Archive for the ‘exhibits’ Category

Expressions of Bali Through Photos and Fabric exhibit

October 6, 2016

New exhibit: The Cozens Ranch and the Jesuit Connection

July 11, 2016

The Cozens Ranch was a stage coach stop between Georgetown and Hot Sulphur Springs. It was also a hotel [6 windowless rooms] and the post office for the Frazer Valley, CO. Between 1901 and 1999, the Jesuits of Regis University spent summer retreats at the Cozens Ranch on land given to them by William and Mary Cozens. They called their site Maryvale. The ranch house is now the Cozens Ranch Museum.

The Cozens Ranch and the Jesuit Connection, an exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Dayton Memorial Library, documents through 31 photographs the pioneer days of the ranch and its connection with the Jesuits over a 98- year span.

Cozens Ranch

New exhibit: recent artwork by James Dixon

June 8, 2016

Recent artwork by James Dixon – on display in the Hartman Gallery during June

Since “Smoke and Shadow” at Walker Fine Art in 2010, my corporate emphasis remains committed to aesthetically efficient forms of limited physical mass which allude to possess far significant visual space. Textured surfaces, improvised asymmetric orientations, and visceral affectations continue to be the foundations of my design concepts. With much respect towards my earlier bronze period, Life has pointed me in the direction toward equal admiration given to the element of “greater risk taking and diverse material usage”. Rest assured I have not abandoned the bronze metal genre but I must testify that during my recent(five year) journey of omitting previous precedents and turning towards equally rewarding repurposed textiles,wood,plastics and various viscous embellishments, has been a” good fit”. I am forever persuaded that the Arts continue to function as the “avant –garde” vehicle of expression for “free thinkers” in American Society.

– James Dixon

Recent work by James Dixon

Rooted – Ella Maria Ray’s ceramic exhibit on display through the end of May

May 16, 2016

Rooted is Ella Maria Ray’s ceramic exhibit that merges West African adinkra symbols, akua’ma figures with clay quilts, bottles, “text-tiles” and masks inspired by women writers to offer viewer a rich sensory opportunity and a moment to bear witness to African visual, oral and literary tradition. Through her work Ray explores creativity, intellectuality and Africanity’s interconnection, and fired-clay, storytelling and anthropology are at the foundation of her work. She challenges viewers to “read” in each piece a narrative rooted in Africana aesthetics, and to dismantle any boundary that segregates imagination from rigorous analysis.

As an artist/anthropologist, her work entices viewers to celebrate and embrace their own inherent magnificence, while listening to stories that insist on being told. Rooted is on display in the fireplace lounge and Hartman Gallery through the end of May.


Crucifixion Meditations exhibit

March 9, 2016

Dayton Memorial Library, Doyle and Margaret Hartman Gallery, through March 31, 2016

CRUCIFIXION MEDITATIONS is an exhibition of drawing prints by John Steczynski (M.F.A. Yale) and Aileen Callahan(M.F.A. Boston University). Both artists are affiliated with the Fine Arts Department of Boston College (Callahan teaches currently and Steczynski is recently retired), and both treat the Crucifixion as a vehicle for spiritual prayerful reflection which is removed from political perspectives.

These drawings have been exhibited in Gargan Hall, Bapst Library in the Arts Festival of Boston College, The Lied Gallery of Creighton University, Omaha, NE, The Graduate Theological Union Library, Berkeley, CA and St. Louis University Pius XII Memorial Library, Marquette University, Raynor Library, and Fairfield University, DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Santa Clara University Library.
Both artists are included in the book: THE CRUCIFIXION IN AMERICAN ART by Robert Henkes (McFarland & Co. 2003).

These drawings do not narrate the story of the Crucifixion. For Steczynski, his images evolve out of colored ink hatchings. They relate to post-modernism in their use of the appropriation, eclecticism and focus on the body. They are to operate as visual prayers that have their roots in devotional experience. They derive from the tradition of imagery inspired by devotion, piety and faith. The imagery is focused on as mystery and presence. The images are thus always the same as the same time that they change when placed in different contexts. Thus the “Crucifixion(s) in a time of….etc.”

Callahan’s work has expressionist line and charcoal glimpses of a head, shoulders, crown of thorns and dark instruments as though a scene is moving and one’s view is a fragment. The drawings are not places in a sequence which records an event, but rather are places to repeat the feelings and focus on the theme as a meditation. The titles work with the drawings to allow multiple meanings and capture “gestures” of the images. The viewer is near the image. The viewer is in its space.

Crucifixtions exhibit

new exhibit – “Paintings” by Brad Jeske

February 8, 2016

“Paintings” by Brad Jeske, a Denver artist specializing in oil, acrylic and pastel painting, is on exhibit in the Dayton Memorial Library in February. His work is both abstract and representational. Find more information on Jeske’s work at

painting by Brad Jeske

Winter Procession – Marking the Seasonal Myths art exhibit

November 5, 2015

Winter Procession – Marking the Seasonal Myths includes recent fabric works and drawings by the artist, Ken Phillips. The pieces in this show are visual reflections on some of the principal seasons and celebrations of the Winter season from the Western culture that shaped the artist. They include influence from the Celtic "wheel of the year," the Roman Church year, and various mythic and folk sources.

Winter Procession is on display in the library's fireplace lounge through January 22, 2016. The open reception is Thursday, November 5, from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Winter Procession display

Chicano Movement 1971 – 1974: One man’s perspective in photos

September 8, 2015

The photos on display in the Fireplace Lounge are only a few of the hundreds of photographs Juan Espinosa took between 1971 and 1974 when he was a journalism student at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Cesar Chavez, Corky Gonzales, and Reies Tijerina already were national figures in the Chicano Movement. He started “El Diario” student newspaper during the summer of 1972. Until he graduated in May 1974, he spent much of his time documenting the Chicano Movement.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, September 15, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Lounge, Dayton Memorial Library. An artist talk will be held on Wednesday, September 16, from 9:00 – 10:15 a.m. in the O’Sullivan Gallery.

Photo of Cesar Chavez at Loretto Heights College in 1972 by Juan Espinosa.

Pots and Patterns of Culture: The Hohokum, the Anasazi, the Mimbres, and The Casa Grandes

June 9, 2015

The library’s current exhibit celebrates the four Pre-Columbian cultures in the American Southwest that contributed concepts of social organization which became the egalitarian Pueblo culture of today. It is an amazing story.

Pottery, unlike architectural sites or abstract ideas, is portable and concrete, and the Archives and Special Collections is proud to possess a few pieces of ancient Southwest pieces. They represent the four ancient cultures that flourished then ended in the evolution of Pueblo society. A small sample of 20th century Pueblo artwork is also included in the exhibit, especially pottery that uses the traditional motifs of the ancient cultures.

The exhibit will be on display for the months of June and July in the library’s Hartman Gallery on the 2nd floor.

This pitcher and small cup, both with white & black geometric designs, is from the Anasazi of the Colorado Plateau, circa 950-1250 CE.

Paintings of Arthur Short Bull (Tatanka Ptecila)

May 9, 2015

Arthur Short Bull, an Oglala Lakota, grew up on the Pine Ridge reservation. He began painting watercolors as a way to deal with the stress of working as a substance abuse counselor, and his art became a vehicle for documenting the history of his people and expressing his emotions about the whys and wherefores of what has happened to Native Americans over the last few centuries. More information about his work may be found at His paintings will be on exhibit in the library’s Hartman Gallery and fireplace lounge through the month of May.

Arthur Short Bull painting