Celebrating 20 Years!


Join our 20th-anniversary celebration with programming and exhibitions showcasing our three collections:

Vance Kirkland

Vance Kirkland's Cosmos, February 15–May28, 2023

Vance Kirkland’s Cosmos

February 15–May 28, 2023

Vance Kirkland (1904–1981), namesake of Kirkland Museum, was among the most important Colorado and regional painters of the 20th century. During the last half of his career, Kirkland’s paintings made a break from the earthly environment and explored outer space, first with his Nebulae paintings, using his unique mixtures of oil paint & water. Kirkland’s move into outer space in 1954 pre-dated the larger public interest in space when the Soviet Union’s satellite Sputnik was launched in 1957. His imagination led him to create numerous series depicting the evolution and expansion of his own universe, culminating in his vibrant Dot Paintings. Our first temporary exhibition of Kirkland’s work in 20 years is co-curated by Founding Director & Curator Hugh Grant and Deputy Curator Christopher Herron and will feature examples from eight series of the visions of Kirkland’s cosmos from 1954 to 1981. The exhibition includes some of the artist’s impressive large-scale paintings, seldom seen on public display. 

Colorado & regional art

Dave Yῡst—Evidence of Gravity & Other Works

June 21–October 1, 2023

Kirkland Museum will host an exhibition of work by longtime Colorado artist and educator Dave Yῡst. The show, organized by the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kansas, will feature the artist’s most recent work and will be supplemented when it comes to Kirkland Museum with historical pieces from Kirkland Museum’s permanent collection.

International decorative art

Eat, Drink, Sit

A Decorative Art Salon Series

Enjoy an intimate evening—or three—at Kirkland Museum! Vance Kirkland once said, “If I am going to eat off of something, drink out of something, or sit in something, it is going to be great design.” Join us as we celebrate great designs by important female designers in Kirkland Museum’s International Decorative Art collection. Each object will be paired with an in-person sensory experience matching the month’s theme.

  • October 11, 2023—EAT
  • November 8, 2023—DRINK
  • December 13, 2023—SIT

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Email [email protected] to start the conversation.