April First Friday: Critique Night

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

There’s more to the story than “I like it/I don’t like it.”


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 and your critique skills by hearing from two Colorado arts professionals who have devoted years exposing themselves to art in its many different forms. For the first week in April a select number of artworks will be displayed in our Studio Colorado gallery. That Friday, invited guests Mardee Goff and Sam Harvey will critique each piece in front of an audience. 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.

With this event we also aim to provide an outlet for local artists to burst the Grand Valley bubble by experiencing perspectives from outside the community. 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 opinions of others, artists can learn how to communicate more effectively.

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 artist names, artwork titles, and media. 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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