The 20th century collection is more on Colorado arts, decorative arts and Vance Kirkland collections. Talents from 170 artists make the museum a total legacy of the talented artists throughout the country.
In 1910-1911, the original historic studio is the oldest commercial art building in Denver and the second oldest in Colorado. It was built by Henry Read in 1847-1935. Two architects, Maurice Biscoe and Henry Hewitt constructed the building at 1311 Pearl Street. Kirkland founded the school of art and purchased it and turned it into Kirkland School of Art. He used it until his death in 1981.
The Vance Kirkland Foundation was established in 1996 to preserve the legacy of this distinguished Colorado painter. In 1998, under the direction of Hugh Grant, there was an expansion that includes more exhibition space, visitor amenities, and wheelchair accessibility, while maintaining the original studio.
One of the most astonishing exhibitions is the Art of Edward & Donna Marecak. The couples Dona and Edward are both artists in their own style. Edward is a famous painter and Donna was a high skilled ceramic artist. Combining their talents makes a rewarding art and craft like their contributions at the museum.
There are more events to look for like the witches, wilis and other supernatural beings in Ed Marecak’s work to be discussed by the director of the museum.
The Kirkland Museum gift shop offers a selection of books, videos, ceramics, candles, postcards, note cards, posters and scarves and a lot of unique and souvenir items to choose from.
You can choose different type of memberships, and welcome to all. Furthermore, being a member can earn you many benefits which are worthy enough to be a paid member.
Children are not allowed because most valuables are delicate and can easily be broken. Furthermore, ages 13 up to 17 should be accompanied by adults. For groups of more than 10, should reserve 10 days in advance for proper scheduling.