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Darrell Anderson: Risk and Change

June 28 - August 4

$3 – $5
An artwork

Denver, CORedLine Contemporary Art Center, located at 2350 Arapahoe St, Denver, CO, is thrilled to announce the debut of Darrell Anderson’s highly anticipated retrospective show, titled “Risk and Change.” Opening its doors to the public on June 28th, this visually stunning and soulful exhibition promises to be a transformative experience, showcasing not only Anderson’s acclaimed artistic journey but also paying homage to the artists he has been influenced by, and mentored, fostering a profound sense of community and creative interconnectedness. 

The retrospective will showcase the breadth of Darrell’s artistic journey, spanning decades of mastery across various mediums including watercolor, colored pencil, oil-based painting, and sculpture. Among the highlights of this exhibition will be 10 new pieces, complemented by interactive components that offer a distinctive form of audience engagement. This approach resonates with RedLine’s ethos of socially engaged art, fostering a dynamic and immersive experience for visitors.

Curated by Darrell’s protégé, performance artist and arts executive, JC Futrell, “Risk and Change” will narrate Darrell’s journey reflecting on his experiences from the Vietnam War to his personal journey to sobriety. It promises to be a powerful yet vulnerable showcase of art and the human spirit, leaving audiences inspired with a renewed sense of hope and possibility.

As a champion of grassroots involvement in the arts, Darrell has dedicated his life to the enrichment of others. As a recipient of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) Award for Civic Engagement, Darrell is celebrated for his work and his ability to raise money for non-profit organizations working directly with youth. 

Darrell’s artistic endeavors are driven by his aspiration to foster global unity through art. He has proudly represented his hometown of Denver in its sister city, Brest, France, serving as a cultural ambassador and facilitating artistic exchanges by revisiting to create community mosaics. Moreover, he has conducted art workshops in diverse locations such as a Navajo Reservation in Arizona, Australia, Beijing, Burkina Faso in West Africa, and various small communities across Colorado’s rural eastern plains. 

“Risk and Change” will feature a series of artist talks by Darrell Anderson, offering insights into his creative process and experiences. Collaborative art workshops will allow audiences to engage directly with Anderson’s artistic vision, while professional development sessions and networking opportunities will provide invaluable resources for emerging artists.

In addition to showcasing Anderson’s work, the exhibition will include pieces available for collectors, including his series of original sketches from his celebrated installation at Denver International Airport. Furthermore, the show aims to raise awareness of Anderson’s work with the ultimate goal of donating a piece to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“As a founding artist of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and a visionary board member of CherryArts, Darrell Anderson leaves an indelible mark advancing access to arts and culture for all. Through his tireless advocacy and passion, he continues to empower artists and nurtures widespread access to arts education.” -Tara Brickell, Executive Director/CEO CherryArts.