At the Madden Museum of Art
In 2016, John Madden Jr. gifted 133 works of art from his private collection to the University of Denver. Over the course of their marriage, Madden and his late wife Marjorie built the Madden Collection with pieces they loved. The Collection includes works from Western painters to American masters and styles ranging from contemporary to impressionist.
In the search for a permanent home for the Collection, Madden explored multiple opportunities, but ultimately decided to leave the Collection to the University. Here it could be enjoyed by the community, and also used as an educational resource for students and faculty.
The Madden Collection creates new opportunities for DU students studying art history, museum studies, studio art, and many other fields. It provides behind-the-scenes access to original artworks for research, curatorial projects, and professional training opportunities.
The Maddens collected works by artists who had a special connection to their family, including Chen Chi, Robert Rauschenberg, Wilson Hurley, and Daniel Sprick. There are multiple pieces represented in the Collection by these artists, among others.
Art from the 19th Century and Early 20th Century
The Collection also includes themes such as landscapes, animals, and labor. Depictions of labor had a special connection to John Madden Jr.’s father who worked at the cattle yards of Omaha, Nebraska, and who credits his business success to his personal work ethic.