Celebrating 20 Years!

2003–2023

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, beginning in 1954 pre-Sputnik, using his unique mixtures of oil paint & water. 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 will be 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. A lecture will accompany the exhibition.

Colorado & regional art

Dave Yust—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 Yust. 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.

A lecture by Dave Yust will accompany the exhibition.

International decorative art

Logo with words Eat, Drink, Sit

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 2023—EAT
  • November 2023—DRINK
  • December 2023—SIT

Ticketing information will be announced via email and posted on the Events page in 2023. Kirkland Museum members receive advanced and discounted ticketing for all events and programs.

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