2018–January 6, 2019

Denver Art Museum
May 5, 2019–August 25, 2019

Kirkland Museum is loaning 2 works to the traveling exhibition Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America, which explores the projects of over 40 designers who advocated for playfulness and whimsy within their creations for corporations, domestic interiors, and children. The exhibition presents play as a serious form of inspiration, experimentation, and problem solving. In midcentury America, such playful design occurred against the backdrop of a booming consumer market and as a counterbalance to Cold War–era anxiety. Furniture, toys, textiles, films, posters, ceramics are among the objects featured.

Betty Woodman: Gestural Interactions
Loveland Museum & Gallery
September 29–December 30, 2018

Kirkland Museum is loaning 13 works to the Betty Woodman: Gestural Interactions exhibition. Betty Woodman (1930–2018) was a leading American ceramist whose dazzling inventions with form and color moved beyond the traditional domain of craft and consistently challenged the limits of the medium. This exhibition will include ceramics and prints, highlighting Woodman’s facility with a wide range of media, her brash embrace of the commonplace, and her seamless integration of mark-making and multi-dimensional form. In light of Betty Woodman’s long-standing connection to Colorado, Woodman lived and taught in Boulder from the 1950s through 1996. An exhibition of her artwork in Loveland will serve as tribute to her regional influence and proliferation of her world-class stature.

Later in her career, Woodman produced installation works that straddle the definitions of ceramic, painting and design. In 2006, she was the subject of a retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art–that institution’s first for a living woman and for a ceramic artist.

Loveland Museum is grateful to the exhibition lenders: CU Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art at CSU, Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Shark’s Ink print studio and private collections.

Kirkland Museum as a Lending Institution

Hugh Grant, Kirkland Museum's Founding Director & Curator, began curating exhibitions for Vance Kirkland (1904-1981) in 1976. Since that time, he and the museum have loaned to the institutions below.

Many of these organizations have borrowed several times from Kirkland Museum. This is one of three ways Kirkland Museum gains exposure of Colorado art and international decorative art, along with getting it published and exhibited—keeping Colorado and regional artists, in addition to decorative art, displayed at Kirkland Museum.

Colorado (56 institutions in 18 cities and towns):

National (32 institutions in 20 states):

International (17 institutions in 11 foreign countries, not including United States listed above):