April First Friday: Critique Night

April 7, 7-9pm
Free and open to the public

Don’t miss the Art Center’s first annual Critique Night! Whether you’re a producer or a consumer when it comes to art—and we’re all consumers—this is an opportunity to hone your palate by hearing from two Colorado arts professionals who have devoted years exposing themselves to art in its many different forms. With this event we aim to provide an outlet for local artists to challenge themselves and burst the Grand Valley bubble by experiencing opinions from outside the community.

For the first week in April a select number of artworks will be displayed in our Studio Colorado gallery. That Friday, invited critics Mardee Goff and Sam Harvey will debate the merits of each piece in front of an audience. This is not a technical critique; rather, it will focus on the ideas and concepts behind each artwork. Grab a drink, take a seat, and enjoy the conversation!

Sam Harvey has co-owned and operated Harvey / Meadows Gallery in Aspen, Colorado, since 2005, and is a ceramic artist in his own right. Mardee Goff has served as the Curator for the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art since 2013, organizing such risky exhibitions as Substrate, where artists attacked the museum’s floorboards.

Why It Matters

Art may not be as easily defined as other trades, but as with any other practice, there is always room for improvement. This is why critique is important. Successful art is not made in a vacuum; it is an interpretation of the world around us and this wacky phenomenon called life that we are all dealt. By exposing one’s work to the informed opinions of others, artists can learn how to communicate more effectively. By opening the critique up to the public we cultivate an environment that strives for excellence.

How It Works

Be brave! Email JPEG files of artwork to submissions@gjartcenter.org by March 1 with “Critique Night” in the subject line. Please include title and medium of each piece. Artists will be notified mid-March whether or not their work has been selected.

Artwork selection is limited in an effort to allow adequate discussion time for each piece. Interested artists must submit their work electronically ahead of time. There is no submission fee, no limit to the number of pieces one person can submit, the size of the work, or the medium. There is also no guarantee that your work will be chosen for Critique Night.


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