Opening Reception - Portrayal at the Vicki Myhren Gallery

October 15

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Current Student - Cloned,  Faculty,  Staff

Portrayal: Figurative Art in the Madden and University Art Collections

Opening reception: October 15, 2021 5 - 8 PM MST

On view: October 15 – November 28, 2021

Free and open to the public by appointment! 

The University of Denver, The Madden Museum of Art and the Vicki Myhren Gallery announces the exhibition, Portrayal: Figurative Art from the Madden and University Art Collections. The exhibition will be on view by appointment October 15 through December 5, 2021 at the Vicki Myhren Gallery within the Shwayder Art Building on the University of Denver campus.

Portrayal explores the genre of portraiture expressed in various styles of art through an investigation of different relationships between figures and forms. These connections between figures and forms are considered from perspectives of the natural world, identity, legacy, and what it means to consider the (in)complete. Engaging with portraiture through these concepts and forms, as shown in an array of artworks and related texts, aims to enhance the genre with new perspectives and experiences.

Portrayal is co-curated by 8 DU students from the Winter 2021 Curatorial Practicum course taught by Nicole Parks, Madden Museum Program Director. Student curators planned the exhibition for the Madden Museum, an art venue in Greenwood Village operated by DU. It is a much larger venue with a different floorplan and restrictions than the Vicki Myhren Gallery. Unfortunately, over several months the museum experienced consecutive climate emergencies—ranging between small drip-leaks to substantial flooding— that made the museum unavailable for exhibitions this year. The artwork is safe but repairs to the building is needed before the museum is usable as a venue.

Thanks to the generosity of the Vicki Myhren Gallery and staff, Portrayal found a new home this fall at the Vicki Myhren Gallery. For more information about the Madden Collection and updates on when the

Madden Museum will be open to visitors again, please visit the Madden Museum’s website:


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