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Bio 

Anna Kaye was born in Detroit, Michigan and now lives in Denver where she works in her studio creating drawings and paintings that are inspired by the natural world. She earned her B.S. in geology and fine art at Skidmore College, NY. She continued her education at Yale in painting, drawing, printmaking and photography. She earned her M.F.A. at Washington University in St. Louis where she was awarded the Laura and William Jens Scholarship and a teaching on record position. Anna Kaye’s artwork is a part of international, private, public, corporate, and museum collections including Home & Garden Television’s Green Home. Interviews and reviews include Colorado Matters, Colorado Life Magazine, Westword, and the Denver Post. Kaye donates a percentage of all sales annually to environmental funds. She is a former Visiting Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator of Drawing at Metropolitan State University. Anna Kaye currently teaches at the Denver Art Museum and is represented by the Sandra Phillips Gallery in Denver.

 

Statement

One spark ignites a massive blaze of crimson flames that destroy age-old ecosystems to bring new life. Fire is a natural part of the forest's vitality. It promotes species diversity, regeneration of seeds and plants, and prevents the spread of diseases. Our global climate is changing and with it wildfires in the Western United States have increased in size and intensity, making it harder for our ecosystems to recover. By taking steps to reduce our impact on the climate, we can protect and restore our shared habitats.

My art explores the power of destruction and creation through renderings of fire, transcendent landscapes, majestic skies, and complex yet vulnerable species that populate these scenes. As John Muir states, “When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.” Human empathy, ingenuity, and connectivity present us with the opportunity to regenerate our planet’s species; these qualities will allow us to continue to witness and experience the miracle of life. 

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EDUCATION

2005          

Masters of Fine Art: Painting, Washington University School of Art, St. Louis, MO

2002          

Bachelor of Science: Fine Art and Geology, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

2001           

Yale University School of Art: Norfolk Session, Nominated by Skidmore faculty and selected by Yale University’s Norfolk program; worked with art professionals in drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2013-Present 

Drawing Instructor, Denver Art Museum, Drop-In Drawing, Untitled: Framed and Fake Out, Artful Aging Symposium

2010-11

Drawing Co-Coordinator, Metropolitan State University, Drawing I, II, V, VI, Life Drawing, Directed Studies

2006-10

Visiting Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University, Drawing I, II, III, IV, V, VI, Life Drawing, and Directed Studies

2006

Instructor (Spring, Summer '06), Visiting Assistant Professor (Fall '06), Metropolitan State University, Drawing I, II, III

Instructor (Spring, '06), Red Rocks Community College, Drawing I, II, III, and Life Drawing

2005 

Teaching Assistant (Spring '05), Washington University, Color Theory and 2D Design, Instructor (Fall '05), Metropolitan State University, Drawing I

2004

Open Figure Supervisor and Instructor on Record, Washington University, Painting !

2003

Teaching Assistant, Washington University, Painting I

2001-2

Gallery Assistant, Schick Art Gallery, NY

 

SCHOLARSHIPS/AWARDS

2013

Third PlaceOwn an Original, Littleton Museum, Juror: Margaretta Gilboy

Best Big Show About Colorado Art, 2013, Art of the State Group Show, Westword's Denver Best of Award

2010 

Best Gallery Group Show, Collective Nouns, Center for Visual Arts, Westword's Denver Best of Award

2009

Honorable Mention Award, 910 Arts Gallery, CO, Juror, Curator of the Denver Art Museum, Gwen Chanzit and Curator of the Foothills Art Center, Michale Chavez

Nominee for Best Solo Show, 910 Arts Gallery, CO

Best of Show, Littleton Art Center and Gallery, CO, Juror: Kevin Weckbach

2007

Best of Show, Space Gallery, CO, Juror: Michael Burnett and

2005

Best of Show, Core Art New Space, CO, Juror: Westword Art Critic: Michael Paglia

2004-5

Laura and William Jens Scholarship, Washington University

2003-5

School of Art Scholarship, Washington University

2002

John P. Heins Outstanding Senior Thesis Award, Skidmore College

Jesse Solomon Memorial Award, Skidmore Department of Art and Art History

1998

Congressional Arts Competition Award, presented by Michigan Congressman Sander Levin

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017

Art & Conflict, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada Co

Art of "Lake of Fire," Greenwood Village City Hall, CO

Matters on Paper, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Director's Choice, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

2016

Small by MIGHTY, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Perfect Voices, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Looking Back/Moving Forward, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO

Drawing Never Dies, RedLine, Denver, CO

2015

Conscious and Unconscious: Subjects of the Real and Surreal, Part II, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO

Other Places, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

2014

Incite Insight, Lincoln Art Center, Fort Collins, CO

Here and There, Clara Hatton Gallery, Fort Collins, CO

Flash Point, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

From Here and There: Drawings from Colorado to Wales, Elysium Gallery, Wales, U.K.

Fire and Rain: Forces of Nature, Lincoln Art Center, Fort Collins, CO

The Grey Forest, Lakewood Cultural Center, CO

2013

Own an Original, Littleton Museum, Littleton, CO

ARTMIX: BMoCA's Annual Art Auction, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art Boulder, CO

Truth and Consequences, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Denver Botanic Gardens: CSArt, Denver Botanic Gardens, CO

Art of the State: A Juried Exhibition of Colorado, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, Jurors: Arvada Center Exhibition Manager and Curator, Collin Parson, and Clyfford Still Museum's Director, Dean Sobel

New Beginnings, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

2012

Alumni Reunion Exhibition, Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

2011

Touch the Earth, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Frame of Mind: Curation of Visual Art Pioneers, Outdoor Digital Media Event at the Denver Theater District, Denver, CO, Juror: Ivar Zeile

33rd Bradley International Print and Drawing Exhibition, Heuser Art Center Gallery, Peoria IL, Juror: Robert Marx

Collective Nouns, Center for the Visual Art, Denver, CO

2010

Natural Encounters, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

MIX: CVA + ArtsDistrict on Santa Fe, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Drawing Discourse: Contemporary Drawing Exhibition, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, University of North Carolina, NC, Juror: Deborah Rockman

Americas 2010 Paperworks, Northwest Art Center, Minot State University, ND

2009

Art District Best of 2009 Show, 910 Arts, Denver, CO

Small Works, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Apparition, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Metro Biennial, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

26th Annual All Colorado Show 2009, Depot Art Center and Gallery, Littleton, CO

Bollywood Night Auction, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Collective Nouns, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

2008

Metro Biennial, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

The Green Show, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

2007

Nature Interrupted, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Metaphor and Landscape, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Juried Art Show, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2006

Metro State Faculty Biennial Exhibition, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Conversations and Reflections, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Metro Biennial, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO

The Body Eclectic '06, Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, MI

The Go Figure Show, Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, PA

2005

Miniatures, Core Art New Space, Denver, CO

New Paintings, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO

XXX and Under, Schick Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY

Elysium Seven, Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO

2004

Moreau Art Galleries, Notre Dame, IN

Your Name On A Grain of Rice, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2003

6th National Juried Art Exhibition, Baker Art Center, Liberal, KS

2002

Senior Thesis Show, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2004

Artist Enclave at I-Park, one month, East Haddam, CT

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016

One Good EyeThe top 10 (plus a few more) exhibits of 2016 in Colorado, by Ray Rinaldi, December 22

Westword, After Forty Years, the Arvada Center is Moving Forwardby Michael Paglia, October 12

Denver PostRedline Gallery show examines drawing in their various materials, processesby Ray Rinaldi, July 29

WestwordReading Between the Lines at Redline's Drawing Never Dies, by Michael Paglia, August 19

2015

WestwordLife Gets Real - and Surreal - at the Arvada Art Centerby Michael Paglia, August 19

Boulder WeeklyBlurred Lines, by Sam Routheir, August 6

Denver Art Museum Field Guide and Plaza Activity Handout, drawing prompt included in the DAM field guide publication and activity handout. 

2014

Denver PostDenver Exhibits fan the enduring flames of Western artby Ray Rinaldi, September 28

I Am News (Great Britian), Elysium's 'From Here & There': An Opening Night Review, by Eleanor Bluck, July 2

2013

WestwordFire and Wood inspire a Pairing at Sandra Phillips Galleryby Michael Paglia, October 10

NPR, Colorado Matters, Art Inspired by Colorado Wildfire Rises from the Ashes, by Ryan Warner, September 19, 2013

Colorado Life MagazineColorado Creators, by Matt Masich, Jan/Feb 2013 issue

2011

Denver PostKaye's works singe imagination, by Kyle MacMillan, November 18

WestwordTouch of Earth duet reflects on Colorado's wildfires and landscapesby Michael Paglia, November 3

Denver PostBest Bets: Forest Fires Among Exhibition's Inspiration, by Kyle MacMillan, September 29

HGTV Green Home GiveawayHGTV Green Home 2011: Master Suite Picturesby HGTV, April 1

Fox 31 NewsHGTV Green Home Giveaway, by Shaul Turner, KDVR, 5 p.m., March 30

33rd Bradley International Print and Drawing Catalog, Heuser Art Center Gallery, Peoria, IL, March

WestwordA new exhibit at the CVA features work by Metro facultyby Michael Paglia, January 26

2010

Denver PostAnna Kaye's exhibit extended at Sandra Phillipsby Kyle MacMillan, October 8

Americas 2010 Paperworks Catalog, introduction by Heidi Goldberg, Northwest Art center, Minot State University, July

Denver Gallery Guide, DADA, No. 6 Summer/FAll 2010, Front Cover Art

Westword, Mix: CVA + The Artdistrict on Santa Feby Michael Paglia, June

2009

WestwordAnna Kaye at Sandra Phillipsby Michael Paglia, September 23

WestwordNature Prevails, by Susan Froyd, September 10

NPR, Colorado Matters, Wildfire Inspires Artby Ryan Warner, September 16

Colorado State University, Denver-Area Artist Explores Relationship between Forests and Wildfires to Benefit Colorado Bark Beetle Mitigation Fund, by Kimberly Sorenson, September 10

The Denver Daily NewsA Smokin' Art Exhibit, by Reuters, September 14

Littleton Independent3D work wins best of show, by Sonya Ellingboe, August 11

In Denver TimesTeaching and doing work together in 'Collective Nouns' by Mary Chandler, April 14

WestwordMSCD Faculty Biennial puts teachers on display, by Michael Paglia, April 8

2007

WestwordZoo Stories, by Susan Froyd, November 29

2006

WestwordConversations Reflections, by Michael Paglia, November 16

 

ARTIST LECTURES

2017

Panel Discussion with Art Critic Michael Paglia, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Visiting Artist and Demo, Graland Country Day School, Denver, CO

2016

Artist Talk, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO

Visiting Artist and Demo, Community College of Aurora, CO

2015

Artist Talk, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO

Visiting Artist Lecture and Critique, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

2014

Artist Lecture, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Artist Lecture, Lincoln Art Center, Fort Collins, CO

2013

Artist Lecture, Graland Country Day School, Denver, CO

2011

Artist Lecture, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO

Artist Lecture, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

Guest Critic, Drawing IV, V, and VI, Metro State University, Denver, CO

Artist Lecture, Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

2010

Artist Lecture and Critic, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Guest Critic, Drawing IV, Metro State University, Denver, CO

2009

Artist Lecture, Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO

2008

Guest Critic, Drawing II, Metro State University, Denver, CO

Guest Critic, The Other Side Arts, Denver, CO

2006

Artist Lecture, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

2004

Guest Critic and Lecturer, Drawing II, IV, V, VI, Metro State University, Denver, CO

Panel Discussion, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

2006-Present

Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO

 

EXHIBITIONS JURIED AND CURATED

2016

Colorado Community College System Art Exhibition, Denver, CO

2014

Fort Collins Studio Tour Preview Exhibition, Lincoln Art Center, CO

2013

The Square Show, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

2010 

Lead, Auraria Library Gallery, Denver, CO

296 Unknown Assocations, Auraria Library Gallery, Denver, CO

2009

Drawing I and II Art Exhibition, Namaste Art and Event Center, Denver, CO

Alt. Draw, Auraria Library, Denver, CO

Alloy, Auraria Library, Denver, CO

2008

Launch, Core New Art Space, Denver, CO

296, Auraria Library, Denver, CO

Delineated, Auraria Library and Room 199 Arts Building, Denver, CO

2007

Art Works, Auraria Library, Denver, CO